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What is Ultrasound?

Dr. Elana Hadar explains how ultrasound works and what we commonly use it for in this quick video! Dr. Hadar’s professional interests include gastroenterology, immune disorders, and oncology, and is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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A Few Seconds with…Ayaka!

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Senior Pet Love…

This is Gayle. She works hard to keep her patients happy and this was no exception! She made a comfy carrier for this senior dog who was afraid when she was alone in her kennel. Thank you for being so sweet, Gayle!

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Big Love for a Big Dog…

Our lover boy, Eddie, is back! He’s seen here snuggling Erika, an RVT in surgery, but he’s been getting kisses and pets from everyone!

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Welcome, Dr. Kim!

This week we welcomed Dr. James Kim, a board-certified surgeon, to our surgery team!

Here, he performs a fracture repair with Dr. Talli Hogen with assistance by several surgery team members.

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We Celebrated Tech Week!

National Veterinary Technician Week was a blast! We spent an entire week celebrating our technicians and staff who help keep our hospitals running every day.

This dedicated group of people ensures things run smoothly and efficiently while deeply caring for our clients and patients.

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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.

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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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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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