McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses

McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses

10th Edition - March 5, 2021

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  • Author: Joanna Bassert
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323722018
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323722001
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323751513

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Master all the animal care duties of a veterinary technician! McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, 10th Edition provides a solid foundation in every aspect of veterinary technology, including care of small and large animals, birds, reptiles, and small mammals. Procedure boxes offer step-by-step guidelines to performing key tasks, and use of the veterinary technician practice model helps to improve your critical thinking and decision-making skills. Written by vet tech experts Joanna Bassert, Angela Beal, and Oreta Samples, this illustrated guide prepares you for success on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE®) and in clinical practice.

Key Features

  • 2017 winner of the William Holmes McGuffey Longevity Award ("McGuffey") from the Text & Academic Authors Association (TAA), which recognizes textbooks and learning materials whose excellence has been demonstrated over time.
  • Case presentations provide real-life scenarios, so students can practice critical thinking and decision-making skills.
  • Step-by-step instructions show students how to perform dozens of procedures, making information easy to access in emergency and clinical situations.
  • More than 1,000 full-color photographs and line drawings depict veterinary technology concepts and techniques.
  • Chapter outline, learning objectives, and key terms begin each chapter, focusing study on need-to-know material.
  • Technician Notes highlight key points relating to the role of the veterinary technician.
  • Coverage of large animal care is integrated throughout the book, including medical records, dentistry, physical examination, surgical instrumentation, surgical assistance, emergency care, and euthanasia, as well as separate Large Animal chapters.
  • Comprehensive chapters on pharmacology, pain management, restraint, and veterinary oncology provide a broader understanding of the responsibilities of a technician.
  • Coverage of zoonotics is threaded throughout each chapter, describing how a disease may affect the host, how it is spread, how it is treated, and the necessary safety precautions.
  • Care of Birds, Reptiles, and Small Mammals chapter describes care and treatment of these increasingly popular pets.
  • Student workbook reinforces understanding with review questions, case presentations, and clinical applications, as well as photo-based quizzes and other student exercises. Available separately.

