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VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts. With VETgirl, you can learn clinical veterinary medicine with style, passion, and efficiency! VETgirl is designed for veterinary professionals who have time poverty and are on the run. Who has time to read journals or sit through hours of lectures? Download the podcasts you want to listen to, and get clinical tips within just a few minutes of listening! We'll help get you the facts you need in a convenient way! Want more information? Go to JoinVETgirl.com.
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Why Invest in Developing Communication Skills in Veterinary Practice: Part 1 with Dr. Jane Shaw and Dr. Jason Coe | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we chat with Dr. Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD and Dr. Jason Coe, DVM, PhD on the importance of communication in veterinary medicine. In this Part 1 of 2 communication VETgirl podcast, we'll talk about how to develop effective communication, how it can impact appointment efficiency and practice culture, and how you can serve as a role model for effective communication!
7/8/202424 minutes, 35 seconds
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What's New with Feline Diabetes with Dr. Ellen Behrend, PhD, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Ellen Behrend, VMD, PhD, DACVIM on what's new with feline diabetes! Tune in to learn what's new in the treatment of diabetes mellitus in cats [specifically with sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT2i)], and what veterinarians and veterinary technicians need to know about. From diagnosing a first-time diabetic to ensuring pet owner compliance and treatment, you don't want to miss this podcast!
7/1/202429 minutes, 26 seconds
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Managing Chronic Allergic Skin Disease in Dogs with Dr. Tom Lewis, DACVD | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Thomas P. Lewis, DACVD about all things derm! Tune in as he discusses some of the biggest changes he faces as a dermatologist, what key things he thinks are important to evaluate when presented an itchy, allergic dog, and what you need in your dermatology toolbox! Most importantly, what are our goals of treating dogs for allergic skin disease? Can we get remission with skin disease? Tune in to learn all things derm!
6/24/202423 minutes, 12 seconds
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Intravenous Lipid Emulsion Therapy for the Management of Toxicities in Dogs and Cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT talks about the use of intravenous lipid emulsion (ILE) therapy for the management of toxicities in dogs and cats. Whether you're a veterinarian in a general, specialty, or emergency practice, you're bound to see poisoning cases. Thankfully, with aggressive supportive care and appropriate use of decontamination, the prognosis for most toxicants is fair to good.
6/17/202410 minutes, 4 seconds
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How to Treat Feline Chronic Enteropathy with Dr. Adam Rudinsky | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Adam Rudinsky, MS, DACVIM, on all you need to know about feline chronic enteropathy. First, what is chronic enteropathy and what causes it? How common is it in our feline population and how do we work it up? What's our diagnostic and treatment approach to chronic enteropathy? Tune in to learn all things skinny-cat related!
6/10/202424 minutes, 54 seconds
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Clinical Excellence andamp; Parenting Perfection: How Paid Parental Leave and Work-Life Balance Supports the Career You Always Wanted With Drs. Crystal Lora and Casey Robinson | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Crystal Lora and Dr. Casey Robinson at IndeVets on paid parental leave. Does it exist in veterinary medicine, and what do we need to know as working veterinary parents? Also, tune in to learn how to be a present parent and veterinarian, as parenthood flies by!
6/3/202422 minutes, 23 seconds
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Hepatic abscessation in dogs: A multicenter study of 56 cases | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Jasper Burke, DACVECC on her publication entitled Hepatic abscessation in dogs: A multicenter study of 56 cases (2010-;2019). While rare, tune in to learn everything you need to know - from diagnostic work up, clinical signs, clinicopathologic findings, treatment, and prognosis - about hepatic abscessation in dogs!
5/27/202421 minutes, 49 seconds
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Treating Mitral Valve Disease in Dogs with Dr. Brian Scansen, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Brian Scansen, DACVIM on mitral valve disease in dogs and what we need to do. What role do radiographs have in the management of mitral valve disease in dogs, and when should we consider starting medications in dogs with mitral valve disease in dogs? Get the low down on if compounded medications like compounded pimobendan is the same as Vetmedin (pimobendan), and what's new in the treatment of chronic valvular heart disease (CVHD) in dogs!
5/22/202418 minutes, 1 second
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Differentiating Cardiac and Noncardiac Causes of Nonhemorrhagic Ascites with NT-proBNP, cTnI and POCUS in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're going to review a study by Morey et al out of University of Missouri entitled “N-terminal brain natriuretic peptide, cardiac troponin-I, and point-of-care ultrasound in dogs with cardiac and noncardiac causes of nonhemorrhagic ascites.”
5/20/202418 minutes, 23 seconds
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What You Need to Know About Parvovirus Outbreaks with Shelter Vet Dr. Brian DiGangi, DABVP | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl podcast, we talk to shelter veterinarian, Dr. Brian DiGangi, MS, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice, Shelter Medicine Practice), on what you need to know about parvovirus outbreaks in shelters. What is the impact of canine parvovirus on shelters? Tune in to learn what the current treatment of canine parvovirus look like in the shelter setting, and how shelters can prevent individual parvo cases from becoming an outbreak. Learn about Canine Parvovirus Monoclonal Antibody (CPMA), and how shelters are implementing CPMA into parvo treatment protocols.
5/13/202417 minutes, 53 seconds
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Getting to know Dr. Amy Kaplan, CVMA, DACVECC, MRCVS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we talk with Dr. Amy Kaplan, VETgirl Contributor/Webinar Moderator, on who she is and what she does! You've likely heard Dr. Kaplan's voice at the beginning of a lot of our sponsored VETgirl webinars, and now, we want you to meet the person behind the webinar intro! Find out where Dr. Amy Kaplan trained, what she does now, and what she does for fun, in this VETgirl podcast!
5/8/202413 minutes, 52 seconds
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Feline Constipation with Dr. Ashlie Saffire, DABVP | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Ashlie Saffire, DABVP (Feline Practice) on feline constipation. This is a common problem we see in our feline patients - particularly those with underlying water balance issues, pelvic issues, or dietary-related issues! Tune in to learn all you need to know about how to treat feline constipation!
5/6/202421 minutes, 57 seconds
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Discussing All Things Dermatology with Dr. Douglas DeBoer | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Douglas DeBoer, DACVD about all things derm! Tune in as he discusses some guiding principles on how to treat allergic dermatitis, how to talk with pet owner about this complex disease, and how to create a better outcome in our pets with skin disease!
4/29/202416 minutes, 41 seconds
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Treating the Heartworm-Positive Dog: What the Updated American Heartworm Society Guidelines Tell Us | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Andrew Moorhead and Dr. Marisa Ames on how to treat the heartworm-positive dog. In this podcast, they update us on the optimal components and timing of heartworm treatment in dogs. We'll also learn from them what's changed-and what hasn't-and what it means for you, your clients, and your patients. Finally, we'll discuss the pros and cons of treatment options when time and resources are limited.
4/22/202421 minutes, 17 seconds
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Heartworm Screening and the AHS Guidelines: What to Do When Test Results Indicate Heartworm Infection | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Starkey and Dr. Ames discuss what the newly updated American Heartworm Society Canine Heartworm Guidelines say about screening dogs for heartworm, and what additional evaluation is needed-and when-if the screening tests are positive.
4/15/202437 minutes, 21 seconds
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Improving Heartworm Compliance: The Linchpin of Reducing Heartworm Incidence with Dr. Jenni Rizzo | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Jenni Rizzo on how we can improve heartworm compliance. Tune in to learn how common heartworm disease is, what the latest incidence studies from the American Heartworm Society (AHS) tell us, and why heartworm compliance continues to be such a challenge with pet owners! Get some hints on using the right language with your clients to help improve heartworm prevention compliance.
4/8/202421 minutes, 9 seconds
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Answering the Call to Care: Can We Transform Challenges into Opportunities in Vet Med? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk with Drs. Karie Johnson, DVM and Lori Teller, DVM, DAVBP about today's challenges in the veterinary industry, as well as the AVMF REACH program. A new initiative by Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets is helping remove barriers veterinarians face in practice today. In today's podcast, we're going to discuss some of the challenges veterinarians are facing today, how these challenges have sparked innovation and how initiatives like the REACH Program are filling a need and helping patients.
4/1/202424 minutes, 39 seconds
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What You Need to Know About Canine Osteoarthritis and the Canine Osteoarthritis Staging Tool with Dr. David Dycus | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. David Dycus about what you need to know about managing canine osteoarthritis, how it affects our canine patient's quality of life, and what we can do about it. Tune in to learn about the Canine Osteoarthritis Staging Tool (COAST), how it affects our veterinary patient outcomes, and what to do if you're hesitant to use NSAIDs long term!
3/25/202420 minutes, 21 seconds
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Clinical Signs And Prognosis Between Dogs With Left Atrial Rupture Secondary To Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease And Neoplastic Cardiac Tamponade | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review the clinical signs, clinical course and prognosis for dogs diagnosed with pericardial effusion secondary to either left atrial rupture from myxomatous mitral valve disease versus those with neoplastic cardiac tamponade. This is based off a recent study by Sugiura et al entitled “Retrospective evaluation of clinical signs, clinical course, and prognosis between dogs with left atrial rupture secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease and those with neoplastic cardiac tamponade (2015-2019): 70 cases.”
3/18/202417 minutes, 19 seconds
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Do you need a financial advisor? with Tom Seeko and CJ Burnett | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview financial advisors Tom Seeko and CJ Burnett, co-founders of Florida Veterinary Advisors. VETgirl? I have a financial advisor, so the question is, do YOU need a financial advisor? Do you need one who understands the veterinary industry? Tune in as we discuss some of the biggest hurdles that veterinarians experience within their finances, challenges that practice owners can face, and the resources available to the veterinary industry.
3/11/202422 minutes, 45 seconds
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Coaching Pet Owners Participating in Food Trials for Allergy Determination with Juliann London | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Juliann London AAS, RVT, VTS (Dermatology) on all things dermatology! When it comes to food trials in your veterinary patients, are you doing them correctly? How do you explain to the pet owner why various dermatological testing protocols may be needed to determine if their pet has food allergies? When should you implement a food trial and what does your pet owner need to know about food trials?
3/4/202417 minutes, 55 seconds
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Top 5 Things that Have Fallen Out of Favor in Vet Med | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC discuss the top 5 things that have fallen out of favor in veterinary medicine. From pressure wraps to the use of colloids to overuse of antibiotics to "negative explores" or cosmetic surgery, tune in to learn what you shouldn't be doing anymore.
2/26/202430 minutes, 29 seconds
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Discussing all Things Dermatology with Dr. Brittany Lancellotti | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Brittany Lancellotti, DACVD about all things derm! Tune in as she discusses some of the biggest challenges in treating dogs with allergic skin disease, and how to deal with owners who become frustrated with their pet's skin disease!
2/19/202418 minutes, 39 seconds
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Pericardial Effusion in Dogs: Diagnosis andamp; Treatment | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're going to talk about pericardial effusion -; from how to diagnose it, what the clinical signs are, and how to treat it! Most importantly, tune in to learn how to perform a successful pericardiocentesis.
2/12/202412 minutes, 55 seconds
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Should I Pursue Research in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Linda Black | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Linda Black, DVM, PhD about career advice for veterinarians! Plus, learn what Dr. Black's top advice is for veterinarians when it comes to what it's like to be in a research setting.
2/5/202419 minutes, 34 seconds
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Resolutions for On-going Clinical Excellence | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Michelle Clancy, Veterinary Success Advisor and Dr. Paige Baker, Senior Director of Clinical Excellence at IndeVets. At the beginning of every new year, we all set goals and resolutions to improve ourselves and enhance various aspects of our lives. This year let's center our focus on what we can do as veterinarians to continue to advance the care of the animals we help. Join us as we explore the importance of setting professional and clinical goals in vet med, say goodbye to outdated practices in 2023, and reveal the resolutions guiding us in 2024 towards exceptional patient care. Tune in as we discuss what resolutions you should make as a veterinary professional!
1/29/202427 minutes, 4 seconds
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Isoniazid Toxicity in Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT discusses isoniazid toxicosis in dogs. While isoniazid isn't a common toxicant seen in dogs, this antimicrobial (used to treat tuberculosis) can potentially be fatal when dogs get into poisonous amounts. Veterinary professionals must be aware of the narrow margin of safety with this human and veterinary antibiotic. Isoniazid poisoning in dogs (and rarely, cats) results in seizures, and is considered a potentially life-threatening neurotoxicant. The good news? Isoniazid has an antidote, Vitamin B6/pyridoxine, and prompt treatment and antidote therapy is necessary for best outcome.
1/22/20248 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Role of Therapeutic Diets in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Leighann Daristotle | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Leighann Daristotle, DVM PhD, Director of Professional Services at Blue Buffalo on the role of therapeutic foods in small animal veterinary patients. As veterinary professionals, how do we go about making a nutritional recommendation for complicated cases? As we see more co-morbidities in our veterinary patients as our patients age, we want to know what options we have for therapeutic diets when they have concurrent disease! With therapeutic diets focusing on treating disease indications such as allergic dermatologic conditions to gastrointestinal conditions to kidney disease or urinary-related disease to weight management to diets with chondroprotectives, tune in to learn what your options are!
1/15/202417 minutes, 50 seconds
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How to administer oxygen therapy in your hypoxemic veterinary patients with Dr. Justine Lee | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT discusses what you need to know about oxygen supplementation in your veterinary patients. Once you've determined your patient is hypoxemic and needs oxygen therapy, you'll need to figure out which method of delivery of oxygen is best for your patient, you, and your hospital (e.g., based on equipment available, 24/7 care, etc.). When in doubt, know that oxygen saves lives! Methods of oxygen delivery range from flow-by oxygen to face mask delivery to using an oxygen cage or nasal canulas or using a mechanical ventilator. Tune in to learn more. If you didn't listen to Part 1 on how to determine if your patient needs oxygen, listen HERE! Special shout out to Melanie Newton, CVT VTS (ECC) for her assistance with this podcast!
1/8/202413 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to Determine if Your Veterinary Patient Needs Oxygen Therapy with Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT discusses how to determine if your veterinary patient needs oxygen therapy. Is your patient tachypneic, orthopneic, or dyspneic? Utilizing subjective and objective data such as a "minimalistic" (stress-free) exam to pulse oximeter or arterial blood gas (ABG), we can determine if oxygen therapy is warranted in your patient. When in doubt, do no harm and utilize supplemental (e.g., flow-by) oxygen while you're trying to figure it out! Tune in next week to learn about different methods of delivery oxygen to your veterinary patient - regardless if you're in general practice, emergency practice, or specialty practice! Special shout out to Melanie Newton, CVT VTS (ECC) for her assistance with this podcast!
1/1/20246 minutes
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Was there an increased risk of Feline Urethral Obstruction (FUO) during the COVID-19 Pandemic | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we talk with Dr. Lisa Powell, DVM, DACVECC, Manager, Telehealth and ER Engagement at BluePearl Veterinary Partners and Dr. Jessica Kerley about their study entitled "Retrospective evaluation of the incidence of presumed feline urethral obstruction during a prepandemic year compared to a pandemic year." During the COVID-19 pandemic, pet owners were working from home... and we were swamped in the veterinary clinic and ER! Was there a true increased incidence of feline urethral obstruction (UO) in male cats during this time period? (Let's admit it - cats were likely stressed from having their human pet parents home 24-7!). Or was this just due to the increased number of overall emergency feline cases seen in the veterinary clinic? Tune in to learn more!
12/25/202320 minutes, 46 seconds
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Why You Need to Build Your Emotional Intelligence with Erica Emmett, LVT | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Erica Emmett, LVT, Chief Inspiration Officer & Founder or FYR Consulting discusses how and why you need to build your emotional intelligence. First, what is emotional intelligence (EI), and how does one build their EI? More importantly, what are some tools veterinary teams can use to help build their team's EI? Tune in to learn more about building your non-medical intelligence!
12/18/202327 minutes, 17 seconds
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Dentistry life hacks in veterinary medicine with Denise Rollings: Part 2 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Denise S. Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) on dentistry life hacks, Part 2! If you're doing dental procedures in your veterinary patients, you'll want to tune in to learn the importance of using the right equipment and using it properly (from using loupes to full mouth radiographs to better client communication!). She'll leave us some tips on what to discuss at the follow up dental appointment, and the importance of client education to help with pet owner compliance.
12/11/202323 minutes, 17 seconds
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What You Need to Know About Feline Leukemia (FeLV) with Dr. Debra Olbrich | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Debra Olbrich, MS, DVM, Senior Professional Services Veterinarian at Merck Animal Health on Feline Leukemia (FeLV). How common is FeLV, and which types of cats are at risk? How hard is FeLV to diagnose, and should we be vaccinating cats for FeLV? Tune in to learn what you need to know about updating your vaccine protocol to include FeLV vaccination!
12/4/202314 minutes, 32 seconds
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Managing and Treating the Feline Urethral Obstruction Patient | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC discuss how to manage and treat the feline urethral obstruction patient. From rapidly identifying the hyperkalemic feline patient to stabilizing them with IV fluids and pharmacological intervention to unblocking them, tune in to learn more about the blocked cat!
11/27/202330 minutes, 27 seconds
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Creating the Best Future for Your Veterinary Practice with Randy Hall | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we talk with Randy Hall, a consultant and leadership expert who helps veterinary practices, as well as fortune 1000 businesses, become more productive and more successful and also helps them build teams that are happier and more engaged. Tune in to learn some of the biggest challenges veterinary practices are facing today, how to deal with the stress and burnout that seems to be more prevalent now, and what we can do to solve the staffing problem right now!
11/20/202325 minutes, 4 seconds
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How to Set Healthy Boundaries in Veterinary Medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Samantha Cantor and Dave Shuey, LMSW, DMA on how to set healthy boundaries in veterinary medicine. As veterinary professionals, we often fail at this, resulting in poor work-life balance. Setting healthy boundaries figures prominently in the list of often-prescribed self-care practices. Veterinarians, with their compulsive desire to heal that crosses multiple species, are uniquely prone to not only losing control of what they let in or keep out of their lives, but also to the deeper loss of any sense of “lines of distinction” between their individual needs and their perceived obligations. It turns out that boundaries describe a dynamic system of “Yes” and “No”, of “In” and “Out”, and how one relates to it has a deep effect on a person's sense of worth and self-preservation. Tune in to learn some important talk about drawing lines of love that benefit ourselves and our veterinary profession.
11/13/202339 minutes, 18 seconds
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Diagnosing and Managing Dogs with Cutaneous Adverse Food Reaction (CAFR) with Dr. Jeff Tinsley | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Jeff Tinsley from the Animal Dermatology Clinic about how to diagnose and manage dogs with cutaneous adverse food reaction (CAFR). Skin and gastrointestinal (GI) issues are among the most common problems bringing dogs to the veterinary hospital-in fact, a recent clinic survey revealed that nearly 40% of dogs visit the veterinarian because of one of these two complaints-or in some cases both. Do you know what specific clinical signs and patient history typically suggest that you're dealing with a dog with adverse food reactions? What step-by-step diagnostic workup is warranted to rule in or rule out an adverse food reaction? And tune in to find out the most common mistakes made when starting an elimination diet trial!
11/6/202320 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Veterinary Practices Can Increase Productivity with Dr. Jason Johnson and Sherouk Fetaih | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're joined today with Dr. Jason Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT, Vice President and Global Chief Medical Officer at IDEXX and Sherouk Fetaih, Vice President, Head of Corporate Strategy to discuss a first-of-its-kind empirical study published by IDEXX. In this publication entitled "Finding the Time: Empowering Veterinary Teams to Get the Most Out of Every Day," they discuss what "Finding the Time" was about and why they undertook this study. More importantly, what steps can veterinary practices implement to increase practice productivity? They will uncovered the most effective actions veterinary practices can take to increase productivity. Tune in as the two authors review case studies in veterinary practice productivity, and help you understand what the Practice Productivity IndexTM is. Tune in to learn the steps you can take to improve productivity in your veterinary clinic and gain time back in your day.
10/30/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Importance of High-Quality, High-Volume Spay and Neuter Clinics with Stacey Schumacher | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're joined today by Stacey Schumacher, Executive Director at the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection (TCAP) to talk about the importance of spay and neuter in high-quality, high-volume clinics, and what you can do to help as a veterinary professional! So, calling all 4th year veterinary students looking for more surgery experience, as this veterinary surgical externship program may be just up your alley!* As recent data has found that the number of animals euthanized in US animal shelters has risen to a three-year high, the role of high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter clinics is more and more important. Tune in to learn about what you can do, how we can better meet all pet owners needs, and what we can do to contribute towards more responsible pet ownership.
10/25/202327 minutes, 47 seconds
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Nutritional Management of the CKD Feline Patient: The Details Make the Difference with Dr. Susan Little | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Susan Little, DABVP on how to manage the chronic kidney disease (CKD) feline patient. When it comes to managing chronic renal disease long term, what do veterinary professionals need to know? From IRIS guidelines to monitoring proteinuria and hypertension, to implementing phosphate binders and nutritional support, to weight monitoring and increasing free water intake, what do you need to know as a veterinarian, veterinary technician or veterinary student? Tune in to learn how the details of management of CKD makes all the difference!
10/23/202325 minutes, 47 seconds
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Dentistry Life Hacks in Veterinary Medicine with Denise Rollings: Part 1 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Denise S. Rollings, CVT, VTS (Dentistry) on dentistry life hacks. If you're doing dental procedures, you'll want to tune in to learn the importance of using the right equipment and using it properly (from your clinic smart phone to properly holding dental instruments to save your hand grip!). She'll leave us some tips on how to get hands free dental radiographs to helping with post-operative dental pain while the patient is still anesthetized, to helping with pet owner compliance.
10/16/202325 minutes, 56 seconds
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How Technology Can Improve Your Veterinary Life | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC discuss how technology can improve your veterinary life. What's new (or old) out there when it comes to technology that can make you more efficient in the veterinary setting? Tune in to learn more!
10/9/202320 minutes, 51 seconds
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What's new with parvovirus with Dr. Kristen Zersen, DACVECC | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl podcast, we talk to Dr. Kristen Zersen, DACVECC, Assistant Professor from Colorado State University on canine parvovirus. Tune in learn how common this infectious disease is, why we still see it, what the prognosis is, and what the mainstays of current canine parvovirus treatment are. More importantly, learn about the newest advancement, Canine Parvovirus Monoclonal Antibody (CPMA), for the treatment of parvovirus? Tune in to learn it with this VETgirl podcast!
10/2/202320 minutes, 7 seconds
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Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis in General Practice with Dr. Julie Liu | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Julie Liu on feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS), a chronic, immune-mediated, inflammatory condition seen in cats. As a general practitioner, how should you treat FCGS? What clinical signs and physical examination findings are associated with FCGS? Most importantly, learn how to treat feline chronic gingivostomatitis, including surgical intervention, analgesic therapy, and when to refer!
9/25/202325 minutes, 23 seconds
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How to Respond to Abusive Client Behavior in the Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Sally Ryan | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Sally Ryan, Founder of Veterinary Leadership Services on how to respond to abusive client behavior in the veterinary clinic. Veterinary teams deal with a lot of stress and demanding clients on a regular basis. Tune in as we define what constitutes abusive behavior, if we've seen an increase in disruptive or abusive client behavior over the years, what the signs are of escalating behavior, and most importantly, how to deal with it!
9/18/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Why the Gut Microbiome Matters: Understanding How andldquo;Inner Workingsandrdquo; Affect Canine and Feline Health with Dr. Jenessa A. Winston | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Jenessa A. Winston, DVM, PhD, DACVIM from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine about the importance of the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome! Why does gut microbiome matter, and what is its function? How does the gut microbiome affect other body systems, and when should we care about acute or chronic dysbiosis in dogs and cats. Are there tools available to assess the gut microbiome and how accessible and reliable are they to veterinarians in practice today? More importantly, what do we do clinically when we suspect that our patients suffer from GI dysbiosis? Is it diet, metronidazole, fecal transplants or what? Tune in to learn what's new with the latest research in gut microbiome.
