AAMVP Truck Maintenance Essentials Webinar

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Learn about the setup, functioning, and maintenance of a mobile veterinary hospital (based on a LaBoit model chassis and coach), and empower yourself to operate your mobile practice with poise and confidence.

Below are just some of the topics industry expert Dr. Dena Baker will cover during this comprehensive webinar:

Basics of generator maintenance and truck maintenance, including oil changes, air filters, and replacement parts

Electrical system setup; smart strategies for power outages

What tasks require a "real" mechanic and what can be handled on your own

As with your first surgeries, truck and generator maintenance gets easier and quicker with time and practice. One of the most rewarding aspects of handling your own maintenance is that you know it is done right, with no corners cut. You'll also enjoy the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes with knowing how everything works and taking control of your mobile practice.

Here's to continuing your forward-moving progress!

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AAMVP Truck Maintenance Essentials Webinar

  1. 1. Smooth Sailing Ensure Reliable Transport with Truck Maintenance Essentials Sponsored by the American Association of Mobile Veterinary Practitioners Presented by renowned mobile veterinarian Dr. Dena D. Baker March 3, 2010
  2. 2. The American Association of Mobile Veterinary Practitioners is being launched to help support mobile veterinary practitioners across the nation, as well as veterinary students and the vendors who provide products and services for quality animal medicine. We strive to serve as the leading resource for mobile vets by creating a robust community for sharing information, ideas, and encouragement. AAMVP.org
  3. 3. Dr. Dena Baker, DVM <ul><li>Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science - Stetson University </li></ul><ul><li>Opened first mobile veterinary practice in Naples, FL in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Co-founded American Association of Mobile Veterinary Practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Founded Neapolitan Gourmet Pet Food </li></ul><ul><li>Co-founded Innovative Veterinary Products </li></ul><ul><li>Writes for local publications on pet care and safety </li></ul><ul><li>Conducts vaccination clinics & low-cost spay & neuter services in Everglades City, FL </li></ul><ul><li>Works with Collier County’s Domestic Animal Services </li></ul><ul><li>American Veterinary Medical Society Member </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Veterinary Medical Society Member </li></ul><ul><li>Collier County Veterinary Society Member </li></ul><ul><li>American Animal Hospital Association Member </li></ul><ul><li>University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Council Member </li></ul><ul><li>Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Member </li></ul><ul><li>Recipient of 20+ awards and scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Believes in helping others build a foundation for their veterinary careers while making a difference in the lives those around her. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Dr. Ashley Geoghegan, DVM <ul><li>Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Louisiana State University </li></ul><ul><li>College of Veterinary Medicine </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelor of Science in Biology – University of Miami </li></ul><ul><li>Co-founded American Association of Mobile Veterinary Practitioners </li></ul><ul><li>Works with St. Tammany Humane Society </li></ul><ul><li>Past Chair of Spaymart Emergency Hotline </li></ul><ul><li>Humane Society of the United States Supporter </li></ul><ul><li>Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Member </li></ul><ul><li>Farm Sanctuary Member </li></ul><ul><li>Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine Member </li></ul><ul><li>In Defense of Animals Member </li></ul><ul><li>Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association Member </li></ul><ul><li>American Veterinary Medical Association Member </li></ul><ul><li>Recipient of numerous military award, citations and Army ROTC scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Feels lucky to wake up each day & do what she loves most . . . care for pets. Provides excellence in veterinary medicine while caring for her patients & their families. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Smooth Sailing Ensure Reliable Transport with Truck Maintenance Essentials Sponsored by the American Association of Mobile Veterinary Practitioners Presented by renowned mobile veterinarian Dr. Dena D. Baker March 3, 2010
  6. 6. In this webinar: <ul><li>Learn basic set-up of mobile veterinary hospital (based on Laboit model chassis & coach) </li></ul><ul><li>Learn truck (chassis) maintenance basics </li></ul><ul><li>Learn generator maintenance basics </li></ul><ul><li>Understand warranty considerations </li></ul>
  7. 8. Poll Question <ul><li>- I don’t know how to open the hood </li></ul><ul><li>I can open the hood and check the oil, but that’s it </li></ul><ul><li>I can change the oil and do basic maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>- I have 30-weight oil flowing through my veins </li></ul>What’s your comfort level for maintenance issues
  8. 9. <ul><li>Essential #1 – Electrical System Set-up </li></ul>Alternator Key Essentials to Know
  9. 10. Electrical System Set-up Alternator Truck Battery Pony Battery Pony battery voltage gauge