Table of Contents

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • IFC
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • How to Use This Learning Package
  • Part 1. Veterinary Technology: An Overview
  • 1. Introduction to Veterinary Nursing and Technology: Its Laws and Ethics
  • Introduction
  • Veterinary Technician Oath
  • History of Veterinary Technology
  • The Veterinary Nurse and Technician Today
  • Education
  • The Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE)
  • The Profession of Veterinary Technology and Veterinary Nursing
  • Terminology and the Veterinary Health Care Team
  • Professionalism
  • Professional Organizations and Acronyms
  • Professional Ethics
  • Profession-Related Laws and Regulations
  • Additional Laws Governing Veterinary Practice
  • 2. Veterinary Practice Management
  • Introduction
  • Types of Veterinary Practices
  • Typical Employee Positions
  • Practice Facilities and Workflow
  • Clients and Client Services
  • Management of the Veterinary Practice
  • Summary
  • 3. Veterinary Medical Records
  • Introduction
  • Principles and Functions of the Medical Record
  • Medical and Legal Requirements
  • Format of Veterinary Medical Records
  • Components of the Problem-Oriented Veterinary Medical Record
  • Management of Electronic Medical Records
  • Management of Paper Medical Records
  • Management of Ambulatory Practice Records
  • 4. Occupational Health and Safety in Veterinary Hospitals
  • Introduction
  • Safety
  • General Workplace Hazards
  • Medical and Animal-Related Hazards
  • A Dirty Mouth? Precautions for Dentistry Operations
  • Radiology
  • Anesthesia
  • Compressed Gases
  • Sharps and Medical Waste
  • Hazardous Drugs and Pharmacy Operations
  • Part 2. Patient Management and Nutrition
  • 5. Animal Behavior
  • Introduction to Behavior and Motivation
  • The Roles of Professionals in Behavior
  • How Animals Learn
  • Behavior Modification
  • Animal Development
  • Meeting the Needs of Animals
  • Common Unwanted Behaviors, Active Prevention, and Intervention
  • Common Unwanted Behaviors of Dogs and Cats
  • Common Equine Behavior Concerns
  • Common Cattle Behavior Concerns
  • Small Ruminant Behavior Concern
  • Behavior Emergencies
  • Learning in the Veterinary Setting
  • Fear FreeTM Fundamentals
  • Happy Visits and Victory Visits
  • Behavior and the Emotional Medical Record
  • 6. Restraint and Handling of Animals
  • Introduction
  • Minimizing Stress
  • Animal Stabilization and Restraint
  • Introduction to Equine Restraint
  • An Introduction to Herd Animals
  • Capture and Restraint of Cattle
  • Capture and Restraint of Swine
  • Capture and Restraint of Small Ruminants
  • Capture and Restraint of Avian and Exotic Species
  • Restraint of Small Mammals
  • Restraint of Reptiles
  • 7. History and Physical Examination
  • Introduction
  • History and Physical Examination of Small Animals
  • History and Physical Examination of Large Animals
  • 8. Preventive Health Programs
  • Introduction
  • Preventive Health Programs for Dogs and Cats
  • Preventive Health Program for Horses
  • Preventive Health Programs for Livestock Species
  • Summary
  • 9. Animal Nutrition
  • Introduction
  • Basics of Nutrition
  • Nutritional Evaluation of Small Animals
  • Cats and Nutrition
  • Feeding Pets
  • Life Stage Nutrition for Cats and Dogs
  • Feeding Horses and Other Livestock
  • Nutrition for Birds and Small Mammals
  • 10. Animal Reproduction
  • Introduction
  • Overview of Female Reproduction
  • Overview of Male Reproduction
  • Canine Reproduction
  • Feline Reproduction
  • Equine Reproduction
  • Bovine Reproduction
  • Ovicaprine (Sheep and Goats) Reproduction
  • Camelid Reproduction
  • Breeding Soundness Examination of the Male
  • Breeding Soundness Examination of the Female
  • Summary of Some Interesting Recent and Emerging Advances in Reproduction Biotechnology
  • Part 3. Clinical Sciences
  • 11. Hematology and Cytology
  • Introduction
  • Hematology
  • Coagulation Testing
  • Cytology
  • 12. Clinical Chemistry, Serology, and Urinalysis
  • Introduction
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Serology
  • Urinalysis
  • 13. Parasitology
  • Introduction
  • Parasitic Diseases of Large and Small Animal Species
  • Diagnosis of Ectoparasites
  • Diagnosis of Endoparasites
  • Ectoparasites of Veterinary Importance
  • Endoparasites of Veterinary Importance
  • Protozoans of Zoonotic Importance
  • 14. Clinical Microbiology
  • Introduction
  • Microbiological Safety
  • Sample Collection and Preservation
  • Direct Examination of Microbial Specimens
  • Staining Procedures
  • Bacterial Culture and Identification
  • Methods of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  • Fungal Culture (Mycology)
  • Virology
  • Molecular Detection of Pathogens
  • Nosocomial Infections
  • 15. Diagnostic Imaging
  • Introduction
  • Radiology
  • Ultrasonography
  • Alternative Imaging Modalities
  • 16. Basic Necropsy Procedures
  • Introduction
  • Necropsy
  • Necropsy Reports
  • Sample Collection for Laboratory Testing
  • Shipping Diagnostic Specimens
  • Facilities and Instruments
  • Necropsy Procedure for a Small Mammal
  • Necropsy Variations
  • Part 4. Medical Nursing
  • Chapter 17. Diagnostic Sampling and Therapeutic Techniques
  • Introduction
  • Sampling Techniques in the Small Animal
  • Administration of Medication in the Small Animal
  • Administration of Medication in the Large Animal
  • Sampling Techniques in the Large Animal
  • Chapter 18. Small Animal Medical Nursing
  • Introduction
  • A Veterinary Technician Practice Model: The Nursing Process
  • Small Animal Diseases
  • Chapter 19. Large Animal Medical Nursing
  • Summary
  • Introduction
  • Equine Nursing
  • Common Diseases and Conditions of Horses
  • Care of the Hospitalized Equine Patient
  • Common Diseases and Conditions of Ruminants
  • Common Diseases and Conditions of Swine
  • Common Diseases and Conditions of Camelids
  • 20. Veterinary Oncology
  • Introduction
  • Pathogenesis of Cancer
  • Epidemiology of Cancer
  • Clinical Signs
  • Diagnostics
  • Staging
  • Therapeutic Options
