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Halloween is Serious Business at ACCESS

Over the years, we’ve learned that our ghoulishly great staff loves all things Halloween!

Our annual pumpkin carving contest became beastly and this year we switched things up to…no carve art!

This little video gives you a peek inside our haunted hospital and shows you just a bit of how much we enjoy Halloween.

Tails from the road – Dr. Eatroff at Western U.

Dr. Adam Eatroff gave a lecture on hemodialysis at Western University in Pomona and there were almost 50 students in attendance from their internal medicine club! They were exposed to what ACCESS is capable of doing once they get out into the real world and start seeing patients.

Dr. Eatroff played professor and made sure to ask them a lot of questions, encouraging them to answer.

Thanks again Dr. Eatroff for planting seeds and exposing the vets of tomorrow to the dialysis treatments of today!

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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Scare Up Some Safety This Year!

Did you know Halloween can be scary for pets?

However, with a little planning and information, you and your pets can celebrate safely.

Click on the images below to download our Halloween Pet Safety tips. These ‘free printables’ can be printed with ease! Stick one on your fridge as a reminder, or share them with others at work, home, or anywhere there are pets!

Be safe and have fun…

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We Hit the Wild, Wild West!

After a very bumpy flight, Greg, Raul, and Shannon hit the Wild West Veterinary Conference in Reno!

They really enjoyed being able to see old friends and meet new people at the career fair that was held Saturday night.

The big highlight though, was the ego boost Greg received when he was stopped in the security line at the airport… because his muscles were too big to register on the x-ray machine!

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Tails From the Road – out and about…

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For the second year in a row, ACCESS was a sponsor at the 20th Annual Ponies at the Pike in Long Beach!  This was a great way for our staff to spread the word about us being available for emergency and specialty care in the South Bay, and lots of people stopped by to get more info on us while checking out some Ford Mustangs (unfortunately we cannot treat real life ponies).

At another event, the ACCESS crew was delighted to be part of the 18th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk put on by the Pasadena Humane Society and the SPCA, held at Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl. There was plenty of wiggling, waggling, and walking and the crowd was so happy to get some free giveaways from ACCESS. It was a great turnout and we hope to wiggle our way in to the walk next year too!

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Knock five times on your car to save a life…

The seasons are changing and we’re experiencing some very chilly weather overnight and during the early morning hours, making it difficult for stray and wild animals to keep warm.

This causes them to seek shelter in some unusual and sometimes dangerous places, like cars. Last year we profiled Piston, a wild bunny who was found in the engine of a Toyota Sienna and today we’re covering Freddy Krueger’s story.

Freddy was found in the engine of a car after the person who found him had already started driving. He was then brought in to ACCESS LA for an exam and care, as he sustained some fairly serious lacerations to his hind leg and head. Luckily, he was stitched up and has healed very nicely, now living with some loving older cats and his new mom.

You can check for animals who may be hiding in your car by knocking on the wheel wells and hood of your car before starting it up and driving away!

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Tails From the Road – Literally!

ACCESS participated in the Culver City Centennial Parade where we had several employees march in the street on Culver Boulevard waving and smiling to the enthusiastic parade-goers lined up alongside the road not too far from our hospital.

We carried a banner and drove the ACCESS mobile, giving a friendly reminder to the neighborhood that we are here for pets of all kinds. Lots of people cheered when they saw us, shouting out “You saved our dog!” and “You guys fixed my bunny!” as we passed by.

We would love to be a part of such a wonderful community event again – hopefully we don’t have to wait another 100 years!

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

Melly’s Interesting Eyes…

Heterochromia is a condition in which the iris is multicolored.

Here, Melly poses to show off her perfect peepers! While she was in for a surgery recheck, our team took the opportunity to snuggle with our beloved little lady.

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From California to New Jersey and back….

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Jour’Danne is one of the talented people working in the emergency room at ACCESS San Fernando Valley. Her calm, cool demeanor paired with a razor-sharp wit and warm, friendly personality make her an integral part of our family, and we wanted to learn more about her!

How did Jour’Danne decide to work in veterinary medicine?
In high school, she knew she was destined to help whether it was people or animals! Jour’Danne had a few careers in mind—massage therapy, psychology, and working with animals, but how could she choose one over the other? After graduating, she moved to New Jersey to live with her grandparents and pursue a psychology major. She then met her now boyfriend, who encouraged her to follow her passion, driving her to enroll at the Animal Behavior College.

Why did she choose the ER?
Jour’Danne loves the fast-paced, controlled chaos that the emergency room has to offer!

What brought Jour’Danne to ACCESS?
While working at a local specialty hospital, Jour’Danne felt something was missing. She wanted to stay with a specialty and emergency facility, but wanted to work somewhere with a more tranquil and welcoming environment, which is when she found ACCESS! Jour’Danne feels comfortable with her coworkers, prefers the convenient location, and likes to be around specialty medicine, which helps a lot with her schooling—she’s in the RVT program at Pierce and will graduate in 2017!

What is her favorite animal and why?
Frenchies! Jour’Danne “is obsessed” with French Bulldogs and loves all brachycephalic breeds. She has one of her own, named Benji, whom she adores. She also loves Panda Bears because “they’re cute from birth through adulthood and they’re just silly animals.” Jour’Danne is also a big fan of the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cam!

Does Jour’Danne collect anything?
As a beach lover, it’s no surprise that she loves bringing home seashells! Jour’Danne likes to display her carefully curated shells in old glass jars around her home.

What would she be doing if she wasn’t working in the ER?
Even if Jour’Danne weren’t with ACCESS, she’d likely be in Marine Biology to continue working with her true passion…animals!

What is Jour’Danne’s favorite meal and what is the best thing she cooks?
She loves Jamaican food—specifically her grandparents’ ackee and salt fish! Jour’Danne also likes gumbo and comfort foods and enjoys cooking curry chicken for her loved ones.

What is the most challenging case she’s ever had?
“Table dogs [critical care patients on life support]. It can be emotionally draining if they pass away because you’ve spent so much time with them, caring for them one-on-one and become attached to them and their families. But it’s so rewarding when you get to see them go home!”

What is Jour’Danne’s favorite procedure to see or do?
She loves a productive enema! They provide instant relief for her patients and they visibly feel so much better afterward.

What is one thing she wishes pet owners would start doing?
“Be more aware of your energy when you’re around animals—they feed off of your energy and behavior, so if you’re calm, they’re calm.” Jour’Danne also wants owners to understand the reasons behind patients being examined away from their owners, “it’s for the safety of the patient, the medical staff, and the owner. Often exams will be much quicker if the staff is left to do their thing.”

What does Jour’Danne consider to be her greatest achievement?
She’s proud of herself for her drive and determination to finish everything she starts.
We’re lucky to have Jour’Danne on our team and know that with her spirit, sense of humor, and integrity, she’s destined for success!

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ACCESS – Deep In the Heart of Texas…

The International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium, or IVECCS, was held in Texas this year, and boy did we have a blast!

For those who are unfamiliar with the event, IVECCS is a lot like Comic-Con, only instead of movies, comics, and pop culture, thousands of people attend to learn more about and celebrate emergency and critical care for animals!

Our doctors and staff enjoyed attending lectures and hands-on labs, while our Marketing and Admin teams rocked the job fair in an effort to recruit some stellar doctors, specialists, RVTs, and VTS’s to join our team. We all loved being able to meet new people and see old friends.

We had a great time and can’t wait until next year!

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