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Licensed Veterinary Technician Job Description Job Description Summary: The primary purpose and function of the Veterinary Technician is to support the veterinarians, and other staff, in ensuring quality veterinary care, advocating for pets, educating clients and ensuring a safe and effective hospital environment. Qualifications, Experience, Education, and/or Training: • Veterinary Technician licensure and registration required

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Pet Cats and Toxoplasmosis-Risk for Pregnancy and Immunocompromised

Pet Cats & Toxoplasmosis – Risk For Pregnancy and the Immunocompromised • Concerns about toxoplasmosis revolve mainly around 2 groups: pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. In other humans, Toxoplasma exposure typically results in seroconversion (the development of detectable antibodies in the blood that are directed against an infectious agent), with no disease. • Fetal infections

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Keeping Pets Cool

Keeping pets cool is not just kind; it’s crucial. • When the temperature rises, all pets are at risk for heat stroke. • Some pets are particularly susceptible. Brachycephalic breeds—those with a “pushed-in” appearance—are inefficient at panting. These breeds include Himalayan and Persian cats, Boston terriers, Boxers, Cavalier King Charles spaniels, Pekingese, Chinese shar peis,

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New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs

New imported distemper strain in dogs • In early October of 2018, a 12-week old “Sheltie” arrived from Korea. Approximately 12 days later, the dog began showing a cough and lethargy with blood work indicating “anemia.” About 10 days later, the dog developed unilateral myoclonus with relapsing lethargy. In another week, the neurological signs had

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spay neuter questions

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS TO VETERINARIANS • One of the most common questions veterinarians hear each week is, “When should I spay or neuter my dog or cat?” With so much conflicting advice from friends, breeders, and the Internet, it can be difficult to find an answer, which is why the best option

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rabbit neuter

Rabbit Neutering Neutering is also referred to as orchidectomy or castration. It is a surgical procedure in which the testes (and associated tissues) are removed in order to sterilize, or render infertile, a male animal. There are many behavioral and health benefits associated with neutering your rabbit. • The obvious benefit is the elimination of

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Cats Need to Knead

WHY CATS KNEAD The kneading behavior begins early in life, while kittens are nursing. As kittens knead their mother’s mammary glands, oxytocin is released, causing milk to flow. Animal experts believe other reasons cats knead might include: • To show affection • To mark territory: Cats have scent glands between their toes on their front

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can flake) o The cage base must be hard so your bird can’t ruin it by chewing

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Taurine

Upstate Veterinary Specialties take on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy • Recent evidence has led the US FDA to announce that diets including legumes, lentils, peas and potatoes as main ingredients may be linked to the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. • Typically, most of these diets are marketed as “grain-free”. • This has led

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Canine Vaccines

Vaccination is one of the easiest and most important ways to protect your dog’s health. Yet in this age of “overvaccination” scares and “Dr. Google,” some pet owners are hesitant to vaccinate their dogs—even when it’s in their best interest. Get a rabies vaccine for your dog—it’s the law. Rabies is a fatal—and preventable—disease that

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