  • Cancer in Horses
  • Cancer in Cattle
  • 21. Neonatal Care of Puppies, Kittens, and Foals
  • Introduction
  • Neonatology of Puppies and Kittens
  • Neonatology of Foals
  • Summary
  • 22. Care of Birds, Reptiles, and Small Mammals
  • Introduction
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Small Mammals
  • 23. Rehabilitation and Alternative Medical Nursing
  • Introduction
  • Nutraceuticals and Chondroprotectants
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Acupuncture
  • Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy
  • Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Summary
  • Part 5. Emergency and Critical Care
  • 24. Fluid Therapy and Transfusion Medicine
  • Introduction
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • 25. Emergency and Critical Care Nursing
  • Introduction
  • Emergency and Critical Care Nursing: Small Animal
  • Canine and Feline Electrocardiography
  • Emergency and Critical Care Nursing: Equine
  • Emergency and Critical Care Nursing: Food Animal
  • 26. Toxicology
  • Introduction
  • Managing Poison Emergencies
  • Decontamination
  • Supportive Care
  • Household Hazards
  • Dangerous Plants
  • Pesticides
  • Antifreeze Products
  • Human Medications
  • Drugs of Abuse
  • 27. Wound Management and Bandaging
  • Wound Healing
  • Small Animal Wound Management
  • Large Animal Wound Management
  • Part 6. Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Pharmacology
  • 28. Pharmacology and Pharmacy
  • Introduction
  • Types of Drugs
  • Drug Administration
  • Dosage Terminology
  • Basic Pharmacokinetics
  • Basic Pharmacodynamics
  • Impact of Disease on Drug Pharmacokinetics
  • Aging and Drug Pharmacokinetics
  • Drug Nomenclature
  • Systemic Approach to Drug Classification
  • Regulatory Pharmacology
  • The Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Prescribing and Dispensing Drugs
  • 29. Pain Management
  • Introduction
  • The Role of the Veterinary Technician as a Patient Advocate
  • The Science of Pain Management
  • Treatment of Pain in Small Animals
  • Treatment of Pain in Large Animals
  • Species-Specific Information
  • Summary
  • 30. Veterinary Anesthesia
  • Inhalant Anesthetics
  • Introduction
  • What Is Anesthesia?
  • Patient Preparation
  • Anesthetic Agents
  • Anesthesia Equipment
  • Principles of Endotracheal Intubation
  • Monitoring the Anesthetized Patient
  • Small Animal Anesthesia
  • Equine Anesthesia
  • Ruminant Anesthesia
  • Manual and Mechanical Ventilation
  • Anesthetic Problems and Emergencies
  • Part 7. Surgical Nursing
  • 31. Surgical Instruments and Aseptic Technique
  • Introduction
  • Instrumentation
  • Aseptic Technique
  • 32. Surgical Assistance and Suture Material
  • Introduction
  • General Concepts in Veterinary Surgical Assisting
  • Preoperative Preparation
  • Intraoperative Techniques and Duties
  • Suture Material
  • Postoperative Management
  • Surgical Assisting for Equine Patients
  • Chapter 33. Small Animal Surgical Nursing
  • Introduction
  • Preoperative Patient Assessment
  • Surgical Preparation and Animal Positioning
  • Common Surgical Procedures
  • Elective Versus Nonelective Surgery
  • Tail Docking and Dewclaw Removal in Puppies
  • Tail Docking and Dewclaw Removal in the Adult Dog
  • Feline Onychectomy
  • Celiotomy
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • Gastric Dilatation–Volvulus
  • Ovariohysterectomy in Dogs and Cats
  • Pyometra
  • Canine Castration
  • Feline Castration
  • Cesarean Delivery
  • Cystotomy
  • Urethrostomy
  • Hernias
  • Lumpectomy
  • Removal of Mammary Neoplasia
  • Amputation
  • Care of the Neurologic Patient
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Client Education
  • Guidelines for Discharge Instructions
  • Chapter 34. Large Animal Surgical Nursing
  • Introduction
  • Surgical Nursing of Horses
  • Surgical Considerations
  • 35. Veterinary Dentistry
  • Introduction
  • Ethical and Legal Aspects
  • Dental Morphology
  • Oral Examination and History
  • Dental Radiography
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Periodontal Debridement
  • Power Scaling
  • Hand Scaling
  • Polishing
  • Regional Nerve Blocks for Oral Surgery in Dogs and Cats
  • Periodontal Surgery
  • Home Care
  • Exodontics
  • Advanced Dental Procedures
  • Specific Conditions in Dogs and Cats
  • Equine Dentistry
  • Part 8. End of Life
  • Chapter 36. Geriatric and Hospice Care: Supporting the Aged and Dying Patient
  • Geriatric Dogs and Cats
  • The Aging Process
  • When Are Dogs and Cats Considered to Be Senior or Geriatric?
  • Physiologic Changes Associated With Aging
  • Effects of Aging on Organ Systems
  • Cognitive Impairment and Other Behavioral Issues
  • Management Strategies to Improve Quality of Life
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Companion Animal Death and Dying
  • Geriatric Horses
  • Physical Examination
  • Common Problems in Aging Horses
  • Chronic Diseases of the Geriatric Horse
  • Management, Nutrition, and Nursing Care of the Geriatric Horse
  • End-of-Life Issues
  • 37. The Human–Animal Bond and Euthanasia
  • Introduction: The Human–Animal Bond
  • Bond-Centered Care
  • The Veterinary Technician’s Roles in End-of-Life Cases
  • Decisions: Goals of Care, Euthanasia, and Natural Death
  • Euthanasia: The Art of Providing a Good Death
  • Hospice-Supported Natural Death
  • Aftercare and Memorialization
  • The Grieving Human and the Grieving Animal: When the Bond Changes
  • The Critical Need for Self-Care
  • Summary: Key Points for This Chapter
  • Index
  • IBC

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1264
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Saunders 2021
  • Published: March 5, 2021
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323722018
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323722001
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780323751513

About the Author

Joanna Bassert

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus Program of Veterinary Technology Manor College Jenkintown, PA

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