9/11/202331 minutes, 40 seconds
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Being a veterinarian, a jockey and a workafrolic all at the same time with Dr. Ferrin Peterson | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Ferrin Peterson, equine veterinarian and jockey, on her unique path through veterinary school, her multiple jobs (as a caretaker of someone with dementia during veterinary school, to equine ICU, to equine vet tech), to maintaining work-life balance. Tune in for this unique interview with a very amazing veterinarian! You can check her out on her Instagram too.
9/4/202322 minutes, 22 seconds
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Cats and Pain: What You Need to Know About Feline Pain with Dr. Mark Cousins | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Mark Cousins, DABVP (Feline Medicine) about pain in cats. What does pain in the cat look like, and what is the biggest barrier to the diagnosis of pain in the cat? Why aren't we veterinary professionals more aggressive about the treatment of acute and/or chronic pain in cats? Tune in to learn about multimodal pain management in cats, and what drug differences or strategies work to help give cats some relief!
8/28/202321 minutes, 14 seconds
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Breaking Down Behavioral Barriers to Feline Wellness Care with Dr. Meghan Herron | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl podcast, we talk to Dr. Meghan Herron, DACVB on how we can improve our feline care! How can we break down behavioral barriers when it comes to feline wellness care? What are the barriers when it comes to wellness care besides finances? What can we do to minimize feline stress and pet parent stress related to the veterinary visit? Tune in to learn it with this VETgirl podcast!
8/21/202334 minutes, 14 seconds
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Knowing When to Make a Change in Your Veterinary Career | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Paige Baker (IndeVets Regional Medical Director) and Dr. Samantha Cantor (IndeVets Veterinary Success Manager) on how to find the veterinary job that's right for you. Our guests reflect on their own career journeys as doctors and offer advice that will help you evaluate different job opportunities, identify red flags during interviews, and get comfortable with navigating change that feels risky. Tune in as we talk about how to recognize when it's time to move on to something else and what to consider before signing your next contract. After the episode, take this quiz HERE to find out what kind of veterinarian job is right for you. Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by IndeVets. Is associate work wearing you down? IndeVets has helped hundreds of burnt-out vets love their job again. Led by a team of practicing vets, they took what makes associate work reliable and combined it with the flexibility of relief-so vets get proper pay, full benefits, and control over their schedule-all with a team dedicated to their happiness and growth. It's truly relief work, reimagined. Learn more at IndeVets.com.
8/14/202320 minutes, 9 seconds
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Crash Cart Basics in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Garret Pachtinger andamp; Dr. Justine Lee | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC discuss crash cart basics in veterinary medicine. Do you need a crash cart in your veterinary clinic, and how big should it be? What needs to be stocked in a crash cart, and what drugs do we need to keep in it? Tune in to brush up on your emergency-critical care basics!
8/7/202336 minutes, 55 seconds
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Top Tips for Your Next Veterinary Clinical Pathology Submission with Dr. Ashleigh Newman | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're joined with Dr. Ashleigh Newman, VMD, DACVP, Assistant Clinical Professor at Cornell University, on the the top tips for your next clin path submission. When we're submitting or running clinical pathology samples, what things are we doing wrong as veterinarians and veterinary technicians? What can we do to optimize the accuracy of results obtained with complete blood counts? What are the most common errors seen with chemistry/biochemistry testing? What are some of your "pet peeves" with cytology submissions, and what makes you happy on your request forms (and can potentially benefit the patient and veterinary team more!)? Learn all you need to know in clin path in this VETgirl podcast!
7/31/202327 minutes, 23 seconds
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The environmental impact of pet burial with pentobarbital toxicity with Celine Leheurteux, DVM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary podcast, we interview Celine Leheurteux, DVM and designer of Euthabag, about the environmental impact of pet burial with pentobarbital toxicity and what we need to know about this as veterinary professionals. What do we need to know about pet burial precautions, and what happens with pentobarbital in the soil over time? With body disposal, is pentobarbital destroyed by rendering? What do veterinarians need to know when it comes to legal responsibility to properly dispose of animal remains, and how can we keep everyone safe? Tune into this VETgirl podcast to find out!
7/24/202321 minutes
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What You Need to Know About Compounding Veterinary Medication with Dr. Natalie Young | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Natalie Young, PharmD, BCSCP, FACVP on what you need to know about compounding veterinary drugs or using transdermal drugs. Before you make that enrofloxacin otic solution or script out a transdermal medication for your feline patient's pinnae, tune in to learn all things pharmacology!
7/17/202323 minutes, 45 seconds
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Antibiotic stewardship and the role of probiotics with Dr. Michael Lappin | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Michael Lappin, PhD, DACVIM, Kenneth W. Smith Professor of Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine and Director at the Center for Companion Animal Studies at Colorado State University, on all things probiotics in dogs and cats. Learn about the importance of antibiotic stewardship and the role of probiotics in veterinary medicine. While veterinarians should do their best to avoid unnecessary use of antibiotics, in remains that these medications play a vital role in the management of pets with a variety of infectious conditions. Tune in to learn some of of the studies Dr. Lappin has conducted on both dogs and cats using probiotics to mitigate the negative effects of antibiotic use, and how long probiotics should be given as part of an adjunct therapy with antibiotics. Tune it in this VETgirl podcast to learn more!
7/10/202326 minutes, 37 seconds
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Cats and Pancreatitis: What You Need to Know About Feline Pancreatic Disease with Dr. Mark Cousins | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Mark Cousins, DABVP (Feline Medicine) about pancreatitis in cats. Find out what the prevalence of pancreatic disease in cats is, and what the clinical signs of pancreatitis are. How do we diagnose pancreatitis in cats, and how we treat it in our feline patients? Tune in to learn everything you need to know about pancreatitis, including prognosis and some tips on client communication!
7/3/202315 minutes, 58 seconds
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Common Drug Interactions in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Natalie Young | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary podcast, we interview Dr. Natalie Young, PharmD, BCSCP, FACVP about all things pharmacology and drug related in veterinary medicine. If you can't remember your pharmacology course, tune into this VETgirl podcast to learn some core pharmacological concepts, especially when it comes to drug interactions. (Cytochrome P450, anyone)? Tune in to learn about the activities of inducers and inhibitors in pharmacology, along with some of the top drug interactions we need to keep in mind for veterinary medicine. What about “additive drug interactions,” and how does this apply to us in the veterinary clinic. So think twice before you give that doxycycline (cheese, anyone?)!
6/26/202322 minutes, 51 seconds
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Chatting about Nutrition, Remission, and the Importance of Client Communication for Compliance in Diabetic Cats with Dr. Julie Churchill | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Julie Churchill, PhD, DACVN about the importance of client communication in diabetic cats, as well as some nutritional takeaways when counseling and advising cat owners. We interview her about a recent paper entitled "Survival, remission, and quality of life in diabetic cats" published by Rothlin-Zachrisson N et al in JVIM. In this retrospective study assessing 477 cats with diabetes mellitus based on a pet owner questionnaire, the authors found an association between feeding wet food and remission of diabetes and quality of life. Tune in to learn more and find out the key takeaways about feeding canned food!
6/19/202319 minutes, 42 seconds
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Blaming the Victim: Re-thinking Burnout and Compassion Fatigue | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Marisa Brunetti, VMD and Dave Shuey, LMSW, DMA on burnout and compassion fatigue in veterinary medicine. Burnout and compassion fatigue are two terms that people use to address two of the most common mental health hazards inside and outside veterinary medicine. Using these terms as buzzwords, many prescriptions for work-life balance and self-care, while well-intentioned, fail to address the real danger due to inadvertently placing blame for "burnout" and "compassion fatigue" upon the sufferer. To more accurately describe and understand what we experience in the normal course of our duties, burnout and compassion fatigue should be seen as complex symptoms of simple (but sometimes deadly) problems of moral injury and trauma exposure. Join us in this VETgirl podcast for some important talk about sensitive subjects, vulnerable stories, and pathways to lasting change with the IndeVets team.
6/12/202334 minutes, 51 seconds
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All you need to know about leptospirosis in dogs with Dr. Christopher Lee | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Christopher Lee, MPH, DACVPM on canine leptospirosis. How is "lepto" transmitted, and what areas of the country are most affected? How do we diagnose it, and what are the clinical signs? What canine patient population should be vaccinated for leptospirosis? Tune in to learn all things lepto!
6/5/202316 minutes, 59 seconds
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Feline Diabetes Mellitus and What's New with Dr. Andrew Bugbee | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl podcast, we talk to Dr. Andrew Bugbee, DACVIM about diabetes mellitus in your feline patients, and what you need to know. Find out what some of the challenges are when it comes to discussing diabetes with cat owners, and what matters most to cat owners when they get the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus? After all, what's so hard about managing diabetes in cats? Learn about Bexacat, and how it may change the way we treat this disease, compared to how we treat with insulin. What's the "right" patient for Bexacat, and how do we monitor cats on SGLT2 inhibitors like Bexacat? Learn what's new in feline diabetes mellitus with this VETgirl podcast!
5/29/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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Burnout symptoms and workplace satisfaction among veterinary emergency care providers | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we talk to Dr. Marie Holowaychuk, DACVECC, CYT on a recent study entitled “Burnout symptoms and workplace satisfaction among veterinary emergency care providers.” No big shocker, but veterinary emergency care providers have higher burnout scores compared to human emergency care providers, and that these scores are notably higher among veterinary residents but less so in those working in emergency practice > 20 years! Tune in to find out about different workplace variables (such as workload, control over work, reward for work, community, fairness, and values alignment) can be associated with burnout and what some key takeaways in terms of next steps are when it comes to burnout among emergency care providers!
5/22/202318 minutes, 5 seconds
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What's new in the diagnosis and management of mitral valve disease in dogs with Dr. Darcy Adin | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Darcy Adin, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology). She will review practical, clinically relevant information on the latest updates in the diagnosis and management of mitral valve disease in dogs. Her discussion today will aid the general practitioner on what to do if the client can't go to the cardiologist. She will include steps from time of murmur to the dreaded congestive heart failure (CHF) patient. Part of the discussion she will review why 4 medications are recommended compared to the previous 3 in CHF. How does she improve client compliance in this disease? Tune in to learn all about cardiology and ways to make it easier in the clinical setting.
5/15/202319 minutes, 22 seconds
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Hepatopathies secondary to zonisamide therapy in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we discuss hepatopathies secondary to zonisamide therapy in dogs. Zonisamide is an antiepileptic drug that can be used as a single or adjunctive treatment for seizures in dogs. Commonly reported adverse effects of zonisamide include sedation, ataxia, and vomiting, though idiosyncratic drug reactions have also been reported, including acute hepatopathies (de Luisa, Schwartz, Miller). Unfortunately, the overall incidence of zonisamide-induced hepatotoxicity is not known. Therefore, Smith et al performed a retrospective study to characterize the incidence of hepatopathies occurring secondary to oral zonisamide administration in dogs.
5/8/20237 minutes, 33 seconds
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Retrospective Evaluation of Risk Factors for Development of Kidney Injury After Furosemide Treatment of CHF in Dogs with Jessica Ward, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Dr. Jessica Ward, DACVIM discusses whether kidney injury can occur after furosemide use when treating dogs with congestive heart failure (CHF). When we treat dogs dogs with CHF in the emergency or critical care setting, can we potentially cause more harm and cause acute kidney injury (AKI)?
5/1/202321 minutes, 34 seconds
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Coping with Heartworm Complications in Dogs with Dr. Aliya Magee | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss heartworm disease and what you need to know from a cardiologist! What are the complications we can see from heartworm disease, and when is it diagnosed as "complicated" versus "uncomplicated?" When should we refer our heartworm positive patients to a cardiologist? Do all heartworm positive patients need an echocardiogram and chest radiographs? More importantly, when we see significant clinical signs such as right-sided congestive heart failure, respiratory distress, syncope, and anemia, what do we do and how do we treat it? How do we treat pulmonary hypertension secondary to heartworm disease? To help sort this out, we're joined today by Dr. Aliya Magee, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Cardiology), Cardiology Section Chief and Assistant Professor of Veterinary Cardiology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Magee also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society.
4/24/202328 minutes, 25 seconds
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Heartworm Management: A Shelter Practice Perspective on Managing a Complex Disease with Dr. Uri Donnett | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss how to manage heartworm positive dogs and cats in the shelter setting. What do shelter veterinarians do when it comes to managing heartworm disease? It's important that shelter veterinarians and veterinarians in practice work together to provide the best possible care for the patients they see, and being heartworm positive disease isn't a death sentence to that pet! To help sort this out, we're joined today by Dr. Uri Donnett, DVM, MS, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice), Chief veterinarian at the Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Donnett also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society.
4/17/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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Making the Case for Heartworm Prevention in Cats with Dr. Mark Cousins | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss heartworm disease in cats. How can we make the case for heartworm prevention in our feline patients? Why is heartworm in cats challenging to diagnose? What guidelines can veterinary professionals follow for routine monitoring of cats for heartworms? Should we recommend routine heartworm testing in cats or testing when we see clinical signs that make us suspect heartworm infection? To help sort this out, we're joined today by Dr. Mark Cousins, DABVP (Feline Medicine), owner of The Cat Practice Veterinary Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Cousins also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society.
4/10/202320 minutes, 59 seconds
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Canine and feline obesity with Dr. Maryanne Murphy and Dr. Angela Rollins | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Maryanne Murphy, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition) and Dr. Angela Rollins, PhD, DACVIM (Nutrition), both Clinical Associate Professors of Nutrition at University of Tennessee, on the incidence of canine and feline obesity in our veterinary patients. What can we do to help improve the health of our patients by reducing obesity? Tune in for some tips on how to improve your nutrition history, client communication and compliance when it comes to treating this "growing" epidemic. Find out whatco-morbidities are associated with obesity, and how we as veterinary practitioners can incorporate assessments and other routine tasks into our management of obese patients. When should we recommend a therapeutic weight-loss formula? Tune in to learn things all things obesity related in your veterinary patients!
4/5/202326 minutes, 33 seconds
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Talking all things Lyme Disease in Dogs with Dr. Nikhil Joshi | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Nikhil Joshi on all things Lyme disease in dogs. What do you need to know about Borrelia burgdorferi and how is it transmitted? Tune in to learn how "easy" Lyme disease is to diagnose, and what to do when you see that blue dot on the 4DX SNAP test - should you treat it or not? Learn what an OSP is and why they are important with Lyme disease, and most importantly, find out if all Lyme vaccines in dogs are created equal!
4/3/202318 minutes, 8 seconds
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Diagnostic Dilemmas: Answer Common Questions about Heartworm Testing with Dr. Lindsay Starkey | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss diagnostic dilemmas about heartworm testing dogs and cats. What do we need to know about canine antigen testing, and are some heartworm antigen tests more sensitive than others? How common are false-positive results on in-house tests, and what do we need to know about false-negative results with heartworm testing? More importantly, what confirmation testing should I perform to confirm the diagnosis of heartworm disease? And cats? Since there's an issue with antigen testing in cats, what should we do when it comes to heartworm testing or diagnosing (or preventing) it in cats? To help sort this out, we're joined today by Dr. Lindsay Starkey, DVM, PhD, DACVM, a veterinary parasitologist and an assistant professor on the faculty of Auburn University. Dr. Starkey also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society.
3/27/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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Fleet Enema Toxicity in Cats with Dr. Justine Lee | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT reviews Fleet enema (or hypertonic phosphate) toxicity in cats (and small dogs). While this isn't a common toxicity, it can be if your cat owner gave the "wrong" type of enema! Tune in to learn what clinical signs, clinicopathologic changes, and treatment modalities are warranted with this life-threatening poisoning!
3/20/20237 minutes, 33 seconds
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Effective hourly pay rates for veterinarians with Drs. Samantha Cantor and Andrew Heller | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Samantha Cantor and Dr. Andrew Heller from IndeVets on understanding your compensation as a veterinarian. So, if you're confused on how you're paid - via salary, production, pro-sal, or hourly - you'll want to tune in! Learn about sign-on bonuses and wage increases, and how to calculate your effective hourly rate!
3/13/202322 minutes, 35 seconds
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Updates in Acute Canine Pancreatitis Treatment Options with PANOQUELLandreg;-CA1 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary podcast, we interview Dr. Joerg Steiner, med.vet., Dr.med.vet., PhD, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, AGAF, Regents Professor at Texas A&M University. He will review the most recent updates in acute canine pancreatitis (ACP) and an exciting new therapeutic option, PANOQUELL®-CA1 (fuzapladib sodium for injection). Acute canine pancreatitis is far more common than previously believed but until now, the treatment has been purely symptomatic. Dr. Steiner will be talking about the disease, diagnosis, prognosis, and updates in treatment. Tune in to learn about pancreatitis and its new, innovative solution.
3/6/202322 minutes, 37 seconds
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Interview with Dr. Andrea Myer, veterinary dermatologist | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Andrea Myer, DACVD, veterinary dermatologist, on all things derm related! If you need a quick review of veterinary dermatology, tune in to learn the top mistakes that veterinarians make with derm cases!
3/1/202321 minutes, 24 seconds
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Esophageal and Gastric Bone Foreign Bodies in Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we discuss esophageal and gastric bone foreign bodies in dogs. Most clinicians have encountered the post-holiday tidal wave of patients that swallowed a pork rib or ate a chicken bone from the trash can. These pups just can't help themselves! So, what do you do? Bone foreign bodies are common, but when do you need to intervene versus letting the dog try to pass them on their own? To help answer these questions, Barash et al performed a study describing the outcome and the management of dogs with both esophageal and gastric bone foreign bodies.
2/27/202314 minutes, 6 seconds
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How technology can improve veterinary medicine with Dr. Christie Long | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Christie Long, Vice President of Medicine at Modern Animal, on how technology can help improve our lives in veterinary medicine. Now that COVID is "over," what is the role of telemedicine? And with the busy-ness of veterinary life post-COVID, how can we support exemplary medical quality in veterinary medicine? Tune in to learn more about technology and its role in veterinary medicine!
2/20/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Talking with Ryanne Heiny, CVT, VTS (Internal Medicine) about all things veterinary technician and VTS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Ryanne Heiny, CVT, VTS (Internal Medicine) on being a veterinary technician specialist (VTS) in internal medicine. Should I consider getting my VTS? Can I go straight from veterinary technician school and go straight towards a VTS program? How can we build better trust between veterinarians and veterinary technicians? How can I be a more efficient veterinary technician or take a better history from pet owners? Tune in to learn more!
2/13/202321 minutes, 19 seconds
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Tartaric acid as the proposed toxic principle in grapes and raisins | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Colette Wegenast, DABT from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center on her recent publication entitled "Acute kidney injury in dogs following ingestion of cream of tartar and tamarinds and the connection to tartaric acid as the proposed toxic principle in grapes and raisins" which was published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care in 2022. As the toxic agent eluded toxicologists for decades, this paper discusses how the ASPCA APCC suspected tartaric acid was the toxic component in Vitus spp (e.g., grapes, raisins). Find out where else tartaric acid can be found, and how to manage tartaric acid or tamarind fruit toxicity in dogs.
2/6/202317 minutes, 43 seconds
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New advancements in canine respiratory protection | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Sheryl Gamble, MS, DVM, professional services veterinarian at Merck Animal Health, as she reviews the many infectious causes of canine cough and how they interact with the environment and the dog to cause disease. Can you tell what the culprit is from the clinical signs alone? Tune in to learn what CIRDC (canine infectious respiratory disease complex) pathogens we have vaccines for and which ones we don't. Learn about a new vaccine to help the fight against CIRDC that veterinarians, owners, and dogs will all definitely approve.
1/30/202322 minutes, 14 seconds
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Mental Health Challenges in Veterinary Medicine with Dr. Addie Reinhard | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we chat with Dr. Addie Reinhard, DVM, MS, as she reviews the mental health challenges in veterinary medicine. What are some things that leaders and companies can do to support their veterinary teams, and what can individuals do to support themselves in this field?
1/23/202315 minutes, 49 seconds
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Focused Cardiac Ultrasound in veterinary medicine: Part 2 with Dr. Christopher Kennedy, DACVECC | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Christopher Kennedy, DACVECC, DECVECC, a criticalist at the University of Liège - Belgium, on all things about focused cardiac ultrasound! In this Part 2 episode, learn more about using this point-of-care-ultrasound that focuses on the heart, how to diagnose pericardial effusion (because it's harder than it looks, folks!), how to determine if there is cardiac tamponade in your veterinary patient, and what the role of FCU in fluid resuscitation in shock is!
1/16/202322 minutes, 29 seconds
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The use of tranexamic acid in dogs and cats with Dr. Morgan Kelley, DACVECC | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Morgan Kelley, DACVECC on her paper "Retrospective analysis of the use of tranexamic acid in critically ill dogs and cats (2018-;2019): 266 dogs and 28 cats." If you're not sure what tranexamic acid (TXA) is and how it works to stop bleeding, you want to tune in! Learn how TXA has been used in veterinary versus human medicine, what the indications or contraindications for it are in veterinary medicine, how you can administer it, and how you can use TXA in your day to day practice! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Merck Animal Health, makers of Nobivac® Intra-Trac® Oral BbPi, the first oral Bordetella bronchiseptica and canine parainfluenza virus vaccine with patented Immuno-Mist-R™ technology.
1/9/202316 minutes, 25 seconds
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Chronic gastrointestinal disease following acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome (AHDS) in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the occurrence of chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disease following acute hemorrhagic diarrhea syndrome (AHDS) in dogs. AHDS is a common cause of acute GI disease in dogs, and this disease has been linked to alterations in the gut microbiome of affected patients. Impaired epithelial barrier function and dysbiosis during acute intestinal injury have been thought to cause increased immune sensitivity of the GI tract, resulting in chronic enteropathy later in life. For instance, in humans, acute enteropathies are one risk factor for future chronic enteropathies, and this has also been demonstrated in puppies that survive canine parvovirus infections (Klem, Kilian). So, Skotnitzki et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "Frequency of signs of chronic gastrointestinal disease in dogs after an episode of acute hemorrhagic diarrhea."
1/2/20238 minutes, 4 seconds
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What You Need to Know About Ticks with Dr. Kathryn Reif | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Kathryn E. Reif, PhD on tick updates in veterinary medicine. Do dogs and cats really need 12-month parasite prevention, and why is this recommendation so vital? Are ticks a "regional problem", and what are microenvironments when it comes to tick lifecycles? And what do we really need to know about tick attachment as veterinary professionals? Tune in to learn more and learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
12/26/202221 minutes, 47 seconds
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Managing Chronic Osteoarthritis Pain in Cats with Dr. Elizabeth Colleran | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Elizabeth Colleran, DABVP on chronic pain in cats. Find out how common chronic osteoarthritis (OA) is in cats, and whether cat caregivers can learn to recognize pain in their older cats. Learn about how Solensia works for cats with chronic pain, and how it may be more effective than recent chronic pain options out there. Tune into this VETgirl podcast to learn more!
12/21/202213 minutes, 53 seconds
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Feline Atopic Skin Syndrome (Formerly known as Atopy) with Dr. Alice Jeromin, DACVD | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Alice Jeromin, DACVD on atopy in cats, which has since been renamed Feline Atopic Skin Syndrome (FASS). Are you missing the diagnosis of atopy in cats? Find out what the clinical signs of atopy are in cats, what signalment, age and breed gets it, and most importantly, how to treat Feline Atopic Skin Syndrome in your feline patients!
12/19/202227 minutes, 6 seconds
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Treating Canine Osteoarthritis with Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Kristin Kirkby Shaw, DVM, MS, PhD, CCRT, DACVS, DACVSMR on diagnosing and treatment osteoarthritis (OA) in dogs. What are some challenges in diagnosing OA in dogs, and how do we manage OA in dogs? What role does the entire veterinary team play when managing dogs with OA? Learn about Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and how it contributes to the pain associated with osteoarthritis. Also, learn how anti-NGF monoclonal antibodies work to control OA, so we can keep our canine patients comfortable.
12/12/202220 minutes, 41 seconds
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Focused cardiac ultrasound in veterinary medicine with Dr. Christopher Kennedy: Part 1 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Christopher Kennedy, DACVECC, DECVECC, a criticalist at the University of Liège - Belgium, on all things about focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU). Tune in to find out the use of this point-of-care-ultrasound that focuses on the heart, when we should be using FCU, and how we can go about implementing its use in our veterinary patients!
