Radiographic Positioning: Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes, Part 1
This first of two articles on radiographic positioning provides an overview of radiation safety as well as the techniques used to obtain good-quality orthopedic radiographs of the skull, shoulders, and elbows.
How to Recognize Autoimmune Skin Disease: Tips for Spotting Pemphigus Foliaceus
Pemphigus foliaceus (PF) is the most common autoimmune skin condition in dogs and cats. Timely diagnosis is essential. This article is intended to help the healthcare team narrow in on a diagnosis of PF at a patient’s initial presentation.
Feline Physical Rehabilitation
Although rehabilitation is more commonly used for dogs, cats can also benefit from many of the same techniques—even swimming! Learn more about the whats, hows, and whys of feline physical rehabilitation.
The Case for Veterinary Midlevel Professionals
This year, the 13th veterinary technician specialty—ophthalmology—was recognized by NAVTA. Is time for a new level of veterinary technician? This article looks at the parallels in the growth of the veterinary technician and nursing professions.
The Non-pathologic, Non-collection, and Non-sample Preanalytical Small “Stuff” That Influences Reliable Laboratory Results
Laboratory tests are invaluable medical tools…if the results are reliable. Aside from sample collection and handling, many other factors can affect test outcomes, from patient stress to client misunderstanding. This article addresses the seemingly unimportant details that can have significant effects.
How Being Cat Friendly Has Made a Difference in Our Practice
This article from the British journal Feline Focus describes one clinic’s experience in—and benefits from—making the effort to become “feline friendly.”
15 Years: A Brief History of Shelter Medicine
The field of shelter medicine has made enormous strides since the first shelter medicine residency was established at UC Davis in 2000. Get an inside look at the people who started the program and how they did it.
Behavioral Aspects of Caring for Elderly Cats
This article from the British journal Feline Focus reviews common behavioral changes in senior and geriatric cats and provides recommendations that clients can use in enriching and adapting the home environment for their older pets.
Crash Carts: Preparation and Maintenance
Emergencies cannot be predicted, but they can be anticipated. Learn how to create and stock a crash cart to prepare for the kinds of emergencies your clinic typically handles.
Go With the Flow: The Basics of Fluid Therapy for Small Animal Veterinary Technicians
Fluid therapy is one of the most common therapies in small animal medicine, and knowing what, why, and how to deliver it is a core competency for veterinary technicians. This article provides a brief overview of each aspect.