Handbook of Veterinary Nursing presents essential guidance and helpful tips
on developing and delivering high quality nursing care and skills.
Fully updated, this easy-to-follow guide reflects recent changes to veterinary nursing qualifications, current terminology and drugs in use. The emphasis is on the importance of working methodically, using high quality procedures, to help the whole veterinary team ensure the most successful outcomes in animal care.
Written in note form for quick reference by veterinary nurses and technicians at all stages of their training and career, this will be invaluable for both exam revision and quick reference in clinic.
The nursing process in veterinary care, physical assessment of the patient, managing the hospital environment, managing the operating room, surgical nursing activities, anaesthesia, diagnostic imaging, diagnostic tests, triage and emergency procedures, and essential calculations for drugs, fluids, nutrition and radiographic exposures.
- Gives clinical advice quickly and simply
- Written by authors with many years experience of veterinary nurse training and education
- Contains essential calculations
- Illustrated in colour throughout
Table of Contents
SECTION 1 Contemporary Veterinary Nursing.
- 1 Present-day Veterinary Nursing in the UK.
- 2 The Nursing Process.
- 3 Physical Assessment of the Patient.
- 4 Nursing Activities of the Ability Model.
- 5 Nursing Notes for Surgical and Medical Conditions.
SECTION 2 Managing the Hospital Environment.
- 6 Communication Skills in the Workplace.
- 7 Record Keeping.
- 8 Minimising Risk in the Practice.
- 9 Infection Control.
- 10 Managing the Pharmacy.
SECTION 3 Managing the Operating Theatre.
- 11 An Introduction to Theatre Management.
- 12 Preparation of the Theatre for Surgery.
- 13 Sterilising Equipment for Theatre.
- 14 Care of Surgical Equipment.
SECTION 4 The Operating Room – Surgical Nursing Activities.
- 15 Preparation of the Patient for Surgery.
- 16 Preparation of the Surgical Team.
- 17 Assisting During Surgery.
- 18 Skin Suturing Techniques.
- 19 Practical Care of Wounds.
- 20 Dentistry.
SECTION 5 Anaesthesia.
- 21 Introduction – E valuation of the Patient.
- 22 Inducing General Anaesthesia.
- 23 Monitoring Anaesthesia.
- 24 The Anaesthetic Machine.
- 25 Anaesthetic Breathing Systems.
SECTION 6 Diagnostic Imaging.
- 26 Practical Radiography.
- 27 Selection of Exposure Factors.
- 28 Radiographic Positioning.
- 29 The Processing of Radiographs.
- 30 Appraisal of the Film.
- 31 Contrast Studies and other Imaging Techniques.
SECTION 7 Diagnostic Tests.
- 32 Introduction – The Laboratory.
- 33 Collection of Samples.
- 34 Blood Tests.
- 35 Urine Tests.
- 36 Faecal Tests.
- 37 Bacteriology Tests.
- 38 Dermatology Tests.
SECTION 8 Triage and Emergency Procedures.
- 39 Initial Assessment.
- 40 Emergency Procedures.
- 41 Blood Transfusions.
- 42 First Aid.
Hilary Orpet and Perdi Welsh are Lecturers in Veterinary Nursing at the Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, UK