Hacks for locating difficult veins when drawing blood

Atlantic City

During this dvm360® interview, Karen Roach, RVT, VTS (ECC), outlined how veterinary technicians can use an individualized approach to locate tricky veins

In this dvm360® interview at the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Karen Roach, RVT, VTS (ECC), offers tips and tricks on finding a difficult vein, depending on the patient.

The following is a partial transcript of the video.

Karen Roach, RVT, VTS (ECC): It depends on why [the vein is] difficult [to locate], sometimes animals depending on how sick they are, they get very edematous. And one of the things we've kind of learned to do is kind of massage the limb that's really edematous and just try to squeeze as much of the edema out as you can.

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