12/5/202220 minutes, 5 seconds
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What you need to know about antibiotics and antimicrobial stewardship with Dr. Natalie Young | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we talk to Dr. Natalie Young, PharmD, BCSCP, FACVP about all things pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics when it comes to antibiotics! If you're prescribing antibiotics EVERY. SINGLE. DAY., you'll want to check out this podcast as we discuss how we can implement appropriate antimicrobial stewardship in our veterinary clinic, and why it's important. Find out how we can improve client compliance with antibiotics, and what common mistakes we want to avoid when it comes to interpretation of culture and susceptibility reports. Lastly, why is this important? Because of antibiotic resistance! Tune in to learn it from this veterinary pharmacist!
11/28/202222 minutes, 37 seconds
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What You Need to Know About Vaccines in Small Animal Practice with Dr. Richard Meadows | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Richard Meadows, DABVP (Canine and Feline) on what you need to know about vaccines in small animal practice. When it comes to Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD), what etiologies cause this? Which vaccines should you be reaching for in your canine and feline patients, and how do we determine what is "core" versus "non-core?" How do we best communicate vaccination strategy with our pet owners and improve preventative care? Tune in to learn more and learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
11/21/202222 minutes, 58 seconds
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How being a vet makes you a better parent, and how being a parent makes you a better vet with Dr. Michelle Clancy and Dr. Maritza Goller | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Michelle Clancy and Dr. Maritza Goller of IndeVets on how being a veterinarian makes you a better parent, and how being a parent makes you a better veterinary professional! Tune in for some parenting life hacks for veterinary professionals! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by IndeVets. IndeVets is creating a whole new way to work that puts vets like us first. They combine what makes associate work reliable with what makes relief work super flexible. That means all their doctors get proper pay for the hours they work, full benefits, and total schedule control -; with a team dedicated to their happiness and growth every step of the way. IndeVets is vet-led and currently hiring highly competent and nice doctors. Check out them out at indevets.com.
11/14/202224 minutes, 17 seconds
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Self-care, After-care, and Professional care in Veterinary Medicine with Jeannine Moga, LSW | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl's Chief Happiness Officer, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical veterinary social worker, chats with Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT on self-care, after-care, and professional care for veterinary professionals. What can we do to take care of ourselves as veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students? It's more than just a bubble bath and glass of wine... after all, scheduling and prioritizing self care, having awareness and goal setting, and taking the leap of professional care are all an important part of general wellness.
11/7/202228 minutes, 45 seconds
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Myxomatous mitral valve disease in Miniature Schnauzers and Yorkshire Terriers | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the high prevalence of myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) in dogs, particularly in smaller breeds, as well as the wide variation in outcomes that occur as a result of this disease have stimulated discussion as what factors may impact these variable outcomes. Some dogs with MMVD will never develop clinical signs referable to their disease during their lifetime, while others will progress to outcomes such as congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, or cardiac arrhythmias. Whether significant differences in clinical progression occur among breeds has not been extensively investigated outside of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Dachshunds, and Miniature Poodles.
10/31/202211 minutes, 19 seconds
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Decoding Signs of Urinary Issues for Cat Owners with Dr. Chris Pachel | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Christopher Pachel, DACVB, CABC on how to decode signs of urinary issues for cat owners. What are some common stressors for our feline patients, and how can this stress impact their urinary healthy? Tune in to learn what undesirable behaviors can be caused by stress, and what obvious to more subtle signs of stress can be seen in cats. Find out what key questions to ask about patient history including the home environment and feeding that may play a role, and learn recommendations for cat owners when it comes to all things behavior!
10/24/202228 minutes, 5 seconds
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Should I apply for an internship with Dr. Justine Johnson, DACVECC | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Justine Johnson, DACVECC, Chief of Staff at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists on whether or not you should apply for an internship in veterinary medicine. Is it worth the delay in paying off your loans? Is it worth it to defer one year of making money? While AVMA and academia also have different opinions on this, listen in to hear veterinary specialists discuss applying for an internship is worth it!
10/17/202224 minutes, 3 seconds
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What Veterinary Professionals Need to Know About The Pandemic Pet Parent with Dr. Natalie Marks | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Natalie Marks on pandemic pet parents. It's been over 2 years post-COVID pandemic, and we're still seeing a lot of "pandemic-pet" related problems! What are some of the biggest issues veterinary professionals are seeing right now in first-time pet parents, and what about those pandemic pets who never received veterinary care during or post-pandemic? Tune in for some tips on how to best advise new pet parents, and what you can tell pet parents to help them transition back to the office when it comes to their pets!
10/10/202232 minutes, 38 seconds
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The "Pros" of Probiotics with Dr. Michael Lappin | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Michael Lappin, DACVIM, Professor at Colorado State University, on all things probiotics in dogs and cats. What are the "pros" of using probiotics in our veterinary patients, and is it more than just supplementing yogurt? While probiotics are designed to boost healthy gut bacteria (and hence, why they are used with gastrointestinal [GI] conditions), what other non-GI conditions should probiotics be considered in? What's the latest in veterinary studies when it comes to probiotics, and are probiotics beneficial for cats with stress-related conditions (e.g., upper respiratory infections!)? More importantly, how do we veterinary professionals choose which type of probiotic to use? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
10/3/202224 minutes, 3 seconds
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Cat Friendly Care For Your Veterinary Clinic with Dr. Ilona Rodan | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Ilona Rodan, DVM DABVP (feline medicine) will review how we can make our veterinary clinic more cat friendly. As cats consistently get less healthcare than dogs, what can we do to help minimize barriers for cat care for cat caregivers? What can we do to make clinics more cat-friendly? Are we recognizing the stress factors impacting cats, and how can this affect their urinary health? How can we take a more proactive role in feline urinary health? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
9/28/202219 minutes, 47 seconds
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AI Blood Smear: The Complete Hematology Story with Dr. Richard Goldstein | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Richard Goldstein, DACVIM, DECVIM on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the role of complete blood count (CBC) hematology in veterinary medicine. What's the role of AI in veterinary medicine, and how can this help when it comes to reviewing blood smears in dogs and cats? Learn about the importance of blood smears in veterinary medicine, and when a blood smear should be performed to supplement the automated CBC results. Tune in to learn how to improve your CBC interpretation, thanks to technology, and improve your clinic efficiency!
9/26/202226 minutes, 21 seconds
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Understanding andamp; Managing Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease with Dr. Korinn Saker | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Korinn Saker, DACVN about understanding and managing Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) versus Feline Urethral Obstruction (UO). What's the clinical presentation and how do we work up these diseases? What role does nutrition play in FLUTD and UO and how can we help treat these all-to-common feline cases?
9/22/202222 minutes, 35 seconds
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Assessment of the validity of a standing abdominal POCUS FAST ultrasound exam in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Marc Seitz, DVM, DACVR, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice), Assistant Clinical Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at Mississippi State University on a recent abstract entitled "Assessment of the validity of a standing abdominal point-of-care ultrasound exam for the evaluation of peritoneal effusion in dogs." If you have an ultrasound in your veterinary clinic, tune in to learn all things FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) or POCUS ultrasound-related! Looking for the presence of ascites, pleural effusion, and pericardial effusion in your veterinary patients can be easily done with this readily available tool!
9/19/202217 minutes, 3 seconds
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What You Need to Know About Canine Osteoarthritis with Dr. Denis Marcellin-Little | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Denis J. Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS, DECVS, ACVSMR on what you need to know as a veterinary professional when it comes to canine osteoarthritis (OA). How can we detect earlier in our canine patients, and what can we do to prevent it and treat it? What type of multimodal treatment should we be using to treat our patients with OA? Tune in to learn more and learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
9/14/202240 minutes, 22 seconds
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Urosepsis in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss urosepsis in dogs. Urosepsis simply refers to sepsis that occurs due to an infectious process originating within the urogenital tract. While urosepsis may not be your first differential in the typical septic patient, one study actually found that 35% of septic dogs had an infectious focus identified within either the urinary or genital tract (deLaforcade). There are various origins for urogenital infections that can lead to sepsis, including pyelonephritis, urogenital abscesses, pyometra, infectious prostatitis, septic uroabdomen, tumor necrosis within the urogenital tract, or infections associated with indwelling devices (King, Aronson). Unfortunately, there are few studies characterizing urosepsis in our canine patients. So, Perry et al wanted to evaluate this in a retrospective study entitled Clinical features, outcome, and illness severity scoring in 32 dogs with urosepsis (2017-2018). In this study, the authors evaluated 32 dogs diagnosed with urosepsis. Their objective was to describe the clinical features, outcome, and the utility of an illness severity scoring system in these dogs.
9/12/202213 minutes, 27 seconds
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Evaluation of pericardial catheter placement versus needle pericardiocentesis in the dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we will be evaluating two methods of pericardiocentesis based off a study by Cook et al entitled Prospective evaluation of pericardial catheter placement versus needle pericardiocentesis in the management of canine pericardial effusion. Pericardial effusion in dogs is a condition we see with some degree of frequency in the ER. The urgency of this condition arises from the buildup of trapped fluid in the small sac surrounding the heart, located between the pericardial lining and the myocardium. Normally this space is so small that you can't really see it on an emergency ultrasound scan without a cardiologist and a diagnostic ultrasound. When enough fluid builds up in the pericardial sac, this space becomes easier to see on emergency ultrasounds. But more importantly, as the fluid accumulates, the pressure in this trapped space compresses the heart chambers, preventing adequate filling of the heart, and results in less blood exiting the heart, and so less blood and oxygen is supplied to our vital organs. This condition is called cardiac tamponade and represents one of the causes of “obstructive shock.” Clinical signs that may clue us in to the presence of cardiac tamponade include Beck's triad of: 1) low blood pressure 2) muffled heart sounds 3) and jugular venous distention, and often the patient is also tachycardic which is the body's compensatory response to the lower cardiac filling volumes.
9/5/202213 minutes, 19 seconds
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Tips to work more efficiently with Dr. Marisa Brunetti andamp; Dr. Maria Botinas | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Marisa Brunetti (IndeVets Chief Veterinary Officer) and Dr. Maria Botinas (IndeVets Area Medical Director) on how to work more efficiently in veterinary medicine. Tune in for some veterinary tips to gain some work-life balance back in veterinary medicine!
8/29/202226 minutes, 37 seconds
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What you need to know about urinary health in aging cats with Dr. Hazel Carney | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Hazel Carney, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice) on what you need to know about urinary health in aging cats. First, how do we get cat caregivers to be more proactive about feline healthcare, and how do we get cat owners to notice lower urinary tract signs such as PU/PD more? What are major signs and causes of lower urinary tract disease in the aging cat, and what steps can we help cat owners implement both nutrition-wise and environmental-wise to improve feline health? How can we take a more proactive role in feline urinary health? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
8/22/202217 minutes, 43 seconds
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Atrial Fibrillation and Sudden Cardiac Death in Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss atrial fibrillation (AF) in dogs. AF is a common arrhythmia in our canine patients, characterized by that classic “tennis shoes in a dryer” sound on auscultation. This arrhythmia is caused by disorganized, rapid electrical activity of the atria (Pedro). After identification of this abnormality on physical examination, it is important to confirm the arrhythmia with an electrocardiogram (ECG) and consider a full cardiac assessment to better understand the cause and severity of this finding. AF can itself lead to structural remodeling, and in humans with AF, an increased risk of sudden cardiac death (SCD) is observed (Waldmann). However, it is unclear whether this risk for SCD is also true in dogs. So, Borgeat et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "Prevalence of sudden cardiac death in dogs with atrial fibrillation." In this study, the authors hypothesize that a higher proportion of dogs with AF suffer from SCD than those with sinus rhythm and that SCD would be associated with complex ventricular arrhythmias as identified on a Holter monitor.
8/15/202211 minutes, 7 seconds
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How to hire vets and how to find the job that's right for you | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Andrew Heller (IndeVets co-founder and IndeVet #1) and Dr. Samantha Cantor (Veterinary Success Manager) at IndeVets. Find out how to hire veterinarians and what some red flags are that you should look for when interviewing a veterinarian. What are some green flags when hiring? Often veterinarian owners aren't specifically trained in hiring so this podcast will provide some key tips!
8/8/202220 minutes, 8 seconds
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What you need to know about feline diabetes management with Dr. Deb Greco, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Deb Greco, PhD, DACVIM about diabetes mellitus in cats. Is there anything we as veterinary professionals can do better at identifying and monitoring cats that are either at risk or have preclinical diabetes? What can we do to work with our pet owners to keep cats from progressing to diabetes mellitus? Is there anything we can implement early - or even preemptively - to minimize the predisposition for insulin resistance? What are the odds of diabetic remission in cats? Learn long-term management - including dietary management, monitoring and tapering of insulin - in this VETgirl podcast!
8/1/202230 minutes, 17 seconds
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The association between dexmedetomidine and gallbladder edema HALO in sedated dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Marc Seitz, DVM, DACVR, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice), Assistant Clinical Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at Mississippi State University on a recent study he published entitled "Sedation with dexmedetomidine is associated with transient gallbladder wall thickening and peritoneal effusion in some dogs undergoing abdominal ultrasonography." If you're doing point-of-care ultrasounds (AKA FAST ultrasounds) on your patients sedated with dexmedetomidine, you'll need to be on the look out for gallbladder edema or the "HALO" sign. Tune in to learn all the important differentials you should be keeping in mind when you see the HALO sign on veterinary ultrasound!
7/25/202216 minutes, 9 seconds
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Solutions for Feline Urinary Disease with Dr. Kelly St. Denis | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Kelly St. Denis, MSc, DVM, DABVP (feline practice) will review feline urinary disease. What's the classic signalment for cats with Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), and what are the clinical signs? What we can do to help cat owners identify it sooner, and how do we diagnose and manage cats with urinary disease? How can we take a more proactive role in feline urinary health? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Royal Canin. Recommend multifunction Royal Canin Urinary SO® + Calm complete and balanced adult cat food to help support a healthy urinary tract while providing calming nutrients for cats facing stress. Learn more at my.royalcanin.com.
7/20/202217 minutes, 24 seconds
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Common large animal problems you need to know about with Dr. Kathryn Slaughter-Mehfoud | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Kathryn Slaughter-Mehfoud, DVM, MPH, on a few equine problems seen by a large animal/equine surgeon. Tune in to learn everything from angular limb deformities in foals, esophageal obstructions ("choke"), septic joints to OCD lesions to when you should refer a horse to a veterinary specialist or not! Plus, this is great info for veterinary students for board review!
7/18/202224 minutes, 24 seconds
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Treatment of Refractory Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the treatment of refractory coccidioidomycosis in dogs. Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley Fever, is a common fungal infection in the southwestern United States that is caused by the organisms Coccidioides immitis and Coccidioides posadasii. We review the study by Shubitz et al entitled "Posaconazole treatment of refractory coccidioidomycosis in dogs."
7/11/202211 minutes, 55 seconds
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Chatting with Dr. Meghan Vaught, DACVECC about Cyberbullying in Veterinary Medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Meghan Vaught, DACVECC, Criticalist and ECC Service Director at the Maine Veterinary Medical Center on cyberbullying in veterinary medicine. What do we do when our veterinary staff and clinic undergo the vitriol of pet owners or veterinary professionals in general?
7/6/202215 minutes, 38 seconds
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Echocardiographic predictors of first onset of atrial fibrillation in dogs with CVHD using Speckle Tracking | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review echocardiographic predictors of first onset of atrial fibrillation in dogs with chronic valvular heart disease (CVHD) AKA myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) using speckle tracking. The onset of atrial fibrillation (AF) is a negative prognostic indicator in dogs with underlying structural heart disease, and the likelihood of onset of atrial fibrillation is higher with increases in left atrial size and body weight. Furthermore, the greater the patient's ventricular response rate, or ultimately heart rate, in atrial fibrillation, the worse the prognosis is known to be. As a result, pharmacologic heart rate control is a major goal of treatment in dogs with atrial fibrillation secondary to structural heart disease. Early detection of onset of atrial fibrillation, if possible, would reduce the amount of time during which a dog may be experiencing as-yet undetected rapid atrial fibrillation. Data in humans have determined that certain markers on surface electrocardiogram (ECG) and echocardiogram (ECHO) can be useful in predicting the onset of atrial fibrillation. So, Toaldo et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "Echocardiographic predictors of first onset of atrial fibrillation in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease." The goal of this study was to evaluate the utility of several echocardiographically-derived indicators of left atrial and ventricular size and function in predicting onset of atrial fibrillation in dogs with MMVD.
7/4/202210 minutes, 21 seconds
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Dealing with hematuria in our feline patients with Dr. Margie Scherk | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP on all things lower urinary tract in our feline patients! What do we do with our FLUTD / FIC cases? What do we do when we see cats presenting with these clinical signs, and is antimicrobial therapy warranted? Should I do a urinalysis on these feline patients, and what's the diagnostic approach to hematuria in cats?
6/27/202230 minutes, 59 seconds
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Anxiety management in dogs and cats with Dr. Lisa Radosta | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Lisa Radosta, DACVB about anxiety management in dogs and cats, including what potential causes or triggers contribute towards pet anxiety. How is anxiety manifested in dogs versus cats, and what screening questions should we veterinary professionals ask our pet owners to best screen for these common behavior problems? Tune in to know what medications and supplements are available and how to best treat anxiety in our feline and canine patients. Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
6/20/202228 minutes, 18 seconds
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What's new with peri-operative pain management in veterinary medicine with Dr. Tammy Grubb | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA about what's new with peri-operative pain management in veterinary medicine. Tune in to learn how and why we should address pain at multiple different levels in the pain pathway, and what veterinary professionals need to know about effective perioperative pain management.
6/15/202222 minutes, 21 seconds
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Heterobilharzia americana infection in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review Heterobilharzia americana (HA) infections in dogs. HA is a trematode parasite that can infect our canine patients, causing a condition known as schistosomiasis and potentially severe granulomatous disease. We know that specific snails are the intermediate host, and that dogs swimming in freshwater lakes or streams are often exposed to the free cercariae that have been released by an infected snail. The organisms infect the dog by dermal penetration, and can then migrate via the bloodstream to cause damage elsewhere and eventually to mate. Specifically, the organisms move to the liver and to the lungs, where they sexually mature into adult parasites. These adults can move via the portal system, and they mate and release fertilized eggs in the mesenteric veins. Enzymes facilitate transport of the eggs into the intestines, and they are ultimately excreted in the feces. To round out this process, a new stage of the organism, the flagellated miracidia, is released from the eggs to infect snails if the feces comes in contact with fresh water. And so the cycle continues!
6/13/202212 minutes, 37 seconds
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Clinical and pathological findings in rabbits with cardiovascular disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Sarah Ozawa, DACZM, Clinical Assistant Professor in the Exotics and Zoo department at NSCU, on the incidence of congestive heart failure (CHF) in rabbits. Based off her recent study Clinical and pathological findings in rabbits with cardiovascular disease: 59 cases (2001-2018), we discuss if rabbits develop cardiovascular disease, and if so, what are the clinical signs that we need to recognize? How do we identify and work up rabbits with CHF and what is the treatment? Tune in to learn it with our first VETgirl rabbit podcast ever!
6/6/202219 minutes, 44 seconds
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Clinical performance of a point-of-care Coccidioides antibody test in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss a point-of-care (POC) antibody assay for Coccidioides in dogs. Coccidioides is a systemic fungal infection also known as Valley Fever, common in the southwest United States and parts of northern Mexico (Brown). The fungal organisms live in the soil, but unfortunately can become aerosolized and inhaled, leading to disease. Affected dogs often suffer from respiratory disease, but a quarter of cases can result in more serious, disseminated infections (Davidson). In a study entitled "Clinical performance of a point-of-care Coccidioides antibody test in dogs" by Reagan et al, the authors dive into the diagnostic options available for detecting Coccidioides, and they offer a quick and helpful review of the available options. Briefly, several diagnostic options are available, though cytology, histopathology, or fungal culture represent the gold standards. An agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) assay is used commonly in dogs to detect IgM or IgG against fungal antigens, but this test is expensive, has certain technical challenges, and varies in performance. Additionally, an enzyme immunoassay can also be performed for rapid antibody detection, but this assay still requires sending samples to a reference laboratory. Lastly, an immunochromatographic lateral flow assay (LFA) is another type of rapid detection assay that detects antibodies against two Coccidiodies antigens. This is a POC test that can be performed in approximately 30 minutes! Therefore in the current study, the authors sought to determine the agreement between this LFA and the standard AGID assay in dogs with suspected coccidioidomycosis.
5/30/20227 minutes, 23 seconds
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Mental Health Awareness with Jeannine Moga, LSW and Dr. Justine Lee | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl's Chief Happiness Officer, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical veterinary social worker, chats with Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT on Mental Health Awareness month. How do we lose the guilt when it comes to self-care, and what can we as veterinary professionals do to take better care of ourselves and our colleagues? What's the difference between a life coach and a therapist, and how do I find out?
5/25/202232 minutes, 4 seconds
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The importance of veterinary technician utilization in vet med | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Amy Johnson, BS, LVT, RLATG, CVJ, our VETgirl Manager of Content Development discuss veterinary technician utilization. First, how can vet techs advocate for their utilization, and why is it so important? Who can benefit from appropriate veterinary technician utilization? Tune into this VETgirl podcast and find out!
5/23/202213 minutes, 29 seconds
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Transdermal gabapentin in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review the use of transdermal gabapentin in cats. Transdermal drugs have made administration of certain medications substantially easier, though these formulations present their own challenges with absorption and bioavailability. In a study by Slovak et al entitled "A pilot study of transdermal gabapentin in cats," the authors evaluated gabapentin in a proprietary base called Lipoderm to determine if this transdermal formulation could penetrate feline skin and improve pain scores. The authors explain that this particular base was selected based on previously published literature on its consistency and stability (Zhang; Shakshuki).
5/16/20228 minutes, 57 seconds
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What ER Vets and Veterinarians do that Annoy Veterinary Technicians | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Tiffany Gendron, CVT, VTS (ECC), our VETgirl Veterinary CE Coordinator discuss what ER vets and veterinarians do that annoy veterinary technicians. Tune in for a full-filled podcast to learn what we can do to be better teammates and to run the hospital more efficiently with good patient care.
5/9/202224 minutes, 35 seconds
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From Testing to Talking Points: What Veterinarians, Shelters and Owners Need to Know about Caring for Heartworm-Positive Dogs with Dr. Brian DiGangi | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Brian DiGangi, DABVP on what veterinarians, shelters and pet owners need to know about caring for heartworm-positive dogs. If you work in shelter medicine or work with animal rescue organizations where you transport dogs or diagnose and treat heartworm-positive dogs, this is a MUST to listen to! Dr. Brian DiGangi, DABVP who is a Senior Director of shelter medicine for the ASPCA, is uniquely qualified to discuss this topic. He is board-certified in shelter medicine, as well as canine and feline practice, he is a past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, and he has been on the American Heartworm Society board of directors for 6 years.
5/2/202213 minutes, 29 seconds
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Heartworm Treatment: When the Perfect Protocol Isn't Followed with Dr. Andy Moorhead | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss what to do when treating heartworm disease in dogs, especially when the "perfect protocol" isn't followed. In an ideal world, no dogs would get heartworms - and if they DID get infected, they would be given the full course of treatment recommended by organizations like the American Heartworm Society - including a course of doxycycline and a heartworm preventive followed by a series of three melarsomine injections. In the real world, circumstances lead many dogs with heartworms to be treated with less-than-optimal protocols. The question for veterinarians is, what do they need to know about management of these patients when they are adopted and find their way to your exam room? To discuss this, we are joined today by Dr. Andy Moorhead, who is a veterinary parasitologist and an assistant professor on the faculty of the University of Georgia. He also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society.
4/25/202219 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Heartworm-Positive Patient: What happens next? with Dr. Marisa Ames | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss what to do if you just diagnosed a patient with heartworm - what do you do with that heartworm-positive patient? What happens next? Are other diagnostics needed? When and why are they needed in that heartworm-positive patient? To discuss this, we are joined today by Dr. Marisa Ames, DACVIM, a veterinary cardiologist and Associate Professor on the faculty of the University of California - Davis. She also serves on the board of directors of the American Heartworm Society.
