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- May 13, '12 by canesdukegirlQuote from Fiona59Off topic (sorry OP), but Fiona, is it true that canines don't have to be typed and crossed, but can receive blood from any other canine?Our local technical college runs a blood donor clinic for canines. One of my coworkers has a donor dog. The students run the clinic in the evenings. Her dog usually has the fur shaved away and comes out wearing a bandana!
I remember our dog's doctor telling us that dogs can have cataract surgery and dialysis, so if my dog was dialyzing, I'd sure as hades want a nurse monitoring him. FWIW, do dogs on dialysis get drugged? I mean how do you keep them still???
- May 14, '12 by WoogyI have always been amazed at the vet profession and all of the different species that must be studied. It is one job I wouldn't want to have! I would be too scared ) I also have respect for CPA's and all of the tax laws and forms they need to be knowledgable about. I also have respect for automotive mechanics having to learn about all the different systems in different cars; and for construction workers for learning how to build. I have respect for those in law enforcement, firefighters, teachers, preachers, lawyers, and stay at home moms/dads. Everyone has a place in this society and a skill they can use for the greater good. Where the lines get "fuzzy" is when those who are degreed don't use the title of the degree they possess. It is written on your diploma and it is the appropriate term to use. If someone has problems understanding what it is that someone with your "title" does, it can be beneficial to be able to describe it in a way that helps someone understand. The public is greatly confused because a lot of people are using someone elses degree to introduce themselves. If all vet techs called themselves vet techs, the public may catch on quicker to what they do. This goes for accountants calling themselves CPA's, etc. We all have something to be proud of when we earn that degree, we should own it. ) I have heard MULTIPLE people call themselves "nurse" to me when their nametag clearly states CNA or Vet Tech. I never questioned them about what a CNA or Vet Tech does, it's just the title they gave me when they introduced themselves. This irks me because it continues to confuse the public about the use of the protected title and in the case of human care... what capacity they can care for someone and the pt has the right to know if they are receiving care from an appropriately trained caregiver.
- May 14, '12 by sydzmommyOK so here i go, long time lurker...first time poster.
I am an Registered Veterinary Technician, getting ready to apply to nursing school.
Canesdukegirl: we type and crossmatch all animals prior to transfusion. WHile it is true first exposure may not cause a reaction (enter long discussion of K9 bloodtypes here) subsequent transfusions are likely to cause a problem.
I always tell people I am a vet tech first, but usually they have no clue what that means, so then I will go on to explain, I am like a nurse for animals, instead of a nurse for people. I tell my children now that I am (ahem torturing my family so that I can take care of people too.
As for vet techs, most of us make fantastic nurses. (i have worked with many who are now RN's)
As for me, I KNOW I will be a fantastic RN. I did not go into my two yr RVT degree because I only wanted to work with animals, but because I had a passion for science and medicine, and worked as a vet assistant in high school so it was just sort of a natural progression.
I work at a major university, and have a FANTASTIC job in the ICU. I manage complicated ventilator cases, using the same ventilators used in people. I care for post op craniotomy, thoracotomy, even cardiac bypass patients, as well as complicated internal med cases (dailysis, DKA's etc) You name it, I have cared for it. We (RVT'S) place central, arterial, venous, urinary catheters. The drugs, the procedures, the diseases are often the same, with species dependent tweaks...(VTach is VTach regardless of species). I deal with new students, crappy residents, and cranky faculty every day. I LOVE medicine, and hopefully soon I will be a real nurse too
- May 14, '12 by PetsToPeopleQuote from canesdukegirlThis is true, in a way. About half of dogs are universal donors, and they have different blood types from humans. If they are recieving a transfusion for the first time they can recieve it from any dog, however, if they are to have multiple transfusions they will need to be typed, as they will not develope antibodies until after that first transfusion exposure. They can have immediate and delayed anaphalaxis reaction just as humans do.Off topic (sorry OP), but Fiona, is it true that canines don't have to be typed and crossed, but can receive blood from any other canine?
The donor pet, if they are complacent (and they usually are), will sit without sedation and have an 18q inserted into their jugular so the blood can be drawn into a glass transfusion container, then a filter infusion set is attached so that the blood can be transfused into the sick pt while the donor pet is given a high calorie meal and loved on by the techs/assistants for the little hero he/she is
- May 14, '12 by PetsToPeopleVery interesting sydzmommy, that is one of the parts of the VT world that I was unable to enter due to my location. You gained very valuable experience and knowledge in that position that will only benefit you in the nursing program. My prior VT experience has put me ahead of most of the students in my class, including CNA's and LPN's. As long as you don't become one of the "I know it all's", which I am not hearing in your post, then you will be an awesome nurse! Good Luck!
- May 23, '12 by UpTheLadder12Honestly I would be more freaked out to work with animals than people. I don't know why exactly. i love animals and I'm a vegetarian, but the thought of starting an IV on a dog kinda makes me want to vomit. If I had a choice between working in a people clinic or an animal one, even if the animal one paid more, I'd go with people. So from my perspective, I wouldn't mind that woman referring to herself as a nurse if she's doing all the same stuff- assesment, evaluation, IVs, meds, treatments, education the family, immunizations, etc...... I mean is the schooling really that different? The main difference would be the liability. If you give the wrong med to a dog you are probably a lot less likely to lose your job or license than if you give the wrong med to someone's child or grandma. but other than that, I think she has more right to call herself a nurse (especially since she's specifying 'animal nurse') than MAs or CNAs, and they do it all the time.
- May 23, '12 by Pepper The CatMy cat is very sick right now and is in a pet hospital. I visited him today and was amazed at what I saw. The vet techs did IVs, glucose checks, assessed "pts" plus having to take them out for walks, feed them etc. Plus dealing with frightened animals that bite, hiss, snap, growl. I was very impressed