Aug 10, 2022
How to draw up a vaccine or other injectable medication with Dr. Mike Tokiwa | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos
In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Mike Tokiwa at Progressive Veterinary Care reviews how to draw up a vaccine or other injectable medication in your veterinary practice. This is a procedure veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, and staff MUST feel comfortable performing, regardless of what type of practice you are in: general practice, shelter medicine, emergency, specialty practice... you name it! Whether it is drawing up vaccines versus antimicrobials or other pharmaceutical agents, this is a MUST to make sure patient care is medically correct and that medical errors do not occur! When in doubt, always confirm the product/drug you are drawing up, check the mg/ml concentration (if appropriate), and make sure the product is handled and labelled appropriately and correctly. And when it doubt, it's ok to use two hands (vs. one). For vaccines, one-handed technique is fine, but more importantly, make sure you've drawn up the medication/vaccine appropriately and correctly!
Jul 27, 2022
How to put a slip leash on a dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos
In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Amy Johnson, BS, LVT, RLATG, CVJ, VETgirl's Manager of Content Development reviews how to place a slip leash on a dog. This is an important, daily skill that veterinary assistants, veterinary technicians, and veterinary staff must be aware of, to prevent a dog slipping out of the pet owner's collar/leash system.
May 4, 2022
How to Perform a Cesarean delivery (C-section) in a Dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos
In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Chris Ralphs, DACVS reviews how to perform a Caesarean section (C-section) in a dog and how to quickly remove the puppies (for neonatal resuscitation by your staff). Depending on the pet owner, either closure of the uterus or ovariohysterectomy (OVH) should be discussed prior to anesthesia/surgery. Once the puppies are removed either individually or en bloc, neonatal resuscitation of the puppies is imperative. It is vital skill set for veterinary technicians, anesthetists, and staff to help during a C-section. Several staff members should be available for puppy “hand off” into another room set up for resuscitation (e.g., flow-by oxygen, blankets, gloves, warm towels, suction bulbs, heat support, appropriate drugs if needed – naloxone, epinephrine, atropine, etc.). Resuscitation will include gently ripping off/removing the amniotic sac, suctioning the mouth and nose, vigorously rub the neonate to stimulate it, and symptomatic supportive care. For more information on anesthesia in the C-section dog, check out our VETgirl blog too!
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