Keys to Successful High-Level Disinfection And Sterilization Processes
Today’s veterinary technicians are uniquely placed to make a difference in the lives of animal patients, in part by ensuring that proper protocols and procedures are in place to help prevent perioperative infections. Learn about the different types of disinfection and sterilization processes and when each is appropriate.
Radiographic Positioning: Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes, Part 1
This first of two articles on veterinary 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.
Opposite Ends of the Life Cycle, Similar Anesthetic Needs
Geriatric patients are generally assumed to be at higher risk than healthy young adults when undergoing anesthesia, but healthy pediatric patients should also be approached as challenges for the anesthetist. This article provides an overview of anesthesia considerations for both old and young patients.
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.
How and Why to Feed Canine Parvovirus Patients Right Away
Canine parvovirus is a longstanding nemesis of veterinary professionals. Learn why enteral feeding benefits patients with this common disease and how to measure, place, and use nasoesophageal and nasogastric tubes.