UPDATE: VTAT has selected a task force and are in the progress of creating a report!
The task force will be responsible for creating a report to present to the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners including suggestions for opening the practice act for changes in delineated tasks for LVT’s and proper use of nomenclature.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM OUR MEMBERS!!!
With SWVS's annual conference quickly approaching this is your chance to have your voice heard! We will be creating a report to present at the Paraprofessional committee meeting about changes that support staff of Texas want to see. Help be the change and get involved!
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VTAT the bylaws have been revised! Check out the changes that have been made here. We will be voting on the changes at the SWVS VTAT Meeting!
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VTAT has partnered with TVMA's CVA program to host CVA workshops around Texas! If you are an LVT and interested in hosting a workshop please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials and the location of the event is provided by TVMA.
We are currently looking for LVTs in the Houston and El Paso areas to host a workshop.
Do you have a case study you would like to publish? Email your case study to VTAT at email@example.com for a chance to be published in our newsletter.
Case Study Example
On presentation: Intact 1 yr 4 month old female bull dog showing signs of labor (mucoid and red-tinged vaginal discharge) but no active pushing on December 14, 2016 at ~ 1:00 A.M.
History: Patient had been inseminated in Austin three days in a row (no specific date given) with another vet for her first pregnancy. Due to the fact that they were uncertain if she was ovulating it was unclear how far along she was. On November 30, 2016 owners brought patient in for pregnancy confirmation and cesarean consult.
Perform a PE to confirm labor is occurring
Place catheter to run fluids
Ultrasound to confirm puppies heartbeats
Prep for cesarean section
Stimulate and clear puppies
Recover mother and reunite with pups once she is recovered
Monitor them the rest of the day and if doing well , release to owner at 3:00 P.M.
Patient is BAR
Vulva is swollen and has mucoid discharge; no fetuses in the birth canal
Catheter is placed after multiple attempts
Ultrasounds confirm active puppies
Patient is in early labor
Planned C-section is discussed with owner
Induce with Propofol
Maintain with Isoflurane
Record TPR every five minutes
Cesarean section-a ventral incision was made using a #10 blade; after the uterine horns were exteriorized one at a time, a longitudinal incision was made in the distal uterine body; one at a time the fetuses were milked towards the incision and removed and handed to assistant for membrane removal after the umbilical cords were clamped with hemostats; the incision in the uterus was closed with a 2-0 PDS with a simple continuous pattern; the abdomen was closed in two layers: the body wall closed with an 0 PDS with a simple continuous pattern and the subcutaneous tissue and skin was closed with 2-0 Biosyn with a subcuticular pattern and surgical glue.
There were a total of four fetuses- three were successfully revived and one was nonviable/poorly developed
Monitor mother and pups now that they are united
Rovera (Carprofen) 75 mg Tab (10 Tabs)
Give 1 tablet PO every 12 hours for 5 days with food and discontinue if any vomiting or diarrhea
Cefpodoxime (Simplicef) 200 mg (10 Tabs)
Give 1 tabler PO every 24 hours for 10 days
Buprenorphine Inj (3 mls)
Give 1 mL IV q8h
This was a very exciting procedure for me to be a part of since it was my c-section that was able to watch and assist with. It was nice to see how everyone worked together to care for the mother and the puppies. It was also eye opening to see how real practice has similarities and differences from what we learned in class. I was able to restrain the patient and be one of the circulating nurses in surgery including running for supplies and monitoring intraoperatively. I was also the one that got to continue to monitor the mom and pups the rest of my shift. Two nights later one of the puppies was brought back as emergency for not breathing. By the time they arrived the puppy was already deceased. There were no signs of trauma or congenital issues. It is believed that maybe the mother had laid on the puppy, but the owner did not witness anything to confirm.
VTNE and CVA Exam Scholarships!
Are you a graduating LVT or CVA student?
VTAT offers scholarships for the Veterinary Technician National Exam and Certified Veterinary Assistant Certification Exam exclusively for our members! Don't miss out on your opportunity to win!
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*Applications due 08/31/2022
Have you won an award? Graduated from school or presented at a conference? Worked on a really cool case or done something terrific for a co-worker or an occasion? Veterinary staff do amazing things every day, and we want to share them and brag on you. To be featured in member spotlight, please send us a photo and a brief description of what you'd like us to showcase! Submit your information to firstname.lastname@example.org
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If you would like to advertise a job opening at your clinic or place of work, please contact our President, Heather Gleason, at email@example.com today!
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