Medicine for the Technician: Emergency and Critical Care

5th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference

What to Do When He's Down: Nursing Care for Recumbent Patients

Sunday, December 3
12:00 PM - 12:50 PM
Location: Galeria South


Anesthetized, paralyzed, bandaged, painful, collapsed, sedated, or weak - there are many reasons veterinary patients may be recumbent in the hospital. These patients require a skilled hand and understanding of disease processes in order to receive appropriate care. This lecture will discuss the reasons patients may be unable to ambulate and how the veterinary nurse can anticipate needs in these patients. Attention will be paid not only to the physical needs and positioning, but also the advanced procedures and care necessitated by these patients. All body systems will be covered and will help veterinary nurses examine each system in each patient to determine the care needed. Case studies will be utilized to bring the information provided to practical application.

Megan Brashear

Specialty Technician Trainer
VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Megan Brashear, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC) graduated from Brigham Young University in 2000 with a BS in Animal Science with an emphasis in Veterinary Technology. She worked during tech school as a veterinary assistant in general practice and made the jump to emergency and critical care in 2000. Megan earned her CVT in Oregon in 2000, and in 2004 became a VTS (ECC). Megan is the Specialty Technician Trainer at VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists in Clackamas, Oregon where she works on the clinical floor training technicians and medical staff to provide top-notch specialty care.

Megan has served as a Member at Large on the board of the Oregon Veterinary Technician and Assistant Association and is currently the Legal Committee Chair for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. She enjoys lecturing on emergency veterinary nursing topics and the opportunity to meet veterinary technicians and nurses around the world. Her special interests include exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, mastering the personality quirks of German Shorthaired Pointers, and helping technicians to learn to think critically.


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