4/18/202226 minutes, 38 seconds
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When - and how - should cats be tested for heartworms? with Dr. Lindsay Starkey | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss heartworm disease in cats. It is generally understood that heartworm disease in cats is underdiagnosed-in part because many veterinarians do not routinely test cats for heartworms and also because feline heartworm testing itself is less straightforward than testing in dogs. To help sort this out, we're joined today by Dr. Lindsay Starkey, DVM, PhD, DACVM, a veterinary parasitologist and an assistant professor on the faculty of Auburn University. Dr. Starkey also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society.
4/11/202221 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cardiac Nutrition for Patients with Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease (MMVD) | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Callie Harris on the use of nutrition and how it relates to cardiac health! We've all seen this patient - an older small-breed dog who comes to your veterinary clinic for an annual wellness visit. You do your routine exam, including auscultation, and you hear a heart murmur. The dog appears healthy, but you know that his age and breed put him at risk for mitral valve disease. How would you handle the conversation with the client at this point? Can we implement a multi-modal approach including nutrition into our management of chronic valvular heart disease (AKA myxomatous mitral valve disease) in dogs? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
4/4/202221 minutes, 36 seconds
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Oh Crap! This dog's positive for microfilaria with Dr. Lindsay Starkey | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss what you need to know about microfilariae and heartworm disease in dogs. What if you just had a dog diagnosed as microfilariae positive? How should you test and treat for this? Can microfilariae be resistant? Tune in to learn it! Today we're joined by Dr. Lindsay Starkey, a veterinary parasitologist and an assistant professor on the faculty of Auburn University. Dr. Starkey also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society.
3/28/202219 minutes, 39 seconds
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The benefits of weight loss with respect to underlying canine orthopedic disease with Dr. Nick Trout, DACVS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Nicholas J. Trout MA, VET MB, DACVS, ECVS on the benefits of weight loss with respect to underlying canine orthopedic disease. As a growing population of our pets are overweight or obese, tune in to find out how you can help pets live a more pain-free life.
3/21/202222 minutes, 57 seconds
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Stereotactic body radiation therapy for canine heart base tumors | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the use of sterotactic body radiation therapy for the treatment of heart base tumors in dogs. The two most common anatomic locations for cardiac neoplasia include the right atrium/auricle, and the heart base. Tumors at the heart base are most commonly chemodectomas, otherwise known as aortic body tumors, which are neuroendocrine tumors arising from the wall of the ascending aorta. Brachycephalic breeds are overrepresented in dogs with heart base tumors (HBTs). In many dogs, the identification of HBTs is incidental. Clinical signs in dogs with HBTs are generally associated with complications of local tumor invasion, including pericardial effusion, cardiac arrhythmias, obstruction of cardiac chambers or vasculature, and right sided congestive heart failure. HBTs are rarely confirmed via antemortem histopathology due to the risk of complications associated with biopsy and the relatively reliable predictive nature of tumor type based on ultrasonographic location. Treatment options for dogs with HBTs have remained relatively limited due to inability to safely perform surgical resection and limited response to traditional chemotherapeutics. Data evaluating response of HBTs to radiation therapy has been limited to date. So, Kruckman-Gatesy et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "A retrospective analysis of stereotactic body radiation therapy for canine heart base tumors: 26 cases."
3/14/202213 minutes, 5 seconds
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Getting some relief in veterinary medicine with Drs. Marisa Brunetti and Andrew Heller | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Marisa Brunetti, Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Andrew Heller, Chief Growth Officer at IndeVets. If you're burnt out right now, or trying to balance the field of veterinary medicine with your life, learn how to get some relief in veterinary medicine. Find out why so many veterinarians are interested in relief work now, and how relief work may change the veterinary industry!
3/7/202223 minutes, 23 seconds
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The treatment of proteinuria in dogs with telmisartan | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the use of telmisartan in dogs with proteinuria. Recall that the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) is a physiological system that plays vital roles in blood pressure (BP) regulation, vascular resistance, fluid balance, and electrolyte regulation. Chronic RAAS activation can worsen urinary protein loss, and two common classes of medications that target this pathway are used for dogs suffering from proteinuria. Perhaps the most familiar are the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, such as enalapril or benazepril. In veterinary medicine, these medications are commonly prescribed for patients suffering from proteinuria. However a second class, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), have become increasingly popular in recent years, which include medications such as losartan and telmisartan. So, Lecavalier et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled Treatment of proteinuria in dogs with telmisartan: A retrospective study. In this study, the authors sought to describe telmisartan's use and efficacy in dogs, and they hypothesized that telmisartan would effectively lower the urine protein-to-creatinine ratio (UPC) in dogs with proteinuria.
2/28/202215 minutes
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Should I do large animal veterinary medicine with Dr. Kathryn Slaughter-Mehfoud | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Kathryn Slaughter-Mehfoud, DVM, MPH, on what it's like to be a (soon-to-be-boarded) equine surgeon. If you're weighing whether or not to do large animal versus small animal, or whether to practice mixed animal medicine or surgery, tune in! Join us as we get some life experience tips from this "cowgirl vet!"
2/21/202218 minutes, 4 seconds
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Factors affecting survival in cats diagnosed with uroabdomen | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the feline uroabdomen. Uroabdomen simply refers to free urine within the abdominal cavity, which occurs secondary to a breach anywhere in the urinary tract. In cats, the urinary bladder itself is the most common location for a rupture, and it most commonly occurs secondary to trauma (Stafford). The consequences of a uroabdomen can be severe and life-threatening. Common metabolic disturbances include hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, hyperphosphatemia, metabolic acidosis, and azotemia. In a dog, you may see this laboratory work and think of an Addisonian crisis! Importantly, cats that have a palpable bladder or that are still able to void normally could still have a uroabdomen, so do not rule it out based on those findings alone. When faced with such a case, you brilliant clinicians out there are fully prepared to jump into action and stabilize the patient. However, you may not have the best guidance when providing the owners with evidence-based prognostic information. This is because few studies have actually evaluated prognostic factors in feline uroabdomen cases. So, in a study by Hornsey et al entitled "Factors affecting survival to discharge in 53 cats diagnosed with uroabdomen: a single-centre retrospective analysis," the authors sought to evaluate specific factors that are associated with outcome in cats presenting with a uroabdomen. This was a retrospective study, and medical records were reviewed of cats presenting to a veterinary teaching hospital with a uroabdomen between June 2003 and September 2016. Cats that were euthanized within 2 hours of presentation were excluded. Confirmation of a uroabdomen required either sampling and biochemical analysis of the abdominal fluid or contrast radiography with visualization of fluid escaping the urogenital tract. Extensive information was extracted from the medical records, including patient details, diagnostic results, etiology, treatment information, and case outcome. Note that the authors classified uroabdomen etiology in the following four categories: external trauma (road traffic accident, other blunt trauma, or dog fight), iatrogenic (cystocentesis, urinary catheterization, bladder expression, or post-operative), urethral obstruction, and unknown.
2/14/20228 minutes, 20 seconds
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Should we use atenolol in cats with HCM? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss feline HCM and whether the use of beta-blockers are beneficial. So, Coleman and al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "Atenolol in cats with subclinical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of effect on quality of life, activity, and cardiac biomarkers." We likely should be dispensing beta blockers - specifically atenolol - less frequently - if at all, as this study didn't show any benefit in quality of life, activity, or treatment benefits for cats with subclinical HCM. When in doubt, pick a different cardiac medication and consult with your local cardiologist!
2/7/202210 minutes, 56 seconds
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Bacterial infection before and after stent placement in dogs with tracheal collapse | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the incidence of bacterial infection before and after stent placement in dogs with tracheal collapse. Positive bacterial culture is common in dogs with tracheal collapse (TC), with Pseudomonas spp. most commonly isolated. The role of positive bacterial culture in the pathophysiology of TC is not clear, however, and cytology does not always support an overt infection. Bacterial infection and or pneumonia are known complications associated with tracheal stent placement in dogs. Mucus-filled gaps between tracheal stents and the tracheal mucosa are common. Whether the presence of bacteria impacts the ability of the trachea to fully integrate into the tracheal mucosa is unclear. So, Lesnikowski et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "Bacterial infection before and after stent placement in dogs with tracheal collapse syndrome." The primary purpose of the study was to evaluate the frequency of bacterial infection in dogs with tracheal collapse both before and after stent placement, and whether this correlated to evidence of overt respiratory infection. The authors also hoped to identify risk factors for infection and further characterize the types of infections present. They hypothesized that placement of a tracheal stent would reduce the risk of infections in geriatric dogs and those with traditional-type tracheal collapse (TTC) while increasing this risk in young dogs and dogs with malformation-type tracheal collapse (MTC). TTC was defined as weakened cartilage with flattened lumen. MTC was defined as firm cartilage that is malformed.
1/31/202210 minutes, 43 seconds
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Unintended weight loss in cats with Dr. Cynthia Ward, PhD, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss unintended weight loss in cats with Dr. Cynthia Ward, PhD, DACVIM, the endocrinology consultant for Dechra Veterinary Products. Tune in to learn why inadequate nutrition and unintended weight loss in cats is detrimental, what the common causes of weight loss in cats are, and how to be proactive about weight loss. Learn how to take a proactive approach to feline patients losing weight! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Dechra Veterinary Products, the maker of Mirataz (mirtazapine transdermal ointment). Take control with Mirataz. To learn more visit www.mirataz.com.
1/24/202221 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Roles of Animal/Boarded Veterinary Nutritionists with Dr. Laura Gaylord, DACVN and Dr. Matt Panasevich, PhD | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Laura Gaylord, DACVN and Dr. Matt Panasevich, PhD. Each represents a different, but equally important, sub-segment of Nutritionists - Dr. Gaylord as a board-certified veterinary nutritionist and Dr. Panasevich as a PhD animal nutritionist. Here, find out more about their roles and how by working collaboratively, what they can bring to the health of pets. Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Blue Buffalo, makers of BLUE Natural Veterinary Diets. With a research & development team made up of PhD nutritionists, veterinarians and food scientists with more than 300 cumulative years of experience in the pet food industry, Blue Buffalo is committed to partnering with the veterinary profession and providing the best science-backed care for the pets we love. To learn more about Blue's commitment, visit BlueVetConnect.com.
1/17/202225 minutes, 24 seconds
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Effectiveness of IV fluid resuscitation in hypotensive cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Deborah Silverstein, DACVECC, Professor of Critical Care and Dr. Nolan Chalifoux, ECC resident, at University of Pennsylvania PennVet on their recent study "Effectiveness of intravenous fluid resuscitation in hypotensive cats: 82 cases (2012-2019)." Tune in to find out if cats respond to IV fluid resuscitation when hypothermic, hypotensive, and critically ill, and learn more about all things fluid therapy in cats!
1/10/202231 minutes, 25 seconds
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Biomarker changes with SAM of the mitral valve in cats with HCM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the cardiac biomarkers in veterinary medicine. Biomarkers have been shown to be useful in assessment of severity of disease and etiology of clinical signs in cats with cardiomyopathies. The two cardiac biomarkers most thoroughly studied to date are N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic hormone (NT-proBNP) and cardiac troponin-I (cTnI). NT-proBNP provides information regarding degree of myocardial stretch and stress, while cTnI is more specific for assessing severity of myocardial injury. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is superficially thought of as a singular disease but actually encompasses a mosaic of various phenotypes dependent on location and heterogeneity of hypertrophy and presence or absence of obstructive processes. The most common obstructive process is dynamic left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (DLVOTO) in association with systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve (SAM), identified in up to 30% of cats with HCM. The presence of this finding in cats with HCM constitutes a diagnosis of hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy, or HOCM. Elevations in both NTproBNP and cTnI have been documented in cats with HCM/HOCM but whether differential elevations in these markers occurs in cats with HCM vs cats with HOCM has not been thoroughly investigated. So, Seo et al out of the United Kingdom wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled Biomarker changes with systolic anterior motion of the mitral valve in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. The authors also aimed to determine what other relevant clinical factors might affect the degree of elevation of NTproBNP and/or cTnI. They hypothesized that cats with obstructive disease would have higher elevations in these biomarkers than those without.
1/3/202210 minutes, 5 seconds
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Using a combination of Advantage Multi with doxycycline for treatment of canine heartworm disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss heartworm disease in dogs. So, what do you need to know aboout heartworm disease and what's the latest in treatment for heartworm? We review a paper by Savadelis et al entitled "Clinical assessment of heartworm-infected Beagles treated with a combination of imidacloprid/moxidectin and doxycycline, or untreated". The primary purpose of the study at hand was to describe clinical and necropsy findings in dogs with experimentally-infected heartworm disease receiving this treatment regimen, compared with untreated control dogs. Does slow-kill heartworm treatment work over traditional Immiticide therapy?
12/27/202110 minutes, 32 seconds
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How digital cytology can help in emergency cases with Dr. Kate Baker, DACVP | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Kate Baker, MS, DACVP on why veterinary pathologists are an important part of your veterinary team, whether you're in general practice or emergency practice. Find out more about Dr. Kate Baker and how digital cytology can help your veterinary practice. Tune into this podcast to learn it!
12/20/202122 minutes, 40 seconds
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Help Your Practice CATipalize on Kitten Visits: Improving Feline Patient Visits and Retention | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Natalie Marks, DVM, CVJ on the state of feline medicalization (only 36% of cats ever see a veterinarian, compared to 79% of dogs), and how veterinary practices can improve feline patient visits and keep cats coming back year after year. We'll cover the reasons for poor patient retention post-kittenhood, and learn how to capitalize on those all-important kitten visits. We'll explore how to implement easy cat-friendly protocols in any practice and improve communication with cat owners to help them value wellness exams and preventive care (vaccines, routine diagnostics, and preventive care) for both indoor and outdoor cats. Dr. Marks has been training practices for several years in this area of expertise, and has presented at AAFP, WVC, and numerous other conferences on this topic.
12/13/202124 minutes, 17 seconds
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What's new with liposomal bupivacaine with Dr. Andrew Jackson, DACVS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Andrew Jackson, DACVS on pain management. What's new in pain management, and how can we implement good multi-modal analgesic therapy in our veterinary patients? He'll discuss when and how to use liposomal bupivacaine in your patients, what the indications and contraindications are for using local blocks, and when we should be incorporating local anesthetics into surgical procedures. Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Elanco, makers of Nocita. Provide up to 72-hours of post-operative pain relief from a single administration with the only FDA approved long-acting local anesthetic for dogs and cats. For more information, visit nocita-vet.com.
12/6/202115 minutes, 19 seconds
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Life hacks for veterinary students with Dr. Brian Aldridge, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Brian Aldridge, DACVIM (LA) on life hacks for veterinary students! When it comes to finding a "job" in this veterinary profession, what do you need to know? What do you need to know when it comes to getting "A"'s in veterinary school, graduating, paying off your veterinary student debt or following your career path? Learn it with this heart-warming conversation between Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Aldridge.
11/29/202129 minutes, 44 seconds
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What's new in veterinary oncology with Dr. Cheryl London, PhD, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Cheryl London, PhD, DACVIM (Oncology) on what's new in oncology, from new updates in diagnosing cancer to using liquid biopsy to understanding how immunotherapy plans a role to finding out what Precision Cancer treatments are! If you diagnose dogs or cats with cancer, tune in to learn more about the updates in veterinary oncology!
11/22/202118 minutes, 47 seconds
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What's new with emesis induction in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Julie Menard, DACVECC, on what's new with emesis induction in dogs. When it comes to poison ingestion by our canine patients, when should we be inducing emesis, and what are the contraindications? Should we be inducing emesis with every toxin? What's new with emetics? Learn it here! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Vetoquinol, makers of Clevor, the only FDA-approved emetic agent for dogs. For more information and prescribing directions, go to https://www.vetoquinolusa.com/clevor-info.
11/15/202118 minutes, 44 seconds
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Solutions to the most common challenges vets are facing with radiographs with Dr. Neil Shaw, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Neil Shaw, DACVIM on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in veterinary medicine. What is the role of technology and AI in radiology, and can this help veterinary professionals with time management, diagnostic quality, and overall improvements in veterinary medicine globally? Tune in as we learn about the use of AI in veterinary medicine, specifically in the area of diagnostic imaging and radiographic interpretation. Today's VETgirl's podcast is sponsored by SignalPET. SignalPET's advanced technology utilizes machine learning and artificial intelligence to assess radiographs in real-time for normals and abnormals on 50+ radiographic tests. You take x-rays. Your images instantly get reviewed by SignalPET's AI. And you get your test results in addition to a custom client-facing radiology report, in just 10 minutes or less. Help your veterinary team provide faster intervention, less expensive care, and enhanced patient outcomes during radiographic procedures. Visit www.signalpet.com/vetgirl for more information.
11/8/202124 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Role of the Veterinary Health Care Team on Managing Pet Diabetes | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Natalie Marks, CVJ on the role of the veterinary health care team on managing pet diabetes. Tune in to learn what every veterinary staff member should know about diabetes mellitus, and how the practice team can help with best client communication with pet owners. Find out what the most common questions are that pet parents ask about diabetes mellitus, and how the veterinary team can help!
11/1/202124 minutes, 10 seconds
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Proteinuria in Dogs with Gallbladder Mucoceles | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we will discuss proteinuria in dogs with gallbladder mucoceles (GBMs). Lindaberry et al from NCSU wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "Proteinuria in dogs with gallbladder mucocele formation: A retrospective case control study." In this study, the authors tackled an important first step in answering such questions. The primary objective of this study was to determine if GBM formation or specific clinicopathologic comorbidities were associated with proteinuria in dogs. This was a retrospective case-control study; dogs in the current study had been previously enrolled in a separate case-control study at NCSU involving GBMs. Those dogs had been recruited prospectively between 2014 and 2017 after being diagnosed with a GBM via ultrasonography, and if the pup had surgery or was euthanized, gross and histopathology reports were used to confirm the diagnosis. The medical records from these cases were reviewed for inclusion in the present study, which required that dogs had a CBC, serum biochemical profile, and urinalysis within a month of the ultrasound. Healthy controls also had these diagnostics performed, as well as a focal hepatobiliary ultrasound. All dogs also had an ACTH stimulation test and thyroid panel (consisting of T4, free T4, TSH, T4AA, T3AA, TgAA) performed. When dogs were initially recruited for the previous study, they were excluded if they had treatment with ursodeoxycholic acid, topical or systemic corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anticonvulsants, furosemide, sulfa-containing drugs, or fatty acid supplements within 2 months. Reproductively intact dogs or those with clinical signs suggestive of an endocrinopathy were also excluded.
10/25/202111 minutes, 48 seconds
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Top 10 hiring errors in veterinary medicine with Michael James, MHA, PHR, LVT | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Michael James, MHA, PHR, LVT, Hospital Administrator at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals, on the top 10 hiring errors made in veterinary medicine. Find out what some of the best questions to ask a veterinary job candidate before hiring them, so you can best identify if your applicant will have a "good attitude" at work? Tune in to see if working interviews are really necessary in veterinary medicine, and how to ensure that your hiring processes are fair. If you're truly trying to find the best candidate, tune in to this VETgirl podcast!
10/18/202117 minutes, 16 seconds
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The utility of bile acids in dogs with liver disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the utility of bile acid measurements in dogs with various forms of liver disease. Serum bile acids (SBAs) are a common diagnostic test performed in small animal medicine, primarily used to assess liver function. As you know, bile acids are typically measured by performing two separate blood draws. They are first measured with the dog fasted, followed by a postprandial measurement taken 2 hours after eating. The postprandial measurement offers even more sensitive detection of abnormalities, in that clearance of bile acids is challenged by the surge that occurs from eating. When we observe abnormally elevated bile acid levels, there are three broad categories of problems this could indicate. One is liver dysfunction, as bile acids are not being cleared effectively by the liver itself. The second is abnormal blood flow, such as a portosystemic shunt. In this scenario, bile acids are bypassing the liver, and thereby not being cleared from the bloodstream. Lastly, bile stasis for any reason can result in elevated serum bile acids, due to impared excretion. While measurement of SBAs may help identify that a problem is present and offer a sense of the severity of the problem, the assay is less helpful in defining what the underlying problem actually is. So, Pena-Ramos et al sought to compare fasted and postprandial SBAs and to determine their sensitivity and specificity in the context of different types of liver disease in dogs.
10/11/202113 minutes, 20 seconds
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What's new with local anesthetics with Dr. Tammy Grubb, PhD, DACVAA | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Tammy Grubb, PhD, DACVAA about what's new with local anesthetics in our canine and feline patients. Tune in to learn what the top 3 mistakes veterinary professionals make when it comes to pain management, what the indications and contraindications are for using local blocks, and when we should be incorporating local anesthetics into surgical procedures. Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Elanco, makers of Nocita. Provide up to 72-hours of post-operative pain relief from a single administration with the only FDA approved long-acting local anesthetic for dogs and cats. For more information, visit nocita-vet.com.
10/4/202133 minutes, 36 seconds
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Taking care of yourself and your veterinary colleagues with Jeannine Moga, LSW | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl's Chief Happiness Officer, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical veterinary social worker, discusses what we veterinary professionals can do to take care of ourselves and our colleagues. What can we do to look after our own mental wellness and self-care, and how, as a community, can we help prevent suicide in our field?
9/27/202135 minutes, 38 seconds
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Antifungal therapy with Dr. Andrew Hanzlicek | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Andrew Hanzlicek, DACVIM, Veterinary Medical Director at Miravista Veterinary Diagnostics on everything you need to know about systemic mycoses infections in veterinary medicine. If you're not well versed in the clinical signs, treatment, and diagnostic work-up for blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, aspergillosis and cryptococcosis, tune in to learn it! Plus, we'll discuss what types of antifungals to reach for and how to monitor their effect! Today's VETgirl podcast is brought to you by MiraVista Veterinary Diagnostics, where we offer a wide array of diagnostic tests for systemic mycoses such as blastomycosis, histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, aspergillosis and cryptococcosis as well as therapeutic drug monitoring for itraconazole. Our educational resource library provides guidelines to inform diagnostic and treatment decision making as well as current publications for reference. For more information and to receive educational newsletters, visit miravistavets.com.
9/20/202125 minutes, 51 seconds
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Differentiating IBD from LSA in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss diagnostic considerations for gastrointestinal (GI) biopsy samples from those ever-frustrating feline enteropathy cases. I am sure you have all had your fair share of writing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) versus GI lymphoma (LSA) as the diagnosis in cat medical records and getting biopsy results of lymphocytic plasmocytic something! These two common GI diseases can have similar clinical presentations in cats, and even when owners allow aggressive diagnostics, the conditions can prove challenging to differentiate. Biopsy samples of the GI tract can be obtained surgically or endoscopically. Typically they are simply submitted for routine histopathology, but additional testing such as immunohistochemistry (IHC) or clonality testing can be performed as well. So, Chow et al wanted to evaluate whether the addition of IHC and clonality testing to routine histopathology of intestinal biopsy samples improves our ability to differentiate IBD from LSA in cats in their study entitled Comprehensive comparison of upper and lower endoscopic small intestinal biopsy in cats with chronic enteropathy. This study also adds another layer to this question, in that they obtained biopsies from both the upper small intestine (USI) and lower small intestine (LSI). The authors note that a previous study looking at both duodenal and ileal endoscopic biopsies showed discrepancies, suggesting that by obtaining both samples we could improve our diagnostic accuracy (Scott). However, that study did not perform IHC or clonality testing in all cases. Therefore, Chow et al not only investigated how adding IHC and clonality testing affects results, but it also assessed the agreement between USI and LSI diagnostic results in light of these additional diagnostics.
9/13/202112 minutes, 56 seconds
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Fluid therapy in veterinary medicine with Amy Newfield | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) reviews fluid therapy in veterinary medicine. Does it matter what type of IV fluids you reach for? Should you reach for an isotonic fluid? What about a colloid? Does IV fluid therapy make a difference in patients regardless of what type of IV fluid bag you reach for?
