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VETgirl Veterinary Continuing Education Podcasts
20 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
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!
30 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
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!
16 minutes | Jul 25, 2022
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!
17 minutes | Jul 20, 2022
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.
24 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
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!
12 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
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."
16 minutes | Jul 6, 2022
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?
10 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
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.
31 minutes | Jun 27, 2022
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?
28 minutes | Jun 20, 2022
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!
22 minutes | Jun 15, 2022
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.
13 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
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!
20 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
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!
7 minutes | May 30, 2022
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.
32 minutes | May 25, 2022
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?
13 minutes | May 23, 2022
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!
9 minutes | May 16, 2022
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).
25 minutes | May 9, 2022
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.
13 minutes | May 2, 2022
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.
19 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
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.
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