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(Veterinarians) Advocating for Your Patient with Preventive Care

Posted by Cathy Barnette on July 27, 2021 at 3:38 AM

When you think about small animal preventive care, what topics come to mind? 

If you’re like most vet students, your list probably looks something like this: 

  • Physical exam
  • Core vaccines
  • Non-core vaccines (depending on lifestyle)
  • Fecal parasite exam
  • Feline infectious disease testing (FeLV/FIV)
  • Canine heartworm and tick-borne disease testing
  • Parasite preventatives
  • Wellness laboratory testing (CBC/Chem, urinalysis) 

While all of these things are certainly important, I’d like to encourage you to broaden your definition a bit.

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Topics: Preventive Care

Getting the Most From Your Physical Exam: 3 Tips for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on July 19, 2021 at 2:58 AM

Depending on what sort of practice you enter after vet school, you may find yourself performing as many as 30 physical exams per day. While that may seem daunting, I promise you will adjust.

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Topics: Physical Exam

5 Tips for Vet Students When Obtaining a Patient History

Posted by Cathy Barnette on July 12, 2021 at 8:00 AM

The patient history is probably the most underrated aspect of a veterinary visit.

In many cases, you can learn just as much from the patient's history (if not more!) as you will learn from your physical exam.

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Topics: Patient History

Feline Lymphoma: A Case Study for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on June 30, 2021 at 5:33 AM

Feline lymphoma is a malignant cancer of the lymphatic system, the exquisitely structured arrangement of internal organs and tissues that directly or indirectly influences virtually every aspect of a cat’s physical existence.1

Here is a case study Vet Students can review to help them with the correct questions and topics to cover. 

CASE STUDY

You’re two months out of vet school and finally finding your groove as a new grad in general practice. One busy afternoon, an 11-year-old MN Siamese cat named Ricky presents for a two-month history of weight loss, intermittent vomiting, and soft stool. 

Before entering the exam room, you review Ricky’s medical record and history. You see that Ricky is an indoor cat and is the only pet in his home. He is up to date on all preventive care; he receives core vaccines, yearly fecal parasite exams, yearly bloodwork, and regular dental cleanings.

He was last seen seven months ago for an annual exam and his bloodwork and urinalysis were normal at that time. He has definitely lost weight, though; he weighed 12.1 lbs seven months ago and today he is down to 9.1 lbs. 

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Topics: Case Studies, Feline Lymphoma

 

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