9/10/202121 minutes, 10 seconds
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Well-being consults in veterinary medicine with Jeannine Moga, LSW | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl's Chief Happiness Officer, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical veterinary social worker, discusses what a well-being consult is, and why we as veterinary professionals should consider them! The biggest "themes" of stressors in veterinary medicine include having too many fires and too little energy, particularly with home/work strain; concerns about structural issues in practices that make it impossible to successfully work with/recover from COVID strain; and career disappointment. Tune in to learn how we as veterinary professionals can get our feet underneath us and restore balance, or find a workable solution for themselves.
9/6/202139 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to be an efficient veterinarian with VETgirl | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC give some clues on how to be a more efficient veterinarian. If you want to improve your quality of life in veterinary medicine or want to learn how to get better work-life balance in veterinary medicine, tune in for some life hacks!
8/30/202123 minutes
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What you need to know about dog flu with Dr. Natalie Marks | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Natalie Marks on what you need to know about dog flu/H3N2/H3N8. After surviving a H3N2 outbreak in March of 2015 in Chicago, she'll weigh in on some important questions that veterinary professionals and pet owners have on dog flu. Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Merck Animal Health, makers of the Nobivac Canine Flu ®Bivalent H3N2/H3N8. For more information, go to www.dogflu.com.
8/23/202141 minutes, 33 seconds
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What you need to know about dystocia and the veterinary Caesarean-section patient | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review everything you need to know about dystocias and Caesarean-section (C-section) of the veterinary patient. Dystocia refers to the difficulty, or inability to pass a fetus through the birth canal.
8/16/20218 minutes, 1 second
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Transtracheal Washes (TTW) and Endotracheal Washes (ETW) in Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast,we will discuss transtracheal washes (TTW) and endotracheal washes (ETW) in dogs. Both types of tracheal washes (TW) offer clinicians an opportunity to sample the airways that avoids the required cost, equipment, or expertise of bronchoscopy. Cytology and bacterial culture of airway samples can provide essential diagnostic information, yet it is not always clear which type of TW should be recommended. Does one method provide superior results? Do patient variables or clinical suspicions influence which method to choose? Does ETW increase the risk of oral bacterial contamination? These are the types of questions that are commonly heard when discussing TW methods, and a better understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each method also help when interpreting results. For this reason, Graham et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled "Factors associated with clinical interpretation of tracheal wash fluid from dogs with respiratory disease: 281 cases (2012-2017)." In this study, the authors compared the cytology and culture results of ETW and TTW. They wanted to determine if diagnostic results were comparable between methods, and how often discrepancies were observed.
8/9/202110 minutes, 5 seconds
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Cats with micturition disorders presenting as urinary incontinence | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss urinary incontinence in cats. Urinary incontinence can occur in cats, although less commonly than in dogs. Large, comprehensive studies investigating feline urinary incontinence are largely lacking from the veterinary literature. For this reason, Lonc et al wanted to evaluate this in a much needed study entitled "Retrospective analysis of diagnoses and outcomes of 45 cats with micturition disorders presenting as urinary incontinence." In this study, the authors wanted to evaluate the causes, comorbidities, and outcomes of cats presenting with UI to a veterinarian.
8/2/202111 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dealing with atopic dermatitis with Dr. Ashley Bourgeois | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl-Zoetis online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Ashley Bourgeois, DACVD, the "Derm Vet," on all things atopic dermatitis related. Dr. Bourgeois practices as a board-certified dermatologist at Animal Dermatology Clinic inPortland, OR. Here, she'll discuss how you can "ditch the itch" and get your veterinary practice ready for Itchy Pet Awareness Month in August. Learn how to better communicate with your derm clients and set expectations on management and treatment of this life-long disease!
7/26/202129 minutes, 23 seconds
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Accuracy of a flash glucose monitoring system in dogs with DKA | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the use of flash glucose monitoring systems (FGMS) in the management of dogs with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). Emerging evidence has promoted the use of FGMS devices for measuring interstitial glucose (IG) levels in diabetics, and using this information as a patient management tool. In fact, you may have even noticed commercials for such devices, which are becoming increasingly popular for humans with diabetes mellitus. Essentially the FGMS consists of a small, disc-shaped sensor that is placed on a shaved patch of skin, typically near the base of the neck in dogs. Interstitial glucose concentrations are read, and the data is stored and made available through a reader device, such as a smartphone. The ability to obtain more frequent glucose assessments without repeated blood draws is clearly appealing! While this device has been investigated in dogs with diabetes mellitus, there is little information about its performance specifically in the setting of DKA. Therefore, in a recent study by Malerba et al entitled Accuracy of a flash glucose monitoring system in dogs with diabetic ketoacidosis, the authors sought to assess the performance and accuracy of FGMS in dogs with DKA.
7/19/20219 minutes, 45 seconds
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The use of probiotics in dogs and cats with Dr. Raj Naik | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Raj Naik, DACVN on the use of probiotics in dogs and cats. Do probiotics work, and what specific type should you be reaching for and when? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements, a leader in therapeutic nutrition. Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements develops innovative, targeted products backed by research, as well as offers online education, home delivery and other resources to support your staff and business. To learn more, visit PurinaProPlanVets.com.
7/12/202119 minutes, 26 seconds
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The developmental stages in gut microbiota, bile acids, and clostridial species in healthy puppies | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome in puppies. Lately it seems that microbiome talk is all the rage! We are inundated with commercials for probiotics, catchy news articles about the microbiome, and news of novel medical treatments like fecal microbiota transplants (FMTs). In parallel to the newsworthy buzzwords, we are also seeing a tsunami of research being released about the microbiome, ranging across a broad spectrum of animal species, environmental ecosystems, and states of health and disease. Small animal veterinarians have joined this conversation as well, with plenty of exciting research being published regarding various aspects of canine and feline microbial communities. However, the development of the gut microbiome in puppies after birth and before doggy adulthood is one area where our research is lacking. So, Blake et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled Developmental stages in microbiota, bile acids, and clostridial species in healthy puppies to examine the composition of the fecal microbiome and fecal bile acid profiles in puppies, young adult dogs, and adult dogs.
7/5/202111 minutes, 57 seconds
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Myocarditis in dogs: What's the clinical presentation, causes and outcome? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the clinical presentation, cardiovascular findings, etiology, and outcome of myocarditis in dogs. Myocarditis, or inflammation of the myocardium, is not well studied in dogs but can occur secondary to infectious and noninfectious etiologies. Lakhdhir et al out of Iowa State University and NCSU wanted to describe the clinical and diagnostic findings in dogs with both presumptive and confirmed myocarditis, as well as to identify etiologies and evaluate treatment, and report outcome in a study entitled "Clinical presentation, cardiovascular findings, etiology, and outcome of myocarditis in dogs: 645 cases with presumptive antemortem diagnosis (26 confirmed postmortem) and 137 cases with postmortem diagnosis only (2004-2017)."
6/28/202113 minutes, 28 seconds
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Treating Amanita amatoxin mushroom poisoning in dogs using percutaneous biliary drainage and octreotide | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Ryan Gouptil and Dr. Megan Davis, DACVECC on the use of percutaneous biliary drainage and octreotide (injectable milk thistle) for dogs with Amanita mushroom poisoning. In a recent publication entitled Clinical recovery of 5 dogs from amatoxin mushroom poisoning using an adapted Santa Cruz protocol for people, the co-authors review the dangers of mushroom, general approach to poisoning, how Amanita mushroom toxicity needs to be rapidly recognized and treated, and how to implement percutaneous biliary draining and the use of octretide (called the Santa Cruz method in human medicine) to help increase survival.
6/21/202127 minutes, 52 seconds
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Managing Chronic Otitis with Dr. Wayne Rosenkrantz, DACVD | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Wayne Rosenkrantz, DACVD of Animal Dermatology Group. If you see patients with canine otitis (which you do!), find out why it's so important to find the primary cause of otitis, tips for performing a good otoscopic exam, whether or not to use topical versus systemic therapies for otitis externa, or whether to perform a culture/sensitivity on that ear! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Merck Animal Health, makers of makers of Mometamax.
6/14/202132 minutes, 26 seconds
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What's new with osteoarthritis with Dr. Carolina Medina, DACVSMR | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Carolina Medina, DACVSMR, CVA, CVCH, CVPP about osteoarthritis (OA) in our canine and feline patients. What mistakes should we avoid when it comes to diagnosis, management and treatment of osteoarthritis in veterinary medicine? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Elanco, makers of Galliprant. Provide relief from canine osteoarthritis for the moments that matter! For more information, visit galliprantvet.com.
6/9/202121 minutes, 5 seconds
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What you need to know about blood pressure in veterinary medicine with Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS discuss blood pressure in veterinary medicine. Learn how we measure it, what it means or represents, and when we should be concerned about hypotension or hypertension in our veterinary patients!
6/7/202121 minutes, 4 seconds
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The CARPODIEM study in veterinary medicine: How well does torasemide work in dogs? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the CARPODIEM study in veterinary medicine, which looks at how well oral torasemide works in dogs with degenerative mitral valve disease and new onset congestive heart failure. If you're still 'scipting out furosemide to your heart murmur patients, listen up. Torsemide (aka Torasemide) is a loop diuretic with greater potency, longer duration of action, and smoother diuretic effect than furosemide. Recent data in dogs has indicated that the dose correlation of torsemide to furosemide is nonlinear -; at doses less than 0.2 mg/kg/day, torsemide is approximately 10X more potent than furosemide, but at doses greater than 0.2 mg/kg/day, that potency factor is closer to twenty. Torsemide's duration of action is twelve hours in oral form in dogs compared with six hours for furosemide.
5/31/202112 minutes, 16 seconds
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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) andamp; All Things Behavior with Dr. Amy Pike | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Amy Pike, DACVB on separation anxiety, COVID, cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and all things behavior! With COVID, what should we veterinary professionals do with the spike in separation anxiety once pet owners return to work? Tune in to learn all about all things behavioral, including natural and prescription behavioral medications to reach for, and how to identify, recognize and treat behavioral problems in veterinary medicine. Finally, are you recognizing cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) in dogs and cats? An often under-diagnosed medical condition, find out what we can do to help recognize CDS more readily and monitor its progression in dogs. As CDS affects an estimated 14% of dogs over 8 years of age, tune in to learn what you can do to combat age-related neurodegeneration.
5/24/202122 minutes, 38 seconds
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Superstitions in veterinary medicine with Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS discuss superstitions in veterinary medicine. Why are we so superstitious as veterinarians and veterinary technicians within our field? Does commenting on the vein prior to catheterization or saying ""Have a slow night?" and "It's a full moon" really jinx us?
5/19/202113 minutes, 17 seconds
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Avoiding weight loss during chronic diseases with Dr. Audrey Cook, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Audrey Cook, BVM&S, MSc Vet Ed, MRCVS, DACVIM, DECVIM, DABVP (Feline Practice), Professor at Texas A&M University on weight loss during chronic diseases in our canine and feline patients. We see so many diseases chronically that affect nutritional intact -; cancer, CRF, cardiac cachexia. In this podcast, we'll discuss the biggest mistakes that veterinary professionals make with long term management of chronic diseases? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Elanco, makers of Elura and Entyce. Don't wait for weight loss in your patients with chronic diseases! For more information, visit virtual.elanco.com.
5/17/202121 minutes, 47 seconds
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What's new in veterinary nutrition with Dr. Lindsey Bullen, DACVN | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Lindsey Bullen, DACVN, on all things new in veterinary nutrition. Find out what the most important nutrient level is to manipulate in your renal patients, and what the differences are between therapeutic renal diets. Should we be supplementing or using omega-3 fatty acids for our kidney patients, and how do we help educate pet owners on the importance of nutrition, particularly with our renal patients? Tune into this VETgirl podcast to learn more! Today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast is sponsored by New Royal Canin Vital Support, the science-based diets made especially for aging pets. Learn how you can proactively address the renal, mobility and cardiac needs of your patients at royalcanin.com/vitalsupport.
5/10/202130 minutes, 42 seconds
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What is a Veterinary Technician Specialist with Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're excited to have Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS discuss what a veterinary technician specialist is. Is it worth those extra initials? What does the training entail?
5/5/202117 minutes, 36 seconds
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The scientist behind the Lyme disease vaccine with Dr. Richard Marconi | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Richard T. Marconi. You're probably wondering why we're interviewing him, but Dr. Marconi has given numerous Zoetis-sponsored VETgirl podcasts on Lyme disease. The main reason why? To introduce you to the scientist behind the Lyme disease vaccine and all the research!
5/3/202122 minutes, 46 seconds
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When heartworm patients face complications with Dr. Marisa Ames | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss when heartworm patients face complications. Most dogs with adult heartworm infection can be treated and recover without serious complications, particularly if their infections are diagnosed early. But what about those patients with more advanced infection? Today, our guest is Dr. Marisa Ames, DACVIM, a veterinary cardiologist and Associate Professor at the UC Davis. Dr. Ames serves on the board of directors of the American Heartworm Society. Tune in to learn what factors put dogs at increased risk of experiencing complications during heartworm treatment, what some of the more common complications of canine heartworm infection are, how to treat pulmonary hypertension, and what you need to know about caval syndrome.
4/26/202122 minutes, 51 seconds
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Determining the best treatment protocol for your heartworm-positive patient with Dr. Andy Moorhead | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss what the best treatment protocol for your heartworm-positive patient is. Here's something no veterinarian wants to tell a client: “Your dog has heartworm disease.” We know the pet is headed for a multi-step, expensive regimen of medications as well as months of cage rest and exercise restriction. Given these challenges, it's not surprising that many owners ask their veterinarians about alternative treatment protocols. Today we are joined by Dr. Andy Moorhead, who is a veterinary parasitologist and an assistant professor on the faculty of the University of Georgia. He also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society. Tune in to learn what the AHS heartworm treatment protocol entails and why it includes the steps it does. Find out about "slow kill" treatment, and how it differs from traditional protocols with melarsomine.
4/19/202118 minutes, 19 seconds
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What you need to know about heartworm disease in cats with Dr. Tom Nelson | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss you need to know about heartworm disease in cats. We know cats contract heartworms just like dogs, through the bite of an infected mosquito. We know that heartworms can be deadly in cats. And that heartworm preventives are highly effective in preventing disease. Yet there are many differences and much that veterinarians simply don't know about heartworm disease in cats. Today, our guest is Dr. Tom Nelson, who is Medical Director of the Animal Medical Centers of Northeast Alabama in Anniston, Alabama, and Research Chair on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society. Tune in to learn how heartworm disease itself is a very different disease in cats versus dogs, and why the American Heartworm Society recommend that ALL cats be protected from heartworms even if they live indoors? Learn when and how cats should be tested, and what the AHS guidelines say about treatment of adult heartworms in infected cats.
4/12/202122 minutes, 45 seconds
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Diagnostic dilemmas with heartworm disease with Dr. Lindsay Starkey | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss diagnostic dilemmas with heartworm disease. The diagnosis of heartworm disease may seem like a straightforward issue, thanks to the availability of accurate, easy-to-use patient-side tests that detect the presence of heartworm antigen in the blood of pets being screened annually for heartworm disease. But is heartworm testing foolproof? Today we're joined by Dr. Lindsay Starkey, a veterinary parasitologist and an assistant professor on the faculty of Auburn University. Dr. Starkey also serves on the board of directors for the American Heartworm Society. Tune in to learn what the AHS recommends for heartworm screening and why, along with how to interpret “weakly” or “borderline” positive antigen tests. She'll discuss when additional screening tests are warranted, and how often to re-test positive dogs. But don't forget about cats! Find out what the AHS recommends for heartworm screening in cats, and whether you should use antigen or antibody testing... or both!
4/5/202122 minutes, 24 seconds
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Transporting the heartworm-positive dog with Dr. Brian DiGangi | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss transport of the heartworm-positive dog. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states, over the years moving from traditionally endemic areas to areas of the country where heartworm infection was once considered uncommon. Today, we're joined by Dr. Brian DiGangi, a diplomate of ABVP in canine and feline practice as well as shelter medicine. Dr. DiGangi is a senior director of Shelter Medicine with the ASPCA, a past-president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and a current officer on the American Heartworm Society board of directors. Tune in to learn how shelter veterinarians are addressing heartworm in their day-to-day work, what standards they are following in reducing the spread of infectious diseases such as heartworm disease, and what we can do to help protect pets from heartworm infection.
3/29/202115 minutes, 22 seconds
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Nursing errors, staffing levels and workload in veterinary ICUs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Galina Hayes, BVSc, PhD, MRCVS, PhD, DACVS, DACVECC on her recent study entitled A multicenter observational study investigating care errors, staffing levels, and workload in small animal intensive care units. With veterinary clinics at capacity and really busy, is caseload affecting quality of nursing care? Find out how often medical errors and nursing errors can occur, based on staffing levels and caseload.
3/22/202123 minutes, 13 seconds
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The use of aerosolized gentamicin for the treatment of Bordetella bronchiseptica infection in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss different treatment protocols for canine Bordetella bronchiseptica (Bb), including the use of aerosolized antimicrobial therapy, specifically the aminoglycoside, gentamicin. In a study by Canonne et al, the authors wanted to evaluate the clinical response in dogs affected by Bb when administered 2 distinct protocols of aerosolized gentamicin.
3/15/202112 minutes, 49 seconds
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The top 5 mistakes to avoid with atopic dermatitis with Dr. Andrew Rosenberg | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Dr. Andrew Rosenberg, DACVD on the top 5 mistakes to avoid with atopic dermatitis. Find out the importance of getting a thorough history, to performing an appropriate diet trial, doing cytology, to doing more tape preps and more! Learn it in this VETgirl podcast! Today's VETgirl podcast is sponsored by Elanco, makers of Atopica, Baytril Otic, Claro, and a whole range of shampoos, rinses and flushes to help you manage your dermatology cases. To learn more, visit www.Elanco.com.
3/8/202124 minutes, 7 seconds
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Outcome and treatments of dogs with aortic thrombosis | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss aortic thrombi (ATh) in dogs. If you are like this VETgirl, when you hear of an aortic thrombus your mind may jump to the dreaded feline cardiac case that presents yowling in distress from an aortic thromboembolism (ATE) and giving heart palpitations to everyone on your staff. In fact, you may be trying to remember if you have ever managed a canine patient with an ATh. While small animal clinicians manage many types of thromboembolic diseases, the presence of a true canine ATh is not a commonly recognized complication in this VETgirl's experience. Recently a very helpful consensus on antithrombotic use was published, yet there are relatively few large-scale studies evaluating canine ATh in the veterinary literature (deLaforcade). Therefore in this study by Ruehl et al, the authors sought to expand upon this area, and they describe risk factors, treatments, and outcome in a cohort of dogs diagnosed with ATh.
3/1/202112 minutes, 33 seconds
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Quality veterinary medicine with Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're excited to have Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS discuss what's defined as quality veterinary medicine. Quality starts from the customer service representative (CSR), front desk staff, team member, to veterinary technician to veterinarian. What can we do to improve quality within our veterinary clinic?
2/22/202115 minutes, 47 seconds
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Etiology and prognosis for dogs with abnormal blood glucose concentrations in the ER | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Kate Hopper BVSc, DACVECC, PhD from UC Davis on a recent publication entitled Etiology and prognosis for dogs with abnormal blood glucose concentrations evaluated in an emergency room. For as often as we monitor blood glucose (BG), does it make a difference on outcome and prognosis? How often should we be monitoring blood glucose in our critically ill, emergent patients? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
2/15/202113 minutes, 47 seconds
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Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) collection in dogs. In this podcast, we review a study entitled "Comparison of cerebellomedullary and lumbar cerebrospinal fluid analysis in dogs with neurological disease" by Lambe et al. In this study, the authors compared CSF samples collected from the CM and lumbar cisterns in dogs that were undergoing MRI and CSF collection for CNS disease.
2/8/20217 minutes, 9 seconds
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Preparing puppies and kittens for veterinary visits with Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior) | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior) on how to prepare puppies and kittens for veterinary visits (or grooming visits). What can we do to minimize stress in our young, pediatric patients?
2/1/202110 minutes, 17 seconds
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The DELAY study evaluating spironolactone and benazepril in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the DELAY study, which stands for the "DELay of Appearance of sYmptoms of Canine Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease treated with spironolactone and benazepril." If you see small dogs diagnosed with heart murmurs, then keep on listening, as this one is important. Now, most of us feel comfortable grading heart murmurs, taking chest radiographs, and starting dogs on pimobendan, right? But does it work? When should we add in a diuretic - and if we do, which type should we reach for? Furosemide, the common loop diuretic, or spironolactone, the potassium-sparing one? Does it make a difference? When do we reach for an angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor? Over the years, I've noticed more cardiologists switching from furosemide to spironolactone, but what's the evidence?
1/25/202111 minutes, 26 seconds
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Companion animal exposures to a potentially poisoned substance | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Tina Wismer, DABT, DABVT, Senior Director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center on a recent publication in JAVMA entitled Companion animal exposures to potentially poisonous substances reported to a national poison control center in the United States in 2005 through 2014. While most poisoning cases have a good prognosis, learn about the ones that can result in fatalities such as fluorouracil (5-FU) and bifenthrin.
1/18/202125 minutes, 15 seconds
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Bacteriuria in Chronically Paralyzed Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review bacteriuria in dogs with chronic paralysis. Unfortunately, the majority of small animal clinicians have dealt with their fair share of the dachshund or other poor pup presenting with paraplegia secondary to intervertebral disk disease (IVDD) or other diseases. In the midst of the numerous difficult conversations that such cases require, the risk of future urinary tract infections (UTIs) is likely not the first thing to come to mind. Yet in humans, UTIs and sepsis are a serious concern with paralysis. In dogs with chronic paralysis, how do we handle the urinalysis with bacteriuria? It can be difficult to determine the clinical implications of such a finding, yet in the age of antimicrobial stewardship, many clinicians are seeking guidance on when to treat such a patient with antibiotics. Therefore, in a study entitled “The frequency and clinical implications of bacteriuria in chronically paralyzed dogs”, the authors investigate chronically paralyzed dogs to determine the frequency of bacteriuria, the presence of clinical signs associated with bacteriuria, and the survival rate in such patients.
1/11/20217 minutes, 12 seconds
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Evaluation of benazepril in cats with heart disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of benazepril in cats with cardiac disease. Despite a wide variety of medications used to treat heart disease in cats, there is little prospective data to support a definitive benefit with use of any medication in cats with heart disease. Previous data has established a benefit for the use of angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors in humans and dogs with congestive heart failure. But what about cats? Activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) is a known phenomenon in cats with heart disease. So King et al (and I mean ALL) wanted to evaluate this in a study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2019 entitled Evaluation of benazepril in cats with heart disease in a prospective, randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled clinical trial. The authors of this study posited that benazepril, an ACE inhibitor, might provide benefit to cats with heart disease, regardless of type.
1/4/202110 minutes, 22 seconds
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The 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines with Dr. Amy Stone | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Amy Stone, Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Florida on the newest 2020 AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines. How should we communicating with pet owners when it comes to keep our feline patients safe from infectious diseases like Feline Leukemia (FeLV)? How do we change our core vs. non-core vaccinations when it comes to shelter medicine, an indoor versus indoor/outdoor cat, or a young kitten. Learn it here in this VETgirl podcast!
12/28/202019 minutes, 57 seconds
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Behavioral euthanasia with Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior) | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior) on behavioral euthanasia in veterinary medicine. While this is a taboo and hard-to-discuss topic, it's an important ethical topic we must discuss as veterinary professionals.
12/21/202012 minutes, 1 second
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Risk factors and cardiac characteristics in dogs infected with Trypanosoma cruzi | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review Trypanosomiasis, or Chagas disease, which is caused by the protozoal parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. It is the most common cause of infectious myocarditis in humans. The primary means by which T. cruzi is transmitted is via introduction of feces from triatomine insects -; otherwise known as “Kissing” bugs -; into bug bites or mucous membranes, or ingestion of the bugs/feces themselves. It can also be transmitted from mother to fetus via the placenta. Not all humans or dogs that develop infection with T. cruzi experience clinical signs. Those that do may experience severe signs such as sudden death or chronic heart failure. The most common geographic region for T. cruzi infection in the United States is the southwest, particularly Texas, in part due to an abundant wild animal reservoir. Seroprevalence has been reported as far east as Virginia and Georgia.
