Okaw Veterinary Clinic

140 W. Sale
Tuscola, IL 61953

(217)253-3221

www.okawvetclinic.com

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Drawing blood on a nervous dogDr. Foote’s presentations provide:

  • Informative, innovative content
  • Unique approaches to animal care and handling
  • Experience in practical application of techniques in her own and other practices
  • Solid curriculum – continuing education credits available
  • An informative approach in her speaking for DVM, Technicians, shelter workers, groomers and other animal professionals

 

Presentations include time for question and answer.

 

Make your next speaker one your group will benefit from, remember and use those learnings for the benefit of their practices and patients. A sample of speaking topics follows. Contact Dr. Foote at dr.sally@mchsi.com or (217)253-3221

 

Some of my available presentations:

1.) Putting your patient first - The fundamentals of a low stress positive veterinary experience including staff protocols on greeting, escorting to exam or treatment area, handling during exam and use of anxiety reducing products.    1 hour

 2.) Consistency is key - recording the reinforcers to a low stress exam - The importance of consistent handling to speed up the process of helping pets learn to be less aggressive and anxious during exams. Methods of recording a handling plan and holding the staff accountable to use will be demonstrated.   1 hour

3.) Polishing up your Low Stress handing Skills - Tips and more detailed information on the importance of reward delivery, rate and timing.  Also species specific greeting and handling skills, and human body language with it's influence on patient behavior will be addressed.   1 hour

4.) No Pain - No Maim - How to use fast acting pain relieving medications, including topical anesthetic creams for common medical procedures to reduce patient aggression. Protocols for low stress handling, positive muzzling and handling aggressive patients in an urgent situation will be addressed.  1 hour

5.) Once Bitten Twice Shy - How to over come your stress after a bite or near bite  and learn how to recognize the very subtle signs of aggression to avoid bite escalation. Recognizing and addressing post injury stress will be presented. Post bite job stress survey results will also be discussed.   1 hour

6.) Behavior Cocktails - From clinical experience, combination of behavior medications and behavior plans to address common in office aggression problems and behavior problems in the home in both dogs and cats.   1 hour

7.) Front to back - How to get all your staff onboard with positive veterinary visits. The importance of the receptionist, technician, assistant, animal caretaker and doctor in all visits will be emphasized with techniques including protocols for staff training.   1 hour

8.)  Low stress = High Satisfaction - How low stress clinics achieve higher revenue, improved client satisfaction and lower staff costs. The economic impact of improved client retention, reduced staff injury, improved staff morale and reduced staff turnover and increasing professional exams will be discussed with statistics from leading practice management resources.   1 hour

 9.) Top 5 low stress handling techniques in practice - Canine - The most useful low stress techniques for handling fearful, anxious and aggressive dogs in general practice. These 5 techniques will provide better exams and interactions for the majority of your canine cases.   1 hour

10.) Top 5 low stress handling techniques in practice - Feline - The most useful low stress techniques for handling fearful, anxious and aggressive cats in general practice. These 5 techniques, will provide better exams and interactions for the majority of your feline cases.    1 hour

11.) Feline Friendly Care - low stress hospitalization, exam and treatment techniques - Presentation including video of actual low stress handling in hospitalized difficult feline cases in general practice. Review of in clinic body language and how hospitalization stress cats and ways to reduce that.  There will be information on anxiety reducing medications, supplements and diets to help reduce fear, anxiety and aggression.   1 hour

12.) Triage and treat - Aggressive Canine exams, treatment, surgery and hospitalization - How to provide safe handling during exams, treatment, surgery, and hospitalization of the aggressive dog. Emphasis on preventing escalation of aggression by recognizing the triggers present in the hospital setting  to maintain staff safety and reduce the health impact of chronic stress, anxiety and aggression on the patient. Safe, Low Stress techniques for handling will also be demonstrated.  2 hours

 13.) Triage and treat - Aggressive Feline exams, treatment, surgery and hospitalization - How to provide safe handling during exam, treatment, surgery and hospitalization of the aggressive cat. Emphasis on preventing escalation of aggression by recognizing the triggers present in the hospital setting to maintain staff safety and reduce the health impact of chronic stress, anxiety and aggression on the patient. Safe, low stress techniques for handling will be demonstrated.   2 hour

 14.) Handle with Care - easy ways to create handling plans for every patient - Handling plans for all staff to use on every patient is the quickest most effective way to reduce staff injury and create positive veterinary care. Protocols, forms and plans for how to create plans for your patients from the very first visit for everyone to follow.   1 hour

 15.)  By the way, my pet is driving me crazy - How to address behavior issues during health exams without going crazy yourself. This presentation will show what hand outs, products to sell with easy to follow instructions for the client and staff; how to organize a file box with pre-printed information to have ready for those comments and problems that need to be addressed but you don't have time right now. Tips on how to triage the severity of the problem to determine referral or support from your office during a health exam will be presented.   1 hour

16.)  Low stress emergency care - is this possible? - Yes! Methods of handling, early pain relief and managing the clinical setting to decrease pet stress while saving  precious time in an emergency situation. Reducing staff injury while improving patient care will be emphasized. Products and techniques specific to the emergency setting will be presented.   1 hour

17.) Instruments of Terror - recognize how the sight of exam tables, syringes and other tools escalates anxiety - Have you ever noticed a animal suddenly struggle or resist exam as soon as the thermometer comes out or a syringe is visible? These tools of the trade are associated with pain resulting in patient fear. We have to get our exam and treatment done so how do we reduce fear to the objects of delivering care when there is not time to counter condition to these instruments of terror? This presentation will help you see what this animal is reacting to. Creative techniques to hide, minimize and alternative products for veterinary care will be explored.   1 hour

18.) Say no to nails! -  When care requests cause patient stress - This presentation will address the situation of a care request - like nails - that creates patient stress. Protocol for evaluation of patient stress, ability to reduce that stress or not, and staff safety will be covered. Finally, how to clearly communicate with your client the want versus need of the request which may mean saying no!   1 hour  

19.) Purrfect pillow cases and pretzel stick dental exams - Pillow cases and pretzel sticks are 2 simple tools that will decrease pet stress for exams and reduce staff injury. Pillow cases are a wonderful tool for  handling cats or transporting them. Video presentation using pillowcases for fractious cat handling and emergency transport  will be discussed. Pretzel sticks for dental exams can keep hands safe from bites and provide a positive experience for pets who are aggressive or anxious about handling around the mouth.   1 hour

20.) Do alternative therapies ( supplements, pheromones, diets, essential oils) really work? - This presentation will review some of the most commonly used alternative therapies, comparing behavior medications on the basis of side effect, effectiveness, and cost. Discussion of client acceptance, risk of abuse by client and patient welfare will be included.   1 hour

21.) Its all fun and games until the Doctor walks in - Have you seen that situation that a pet is calm with the technicians, but once the doctor arrives and  the exam starts, the animal immediately starts to show signs of anxiety, fear and aggression. Veterinarian and technician directed aggression is a real problem in veterinary medicine. Learn why the animal associates fear and pain when the exam starts and ways to reduce this resulting in less stressful exams.   1 hour

22.) Rescue my Rescue - Common behavior problems in rescued dogs and cats. Rescued dogs and cats may not show a behavior problem until they are in a home setting. How to introduce your new rescued dog or cat to prevent or manage brewing separation anxiety, inter dog or inter cat aggression, and other common fear based behavior problems.   1 hour

 

Please email at dr.sally@mchsi.com or call me at 217-253-3221 to discuss presentations for your group on a special topic or combining any talks offered above.