  10. 11. Electrical System Set-up <ul><li>Two different types of electricity on unit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>12-volt from the batteries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>110-volt from the generator and/or shore power cords </li></ul></ul>Inverter and GFCI outlets GFCI outlet Inverter
  11. 12. Electrical System Set-up <ul><li>Troubleshooting </li></ul>Landline Cords Inverter Other breaker box Electrical transfer area
  12. 13. Key Essentials to Know <ul><li>Essential #2 – Generator Maintenance </li></ul>Alternator
  13. 14. Generator Maintenance <ul><li>Oil level </li></ul><ul><li>Air filter condition </li></ul><ul><li>Oil filter tightness </li></ul><ul><li>Visual condition of generator </li></ul><ul><li>Does it look starkly different than yesterday, is there oil dripping out, is it noticeably more dirty? All signs that there might be a problem. </li></ul><ul><li>Vital Daily Checks: </li></ul>Oil dipstick for generator Replacing air filter Generator
  14. 15. Generator Maintenance <ul><li>After every 100 hours, gather all supplies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Oil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oil filter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drain pan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filter wrench (optional) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Towels </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Warm oil (easier to change than cold) </li></ul><ul><li>Drain (approx. 10 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Changing Oil </li></ul>Petcock to drain oil from generator
  15. 16. Generator Maintenance <ul><li>Remove old oil filter </li></ul><ul><li>Fill new filter with new oil </li></ul><ul><li>Spin filter back on (don’t over-tighten) </li></ul><ul><li>Changing Oil (cont’) </li></ul>Removing oil filter Replacing oil filter Location of oil filter
  16. 17. Generator Maintenance <ul><li>Close petcock & fill engine with proper weight & amount of oil </li></ul><ul><li>Run unit for 5 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>Shut off </li></ul><ul><li>Check for leaks </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure correct oil level </li></ul><ul><li>Recycle oil at auto part stores such as Discount Auto & Advanced Auto </li></ul><ul><li>Changing Oil (cont’) </li></ul>
  17. 18. Generator Maintenance <ul><li>Have supplies for 3 oil changes </li></ul><ul><li>Oil filters </li></ul><ul><li>2 extra air filters </li></ul><ul><li>1 fuel filter </li></ul><ul><li>Closest authorized service provider </li></ul><ul><li>Be Prepared </li></ul>Oil and oil filter Generator
  18. 19. Generator Maintenance Removing cover of air filter Replacing air filter
  19. 20. Key Essentials to Know <ul><li>Essential #3 – Truck Maintenance </li></ul>Alternator
  20. 21. Truck Maintenance <ul><ul><li>Fuel level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Oil level </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tire condition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All lights functioning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean glass </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Daily checks before you roll out </li></ul>Dipstick for truck oil level Marker lights Headlights and turn signals Fuel gauge Checking tire air pressure
  21. 22. Truck Maintenance <ul><li>Fuel level </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where does generator stop picking up fuel from gas tank? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Baker’s 2 mobile clinics, safety shut-off of generator at: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1/4 tank (clinic #1) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>between 1/4 - 1/8 of a tank (clinic #2) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>You or a real mechanic? </li></ul>Fuel gauge
  22. 23. Truck Maintenance <ul><ul><li>Oil check </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You or a real mechanic? </li></ul>Replacing dipstick Checking oil level Dipstick for truck oil level
  23. 24. Truck Maintenance <ul><li>Tire condition </li></ul><ul><li>You or a real mechanic? </li></ul>
  24. 25. Truck Maintenance <ul><li>Windshield/Wipers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Check blades every 2 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You or a real mechanic? </li></ul>Windshield wipers Windshield wipers
  25. 26. Truck Maintenance <ul><li>Truck service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pep Boys, Goodyear, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You or a real mechanic? </li></ul>
  26. 27. Key Essentials to Know <ul><li>Essential #4 – Warranty Considerations </li></ul>Alternator
  27. 28. Truck Maintenance <ul><li>Check your existing warranties before you spend $$ on repairs </li></ul><ul><li>Read the fine print </li></ul><ul><li>Keep all paperwork & receipts in one spot </li></ul><ul><li>Warranties </li></ul>
  28. 29. To summarize: <ul><li>Basic set-up of mobile veterinary hospital (based on Laboit model chassis & coach) </li></ul><ul><li>Truck (chassis) maintenance basics </li></ul><ul><li>Generator maintenance basics </li></ul><ul><li>Warranty considerations </li></ul>
  29. 30. Q&A
  30. 31. The American Association of Mobile Veterinary Practitioners is being launched to help support mobile veterinary practitioners across the nation, as well as veterinary students and the vendors who provide products and services for quality animal medicine. We strive to serve as the leading resource for mobile vets by creating a robust community for sharing information, ideas, and encouragement. AAMVP.org

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