12/14/202010 minutes, 34 seconds
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End-of-life care, hospice care, and euthanasia in veterinary medicine with Samantha Kowalski, CVT, VTS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) interviews Samantha Kowalski, CVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) on end-of-life decision making, hospice care, and euthanasia in veterinary medicine. Samantha is a veterinary technician at Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital in South Deerfield, MA. She received her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care in 2011 and in 2016 obtained her VTS in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Tune in to learn more about the controversy and ethical dilemma of euthanasia and end-of-life decision making and hospice care in veterinary medicine.
12/7/202024 minutes, 44 seconds
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How to introduce a new dog or cat to the household with Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior) | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Monique Feyrecilde, CVT, VTS (Behavior) on how to introduce a new dog or cat to the household. If you have pet owners looking to get a new pet, learn the best ways to educate the pet owner and safely acclimate the new pet.
11/30/202017 minutes, 16 seconds
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Radiotherapy in dogs suffering from brain tumor-associated seizures | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the use of radiotherapy in dogs suffering from brain tumor-associated seizures. In a study by Susana et al, the authors investigate 2 clinically relevant parameters in dogs with brain tumors that are being treated with radiotherapy.
11/23/20206 minutes, 52 seconds
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Cardiac cachexia in cats with congestive heart failure | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review cardiac cachexia in cats with congestive heart failure (CHF) - does it affect their prognosis and outcome? Cachexia, or bodily wasting in the form of muscle and weight loss, is a common systemic effect of numerous chronic diseases, including CHF.
11/16/20209 minutes, 58 seconds
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What's new with diabetes mellitus with Dr. Patty Lathan | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Patty Lathan, DACVIM on diabetes mellitus. What are the top 3 mistakes to avoid with our diabetic patients? What do veterinarians need to know about updates in insulin therapy? Just how important is diet's role, and should we having pet owners monitor blood glucose at home?
11/9/202026 minutes, 5 seconds
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Approach to the HBC patient for veterinary technicians | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) of VETgirl reviews approach to the hit-by-car trauma patients for veterinary technicians! What do you need to assess? How do you triage the HBC patient? Learn it here!
11/2/202023 minutes, 31 seconds
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What role does SAA play in equine inflammation? | Dr. Nicola Pusterla | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Nicola Pusterla, DVM, PhD, DACVIM on serum amyloid a (SAA) in horses as a marker of acute inflammation in horses. When should equine veterinarians be considering the point-of-care use of SAA in horses, and how can they use SAA to monitor response to treatment? Is it affected by NSAIDs or steroids? Learn it in this VETgirl equine veterinary podcast!
10/28/202037 minutes, 22 seconds
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Primary hyperparathyroidism in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review primary hyperparathyroidism in dogs, and whether ionized calcium levels can be used to predict hypocalcemia following treatment for PHPT. that in this condition, the parathyroid gland produces excessive amounts of parathyroid hormone, resulting in hypercalcemia.
10/26/202010 minutes, 32 seconds
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Prognostic indicators in cats with septic peritonitis | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review prognostic indicators in septic peritonitis in cats. In a study by Scotti et al, find out what parameters to look for in our veterinary patients to see if we can improve the survival in cats diagnosed with septic peritonitis. Peritonitis, referring simply to inflammation of the peritoneum, can be classified as septic via a positive bacterial culture, the presence of intracellular bacteria on effusion cytology, or confirmed visceral perforation.
10/19/20207 minutes, 25 seconds
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Heartworm resistance with Dr. Chris Adolph | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Chris Adolph, DVM on heartworm disease in dogs - what do we need to know, and why are we seeing resistance despite preventatives? What do you need to know about ProHeart vs. oral preventatives?
10/14/202017 minutes, 55 seconds
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Clinical outcome in 25 dogs with pulmonary hypertension treated with sildenafil | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review the features and outcome in dogs that were treated with sildenafil -; yes, Viagra -; for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a condition of elevated pulmonary artery pressure that is currently divided into five distinct groups in humans based on etiology by the World Health Organization (WHO). Similar divisions by the veterinary community (American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Consensus Statement) are currently in process. The current WHO divisions include:
10/11/202012 minutes, 59 seconds
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Severe Canine Anaphylaxis Prognostic Information and Mortality Rate | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review canine anaphylaxis. What do the signs of severe canine anaphylaxis look like, and what is the mortality? Is the prognosis good? In this study, 85.1% of dogs survived. Coagulopathy, gallbladder wall edema, and abdominal effusions are a relatively common occurrence in canine anaphylaxis. Serum phosphorus levels greater than 12 mg/dL, refractory hypoglycemia, and PT prolongation greater than 50% are correlated with a decreased chance of survival.
10/5/202014 minutes, 14 seconds
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Treating canine osteoarthritis with Dr. Kristin Kirby Shaw | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Kristin Kirby Shaw DACVS, PhD, DACVSMR on how we veterinary professionals can treat canine osteoarthritis. What are the earliest signs of pain to look for in our canine patients? What are signs of pain that pet owners often overlook or don't see as a sign of pain? What type of pain control in dogs should be using for analgesia and to reduce inflammation, and why is a multi-modal approach so important for managing osteoarthritis? Learn it with this VETgirl podcast! This podcast is sponsored by Zoetis.
9/28/202024 minutes, 57 seconds
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Effects of emotional stress on urine protein:creatinine (UPC) ratios in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the effects of emotional stress on urine protein:creatinine (UPC) ratios in dogs. We review a study by Citron et al entitled "Urine cortisol-creatinine and protein-creatinine ratios in urine samples from healthy dogs collected at home and in hospital."
9/21/20207 minutes, 38 seconds
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Evaluation of outpatient canine parvovirus treatment in a low-cost, urban shelter-based veterinary clinic | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review outpatient therapy for canine parvovirus (CPV). Canine parvovirus infections cause significant morbidity and mortality in young dogs, and unfortunately most small animal practitioners have observed first-hand the destruction this virus can cause. Dogs diagnosed with CPV can require intensive therapy and prolonged hospitalization, which can make this an expensive disease to treat. In this study by Perley and et al entitled "Retrospective evaluation of outpatient canine parvovirus treatment in a shelter-based low-cost urban clinic," an outpatient treatment protocol for CPV was evaluated in a low-cost urban clinic at which inpatient treatment was not possible and owners shared responsibility for patient care.
9/14/20209 minutes, 40 seconds
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Tritrichomonas foetus testing in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review Tritrichomonas foetus testing in cats! T. foetus is a flagellated protozoan organism that causes large-bowel diarrhea in cats. Collection via fecal loop versus colonic flush is imperative.
9/7/20209 minutes, 36 seconds
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What's new with canine leptospirosis with Dr. Natalie Marks | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Natalie Marks on canine leptospirosis. What's new, and how has the signalment for dogs affected by lepto changed? What are the classical clinical signs we should recognize in our canine patients? How do we treat canine leptospirosis and what can we do to prevent it?
9/2/202017 minutes, 30 seconds
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Pleural effusion in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review pleural effusion in cats. Unfortunately, this is a situation many of you have likely faced. A cat presents to your clinic with tachypnea and decreased lung sounds on thoracic auscultation, perhaps a low pulse oximeter reading, and of course those all-too-familiar radiographs revealing small, sad lungs floating in an ocean of fluid. These cases can be profoundly stressful for the patient, doctor, and client alike. As a clinician, you must quickly juggle patient stabilization and client communication, along with any other cases that you are managing. Typically, stabilization involves some combination of oxygen therapy and sedation as needed, and of course an integral part of this process is a diagnostic and/or therapeutic thoracocentesis.
8/31/20208 minutes, 45 seconds
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Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) in German Shepherd Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) in German Shepherd Dogs (GSD). While this isn't a common problem, GSDs seem to be over-represented. When diagnosing a PDA, it's important that a board-certified veterinary cardiologist perform appropriate diagnostic work up (e.g., echocardiography). Angiographic classification of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) based on anatomical characteristics is important to determine treatment options. Traditional variations of a conical-shaped PDA (described as types I, IIa, and IIb) allow for successful closure via catheter-based transvascular techniques, whereby a device (such as the Amplatz canine ductal occluder, or ACDO) is used to occlude/embolize the PDA through arterial or venous access. Recently, type IV (multiple narrowings) and type V (all other variations) have been added to the list of anatomical classifications. Type III designation has classically been used to describe a tubular-shaped PDA which does not taper at the distal end (pulmonary artery side) and is not generally amenable to minimally-invasive interventional procedures due to high likelihood of device dislodgement. Closure of type III PDAs is generally performed by direct surgical ligation via thoracotomy as a result.
8/24/20209 minutes, 12 seconds
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Feline acquired myasthenia gravis | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review feline acquired myasthenia gravis (AMG). Mignan et al wanted to determine the long-term outcome of cats afflicted by AMG in a study entitled "Long-term outcome of cats with acquired myasthenia gravis without evidence of a cranial mediastinal mass."
8/17/202010 minutes, 29 seconds
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Management of osteoarthritis and chronic pain in our veterinary patients with Dr. Steven Budsberg | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Steven Budsberg, DVM, MS, DACVS, a Full Professor at University of Georgia (Go, Dawgs!) on the management of osteoarthritis and chronic pain in our veterinary patients. Tune into this VETgirl podcast to learn how common osteoarthritis (OA) is in dogs and cats, how their presentation, progression and treatment is different between cats and dogs, and what the role that inflammation plays in OA. Also, learn why you shouldn't be hesitant on implementing NSAIDs in your OA patients, as pain control is so important - especially in our geriatric population. Learn new targets for therapy, such as Nerve Growth Factor, and how they may impact our current approach to pain management of OA in our veterinary patients, and what's new. We also discuss his pivotal study (JAVMA 2018) on the use of tramadol in dogs, and how it has not been found to be effective for analgesia.
8/14/202033 minutes, 9 seconds
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Plasma volume expansion after short-term steroids in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl veterinary CE podcast, we review whether plasma volume expansion occurs in cats after short-term steroid administration. Corticosteroids can have a multitude of effects on the cardiovascular system. Plasma volume is known to increase with corticosteroid administration in cats. Potential mechanisms for plasma volume expansion include mineralocorticoid effects (sodium and water retention via aldosterone receptor activity) and hyperglycemia (with subsequent osmotic fluid shifts) via insulin receptor resistance. Corticosteroids, both endogenous and exogenous, have been demonstrated to have direct effects on myocardial structure and function in humans and dogs, including increased left ventricular wall thickness and diastolic dysfunction. Finally, peripheral vasoconstriction due to corticosteroid activity on vascular smooth muscle may increase afterload.
8/10/20208 minutes, 18 seconds
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The impact of music on cats' stress reactions in the veterinary clinic | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the impact of music on cats' stress reactions in the veterinary clinic. Hampton et al wanted to evaluate whether cat-specific music could reduce stress and anxiety for cats in a veterinary clinic, and consequently promote calm behaviors.
8/3/20207 minutes, 46 seconds
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Proper Care and Maintenance of Jugular Catheters | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) on proper care and maintenance of jugular catheters in veterinary medicine. While central lines are not commonly used in general practice, they are very helpful in the critically ill, emergent patient. In this podcast, we review when to use a jugular catheter over other vascular access devices (such as an IV, Long line or PICC lines). We also discuss what the contraindications are for jugular catheter placement, and what is required for proper care and maintenance of a central line.
7/27/202020 minutes, 18 seconds
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The use of video capsule endoscopy (VCE) in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review the use of video capsule endoscopy (VCE) in dogs. Mabry et al evaluated the utility of VCE in identifying GI mucosal lesions in a study entitled "Use of video capsule endoscopy to identify GI lesions in dogs with microcytosis or gastrointestinal hemorrhage."
7/20/20208 minutes, 41 seconds
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Cardiorenal and endocrine effects of synthetic canine BNP1-32 in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the cardiorenal and endocrine effects of synthetic canine BNP1-32 in dogs. If you're using pro-BNP to help differentiate pulmonary versus cardiac disease, you need to pay attention. Congestive heart failure (CHF) secondary to myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) in dogs is relatively common and yet generally carries a poor long-term prognosis with current standard medical therapies [e.g., diuretics, angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, and pimobendan]. Additional therapies remain a topic of investigation. The body's natural diuretic system revolves around the natriuretic peptides, including brain natriuretic peptide (BNP1-32). BNP1-32 causes diuresis, natriuresis, vasodilation, and inhibits the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) via binding to natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPR-A) and greater production of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP).
7/13/20208 minutes, 15 seconds
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Opportunistic fungal infections in dogs treated with immunosuppressives | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the risk of opportunistic fungal infections in dogs treated with immunosuppressive medications. If you have an IMHA, ITP, IBD, atopic dog, or IMPA case, are they at risk for infection?
7/6/20208 minutes, 45 seconds
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Esophagostomy Tube Nursing Care Tips in Veterinary Medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) on all you need to know about esophagostomy tube placement in veterinary medicine. What's the best way to secure an e-tube so it doesn't migrate or pull out? What's the length to use for an e-tube, and how do you clean the stoma? Find out some great nutritional nursing care tips here.
6/29/202016 minutes, 54 seconds
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The prevalence of bacteriuria in dogs with chronic kidney disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the prevalence of bacteriuria in dogs with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The ISCAID has recently published their second set of guidelines regarding the treatment of UTIs in dogs and cats (Weese). So, how prevalent are UTIs in dogs with CKD?
6/22/20209 minutes, 24 seconds
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What you need to know about cats with restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) in cats. Restrictive cardiomyopathy (RCM) in humans is most classically described as a myocardial disease whereby left ventricular wall thickness is normal, diastolic filling is impaired, and systolic function is affected minimally or not at all. There is significant variety in the actual etiology and clinical manifestations of RCM, however. RCM in cats has thus far generally been described as either a “myocardial” form whereby the myocardium is diffusely affected, or an “endomyocardial” form which involves a bridging endomyocardial scar from the interventricular septum to the left ventricular free wall. There is limited data regarding factors that influence prognosis in RCM in cats. So, Chetboul et al out of France wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled Clinical, epidemiological and echocardiographic features and prognostic factors in cats with restrictive cardiomyopathy: A retrospective study of 92 cases (2001-2015).
6/15/20208 minutes, 47 seconds
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Taking care of our senior geriatric veterinary patients | VETgirl Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) reviews how to take special care of our senior, geriatric veterinary patients. Keep in mind some of our patients may be suffering from osteoarthritis, sensory deterioration (e.g., blindness, hearing loss, etc.), and cognitive dysfunction and may need some extra time and TLC.
6/8/202013 minutes, 7 seconds
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Running on Fumes and Adjusting for the Long Race | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In this VETgirl veterinary continuing education blog, Jeannine Moga, LSW, Chief Happiness Officer of VETgirl, reviews how we can prepare for the "long race" and survive everything right now. If you feeling like you're running on fumes, learn how to adjust for the long race in this VETgirl podcast blog.
6/5/20206 minutes, 51 seconds
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Lung ultrasonography findings in coughing dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review lung utlrasonography use in coughing dogs. Coughing is a common clinical sign associated with a variety of respiratory etiologies in dogs, including dynamic airway collapse, bronchitis, pneumonia, heartworm disease, and neoplasia. Congestive heart failure (CHF) is commonly reported to be associated with coughing in dogs, although there is much debate as to whether this clinical sign could actually be directly attributable to pulmonary edema (which is generally interstitial or alveolar in location) given the distribution of cough receptors primarily in the large airways. It is possible that coughing in dogs with congestive heart failure is due to cardiogenic airway compression, or concurrent primary respiratory disease.
6/1/20209 minutes, 42 seconds
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Lidocaine for chemical cardioversion of AV tachycardia in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of lidocaine for chemical cardioversion of AV tachycardia in dogs. Accessory pathways (APs) refer to interruptions of the normal fibrous band that forms the junction between the atria and ventricles (AV junction). Such pathways generally consist of myocardial cells that can conduct electrical impulses between the atria and ventricles, which under normal circumstances occurs only at the atrioventricular (AV) node. Accessory pathways may conduct electrical impulses in the anterograde, retrograde, or both anterograde and retrograde directions. Anterograde conduction results in ventricular preexcitation (i.e., depolarization of a portion of the ventricular myocardium independent of the typical conduction pathway). Retrograde conduction across an accessory pathway creates the potential for a macroreentrant circuit incorporating the atrial myocardium, AV node-His-Purkinje system, ventricular myocardium and the accessory pathway. This scenario can result in a form of supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) known as orthodromic atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (OAVRT).
5/25/202011 minutes, 58 seconds
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Financial solutions for veterinary professionals | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Schwanda Flowers on what you need to know when it comes to financial solutions for veterinary professionals. Interested in buying a veterinary practice? Not sure where to start? Not sure how to find the right business partner? Tune in to learn more about small business ownership!
5/18/202026 minutes, 17 seconds
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Empowering Veterinary Technicians to Have the Conversation and Deal with Client Pushback | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Rachel Poulin, RVT, VTS talks about how to empower veterinary technicians to have the conversation and deal with client pushback. Learn how you can empower your veterinary technicians to educate the public, leading to greater efficiency for the team.
5/11/202031 minutes, 3 seconds
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The use of apomorphine for gastric foreign body removal | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we review the use of apomorphine as an emetic for treating gastric foreign body ingestions. In full disclosure, VETgirl loves to puke stuff, so keep that in mind. Apomorphine, a commonly used emetic agent in dogs, is generally a very safe, effective (>90%) emetic used for the poisoned patient. BTW, we don't use it much in cats because our feline friends have fewer dopaminergic receptors in the area of the brain responsible for apomorphine's ability to induce nausea and vomiting. For kitties we prefer to use the alpha-2's such as dexmedetomidine, but that's another podcast. (For more information on emesis induction in cats, please refer to the following VETGirl podcast https://vetgirlontherun.com/podcasts/dexmedetomidine-versus-xylazine-emetic-cats-vetgirl-veterinary-continuing-education-podcasts/.) Apomorphine comes in different formulations that can be administered by intravenous, transconjunctival, intramuscular, or subcutaneous routes. But can we use it for gastric foreign bodies?
5/4/202010 minutes, 29 seconds
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Handling the anxiety of COVID-19 with Jeannine Moga, LSW | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl's Chief Happiness Officer, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical veterinary social worker, discusses veterinary professionals should handle the anxiety and stress of COVID19.
4/29/202027 minutes, 2 seconds
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Going Needle-Free in Veterinary Medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) on what it means to go needle-free in veterinary medicine. If you're not using needle-free extension sets or needle-free valves in your clinic, tune in! In this VETgirl podcast, learn what the different types of needle-free valves are, and what the clinical benefits are of these needle-free sets.
4/27/202010 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bloodwork cheatsheet for veterinary technicians | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) of VETgirl reviews a blood work “cheatsheat” for veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants. As veterinary staff are typically running the clinical pathology machines, they must be aware of key abnormalities and how to interpret them (and know when to promptly notify the doctor!).
4/20/20208 minutes, 48 seconds
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All things neurology with Dr. Zachary Niman | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Zachary Niman, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) from MedVet on all things neurology. What's the classic signalment of an idiopathic epileptic cat or dog? How do I localize that lesion in the ataxic patient? Learn it here in this VETgirl podcast!
4/13/202032 minutes, 54 seconds
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Urinary incontinence in female spayed dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Nyssa Reine-Salz, DVM, DACVIM on the primary urethral sphincter mechanism incompetence (USMI), otherwise known as spay incontinence. What treat options are out there for this very common problem?
4/6/20207 minutes, 50 seconds
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Incidence of bacteriuria in cats with urethral obstruction | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the incidence of bacteriuria in cats with urethral obstructions (UO). Unfortunately UOs are both a common and potentially life-threatening condition in our feline patients. The fundamental treatment principles for feline UOs include relieving the obstruction via urethral catheterization, immediate stabilization of electrolyte and metabolic abnormalities, cardiovascular stabilization, providing adequate post-obstruction care, and of course instituting preventative measures for the future (Cooper). One of the more controversial aspects of management is the routine use of antimicrobial therapy, and as you all know, we are fierce advocates for antimicrobial stewardship here at VETgirl! Therefore, today we are reviewing an article by Cooper et al entitled Incidence of bacteriuria at presentation and resulting from urinary catheterization in feline urethral obstruction that investigates the incidence of bacteriuria in cats with UOs, both at the time of presentation and following catheterization.
3/30/20207 minutes, 43 seconds
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What you need to know about nasoesophageal / nasogastric feeding tubes | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) on what you need to know about nasoesophageal (NE) / nasogastric (NG) feeding tubes. First, who should put them in (e.g., veterinarian? veterinary nurse?)? What size and length should you pick? Do you need to use a stylet or sedation? What are the contraindications for placing an NG or NE tube? Learn about this important but simple procedure to help with nutritional support in your veterinary patient.
3/23/202029 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to survive working from home during COVID-19 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Sarah Von Bargen, writer, coach and educator at YesandYes.org. Sarah helps people spend their time, money and energy on purpose. She works from home and provides some great advice on how to survive working from home during this quarantine from COVID-19.
3/20/202025 minutes, 39 seconds
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A veterinary technician's role in CPR in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) of VETgirl, reviews a veterinary technician's role during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in veterinary medicine. Learn the updates on RECOVER and how vital the role of the veterinary technician/nurse is during CPR.
3/16/202013 minutes, 54 seconds
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Anticoagulant rodenticide toxicity in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review anticoagulant rodenticide (ACR) toxicity in cats. First off, let's have a quick refresher on ACRs in our small animal patients! Remember that ACRs interfere with the production of clotting factors II, VII, IX, and X by inhibiting an enzyme called vitamin K1 epoxide reductase (DeClementi). When these clotting factor levels drop low enough, the patient can develop clinical manifestations of disease (e.g., hemorrhage).
3/9/202011 minutes, 33 seconds
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Clinical features of steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA) in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the clinical features of steroid-responsive meningitis-arteritis (SRMA) in dogs. First of all, let's have a quick refresher on what SRMA actually is! You may know this condition by another name, such as beagle pain syndrome, necrotizing vasculitis, or juvenile polyarteritis syndrome (Tipold).
3/2/202012 minutes, 27 seconds
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Urinary tract infections caused by Candida in dogs and cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by Candida in dogs and cats. You may recall that Candida species are fungal organisms that form either small yeasts or pseudohyphae (Pappas). While typically considered a commensal organism, Candida can cause disease when normal host defenses fail. Have any of you ever received that surprise urinalysis report with yeast organisms identified? This VETgirl certainly has, and it always causes just a bit of a head scratch! Why did my patient get a yeast UTI? Is this a sign of something more serious? Do I approach this differently than bacterial UTIs? Well, Reagan et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled Risk factors for Candida urinary tract infections in dogs and cats.
2/24/20207 minutes, 29 seconds
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Esophagostomy tube complications in dogs and cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETGirl podcast, we review complications associated with esophagostomy feeding tube (E-tube) placement in cats and dogs. E-tubes are relatively quick and straightforward to place, which makes them a common procedure in small animal medicine. They are incredibly useful for providing nutritional support, hydration, and administering medications in patients with any number of conditions.
2/17/202012 minutes, 28 seconds
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The importance of a closed urinary collection system | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we interview Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) on the importance of a closed urinary collection system (UCS). Can you use old sterile IV bags, or can they pose a threat to contamination? What's the significance of the anti-reflux valve (e.g., one way valve) in a UCS, and how should I maintain a UCS in the veterinary clinic?
2/10/202010 minutes, 7 seconds
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Dosing intervals for DOCP in dogs with Addison's disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss dosing intervals for desoxycorticosterone pivalate, better known as DOCP, in dogs with hypoadrenocorticism (more commonly called Addison's disease). As many of you have likely experienced, the cost of DOCP can be quite high, particularly for our larger patients.
