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Winter 2022, Urology & Renal Medicine

Subcutaneous Ureteral Bypass as a Treatment Option for Urolithiasis in Cats

Julie Commons RVT, VTS (SAIM)

Julie earned her AAS from Columbus State Community College and her BS from Purdue University; both degrees are in veterinary technology. She joined the internal medicine service at Purdue University in 2003 and quickly developed a passion for the urinary tract and minimally invasive procedures. She achieved her VTS in small animal internal medicine in 2013 and in 2016 became the Nephrology/Urology Technologist in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine Veterinary Hospital with the addition of the hemodialysis service. She participates in clinical instruction of both DVM and veterinary nursing students and lectures within the Veterinary Nursing Program. 

The SUB is an exciting option for treatment of obstructive upper urinary tract disease in cats, and it continues to get better through adaptations to decrease complication rates and improve long-term patient comfort. 

Winter 2022, Dermatology

Pyoderma in the Dog

Jennie Tait AHT, RVT, VTS (Dermatology)

Jennie graduated as an animal health technician in 1986. She worked in general practice for 3 years, at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) for 25 years, and found her niche when she joined the OVC dermatology service in 2000. She eventually retired, but her passion for dermatology brought her back to referral work part-time at the V.A.D.E.R. Clinic in Morriston, Ontario. She was the fourth person to achieve RVT certification in Canada, is a charter member of the Academy of Dermatology Veterinary Technicians, and is currently the only VTS (Dermatology) in Canada. Jennie is also the only veterinary technician on the Executive Committee for the Canadian Academy of Veterinary Dermatology and is an author and international speaker in her area of expertise.

Pyoderma is classified as surface, superficial, or deep. Diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes depend heavily on the type.

Fall 2021, Clinical Pathology

The Veterinary Nurse’s Guide to Fecal Flotation Techniques

JoLynn Haller LVT, VTS - Clinical Practice (Canine/Feline)

JoLynn, a graduate of SUNY Delhi, has been in clinical practice for 16 years. She has experience in shelter medicine, emergency medicine, and is currently in small animal clinical practice. JoLynn serves on the board of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice as a Canine/Feline Member at Large to consult on canine and feline updates. She currently works at VCA Fairmount Animal Hospital in Syracuse, New York, as the Veterinary Technician Supervisor. Her current interests are laboratory techniques and anesthesia. JoLynn shares her house with her family, a St. Bernard, and a chocolate Labrador retriever.

The CAPC recommends fecal examination for adult dogs and cats at least twice per year.

Fall 2021, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Stabilizing the Critically Ill Patient

Karl R. Alon AS, RVT, VTS (ECC)

Karl has been a veterinary technician for almost 14 years, during which he has worked exclusively in veterinary emergency medicine, both in extended-hour general practices offering emergency care and state-of-the-art multispecialty referral practices. Karl obtained his RVT certification in 2013, after working as an unlicensed veterinary assistant for 6 years, and his VTS certification in 2017. His areas of interest include acid-base derangements, electrolyte abnormalities, trauma, and technician training. He is currently a veterinary technician instructor. He has lectured many times at local continuing education events in California, as well as large international veterinary conferences such as IVECCS.

Stabilizing patients in critical condition include timely triage, interventional therapies, and clear communication with the critical care facility for transfer.

Summer 2021, Diagnostics

The Veterinary Nurse’s Role in Reading Blood Gases

Heather Ann Sidari RVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Heather is a graduate of Central Carolina Community College with an AAS in veterinary medical technology. She obtained her VTS in anesthesia and analgesia while working as an anesthesia technician at North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Currently, she is the ICU supervisor at North Carolina State University and is working to obtain her VTS in emergency and critical care. Heather enjoys lecturing and has lectured at state and national conferences around the United States. She is a member of NAVTA, her state organization, IVAPM, and VECCS and is Fear Free Certified, a Recover Rescuer, and a Healing Touch for Animals Level 2 Practitioner. 

Knowing when and how to draw blood gas samples, as well as how to interpret the results, is critical to good patient care.

Summer 2021, Clinical Pathology

How to Collect and Prepare Samples for the Laboratory

Barbie Papajeski MS, LVT, RLATG, VTS

Barbie teaches clinical pathology and laboratory animal courses in the veterinary technology program at Murray State University and is a continuing education instructor for the Veterinary Support Personnel Network. Before full-time teaching, she worked at the Breathitt Veterinary Center diagnostic laboratory. She currently serves as secretary of the Academy of Veterinary Clinical Pathology Technicians and the Kentucky Veterinary Technician Association. She resides in western Kentucky, near Land Between the Lakes, where she loves to hike with her 2 sons and husband. She shares her home with 3 dogs, 4 cats, and an assortment of feathered and scaled animals.

By researching and staying current with test requirements, veterinary nurses are instrumental in communicating preliminary preparation with clients and discussing with the veterinary team ways to reduce erroneous test results.

Spring 2021, Radiology/Imaging

Use of Ultrasonography in Veterinary Emergency Rooms

Elana Benasutti CVT

Elana is a graduate of Harcum Junior College. She has worked at Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for the past 27 years. Her first 10 years were spent as the ultrasound technician in the radiology department and the next 17 years as a critical care veterinary nurse in the intensive care unit. In addition to her interest in ultrasonography and emergency and critical care, Elana loves cows and has spent time working in the dairy industry. She lives with her husband on a small hobby farm with a myriad of much-loved pets.

With proper training, veterinary nurses can perform TFAST and AFAST scans on emergent patients.

Continuing Education, Winter 2021, Nutrition

Osteoarthritis: Getting Patients Moving Through Nutrition

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

Kara Burns is an LVT with master’s degrees in physiology and counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist and a poison specialist for humans and animals. Kara is the founder and president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She is the editor in chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse. She also works as an independent nutritional consultant, and is the immediate past president of NAVTA. She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.

Clinical nutrition plays a critical role in successful long-term management of patients with osteoarthritis.

Winter 2021, Emergency Medicine/Critical Care

Concurrent Immune-Mediated Anemia and Thrombocytopenia in a Dog

Jennifer Lyons LVT, MS

Jennifer is a licensed veterinary technician with a master’s degree in animal biology. She attended the University of California, Davis, and later moved to Utah, where she found her passion for emergency and critical care medicine. Jennifer has worked for BluePearl for the past 5 years and is the emergency and critical care supervisor for the BluePearl Pet Hospital in Midvale, Utah. Her interests include post-cardiopulmonary arrest care, transfusion medicine, and bone marrow disease. She is the proud mother of 4 cats. In her down time, she enjoys spending quality time with her spouse snowboarding, mountain biking, dirt biking, and fishing.

This case report describes a young dog who’s immune system was destroying its own red blood cells due to a rare autoimmune disease called Evans syndrome.

Winter 2021, Radiology/Imaging

Fluoroscopy: Don’t Miss the Show!

Liane Shaw BS, RVT

Liane is a graduate of Purdue University and returned as the Diagnostic Imaging Instructional Technologist after working in private practice. Liane has produced and launched a digital radiography positioning guide for small animals, large animals, and exotics. She stays busy these days by spending the evenings with her family on their small farm in Attica, Ind.

Donna Tudor MS, RT(R)(MR)(MRSO)

Donna earned her degree in radiological sciences from Butler University. She worked in radiology in human medicine for 20 years before transitioning to veterinary medicine. Sixteen years ago, she began her career at Purdue University to bring advanced technologies to the veterinary school. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching, sports, boating, and spending time with her family.

Fluoroscopy produces real-time images that appear as an “x-ray movie,” providing a helpful view for dynamic processes.