Dictionary of Veterinary Nursing


  • Denis Lane, MSc, BSc (Vet Sci), FRCVS, FRAgS, BSc (Hons) AAB&T, Former Senior Examiner in Veterinary Nursing
  • Sue Guthrie, PhD, BA, BVetMed, MRCVS, MBA (Open), Former Chief Examiner RCVS Veterinary Nursing Scheme
  • Sian Griffith, MSc, DMS, VN, Operations Director of the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals, Royal Veterinary College, North Mymms, Hatfield, UK

The third edition of this best selling dictionary has been expanded and updated to include new definitions reflecting changes within the veterinary nursing profession, additional illustrations as well as revised appendices. Intended specifically for members of the veterinary nursing profession, all aspects of the curriculum are covered making this a comprehensive quick reference source for nurses working in a busy practice.
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Veterinary nursing students; veterinary nurses; veterinary practices; animal care students; veterinary receptionists


Book information

  • Published: December 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-045265-4

Table of Contents



Temperature, pulse and respiratory rates for various species

Biochemistry parameters for dogs and cats

Normal parameters for urine for dogs and cats

Haematology parameters for dogs and cats

Zoonotic diseases

Biological data of smaller pets

Information on caring for smaller animals

Obstetrical information for different species

Mathematical formulae for use in veterinary nursing

Converting body weight in kilograms and pounds into body surface area in metres squared

Infectious disease of dogs and cats

Current vaccination schedules for dogs and cats

Average weights for common breeds of dog

Anaesthetic factors for dogs and cats

Gas cylinder colour coding (UK only)

Dog breeds and coat colours

Cat breeds and coat colours

Veterinary qualifications: interpretations of letters after names

Useful addresses