2/3/202011 minutes, 51 seconds
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The use of long-term telmisaratan to treat hypertension in your feline patients | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of telmisartan AGAIN. Just so you don't think you're losing it, we previously discussed telmisartan back a few months ago, but wanted to discuss a similar study but by a different author. And that's because yes -; hypertension is just that common in geriatric cats! If you're not seeing it, you have to ask yourself, are you not doing enough Dopplers on your geriatric feline patients? (If you don't take a temp, you won't find a fever).
1/27/20209 minutes, 54 seconds
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Feline Infectious Peritonitis with Dr. Emi Barker | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Emi Barker, BSc(RVC), BVSc(Bristol), PhD(Bristol), DipECVIM-CA from Bristol Veterinary School on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). What causes FIP, and what cats get it? How do we veterinarians diagnose it, and is there a treatment or cure in the future?
1/20/202024 minutes, 17 seconds
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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease with Dr. Sheri Ross | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Sheri Ross, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, the Coordinator of Hemodialysis/ Nephrology/Urology at the University of California Veterinary Medical Center -; San Diego on Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) in cats. Should we be prescribing antimicrobials? What do we do to work up FLUTD? What behavioral, environmental, and nutritional factors play a role in this common disease?
1/13/202034 minutes, 44 seconds
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Rectally administered levetiracetam in dogs with cluster seizures | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETGirl podcast, we discuss the efficacy of the anti-epileptic medication, levetiracetam, when given rectally in dogs. There are few things more frightening for an owner than witnessing a seizure in their dog, and cluster seizures (CS) and status epilepticus (SE) are particularly scary! Unfortunately as veterinarians, we have somewhat limited emergency interventional options that we can offer to owners when CS or SE occurs at home.
1/6/20207 minutes, 40 seconds
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Association between life span and body condition in neutered dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

How many of us dread having “the talk” with clients? That one where you brace yourself for the response you know these words are going to elicit from the client across you… “Your pet is obese.” Perhaps an angry client reaction is brought about out of shame for letting their pet get fat, or from the implication that their shower of love and affection in the form of kibble and treats is slowly killing their beloved pet.
12/30/20198 minutes, 36 seconds
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Using steroids in dogs with acute pancreatitis | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we will be reviewing a treatment that is often a bit controversial -; steroids! In particular, we will look at the use of steroids in the treatment of acute pancreatitis in dogs. Steroids may appear attractive to use in this inflammatory disease since glucocorticoids impart anti-inflammatory affects in the body. Glucocorticoids may theoretically improve pancreatic blood flow and in critically ill patients with refractory blood pressure concerns, glucocorticoids are sometimes used to treat suspected (or confirmed) CIRCI. But with the possibility of eliciting negative side effects from steroid use, owing to their unwanted gastrointestinal tract side effects and their immunomodulatory effects, are they worth the risk in treating these patients?
12/23/20199 minutes, 17 seconds
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The use of telmisartan for the treatment of systemic hypertension in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of telmisartan for the treatment of systemic hypertension in cats. Systemic hypertension (SH) in aged cats is predominantly due to chronic kidney disease (CKD), hyperthyroidism, or considered idiopathic. Downstream end-organ effects of chronic systemic hypertension target the eyes, myocardium, central nervous system, and kidneys (specifically, worsened renal function and proteinuria). Activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone (RAAS) system contributes to development of SH in many cases and drugs that inhibit this system have treatment potential. Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) specifically block the angiotensin II, subtype-1 receptor (AT1) therefore inhibiting angiotensin II, which causes vasoconstriction, volume retention, sympathetic stimulation, inflammation, and fibrosis.
12/16/20199 minutes, 37 seconds
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12 Days of Christmas in the Veterinary ER | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) discusses the 12 days of Christmas that you should prepare for in time for the holidays! If you work ER, you'll likely be able to resonate… with the pancreatitis, gastroenteritis, linear foreign bodies in cats, pad lacerations and more in your veterinary patients.
12/11/201918 minutes, 51 seconds
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Use of probiotics and prebiotics in dogs with antibiotic-associated gastrointestinal signs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of synbiotics as a therapeutic strategy in dogs with antibiotic-associated gastrointestinal signs (AAGS). As a quick reminder, synbiotics are a combination of probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are defined as products that contain viable microorganisms that are used with the intention of altering the host's microflora in order to confer some sort of health benefit, whereas prebiotics are a type of ingredient that is designed to benefit the host by stimulating the growth or the activity of bacteria (Schrezenmeir).
12/9/20197 minutes, 17 seconds
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Empathy in veterinary medicine with Jeannine Moga | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl's Chief Happiness Officer, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical veterinary social worker, discusses empathy versus sympathy, and why having compassion yet boundaries is so important in our veterinary field.
12/2/201928 minutes, 53 seconds
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Chronic Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats with Dr. Sheri Ross | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Sheri Ross, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, the Coordinator of Hemodialysis/ Nephrology/Urology at the University of California Veterinary Medical Center -; San Diego on chronic kidney disease in cats (and dogs). What's the prognosis?
11/25/201930 minutes, 15 seconds
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The economics of insulin in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Nyssa Reine-Salz, DVM, DACVIM on the economics of insulin in veterinary medicine. How important is it for veterinarians to better understand the pet owner's concerns and daily schedule/limitations as a way to help establish a successful insulin treatment protocol for their pet?
11/18/201910 minutes, 57 seconds
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ACVECC CURATIVE Consensus on Antithrombotics | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview fellow criticalist, Dr. Armelle de Laforcade, DACVECC from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on the newest guidelines released by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care called Consensus on the Rational Use of Antithrombotics in Veterinary Critical Care (CURATIVE).
11/11/201923 minutes, 5 seconds
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The stigma of mental health in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl's Chief Happiness Officer, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical veterinary social worker, discusses the stigma of mental health in veterinary medicine. What can we do to fight stigma and encourage help-seeking among our veterinary colleagues?
11/4/201923 minutes, 20 seconds
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Is cardiac troponin I accurate as a screening test for the diagnosis of HCM in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review whether cardiac troponin I is an accurate screening test for the diagnosis of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is defined as concentric hypertrophy of the left ventricle in the absence of any other identifiable cause, in particular systemic hypertension and hyperthyroidism in cats.
10/28/201911 minutes, 3 seconds
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Anti-Manduuml;llerian hormone (AMH) and progesterone (P4) levels in diagnosing canine ovarian remnant syndrome | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of combining serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) and progesterone (P4) levels when diagnosing canine ovarian remnant syndrome (ORS). ORS is a condition in which ovarian tissue is left behind after a female dog has been spayed. Unfortunately, when this happens, the tissue can continue to release hormones that manifest clinically as signs of estrus. As many of our small animal clinicians have learned, suspecting ORS can be easy at times, but diagnosing ORS can prove quite challenging! The diagnostic options for ORS, including vaginal cytology, estrogen levels, various stimulation and other hormonal tests, luteinizing hormone (LH), and imaging, can be overwhelming and possess individual limitations.
10/21/20196 minutes, 39 seconds
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The use of CBD in conjunction with conventional antiepileptic drugs in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of cannabidiol (CBD) in conjunction with conventional antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) in dogs with idiopathic epilepsy. Not only are seizures a common problem in our canine patients, but idiopathic epilepsy can be an incredibly frustrating and challenging disease to treat. A recent consensus statement on seizure management was released by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, which provides valuable guidance to clinicians when navigating the various AEDs on the market (Podell).
10/14/20198 minutes, 20 seconds
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Association between atrial fibrillation and right-sided congestive heart failure in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the association between atrial fibrillation (AF) and right-sided manifestations of congestive heart failure (CHF). Atrial fibrillation (AF) in dogs most commonly develops secondary to distension and structural remodeling of the atrial myocardium in association with either degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) or dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM).
10/7/201911 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hyperkalemia during general anesthesia in Greyhounds | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Jane Quandt, MS, DACVAA, DACVECC discusses hyperkalemia during general anesthesia in the Greyhound breed. How do we recognize this, and what to do we do if it occurs?
9/30/201911 minutes, 40 seconds
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Diagnosis and treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Jody Gookin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM from NC State College of Veterinary Medicine about the diagnosis and treatment of Tritrichomonas foetus in cats. What clinical signs does it cause, and why should I care about this bovine parasite in my feline patients?
9/23/201918 minutes, 13 seconds
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Aspiration pneumonia in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review aspiration pneumonia in cats. Is it common? What's the prognosis?
9/16/20198 minutes, 53 seconds
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Do gelatin colloids and Hetastarch result in renal tubular injury during shock? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review whether the use of gelatin colloids and hydroxyethyl starch (HES) result in renal tubular injury during shock.
9/9/20199 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cuterebra infestations in dogs and cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review Cuterebra infections and the occurrence of systemic manifestations of this disease. Many of you have probably seen a case, or at least seen some pretty wild online videos, in which a large, alien-like Cuterebra organism is dramatically pulled out of some poor patient. If not, I recommend that you watch this video immediately!
9/2/20198 minutes, 39 seconds
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Canine allergies and what you need to know about Cytopoint | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss canine allergies and what you need to know about Cytopoint.
8/26/201922 minutes, 10 seconds
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How to administer trilostane in dogs with pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review two different protocols for trilostane administration in dogs with pituitary-dependent hyperadrenocorticism (PDH). Hyperadrenocorticism, or Cushing's disease, is one of the most common endocrinopathies of dogs. As you all may remember, naturally occurring Cushing's disease comes in two flavors: pituitary-dependent or adrenal-dependent. Approximately 85% of dogs with Cushing's disease have the pituitary-dependent form (Feldman). While a number of treatment strategies are available, trilostane has become an increasingly popular and effective first-line therapy (Alenza). Trilostane is a competitive inhibitor of 3B-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (Potts). Personally, I need a translation for what on earth that means! Basically trilostane inhibits an enzyme essential to the synthesis of both glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids in the adrenal cortex. The manufacturer recommends a trilostane starting dose of 2.2-6.7 mg/kg/day. So, Cho et al wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled Efficacy of Low- and High-Dose Trilostane Treatment in Dogs (<5 kg) with Pituitary-Dependent Hyperadrenocorticism. In this study, the safety and efficacy of two alternative protocols of trilostane administration were evaluated in dogs with PDH. The first was a twice-daily low-dose protocol, and the second was a once-daily high-dose protocol.
8/19/20197 minutes, 44 seconds
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Echocardiographic phenotype of canine DCM differs based on diet type | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review whether or not echocardiographic phenotype of canine dilated cardiomyopathy differs based on canine diet types. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs occurs secondary to predominantly genetic causes, but also occurs secondary to systemic disease, toxins, infectious disease and nutritional causes. DCM in association with taurine and L-carnitine deficiency is well documented and has the potential for reversal of myocardial dysfunction with appropriate supplementation.
8/12/20199 minutes, 15 seconds
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Does saying the word "quiet" jinx the veterinary emergency room? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Amy Butler, DVM, MS, DACVECC on her recent study entitled "The influence of quotations uttered in emergency service triage traffic and hospitalization (Quiet)" which investigated the use of the word "Quiet." Does saying it increase ER caseload (It doesn't, but I still want to kick your butt when you say it).
8/5/201911 minutes, 37 seconds
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The role of client communication and euthanasia for the veterinarian | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Jane Shaw, DVM, PhD, from Colorado State University on the role of client communication around euthanasia. "Chunk and check" and empathy are important when communicating with pet owners.
7/29/201913 minutes, 26 seconds
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Grain-free exotic diets and the correlation with DCM in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Associate Professor at UC Davis on the correlation between exotic, grain-free diets and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Is it taurine deficiency related? Why are we seeing this in Golden retrievers? Tune in to learn more!
7/22/201915 minutes, 37 seconds
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The use of antacids in veterinary medicine with Dr. Katie Tolbert | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary podcast, we interview Dr. Katie Tolbert, DVM, DACVIM, PhD at Texas A&M University. In veterinary medicine, we often use sucralfate, omeprazole, and H2 blockers like famotidine. Do they help reduce gastric acid? Should we be using them in every single patient in the hospital? Should we be using antacids in cats and dogs, and what about long term?
7/15/201917 minutes, 18 seconds
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How to be the best veterinary team member | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) reviews how to be the best veterinary team member. By avoiding gossip mongering, and being a respectful veterinary professional, we can all bring our A-game to the veterinary team!
7/8/201916 minutes, 18 seconds
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The use of propofol during euthanasia in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of propofol during euthanasia in veterinary medicine. Perhaps one of the most important aspects of our veterinary oath is to relieve animal suffering. I know when I first entered practice after graduation I was surprised by the frequency in which I was performing euthanasia on companion animals. I soon realized how important this service is for the pets and for the pet parent and the impact my skills and my medicine can have on this last shared experience between pet parent and pet. We all tend to develop our own routine way of performing euthanasia be it a designated room with dim lighting, perhaps quiet music, maybe some fluffy pillows and beds - anything that might promote peace and relaxation. As for the medical side of euthanasia, we understand that the overdose of pentobarbital derivative used during euthanasia provides a peaceful transition for the pet. But outwardly, it may not always look so peaceful to the pet parent. During euthanasia, I'll admit that I'm always holding my breath that during the euthanasia the pet will simply close their eyes (which we know doesn't typically happen), fall asleep, and take his last breath peacefully. But sometimes we encounter rather unfortunate - albeit rare - side effects of the medication or of the body's response to illness and the medication. For starters, we know that the eyes of animals will typically remain open to some degree. And, just as in humans, animals can have involuntary or voluntary release of bladder and bowel function, some may vocalize from dysphoria or disease, and some may exhibit muscle fasciculations. As an attempt to minimize these adverse events, we can reach for adjunctive medications to mitigate these unwanted responses. Propofol is a popular adjunctive anesthetic used in euthanasia, but to date, no veterinary studies have been conducted to evaluate whether this added anesthesia agent has significant benefits when used in euthanasia.
6/24/20196 minutes, 28 seconds
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Healthy self-wellness tips for veterinary professionals | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl podcast, we talk with Kelsey Cantu, the Recruitment Manager of our Travel Division with VetIQ Staffing, about healthy self-wellness tips and self-care for veterinary professionals. Caring for animals is such a rewarding career to have but making time to take care of yourself is just as important than one might think and is crucial for your health. Work-life balance and self-care is key to one's well-being.
6/17/20198 minutes, 12 seconds
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How to triage reproductive veterinary emergencies | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) reviews how to triage the canine and feline reproductive emergencies. When should a patient come in? Is it a dystocia? What do you need to know and make sure your front desk CSR know when triaging phone calls?
6/10/201910 minutes, 23 seconds
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ISCAID Guidelines andamp; management of bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs andamp; cats: Part 2 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we'll review the latest guidelines for a condition we see just about every day in the vet hospital -; urinary tract infections (UTIs). This is based off the most current International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs and cats . This is a 2-part podcast, so check out last week's episode for Part 1!
6/3/201914 minutes, 27 seconds
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ISCAID Guidelines andamp; management of bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs andamp; cats: Part I | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we'll review the latest guidelines for a condition we see just about every day in the vet hospital -; urinary tract infections (UTIs). This is based off the most current International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of bacterial urinary tract infections in dogs and cats . This is a 2-part podcast, so tune in next week for Part 2!
5/27/201920 minutes, 38 seconds
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Use of anti-inflammatories on survival in dogs with pulmonary blastomycosis | VETgirl Veterinary CE Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the impact of anti-inflammatory medications on survival in dogs with pulmonary blastomycosis (secondary to Blastomyces spp). Blastomycosis is one of the major systemic fungal diseases we see in dogs, and for any of you that practice in endemic areas, you know what a devastating disease this can be. Studies have demonstrated that the remission rates for dogs with Blastomycosis can range from 68-75% (Arceneaux, McMillan, Mazepa). However those dogs with severe pulmonary disease tend to have a worse prognosis (Bromel, McMillan, Mazepa), and there is a pressing need to maximize our treatment strategies in these patients. Not only are the fungal organisms themselves destructive, but treatment of the disease can cause a marked and even dangerous inflammatory response. So, Walton et al at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center wanted to examine if anti-inflammatory medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and/or corticosteroids, affected outcome in dogs with pulmonary blastomycosis. They also wanted to determine if other factors such as itraconazole dose, patient characteristics, or the need for oxygen therapy impacted 30-day survival. The authors hypothesized that the use of anti-inflammatory medications would improve 30-day survival.
5/20/20196 minutes, 3 seconds
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The use of gabapentin in cats with Dr. Jessica Quimby | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary podcast, we interview Dr. Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM on the use of gabapentin in cats. With it's growing popularity due to the Fear Free movement and opioid crisis, veterinary professionals are using it more in cats. What dose should we use, and can we use this daily in cats? What about in cats with chronic kidney failure? In this podcast, we discuss if transdermal gabapentin can be safely used in cats, and how to administer dose this capsule.
5/13/201918 minutes, 50 seconds
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Long-term famotidine use in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of long-term famotidine in dogs. How many of you have seen patients that take famotidine for weeks, months, or even years? It certainly raises the question, what impact does such chronic use have on our patients? Is it even effective? So, Tolbert et al out of University of Tennessee wanted to evaluate this in a study entitled Repeated famotidine administration results in a diminished effect on intragastric pH in dogs. In this study, they evaluated the effect of repeated famotidine administration on gastric pH and serum gastrin levels over a period of 2 weeks. The authors hypothesized that the impact of famotidine on gastric pH would diminish over time, and that its effect on day 13 would be less potent than its impact on day 1.
5/6/20196 minutes, 34 seconds
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Cardiomyopathies in cats with Dr. Meurs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Kathryn Meurs, DVM, PhD Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies at North Carolina State University, on feline cardiomyopathy and what's new, including the use of genetics to help diagnose the disease.
4/29/201925 minutes, 47 seconds
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Pet owners' knowledge of and attitudes toward the judicious use of antimicrobials in dogs and cats | VETgirl Veterinary CE Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Laurel Redding, VMD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Penn Vet and Dr. Stephen Cole, VMD, MS, DACVM and Lecturer in Microbiology at Penn Vet on their recent study entitled Pet owners' knowledge of and attitudes toward the judicious use of antimicrobials for companion animals. Do pet owners trust it when it comes to dispensing antimicrobial therapy? Can cat owners even get the medications into their cat? What's the compliance? Should we be still treating UTIs with 2 weeks of antibiotics?
4/22/201920 minutes, 55 seconds
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The use of mirtazipine in cats with Dr. Jessica Quimby | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Jessica Quimby, DVM, PhD, DACVIM on the use of mirtazipine in cats. What dose should we use, and can we use this daily in cats? What about in cats with chronic kidney failure? In this podcast, we discuss if transdermal mirtazipine can be safely used in cats, and how to administer it.
4/15/201920 minutes, 35 seconds
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Intravenous catheter updates in veterinary medicine with Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we're excited to have Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS discuss what's new in veterinary medicine with intravenous catheters. We use them all the time but is there anything we need to change when putting them into our veterinary patients? We're excited to welcome Amy to our VETgirl team!
4/8/201920 minutes, 53 seconds
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How to be a more efficient veterinarian | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review how to be a more efficient veterinarian. The more efficient you can be, the better your work life balance. In VETgirl's opinion, live by these 5 rules:
4/1/20196 minutes, 22 seconds
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Prevalence of bacterial contamination of 50% dextrose vials | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the prevalence of bacterial contamination in 50% dextrose vials. How worried should we be about using multi-dose dextrose bottles?
3/25/20197 minutes, 58 seconds
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Pregnancy, parenting and family planning in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Marieke H. Rosenbaum DVM, MPH from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts on a recent study entitled Perceptions of support and policies regarding pregnancy, parenting, and family planning during veterinary training at United States veterinary medical training institutions. As someone who personally struggled with infertility, losses, and failed IVF, this study rang true to me. What do we need to know about family planning in veterinary medicine? Can you be pregnant in veterinary school or in training and survive?
3/18/201918 minutes, 38 seconds
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Effect of client complaints on veterinary internists | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review the effect of client complains on veterinary internists. And let's be real here. This podcast doesn't just apply to veterinary internists. It applies to everyone single one of us in the field of veterinary medicine. This is a subject near and dear to VETgirl's heart, as wellness, self care and our emotional wellbeing as veterinary professionals is really important to us. That's why we hired Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, as our Chief Happiness Officer in 2019.
3/11/201910 minutes, 56 seconds
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Outcome of surgical management of thoracic trauma in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review cats undergoing thoracic trauma. We know that cats truly have 9 lives, but is there evidence to prove this? What's the prognosis for cats that undergo surgical management of their thoracic trauma? Lux et al wanted to evaluate this in a multi-institutional, retrospective study entitled "Factors associated with survival to hospital discharge for cats treated surgically for thoracic trauma."
3/4/201911 minutes, 24 seconds
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Outcome prediction in dogs with DIC | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Robert Goggs, BVSc, PhD, DACVECC, DECVECC on a recent study that he published entitled Retrospective evaluation of 4 methods for outcome prediction in overt disseminated intravascular coagulation in dogs (2009-2014): 804 cases. In this retrospective study performed at Cornell University, medical records were reviewed to assess dogs that had a coagulation panel performed (including coagulation times, D-dimer concentration, antithrombin activity, fibrinogen concentration, and platelet count). These cases were then scored for DIC, with the goal to identify if there were any predictors for outcome. How specific and sensitive are some of these coagulation tests?
2/25/201924 minutes, 11 seconds
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Surgical oncology: What do you need to know? | VETgirl Online Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Brooke Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) and Dr. Cassandra Prpich, BVSC, MANZCVS (SAIM), DACVS-SA, ACVS FELLOW, Surgical Oncologist, of Compassion First's Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Longmont, CO. What do I need to know before removing that neoplastic dermal mass or before doing that splenectomy? When should I consider referring the case to a surgical oncologist instead?
2/18/201922 minutes, 39 seconds
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Aspiration-related respiratory disorders in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review aspiration-related respiratory disorders in dogs. Much of our veterinary medical information gathered over time has first stemmed from information available in human medicine. So, Nafe et al wanted to review canine aspiration-related respiratory disorders that are already classified conditions in human medicine. In a publication called Aspiration-related respiratory disorders in dogs, the authors provide us a literature review on aspiration-related respiratory disorders in dogs, and describe the similarities between canine and human conditions. By drawing comparisons between known human conditions and canine conditions, we may be able to more effectively treat these veterinary conditions or mitigate damage caused to the respiratory tract.
2/11/20199 minutes, 43 seconds
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Causes of pleural effusion in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss pleural effusion in cats. If you've heard me lecture before, I always say that the top 3 differentials for pleural effusion in cats are: CHF, CHF, and cancer. But is it true?
2/4/201910 minutes, 41 seconds
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Retained surgical sponges in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the dreaded retained surgical sponge left in the body cavity of a veterinary patient. After all, we've all done it or seen it, right? When in a rush to get to work, to finish paperwork, or to get home to our families and pets, “slowing down” is not a welcomed notion in our veterinary lives. But perhaps we need to make a conscious effort to do just that. Maybe your client showed up late for an appointment, or maybe your already booked day just got rocked by the emergency GDV that came through your doors, but we all know that when we rush, our attention to detail is compromised…and then, we can potentially overlook important things... like details such as how many sponges did we use during that spay or emergency surgery?!
1/28/20197 minutes, 43 seconds
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What's new with veterinary oncology with Dr. Brooke Fowler, DACVIM | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Brooke Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology) of Compassion First's Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists in Longmont, CO. What's new in veterinary oncology? What do I need to know before referring my cancer patient to an oncologist? And what is electrochemotherapy?
1/21/201922 minutes, 9 seconds
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Risk of anesthesia-related complications in brachycephalic dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review the risk of anesthesia-related complications in brachycephalic dogs - just how worried should we be when it comes to anesthetizing them?
1/14/20197 minutes, 49 seconds
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Dental Health Month with Dr. Heidi Lobprise, DAVDC | VETgirl Online Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Heidi Lobprise, DVM, Diplomate AVDC on dental health month in veterinary medicine. How can be better communicate to pet owners the importance of dental health? Should we be sending home all dental prophys with antibiotics? What's the best pain medication post-dental procedure? Tune in to learn more.
