Technology in Action at Oakview

In 2019 we are exposed to a whole new realm of social media that we did not see 20 years ago. Many of us, like myself, avoided the social media craze for as long as I could but we now use this as a source to educate and share stories with our clients. The blog we started last year is one of the very many ways we reach out to all of you. As a technician, I am able to share with you topics that are interesting, educating and sometimes funny or heartfelt. We also rely on our Facebook page, Youtube channel, in clinic computer software and website to help us maintain contact with our clients, in addition to the care and attention provided in clinic.

Oakview is considered a paper-light clinic, which means the vast majority of our work is done on the computer. We are fortunate enough to have digital x-ray machines and a wonderful ultrasound machine that allows us to get clear, concise images and get them off to specialists instantly. This helps us get answers quicker, and we don’t have to worry about things getting lost in the mail!

Over the next few weeks, we wanted to pick out a few things that stood out to us as team members of the clinic that help make life a little easier for everyone.

by Nikki Getzloff, CVT

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Nikki and her dog Finn

Nikki started working at Oakview in July of 2014 after applying for a position while interning. She graduated with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Science in 2016 and became certified as a technician shortly after graduation. She has a special interest in Imaging as well as shelter medicine.

Nikki shares her life with her son Eli, 2 cats Scout and Shamrock, a chinchilla named Pickachu, a dog named Finn and her horse Bristol. Outside of work she enjoys providing a foster home for pets with the local humane societies, leading her son’s cub scout den, kayaking, camping, riding her horse and overall enjoying the outdoors.

The Fear Free Movement Continues at Oakview Vet

Last year ten members of our staff completed the first level of certification of the Fear Free program developed by Dr. Marty Becker. The goal of the Fear Free program is to provide the best care for our patients by limiting fear, anxiety and stress as much as possible during a veterinary visit.. This year we have decided to continue onto the second level of certification. The second level of certification provides more in-depth education in the areas of patient handling, advanced handling techniques, and in-hospital care. In addition to step by step procedures, the modules feature numerous videos detailing procedures, handling techniques and client communication examples. Each member who is completing the second level certification views the module and completes a quiz at the end. We then meet monthly to discuss what we learned and how to best utilize the information in our daily practice.

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Our staff feels it is important to continue learning how to recognize fear, anxiety and stress (FAS) in your pets and the best methods to minimize these as much as possible. Our goal at Oakview Veterinary Medical Center is to make your, and your pet’s, visit to our clinic as stress free and enjoyable as possible. This helps us do our jobs better by allowing us to deliver high quality care as we look after the physical and emotional well-being of our patients. We then can practice better medicine because we can get more accurate vital signs and diagnoses, thus providing the best treatment options.

When your pet is relaxed and eating delicious treats during their visit at the clinic it is easier for our veterinarians to complete a thorough physical exam. This is as important during a wellness exam as it is when your pet is sick. Because our patients can’t tell us what is wrong, or where it hurts, we must rely on our pet owner’s observations and the physical exam to tell us where to look or what tests to run. Often during a wellness visit we find new lumps or dental disease that owners were not aware of. If a pet is stressed and it is difficult to complete the exam, then we may not find these important issues.

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A cheese beard is a sign of a happy vet visit!

We have patients that love coming to our clinic, gladly take treats and allow a comprehensive physical exam. But we also have patients that are nervous, stressed or fearful. One way we can decrease the anxiety associated with a trip to the veterinary clinic is through “happy visits.” Happy visits are just that, a visit to the clinic that is a pleasant experience. This month we will detail what happy visits entail and give some examples of how they may help your pet feel less anxious about a veterinary clinic visit.

For more information about how we currently implement fear free at Oakview, please visit our website.

by Lisa Karnitz, DVM

Dr Lisa Karnitz - Oakview Vet Plover Stevens Point WI

Dr. Karnitz graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 2004. She has been in practice ever since. She was also the resident veterinarian at the Globe University for two years.
Dr. Karnitz has a special interest in dentistry and internal medicine.
She shares her home with her husband, two children, and a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel named Harry.

 

What is an Animal Chiropractor?

An ANIMAL CHIROPRACTOR is a specially trained professional with at least 6 years of post-graduate education. A Doctor of Chiropractic (which I am) or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine completes and additional year of classroom and hands on training; case studies and exams to become a Certified Animal Chiropractor.

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I have been a full-time, animals-only, Chiropractor since 1996. It has been my great pleasure to work on many breeds and disciplines of dogs over these many years. My patients include several who have competed at the Westminster Dog Show, champion agility dogs, fly ball competitors, dock divers, sled dogs, barn hunt and nose work dogs, police dogs, and best friend dogs. With this experience I am able to address breed-specific and sport-specific musculoskeletal challenges. Learn more about holistic care.

 

by Dr Nikki Johnson

Vet Chiropractor - Oakview Vet - Plover Stevens Point WI

Dr. Nikki Johnson is a Wisconsin licensed Doctor of Chiropractics. She graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
She works on small animals at Oakview Vet and does barn calls for large animals. Visit her website: https://drnikkijohnson.com

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