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Re-Thinking Postoperative Pain Management

Rethinking peri-operative pain management, this session will discuss contemporary concepts in light of current best evidence and industry guidelines. Foundational elements of a comprehensive surgical pain-management protocol will be shared, with an emphasis on highest, wisest, best use of both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions, for routine and common procedures as well as patients at risk for more severe and/or maladaptive post-surgical pain. Created and produced by VetFolio...

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AAHA End-of-Life Care Guidelines

For many pet owners, the events surrounding their pets' final life stage are as important and meaningful as the sum of all the care provided by the team up to that point. Animal hospice care seeks to maximize patient comfort while minimizing suffering utilizing a collaborative and supportive approach with the caregiver client. This Web conference, presented by Dr. Brenda Stevens and Dr. Kathleen Cooney, will shine light on the goals of hospice care and the unique ways to provide optimal...

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Top 4 Misconceptions About Fluid Therapy

Have you ever wondered why caveats exist when it comes to fluid therapy? Where did they come from? Are they true? If you have wondered, you will be interested in this presentation. If you have not, you should, and consider listening to this presentation. The top four misconceptions of fluid therapy are presented and addressed, covering shock doses of fluids, anesthetic fluid rates, use of normal saline during fluid resuscitation, and fluids used to reconstitute packed red blood cell...

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Anesthetic Monitoring: When to Watch and When to Intervene

The focus of this presentation is how to identify derangements in normal physiology of anesthetized patients and to recognize which derangements indicate static physiologic status or declining physiologic status. There will also be a discussion of when intervention is necessary, what intervention options are appropriate, and continuing steps if patients do not respond to initial interventions. This course is part of the VetFolio Fluid Therapy Certificate Program. After completing each...

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Getting the Pet Owners to Say "Yes" - It Should be so Easy, Right?

Getting clients to say “yes” to all of the healthcare recommendations made by the practice team is an ongoing challenge. This Web conference discusses the process pet owners go through in making a decision about the care to provide for their pets and actions practices can take to improve communication and client acceptance of recommendations.Created and produced by VetFolio with educational funding provided by Merck.

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The Neurological Exam

Read the proceeding >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.The “basic” neurological exam is anything but basic. In some cases, it can be the tool that leads to your diagnosis. This informative session reviews the key components of the nervous system that should be evaluated during examination and...

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Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients

Please note: This course features a CE quiz that accompanies the article, "Anesthesia for Pediatric Patients" from the September/October 2017 issue of Today's Veterinary Technician. There is no video component for this course.With adequate preparation and understanding of the unique physiologic and anatomic differences involved, anesthetists can provide excellent care for pediatric patients. This article highlights these aspects of anesthesia in pediatric patients.Upon completion of this...

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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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Veterinary Forensics and Animal CSI Course -- Recommended Reference Materials

These reference materials will provide you with even more information on animal forensics and crime scene investigation as you navigate the course and beyond. Veterinary Forensics: Animal Cruelty InvestigationsBy Melinda D. Merck, DVMWildlife Forensic Investigation: Principles and PracticeBy  John E. Cooper and Margaret E. CooperAnimal Abuse and Unlawful Killing, 1st EditionBy Ranald Munro and Helen M.C. MunroShelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff, 2nd EditionBy  Lila...

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Aspiration Pneumonia in Dogs: Pathophysiology, Prevention, and Diagnosis

AbstractAspiration pneumonia and aspiration pneumonitis are associated with significant morbidity in veterinary and human medicine. A variety of medical conditions and medications can predispose patients to aspiration, and every precaution should be taken to prevent aspiration from occurring. For dogs that aspirate oral or gastric contents and subsequently develop pneumonia, monitoring and supportive care are imperative. This article discusses the pathophysiology, prevention, and diagnosis of...

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