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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

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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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Tails from the Road – Lectures Edition!

ACCESS had a busy week bringing our doctors and staff to speak at different events. Here is a glimpse into what we were up to:

Platt College in Alhambra invited ACCESS back again to talk to techs in training. Gabe Esparza spoke about life as an ACCESS RVT, and his background leading up to where he is now at our South Bay hospital. Gabe said has not had a dull moment in the ER and he shared his insights with the group of 15 students. They asked what he looks for in employees that he works with, and how he studied for the VTNE. He also spoke about the ACCESS Academy that new hires go through during their first 90 days to succeed in their department. Maybe they will work for ACCESS one day!

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Dr. Karen Schachterle, from our Avian & Exotics Department, spoke about surviving exotics emergencies at the DVM2k dinner held at City of Angels. The event is aimed as “the youthful veterinary community” although there were people of all ages there, ranging from doctors, to techs, to students. Everyone was genuinely interested in learning what they could from Dr. Schachterle to apply in their own practice, and attendees who already work with her were able to ask questions of her to build on their relationship so exotic emergencies don’t have to be so scary.

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Leah Basinais, Director of Operations at ACCESS, gave a lunch and learn for staff at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital in Thousand Oaks on compliance and estimate acceptance. It was a condensed version of a Continuing Education lecture she gave recently at our Woodland Hills hospital, and fear not if you missed it and think it would benefit your practice, she is going on tour! For now, Leah will be giving this same talk in Cerritos and Bakersfield in September, the South Bay in November, and Culver City in December so stay tuned for more info.

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The North Bay/Westside VMA chapter had their monthly dinner meeting and Dr. Mike Becker, from our Emergency and Critical Care Department in Culver City gave a lecture on antimicrobial use in emergency situations. It was a huge turnout with the hotel running out of chairs at one point, so it must be because word got out that ACCESS was sponsoring and Dr. Becker had an interesting topic. We look forward to him giving the lecture at ACCESS Culver City sometime next year!

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Tails from the Road – Platt College and the Life of an RVT

Platt College in Alhambra asked us to bring an RVT to speak to a class of 10 students and we jumped at the chance to recruit future techs/have them take knowledge about us to a future practice they will work at one day.

Karina Gomez, RVT and lead tech of IM/IR was able to come and give her perspective on life as a tech. She has a unique background, having attended a small high school at the LA Zoo (!) and has her Bachelors of Science in Animal Health Science from Cal Poly Pomona.

She is a great speaker and covered different topics like about what it’s like to work in an extremely busy emergency and critical care department, along with what kinds of different foreign objects she seen pulled out of an animal, and how dialysis and plasmapheresis can improve a patient’s well-being.

They would love to have us back in 6 months for a different batch of students so I’m sure we will set something up.

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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Tails from the Road – So You Want to Be a Veterinarian?!

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Dr. Danielle Sawyer, a resident in our Emergency and Critical Care department at ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital – Los Angeles, spoke to both a Kindergarten class and a 1st grade class on ‘Career Day’ at Will Rogers Elementary School in Santa Monica about being a veterinarian!

There was a short PowerPoint presentation that covered things such as what they do every day, what it takes to be a veterinarian, and what kinds of pets they treat and care for. The kids had plenty of questions (“Do you see dragons?” “How about dinosaurs?”) and were very interested in learning about being an animal doctor when they grow up.

Some 5th graders also got the chance to listen in and got some tips from Dr. Sawyer outside the classroom afterwards. Hopefully we planted a seed and they will be future ACCESS employees one day!

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Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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ACCESS at Long Beach Pride

We had a fantastic weekend at Long Beach Pride!

We spoke with hundreds of people about pet safety and veterinary medicine while giving away items like water bowls and poop bags to keep pets safe and healthy. We are very grateful for such a wonderful opportunity and look forward to what next year holds for us!

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Dr. Allyza, Our First Future Vet…

 


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We first met Allyza in 2015 when Dr. Olivia Petritz spoke at her elementary school in South Central. In addition to bringing along several species of exotic animals, Dr. Petritz talked to the kids about conservation, how to treat animals, and what it’s like to be a vet.

After the presentation, Allyza introduced herself to Dr. Petritz and her love for animals was made immediately clear. Allyza was star struck and even asked Dr. Petritz to autograph her veterinary Lego set guidebook and her veterinarian Barbie doll!

In March 2016, we invited Allyza to join our Los Angeles hospital as a “doctor” for the day to encourage her love of animals and furthering her education. Upon arrival, Allyza was greeted by Hospital Manager Jason Bitting, who gave Allyza her very own white lab coat complete with her name embroidered on the front.

She and her mother were then taken on a tour of the hospital, finally landing in our Exotics department, where she was reunited with Dr. Petritz, her assistant Rosa, and Dr. Karen Schachterle. There, Dr. Allyza listened to the heartbeats of a tortoise and bird and had many of her questions about our patients, school, and veterinary medicine answered. We also traveled to some of our other departments and learned about endoscopy in Internal Medicine, MRI in Neurology, and made our way back to Exotics to check the expiration dates on food for our patients and look at some of the tools used in surgeries. She then had pizza for lunch and was presented with a year-long membership for her family to the LA Zoo and ended her day by saying goodbye to all of the patients.

We are so lucky to have been able to spend quality time with Allyza and help foster her love for veterinary medicine. We hope she continues to pursue her passion and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her!

Shannon Brown

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Tails from the road… a Bison!

What do you get when you cross an animal and some rocks? Animals Rock, of course! 🙂

The ACCESS crew was recently visiting vets in the rural areas of Agua Dulce and Acton, and came across some cows, bulls, and a bison, who was not camera shy at all. Buffalo Bill, (that’s what I imagine his name to be) also seems to enjoy playing soccer in between his “being a bison” activities.

We then moseyed down the road, and stopped by the beautiful and natural Vasquez Rocks!  A must see in LA county if you’ve never been. Plus, you could almost see Rafiki in the distance holding up Simba.

It was very Zen, being that the ACE crew is normally around city slickers all day.

Jillian Kassel
Director of Community Relations | ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospitals

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