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Veterinarian Technician May 2013 (Vol 34, No 5)

Tech Tips

    Organizing Radiology Calipers

    To keep radiology calipers close at hand but out of the way, I installed a clipper holster in the x-ray suite.

    Organizing Radiology Calipers
    Kathleen Morrison, CVT
    VESCONE
    Waltham, Massachusetts

    Muffling the Vet Jet

    We use the Vet Jet (Merial) to administer recombinant leukemia vaccinations. The Vet Jet makes a popping sound that can scare cats, so we wrap it in bubble wrap or a hand towel to help muffle the noise.
    Jamie Drown, LVT

    Keeping Supplies Handy

    We like to use over-the-door shoe holders to keep IV catheters and bandage materials handy. The pockets are deep and clear, so it’s easy to get what we want in a hurry.
    Janet Donar, CVT
    Princeton, Wisconsin

    Organizing Stains

    Our laboratory has two sets of jars for Diff-Quik stains (Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics): one set for clean samples such as fine-needle aspirates and differential slides, and another set for dirty samples, including ear swabs.
    The CVTs at Animal Hospital of Ashwaubenon
    Ashwaubenon, South Carolina

    Storing Sample Cups

    Because all IDEXX SNAP tests use the same type of sample cup, we store the cups in one container instead of using a separate container for each test kit.
    Tracy Meredick
    Scranton Animal Hospital
    Scranton, Pennsylvania

    Keeping Patients Clean

    To help patients with diarrhea keep their tails clean and dry, I secure plastic wrap or a strip of a pee pad around the tail using tape or a self-adhesive bandage. The wrap is easy to replace as needed, and it must be checked frequently to ensure it isn’t too tight.
    Angela Martin, LVT
    Ashburn, Virginia

    Muzzling Angry Dogs

    When an angry dog is too difficult to muzzle, using a slip lead as a muzzle is an excellent option.
    Tiffany Brown, RVT
    Chateau Veterinary Hospital
    Kenner, Louisiana

    Collaring Aggressive Patients

    When handling aggressive cats or small dogs, we fit them with an Elizabethan collar to help protect ourselves.
    Heidi Lancellotti, RVT
    Chateau Veterinary Hospital
    Kenner, Louisiana

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