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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Seitz, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a textbook for veterinary technician students to introduce topics of surgical nursing, including asepsis, equipment, basic surgical procedures, and surgical emergencies. It is a second edition; the first edition was published in 1983.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide fundamental information on the basics of surgical nursing for educators, veterinarians, and technicians in practice and in training programs. This textbook meets the educational requirements of technicians in training, but it is too basic for veterinarians.
Audience: The book is intended for students in veterinary technician training programs, although the authors also target veterinarians and educators. Unfortunately, none of the authors are specialists in veterinary surgery.
Features: Perhaps the most outstanding feature of this textbook is the use of study objectives, key points, and review questions included for each chapter. The illustrations are excellent.
Assessment: This is a useful book for veterinary technicians in training. Pertinent information is stressed and appropriately illustrated. Some information may be too detailed for technicians in training, especially information on surgical procedures. The addition of a surgeon among the authors would make the text more credible.