How to Perform a Cut Down on the Jugular Vein of a Dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Videos

March 2024

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education video, Dr. Nancy Zimmerman, MS, CCRT, DACVS (with help from Dr. Jennifer Mahon, DACVECC too!) demonstrate how to perform a jugular cut down for life-saving venous access in a dog. Performing a cut down on the jugular vein is rarely performed; however, when venous access cannot be obtained by traditional means (e.g., cephalic, lateral saphenous, etc.) due to hypovolemia and severe shock, a jugular cut down may need to be performed. This video, filmed at the Oquendo Center of the Viticus Group, demonstrates an infrequently – but important – procedure that emergency veterinarians and emergency veterinary technicians need to be able to perform in order deliver oxygen to the critically ill, hypoxemic patient when resources (like an oxygen cage) may not be available.

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