May 20, 2013
Here on our website, you may read about the talented veterinarians and veterinary specialists who work with us at WestVet, but we are unable to list all of the other amazing support staff members. There are numerous Veterinary Technicians, Client Care Specialists, Assistants, and Administrators who work together to help WestVet be successful-- and who are literally the elite of veterinary medicine.
One of our staff members recently received some accolades we wanted to share. Pam Knowles, Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS), Emergency and Critical Care (ECC), and one of two WestVet Patient Care Directors manage a staff of 40 technicians and assistants was listed as co-author for a professional publication, The 2013 AAHA/AAFP Fluid Therapy Guidelines for Dogs and Cat.
You can read the full article HERE. The article addresses the importance of stabilizing fluid levels in patients suffering from a wide variety of veterinary illnesses or disorder.
Pictured above in red, Pam was leading a tour of the WestVet hospital for a local Girl Scout Troop. She has a true passion for emergency medicine and has worked in the ER throughout her career. One of her primary career goals is the training and education of our up and coming technicians, she enjoys training and mentoring new staff and often provides Continuing Education seminars to the technicians in her community. She also teaches American Heart Association CPR/First Aid courses for pet owners.
We feel very fortunate to have her working with us at WestVet.
May 13, 2013
We were delighted when a former client shared this wonderful video with us:
Tinks and his amazing owner, Karen Bostick, are developing some exciting things for pet owners. There will be an informational site, with informaton on veterinary care practices, blog, and more at: My Pet Advocate and a fun online place for where pet owners and veterinary professionals can connect to share their stories, plan for walks and play dates. PetsPage.com is coming soon.
Pictured from left, Karen Bostick, Owner of Tinks and CEO and Founder of My Pet Advocate and Dr. Victoria Ochoa, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Board Certified Small Animal Internist at WestVet, and Tinks!
It is inspiring to work with people who are passionate about good veterinary care and taking care of their pets.
May 7, 2013
During May, WestVet’s own Dr. Carrie Breaux, Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist takes part in a national program which provides free eye exams for service dogs.
Guide dogs, handicapped assistance animals, detection dogs, therapy animals, and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public. To honor these animals and their work, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) partners with Merial to offer the National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. This is the 6th year for the event, since the program launched in 2008, nearly 16,000 service animals have been examined around the country.
Dr. Breaux is volunteering her time to see clients throughout the month and it has been fun to have these amazing animals in throughout the day for their examination. Today one of our patients was Aggrie. This beautiful dog works at a prison as a detection dog for contraband.
She was very sweet—and you could see her attachment and bond with her handler. She hopped up on the bench to be near her owner during the exam, looking for a little reassurance.
WHAT VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGISTS LOOK FOR DURING THE EXAM:
During the complete ocular exam, the veterinary ophthalmologists utilize their specialized equipment to look for problems including: redness, squinting, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts and other serious abnormalities. Early detection and treatment are vital to these working animals. “Our hope is that by checking their vision early and often, we will be able to help a large number of service animals better assist their human friends,” says Stacee Daniel, Executive Director of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
ABOUT THE ACVO
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” The event is primarily sponsored by ACVO and Merial. Other non-profit supporters include the American Veterinary Medical Association, most state veterinary medical associations in the U.S. and Canada, American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives, and other national service animal organizations.
May 1, 2013
It was a real treat last week when Princess, the tiny Chihuahua puppy came back in for her final check up.
This 3-pound little ball of energy is definitely a fighter. A few weeks ago, she was treated for a brain cyst and hydrocephalus. Due to her tiny size, WestVet surgeons had to use a shunt designed to care for pediatrics cases. Special thanks for St. Lukes in Boise for helping us locate the necessary equipment so quickly—without this surgery, Princess would not have survived. You can read the previous story HERE.
You may have seen Princess on KTVB. They reported on her amazing story and speedy recovery right after surgery. Her owner tells us that as she has Princess out and about sporting her WestVet neckerchief, many people in the Treasure Valley will comment that they recognize this famous furry face and they often share good wishes and some petting and attention for Princess.
We are delighted to report that Princess got an “A” on her final check up. She will continue receiving regular veterinary care now with her family veterinarian.
Princess enjoyed the sunny spring day, tiptoeing through the grass on the WestVet lawn. She was quick to run to her owner and jump into her arms when called. She has been an inspiration to all of us—and many of you, too. Best of luck to this little girl; we can see a long and happy life ahead of her.
April 29, 2013
One of our favorite springtime events in the Treasure Valley is the Family Pet Expo.
This event takes place at the Western Idaho Fairgrounds in Garden City and invites numerous animal-friendly organizations from around the area to come together. Families who attend can enjoy the petting zoo, pet adoptions, free samples from veterinary vendors, gather information from several rescue groups, and more.
WestVet has rented booth space for several years and we love meeting friendly furry and not furry faces. We brought along our ambulance, used for emergency animal transports, and let some future veterinary professional take a close look inside and out.
We were very happy to see an old friend.
“Dozer,” the beautiful Great Dane pictured here was a patient with us for a while. He is now thriving and healthy and we loved seeing him again.
What a great event! Sponsored by the Idaho Business League, the Family Pet Expo brings together animal lovers and advocates from around the valley. See you next year!