Evidence-based Nursing Practices: The Veterinary Technician’s Perspective

Kenichiro Yagi, BS, MS1 and David Liss, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), CVPM2

[1] PetEd Veterinary Education and Training Resources; ICU Supervisor, Blood Bank Manager, Adobe Animal Hospital, Los Altos, California, United States
[2] Program Director- Veterinary Technology at Platt College, South Pasadena, California, United States

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The RECOVER initiative has influenced many to evaluate their perspective on evidence-based practices in veterinary medicine. The Nursing Standard Committee of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians is currently working on creating evidence-based guideline for nursing practices employed in the veterinary ECC. The process is modeled after the RECOVER initiative process described, with indirect mentorship from Dr. Daniel Fletcher (a co-chair of the RECOVER committee).

Current work is focused on urinary catheter placement and maintenance, with a group of approximately 20 veterinary technician specialists from a variety of background asking practical nursing questions and evaluating the evidence available through literature. This is the first effort we are aware of driven completely by veterinary technicians to produce practical guidelines for technicians, and hope to be one of the first of many fruitful guidelines to be established. Such an effort has some of its unique challenges to be overcome, including the state of the veterinary technician profession and familiarity with evidence searches and critical analysis of levels of evidence.

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