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McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians - 8th Edition - ISBN: 9781437726800, 9781455728848

McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians

8th Edition

Authors: Joanna Bassert Joanna Bassert John Thomas
eBook ISBN: 9781455728848
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 5th April 2013
Page Count: 1496

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A fundamental text in the field of veterinary technology, McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th Edition has the trusted content, simplified layout, and novel study tools every Vet Tech needs. Sections on small and large animals, birds, reptiles, and small mammals embrace every aspect of the veterinary field, while case presentations of actual patient situations link information to relevant, real-life scenarios. This color-coded, fully illustrated guide will give you a leg up in the constantly evolving Vet Tech field.

Key Features

  • Full color photos bring concepts to life and emphasize the role of the vet tech.
  • Vet Tech Threads offer helpful pedagogical aids such as introductions, suggested readings, boxed Technician Notes, learning objectives, chapter outlines and key terms.
  • Large animal care integrated throughout the book with medical records, dentistry, physical examination, surgical instrumentation, and more.
  • Step-by-step instructions and photographs makes information readily accessible in emergency and clinical situations.
  • A companion workbook is available separately to help you master and apply key concepts and procedures with multiple choice questions, matching exercises, photo quizzes, labeling exercises, crossword puzzles, and more.
  • Birds, reptiles, and small mammals chapter keeps you up-to-date with care and treatment for these increasingly popular pets.
  • Chapters on pharmacology, pain management, restraint, and veterinary oncology offer a broader understanding of the responsibilities of a technician.

Table of Contents

Module One: Veterinary Technology: An Overview

  1. Introduction to Veterinary Technology: Its Laws and Ethics
  2. Veterinary Practice Management
  3. Written and Digital Medical Records
  4. Occupational Health and Safety in Veterinary Hospitals
  5. Module Two: Patient Management and Nutrition

  6. Animal Behavior
  7. Restraint and Handling of Animals
  8. History and Physical Examination
  9. Preventive Health Programs
  10. Companion Animal Nutrition
  11. Large Animal Nutrition
  12. Animal Reproduction
  13. Module Three: Clinical Sciences

  14. Hematology, Cytology
  15. Clinical Chemistry, Serology and Urinalysis
  16. Parasitology
  17. Clinical Microbiology
  18. Diagnostic Imaging
  19. Basic Necropsy Procedures
  20. Module Four: Medical Nursing

  21. Diagnostic Sampling and Treatment Techniques
  22. Small Animal Medical Nursing
  23. Large Animal Medical Nursing
  24. Neonatal Care of Puppy, Kitten, and Foal
  25. Care of Birds, Reptiles and Small Mammals
  26. Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Alternative Medical Nursing
  27. Module Five: Emergency and Critical Care

  28. Fluid Therapy and Transfusion Medicine
  29. Emergency & Critical Care Nursing
  30. Wound Management and Bandaging
  31. Module Six: Anesthesia, Analgesia and Pharmacology

  32. Pharmacology and Pharmacy
  33. Pain Management
  34. Veterinary Anesthesia
  35. Module Seven: Surgical Nursing

  36. Surgical instruments and Aseptic Technique
  37. Surgical Assistance and Suture Material
  38. Small Animal Surgical Nursing
  39. Large Animal Surgical Nursing
  40. Veterinary Dentistry
  41. Module Eight: End of Life

  42. Geriatric and Hospice Care: Supporting the Aged and Dying Patient
  43. The Human Animal Bond and Euthanasia


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About the Author

Joanna Bassert

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Director, Program of Veterinary Technology, Manor College, Jenkintown, PA

Joanna Bassert

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Director, Program of Veterinary Technology, Manor College, Jenkintown, PA

John Thomas

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Veterinary Technology, Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH


"You'll find all you need to master to work with animials, from capture and restraint of swine to calculation of RBC indices. This is really a very thorough work. Recommended readings are listed at the end of the chapters and eye catching 'technican notes' help the reader focus on key points."

Vet Nurses Today, April 2014