1/7/201924 minutes, 30 seconds
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Safety and Efficacy of Leflunomide in Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the safety and efficacy of leflunomide in dogs. It seems as if leflunomide is a medication that some clinicians use quite routinely, whereas others have limited or even no experience using. Regardless of which category you fall into, don't fret! Today we will review some basic information about this medication, as well as a recent retrospective study evaluating its use. Leflunomide is an immunosuppressive medication that is used to treat a variety of immune-mediated conditions in dogs, including but not limited to immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA), immune-mediated conditions of the central nervous system (CNS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It works by inhibiting the synthesis of pyrimidine and thereby inhibiting lymphocyte proliferation (Plumb). Past studies have evaluated this medication at starting doses of 3-4 mg/kg/day, which showed positive response rates at this dosing (Gregory, Colopy, Fukushima).
12/31/20189 minutes, 21 seconds
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Clients' attitudes towards veterinarians' attire in the ER | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we discuss the veterinarian's attire in the emergency hospital and how our clients perceive what we wear. As we all know, first impressions are powerful. And in the emergency setting, one of our more challenging goals is to gain the trust of the client (as we've never seen them before!). How we stand in the room, the tone of our voice, our eye contact, and how we look to the client are all tools that can be just as powerful as the medical information in our heads when it comes to connecting with our client. So do you like to don a white coat and business casual clothes for your ER shift? Or perhaps, you're like me, and enjoy not having to think beyond putting on a pair of scrubs before each shift? So, McGiffon et al wanted to evaluate this in a study called "Clients' attitudes toward veterinarians' attire in the small animal emergency medicine setting."
12/24/20185 minutes, 23 seconds
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All you need to know about anesthesia with Compassion-First | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Melina Zimmerman, DVM, DAVCAA, a board-certified anesthesiologist at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. If anesthesia isn't your think, you want to tune in. In this podcast, we review how to manage the canine or feline veterinary patient while under anesthesia, including what to do when that patient is having arrhythmias, hypotension or hypercapnia. We also review pain management and oral analgesics, oral sedation and sedation options for aggressive patients.
12/17/201829 minutes, 50 seconds
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Liver toxicity secondary to azathioprine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review liver toxicity secondary to azathioprine administration in dogs. Azathioprine is an immunosuppressive medication that has been gaining popularity in the veterinary community. It is a purine analog that can take up to 6 weeks to take effect (Plumb), and it is often used as a treatment for immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA), immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP), immune-mediated polyarthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and other immune-mediated conditions. Some practitioners express discomfort using azathioprine due to its potential for adverse effects, such as hepatotoxicity and bone marrow toxicity. But how worried should we be?
12/10/20187 minutes, 46 seconds
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Central venous jugular catheters in critically ill dogs and cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Deborah Silverstein, DACVECC, Professor in Critical Care at PennVet on the use of central venous jugular catheters in critically ill dogs and cats. How hard are they to put in, what do they cost, and are there complications associated with placement?
12/3/201822 minutes, 51 seconds
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Effect of refrigeration of clinical canine urine samples | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss the effect of refrigeration on clinical canine urine samples and quantitative bacterial culture.
11/26/20188 minutes, 57 seconds
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Trazodone in cats | Dr. Lisa Radosta | VETgirl Online Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Lisa Radosta, DACVB, Board-certified Veterinary Behaviorist at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service on the use of trazodone in cats. Most veterinary professionals advocate for sedation for stressed cats as a modality to help with "Fear Free;" however, what drugs should we be reaching for, and what the pros and cons are of some of these sedatives? Should we be reaching for gabapentin or trazodone?
11/19/201824 minutes, 15 seconds
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Fecal transplants in dogs with parvovirus | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) as an exciting new treatment for diarrhea secondary to canine parvovirus (CPV). You may be wondering, what is an FMT? It is actually a fairly simple procedure that is being performed with increasing frequency in both human and animal medicine. The procedure involves transferring fecal material from a healthy donor dog to a recipient patient in order to restore a healthy microbial population (Chaitman). We know that there is a vast and complex array of microorganisms populating the gastrointestinal tract, and maintenance of this microbiota is critical for overall intestinal health (Khanna). A number of primary gastrointestinal diseases, medications (particularly antibiotics), and other systemic health issues can disrupt this complex population, contributing to clinical decline in our patients.
11/12/20188 minutes, 8 seconds
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Diagnostic utility of D-dimer concentrations in dogs with pulmonary embolism | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of D-dimers in predicting the presence or absence of pulmonary emboli in dogs. Pulmonary embolism (PE) refers to an obstruction of a pulmonary vessel, which could be caused by a blood clot, tissue, infectious material, parasites, foreign bodies, or other material (Goggs). There are a variety of diseases known to increase risk for PE's in our canine patients, including immune-mediated diseases such as IMHA, protein-losing nephropathies, hyperadrenocorticism, neoplasia, sepsis, and cardiac disease, as well as the use of certain medications like steroids. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of PE can be challenging due to non-specific clinical and radiographic changes. Probably many of us have seen an IMHA patient become acutely dyspneic with minimal radiographic changes, a situation where you may highly suspect a PE! In human medicine, CT or pulmonary angiography are the gold standard for antemortem diagnosis (Torbicki), but there have been various studies in both humans and in dogs evaluating the use of D-dimers as a tool to rule out a PE.
11/5/20186 minutes, 42 seconds
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Renal cytology results in dogs and comparison to ultrasound findings | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the diagnostic utility of cytologic examination of renal fine-needle aspirates from dogs and the use of ultrasonographic features to inform cytologic diagnosis. When we do renal aspirates while we're ultrasounding our veterinary patients, is it useful and helpful?
10/29/201811 minutes, 45 seconds
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The diagnostic approach for itchy dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Andrew Hillier, BVSc, MANZCVS, DACVD, Medical Lead for Dermatology at Zoetis on the diagnostic approach for itchy dogs (particularly those with atopic dermatitis!). Tune in to learn how we should be communicating with our pet owners, what mistakes we want to avoid with the atopic dog, and the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to atopy.
10/29/201829 minutes, 35 seconds
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Incidence of hospital-acquired anemia in hospitalized dogs andamp; cats | VETgirl Veterinary CE Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the incidence of hospital-acquired anemia in the hospitalized canine and feline patient. In the veterinary patient, the presence of anemia results in decreased oxygen carrying capacity, which directly affects all tissues by diminishing function and impairing tissue healing. It other words, it results in decreased oxygen deliver (DO2).
10/22/201810 minutes, 14 seconds
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Life hacks for new veterinary graduates | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, co-founders Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC discuss a few life hacks for new veterinary graduates. Just graduated from veterinary school and need some advice? Here, we share all, from living like a broke vet student, how to pay off your veterinary student debt faster, why it's important to make (some) money, how to work on work-life balance, and more!
10/15/201821 minutes, 27 seconds
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Vitamin D and chronic kidney disease | What's new in veterinary nutrition? | VETgirl Veterinary CE Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Valerie Parker, DACVIM, DACVN on what's new in veterinary nutrition. Is there a role for Vitamin D with chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients? Should we be supplementing calcitriol in our canine and feline patients with CKD? What's new?
10/8/201817 minutes, 25 seconds
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Canine Leptospirosis: What's new? | Dr. Sharon Grayzel | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Sharon Grayzel, DVM, MPH, DACVPM about canine leptospirosis. What's new? Is it that "classic" icteric, azotemic farm dog that comes down with lepto now? Or is it the smaller, 15 pound terrier that gets it? How prevalent is it and what do we do about this zoonotic disease? What's the best way to test for it? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
10/1/201821 minutes, 26 seconds
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Effects of steroids on the heart in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary podcast, we review the use of steroids and whether or not steroids truly have detrimental effects on the heart. We've been taught since our early years in veterinary school to have a healthy respect for glucocorticoid use. Understandably, there are many unwanted side effects to steroids such as weight gain, immune system suppression, and polyuria, to name the most commonly encountered. But there are also many medical uses for steroids such as intentional immune suppression and to combat inflammatory processes. In cats, we have produced evidence that long-acting glucocorticoid use can precipitate development of congestive heart failure (CHF). To date, we do not have published supportive evidence for this in dogs. So, Masters et al out of Iowa State University wanted to evaluate this in a prospective study called "Effects of short-term anti-inflammatory glucocorticoid treatment on clinicopathologic, echocardiographic, and hemodynamic variables in systemically healthy dogs." to see what cardiovascular effects anti-inflammatory doses of glucocorticoids would have on canine patients with no preexisting structural heart disease.
9/24/20189 minutes, 45 seconds
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Risk of recurrent feline urethral obstruction in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Marc Seitz, DABVP on his recent publication about feline urethral obstruction called "Evaluation for association between indwelling urethral catheter placement and risk of recurrent urethral obstruction in cats." Does outpatient FUO therapy work (e.g., sedation, unblocking, etc.) and when do we see increased risk of recurrent FUO in cats?
9/17/201817 minutes, 1 second
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Outpatient parvovirus: Does it work? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, co-founders Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT and Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC discuss OPP: outpatient parvovirus. First, how do we ideally treat canine parvovirus? What is the "Colorado protocol?" Does outpatient parvovirus work? Learn from two criticalists who have seen a lot of parvo!
9/10/201823 minutes, 1 second
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Lyme disease in dogs | Dr. Richard Marconi, PhD | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Richard T. Marconi, PhD about canine Lyme disease. Are we seeing an increased prevalence of tick spread and Lyme disease? What can we as veterinary professionals be doing about it in terms of recognition and prevention (e.g., preventative and vaccination)? Learn it in this VETgirl podcast!
9/3/201823 minutes, 26 seconds
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What you should have learned at Hill's Global Symposium 2018: PART 2 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education Part 2 podcast, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC and Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT review what you should have learned if you didn't go to the Hill's Global Symposium 2018 (HGS2018) this year. From improving our pet owner compliance, to avoiding common myths about geriatric nutrition, to social media and Dr. Google, find out more in this VETgirl podcast. Better yet, get over 30+ hours of free, RACE-approved CE by viewing the HGS2018 here, thanks to Clinician's Brief. Check out last week for Part 1!
8/27/201820 minutes, 46 seconds
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What you should have learned at Hill's Global Symposium 2018 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC and Dr. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT review what you should have learned if you didn't go to the Hill's Global Symposium 2018 (HGS2018) this year. From advances and updates in nutritional management of chronic kidney disease, to diabetes mellitus updates, to refreshing your brain on Vitamin D and RAS, find out more in this VETgirl podcast. Better yet, get over 30+ hours of free, RACE-approved CE by viewing the HGS2018 here, thanks to Clinician's Brief. Tune in next week for Part II!
8/20/201821 minutes, 5 seconds
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Total prostatectomy for treatment of prostatic carcinoma in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review total prostatectomy for the treatment of prostatic carcinoma in dogs.
8/13/20189 minutes, 54 seconds
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What's new with Canine Influenza? | Dr. Annette Litster | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Annette Litster, BVSc, MACVSc Senior Veterinary Specialist at Zoetis, on Canine Influenza (CIV) H3N2 and H3N8. Learn what clinical signs are seen with CIV, and how to diagnose it (e.g., serology vs. PCR). Learn if your canine patient population should be vaccinated for it, and if this vaccine is for just "social dogs." This VETgirl is brought to you, thanks to sponsorship from Zoetis, makers of Vanguard CIV H3N2/H3N8 bivalent vaccine.
8/6/201827 minutes, 11 seconds
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Characterization of subclinical bacteriuria, bacterial cystitis, and pyelonephritis in dogs with chronic kidney disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the prevalence of subclinical bacteriuria, bacterial cystitis and pyelonephritis in dogs with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
7/30/20188 minutes, 12 seconds
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IV fat accelerates clot formation and induces hemolysis in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Erica Behling-Kelly, DVM, PhD, DACVP from Cornell University, on her recent publication entitled "A commercial soy‐based phospholipid emulsion accelerates clot formation in normal canine whole blood and induces hemolysis in whole blood from normal and dogs with inflammatory leukograms." Does the use of lipid in the form of total parenteral nutrition (TPN), partial parenteral nutrition (PPN), or intravenous lipid emulsion (20%) potentially cause detrimental adverse effects in dogs - particularly those with inflammation - when used? Check out this VETgirl podcast to learn more!
7/23/201815 minutes, 29 seconds
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Outcome of cholecystectomy in dogs for the treatment of gallbladder disease | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

Ah, the mucocele. The disease that internists want to surgical treat, and the ones that surgeons want to medically manage.
7/16/20189 minutes, 31 seconds
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Survival in dogs undergoing surgery with thoracic trauma | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review thoracic trauma in dogs. In the emergency room, we criticalists frequently see patients that have sustained both blunt and penetrating thoracic trauma from a variety of causes, with the most common being vehicular trauma and bite wounds. Thankfully, the prognosis for trauma is generally fair to good, with a reported 90% survival (Hall). However, in patients requiring thoracic surgery, the prognosis is worse. Previous studies have shown a range of short-term mortality rates ranging from 10-44%.
7/9/20189 minutes
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Outcome in dogs with uroabdomen | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review uroabdomen in dogs. We've also talked about how to diagnose uroabdomen in a previous VETgirl blog here.
7/2/20189 minutes, 43 seconds
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How long can I leave my sterile bag of IV fluids out? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Julien Guillaumin, DACVECC, DECVECC, on his recent study entitled "Influence of hang time and location on bacterial contamination of intravenous bags in a veterinary emergency and critical care setting." We all hang bags of fluids around the veterinary clinic and ER/ICU so we can use it as a flush or to dilute drugs. However, should we be doing this? In this study, the authors wanted to evaluate the risk and rate of bacterial contamination of fluid and ports in intravenous bags. Overall, the authors looked at 90 bags of LRS, punctured them daily 3X/day for 10 days. They found bacterial growth in 31.1% of the 198 injection ports overall, and 6.7% of the fluid bags hung in ER were contaminated by Day 7. Listen to find out just how long you should be hanging that bag of fluids, and why hanging it near the veterinary sink isn't ideal!
6/25/201822 minutes, 14 seconds
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Intervertebral disc disease in Pekingese dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the characteristics and risk factors for intervertebral disk extrusions (IVDE) in Pekingese dogs. If you're about to see a Pekingese dog with back pain, check out this VETgirl podcast to learn what you need to know about in this breed of dog.
6/18/20188 minutes, 21 seconds
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The use of ultrasound for the diagnosis of cardiogenic pulmonary edema in dogs and cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of ultrasound for the diagnosis of cardiogenic pulmonary edema in dogs and cats. Nowadays, we're doing more and more FAST (Focused Assessment of Sonography in Trauma) ultrasounds in the ER setting, and it's great (and easy) for diagnosing cavital effusion (e.g., hemoabdomen, pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, etc.). But can it be easily used for lung ultrasound (LUS) to detect pathology (or water) in the lung? Does it work to diagnose cardiogenic pulmonary edema?
6/11/201810 minutes, 32 seconds
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The prevalence of thrombocytopenia in cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the prevalence of thrombocytopenia in cats. Before you blame it "platelet clumping," let's make sure it's not from something else!
6/1/20188 minutes, 27 seconds
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Does tramadol work in dogs with chronic arthritis? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of tramadol in dogs. Does it work? Well, you may have heard over recent years that tramadol has been put on the hot plate, receiving much attention for its role as an analgesic in canine patients. The reason for doubting tramadol's pain relief properties stems from the pharmacokinetics of the drug and differences between human and canine pain receptors. Tramadol is a weak pure-mu opioid agonist. It is metabolized to O-desmethytramadol, which is the metabolite responsible for tramadol's ability to inhibit the reuptake of noradrenaline and serotonin in nerve endings, thus making these two neurohormones more available to continue blocking pain signals. However, dogs produce very little of this active metabolite. Perhaps this difference in metabolism is why clinicians have trended towards recommending higher doses of tramadol (doses ranging from 1 to 10 mg/kg). Previous studies have been complicated by a placebo effect when measuring analgesic outcomes, and the placebo effect is a difficult bias to overcome when creating a study design. So, Budsberg et al out of University of Georgia (Go, Dawgs!) wanted to evaluate tramadol as an analgesic in the treatment of chronic osteoarthritis in a study entitled Lack of effectiveness of tramadol hydrochloride for the treatment of pain and joint dysfunction in dogs with chronic osteoarthritis. In this study, the authors aimed to evaluate objective measurements of pain relief in orthopedic dysfunction associated with tramadol use in dogs suffering from osteoarthritis.
5/28/20187 minutes, 29 seconds
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What to do with that infectious coughing dog | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we interview Dr. Leah Cohn, PhD, DACVIM, on the approach to the infectious coughing dog. In this podcast, she reviews what Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) is, what the diagnostic work up is, and how to treat these patients. She'll also review what vaccines are available for the different etiologies, and how it's more than "just kennel cough." Check out this important Guideline and Recommendation from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine here:
5/21/201832 minutes, 3 seconds
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Breeds predisposed to aspiration pneumonia | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss whether certain breeds are more predisposed to aspiration pneumonia or not.
5/14/20184 minutes, 42 seconds
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Short-term and long-term outcomes for overweight dogs with CCL treated surgically or nonsurgically | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review short-term and long-term outcomes for overweight dogs with cranial cruciate ligament rupture - do they all need surgery?
5/7/20187 minutes, 11 seconds
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Is brief echocardiographic training for noncardiology veterinarians useful? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review whether or not brief echocardiographic training is beneficial for noncardiology veterinarians. Will it help house officers or general practitioners in the ability to diagnose cardiac emergencies like pericardial effusion, congestive heart failure, cardiomyopathy and more?
4/30/20185 minutes, 41 seconds
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Can you detect pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade on chest radiographs? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss whether you detect pericardial effusion and cardiac tamponade on chest radiographs in veterinary medicine.
4/23/20184 minutes, 44 seconds
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Clinical approach to anemia in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we discuss anemia in veterinary patients. Anemia is a common, yet frustrating disease process and is defined as a deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin (Hb). Anemia can be categorized as regenerative or non-regenerative, and it is important to obtain a thorough history and a careful and systematic diagnostic approach to anemia. In this podcast, we review the 3 major causes of anemia:
4/16/201812 minutes, 49 seconds
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Diagnostic approach to hypoalbuminemia | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, board certified emergency and critical care specialist and co-founder of VETgirl, reviews the diagnostic approach to hypoalbuminemia in dogs and cats. Hypoalbuminemia is a common problem seen by the small animal veterinarian. It is important to understand that albumin is the major determinant of oncotic pressure (i.e., otherwise known as colloidal osmotic pressure or "COP"). This pressure is the main force that holds fluid within the vascular space.
4/9/20188 minutes, 18 seconds
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Can canine fresh frozen plasma be thawed in a microwave? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review whether or not you can thaw your unit of Fresh Frozen Plasma (FFP) in the microwave versus in the more traditional warm-water bath.
4/2/20188 minutes, 35 seconds
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How hyperglycemic are you? Clinical approach to the Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Patient (HHS) - Part 2 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl Co-Founder Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC reviews part 2 of treatment of the endocrine emergency in dogs and cats: hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS). In the previous VETgirl podcast on HHS, we reviewed the subtle differences of patients with HHS as compared to diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), HHS criteria, and common clinical signs.
3/26/20188 minutes, 14 seconds
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How hyperglycemic are you? Clinical approach to the Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar Patient (HHS) - Part 1 | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, VETgirl Co-Founder Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC reviews hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS) in dogs and cats.
3/19/20186 minutes, 59 seconds
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How well are compounded itraconazole formulations absorbed in healthy cats? | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the use of compounded itraconazole in cats - can you use it?
3/12/20186 minutes, 17 seconds
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Financial pearls with White Coat Investor, Dr. Jim Dahle, MD, FACEP | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review Dr. Jim Dahle, MD, FACEP of White Coat Investor. VETgirl has to admit: we're addicted to his podcasts (for iOs or Android). In this podcast, we interview him on how to tackle the debt-to-income ratio in veterinary medicine, whether you should consider buying a small business or starting a corporation, how to live like a broke resident, how to set up a backdoor ROTH IRA, and whether or not you should charge to that credit card versus max out your employer's 401K match! Tune in to get financially savvy!
3/5/201827 minutes, 36 seconds
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The prevalence of suicide in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, clinical social worker and veterinary social worker, discusses the prevalence of suicide in veterinary medicine. Why is our veterinary field so predisposed, and what can we do to increase our resilience and self care?
2/26/201820 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dystocia and Reproductive Emergencies in Dogs and Cats | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC (VETgirl, COO) discusses common reproductive emergencies.
2/19/201813 minutes, 40 seconds
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The effect of lidocaine on gastrointestinal motility in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

Lidocaine is a sodium channel blocker that is widely used in both large and small animal medicine as a local anesthetic, analgesic, and as a class 1B antiarrhythmic. A perhaps less common application for this medication in small animal medicine is as a gastrointestinal promotility agent in cases of ileus. The effects of lidocaine on improving the clinical signs of ileus in post-operative horses (1) and humans (2) have already been documented. However, what about dogs? So, Johnson et al out of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine wanted to evaluate the effect of lidocaine on gastrointestinal motility in dogs. The authors aimed at measuring the effects of lidocaine CRI's at two different doses on the gastrointestinal transit times of healthy adult canines as compared to saline CRI controls (3).
2/12/20188 minutes, 16 seconds
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Effect of venipuncture quality on thromboelastography | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcast

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the effect of venipuncture quality on thromboelastography. Now, if you've never heard of thromboelastography or TEG, you'll need to know that it's the best way to detect for hypercoagulability. Keep in mind that your PT/PTT test for hypocoagulability, not HYPER-coagulability. Unfortunately, TEG is really only available at academic (e.g., veterinary school) settings. So, if you have a TEG machine (or you're an emergency critical care or internal medicine resident), pay careful attention!
2/5/20184 minutes, 46 seconds
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Atrial Fibrillation as a Prognostic Indicator in Dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review atrial fibrillation in medium- to large-sized dogs. Are there any other prognostic factors can we look at when it comes to heart disease? Is the presence of atrial fibrillation a prognostic indicator in certain dogs with Myxomatous Mitral Valvular Degeneration (MMVD) and congestive heart failure?
1/29/20188 minutes, 25 seconds
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Venous blood gas interpretation and risks of mortality in veterinary medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we review whether or not venous blood gas parameters (such as anion gap, base excess, lactate, etc.) predict survival in veterinary patients. When animals are initially presented to the emergency room, the extent of their condition often cannot be fully assessed without additional diagnostics. Is there a way we can handle questions from pet owners regarding the financial investment in their pet's medical treatment (such as prognosis and anticipated costs of medical care) based on evidence-based medicine? We strive to look for indicators in our physical examination findings and in our initial diagnostic work up (e.g., preliminary lab work or quick assessment tests) to help bolster our understanding of the patient's prognosis, but presently veterinary medicine is greatly lacking in these indicators of mortality and disease severity. In the veterinary emergency room, blood gases are a quick and easy piece of lab work that can be obtained relatively quickly at the time of triage for cats and dogs. So, Kohen et al out of University of California at Davis wanted to look at the information that can be obtained off a simple blood gas analysis for possible predictors of mortality. In this retrospective study, they looked at plasma lactate concentrations, pH, base deficit, and anion gap in both cats and dogs, and looked for any correlation of these values to an increased in mortality risk.
1/22/20189 minutes, 48 seconds
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'Push-Pull' Blood Sampling in Veterinary Medicine | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In this VETgirl online veterinary CE podcast, we interview Dr. Ciara Barr. Dr. Barr is a lecturer in the anesthesia department at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
1/15/201825 minutes, 29 seconds
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The EPIC Study: The effect of pimobendan in dogs | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review an "EPIC" study called "Effect of Pimobendan in Dogs with Preclinical Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease and Cardiomegaly: The EPIC Study -; A Randomized Clinical Trial" by Boswood et al. This was a huge study that was conducted at dozens of different institutions (both academia and private practice) around the world and was undertaken by dozens of cardiologists.
1/8/20189 minutes, 29 seconds
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Survival time of dogs with congestive heart failure andamp; the effect on revenue | VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts

In today's VETgirl online veterinary continuing education podcast, we review the survival time of dogs with congestive heart failure... but add a unique twist to this... the effect of revenue. This sounds strange, but keep listening.
1/1/20188 minutes, 17 seconds