Dove Lewis vet techniques go nationwide

Dove Lewis vet techniques go nationwide

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by Jacqueline Sit

kgw.com

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 6:09 AM

PORTLAND -- Dove Lewis Animal Hospital is going worldwide with its latest vet training techniques.

The hospital has created a new teaching tool to help train others across the world. Like a lot of non-profits, the hospital got hit hard by the recession. Donations dropped 40 percent. So the hospital is trying to make money a new way - with their training videos.

The hospital in Northwest Portland launched a site called 'On the Floor @Dove' last fall. The videos show staff working in real life settings and demonstrating basic skills on the veterinary floor.

The lessons have helped Pearl Animal Hospital's veterinarian Adrianne Fairbanks.

“The technicians are also getting good visuals of setting up IV catheters and manage chronic cases so it's showing real life cases on how to deal with that and how to deal with those kinds of patients,” Fairbanks said.

The site has gained thousands of followers in the Northwest and across the world, especially among those who can't afford to travel for training.

“It may save students from going to conference or vets or technicians, they don’t get to fly off to a conference or do something because they don’t have the funds, so we're bringing this practical learning to them,” Ron Morgan, Dove Lewis Animal Hospital CEO said.

The test site is free until June 25th. But clinics will eventually be able to buy a yearly subscription for about $300.

“For a local non-profit to be able to expand our mission like this nationally without having to build buildings no bricks and mortars it's just fascinating to see it grow,” Morgan said.

The official launch comes at the end of June.

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