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Anesthetic Drugs: Utilizing the Biggest & Best for Your Patients

Veterinary technicians are asked to administer drugs and induce anesthesia on a daily basis. Although we are not prescribing the drugs, we should understand why certain drugs are used, how they affect the patient,  what side effects could occur, how long the drugs take to become effective, and when they should be administered postoperatively for pain. Being knowledgeable about anesthetic drugs gives you the power to provide better patient care!Please note: If you were an attendee at this...

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Evidence-based CPR: The RECOVER Guidelines

In June of 2012, the Reassessment Campaign on Veterinary Resuscitation (RECOVER) published the first evidence based guideline for veterinary cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The initiative was launched after considering the difference in success rates of CPR between human (20%) and veterinary (6-7%) settings, with the human counterpart having established evidence-based guidelines through the American Heart Association. There are definitely physiologic and anatomic differences between...

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Behavior: It's Tough Being Home Alone

Clients are often concerned about canine behavioral issues. This issues can result in a variety of issues such as destroyed furniture, howling, barking and aggression. This session discusses different diagnoses and how to address them.Please note: If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state licensing bureau regarding your eligibility to receive online credit for an individual session.

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What Techs Need to Know About Behavior Drugs

Veterinary professionals often receive little formal education on animal behavior. When it comes to behavior drugs, the education is also relatively slim. With more clients aware of the availability of veterinary behaviorists or of the fact that their pet could benefit from the use of medications, there is an increased likelihood that you will see patients that are on behavior drugs or supplements. It’s important to be aware of the effects these medications have and how best to support your...

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50 Shades of Your Veterinary Technology Career

Veterinary technicians are essential to the veterinary field. Techs are necessary in all aspects of the veterinary industry, from clinical practice to research. What do you want to get out of your career? Why? What are you doing to get there? This session addresses those questions and discusses history, certification, career opportunities, job satisfaction and the future.Please note: If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check...

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Advanced Anesthetic Techniques in Dogs & Cats

Advanced pain management techniques such as local and regional blocks, analgesic constant rate infusions and epidural anesthesia/analgesia can be incorporated into almost any clinical setting. You do not need to work in a specialty referral hospital or academic institution to utilize and effectively perform advanced pain management techniques. Controlling pain in small animals is extremely important.  The use of epidural anesthesia/analgesia and constant rate infusions (CRIs)of analgesic...

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Respiratory Emergencies: Just Breathe

Respiratory distress is a very common form of emergency in veterinary medicine. The primary role of the respiratory system is to oxygenate and remove CO2 from the blood. Both of hypoxemia and hypercapnia, when allowed to persist, will lead to the demise of a patient and swift assessment of respiratory compromise is required for appropriate treatment.Please note: If you were an attendee at this NAVC Conference and received a general CE certificate, please be sure to check with your state...

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Let’s Talk Heartworm: Strengthening the Tech to Pet Owner Conversation

As technicians and assistants, you are in a unique position to connect with and teach clients about their pet’s health. This presentation will show you how to strengthen your heartworm conversations by grabbing and holding pet owners’ attention. These proven techniques will help you more effectively deliver heartworm disease knowledge at the pet owner level, and motivate your clients to use what they’ve learned after they leave your clinic. Created and produced by VetFolio with educational...

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Anesthesia for the Neurologic Patient

Whether you are faced with anesthetizing a patient with the potential of increased intracranial pressure (ICP) or a patient with a spinal cord injury, there are special anesthetic considerations that should be made. There is not a standard black and white anesthetic protocol for patients with neurologic disease. Each patient should be thoroughly evaluated and an appropriate anesthetic protocol should be formulated. Anesthetic protocols are based on history, disease status, physical...

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Where Have All the Vet Techs Gone?

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of veterinary technologists and technicians will increase 19 percent from 2014 to 2024. With many animal hospitals already struggling to fill staff vacancies for certified veterinary technicians, a major challenge facing practices is how to attract—and retain—qualified professionals. The article features interviews with the executive director of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, a CVT...

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