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Overview

Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, Third Edition provides practical, step-by-step instructions for preparing and performing a wide range of veterinary assisting tasks. With expanded coverage of large animal and exotic restraint, anatomy and physiology, nutrition and feeding, digital radiography, and electronic medical records and client communication, this revised edition now includes why and when to perform each task with the preparation and procedure information. The book includes everything from appearance and professional language to equipment maintenance and dental and surgical assisting, making it equally useful for learning new techniques or as a memory refresher.

Offering a detailed, comprehensive guide to all aspects of veterinary assisting, the book is written using an accessible, user-friendly style. A companion website offers figures from the book, downloadable flash cards, lesson plans, exams, a competency checklist, and concept maps. Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant is equally useful for acquiring new skills and gaining confidence in the veterinary practice, making it invaluable for veterinary assistant students and veterinary assistants of all experience levels.

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Reviewer: Christine Ann Merle, DVM, MBA,CVPM(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive book features a through and complete review of common tasks for veterinary assistants in companion animal practice.
Purpose: The purpose is twofold: to serve as a procedural manual and as an instructional resources as part of a training program. Given the importance of training to today's veterinary staff, these are both worthy objectives. Overall, the author does successfully achieve these objectives, but the lack of images may make the learning difficult for readers who require pictures and/or visual demonstrations.
Audience: The target audience appears to be veterinary staff, especially those who serve as veterinary assistants. However, because of the high level and comprehensive nature of the content, I believe that the book requires a more educated reader than those who typically may be hired in a veterinary clinic to serve in this position.
Features: The topics are extremely comprehensive and cover a multitude of jobs in a veterinary clinic. Duties essential to the role of receptionist, kennel staff, veterinary assistant and veterinary technician are all discussed in this book. Because of the comprehensiveness of the book, it would be a valuable addition to any companion animal veterinary facility's reference shelf. Each task is easily broken down for reference. However, because of the lack of images and the potential content/knowledge overload of information not relevant to an individual's job, this book may not be as helpful to an individual as it would be to an entire facility.
Assessment: The training of staff is vital in companion animal practice and there should be a variety of methods for veterinarians to accomplish this training. One of the more useful ways to use this book is for a veterinary practice to take out the individual tasks and make them its own by either incorporating additional demonstration videos (the accompanying CD-ROM has a limited few) and or creating hands-on training modules to reinforce the information in this book. I would recommend this book to be on a clinic's reference shelf, but it is too comprehensive and detailed to be used as the sole training for a staff member.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813813028
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Pattengale, DVM, MA, developed the Veterinary Assistant program at North County Regional Occupational Program in San Jose, California and Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program in Fremont, California, USA. She is now retired from teaching.

Teresa Sonsthagen, BS, LVT, is a Co-director and Senior Lecturer in the Veterinary Technology Program at North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. She is an author of other veterinary technology textbooks and has been educating veterinary technologists for over 30 years.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Professional conduct 1
Ch. 2 Laws and their effects on policies and procedures 17
Ch. 3 Front office procedures 33
Ch. 4 Animal restraint 96
Ch. 5 Examination room procedures 164
Ch. 6 Pharmacy skills 206
Ch. 7 Laboratory skills 238
Ch. 8 Radiology and diagnostic imaging 292
Ch. 9 Medical nursing 332
Ch. 10 Surgical tasks 379
Ch. 11 Grooming 455
Ch. 12 Facility maintenance 481
App. A SCANS competencies and foundation skills 500
App. B USDA codes 501
App. C Directional vocabulary 503
App. D Anatomical locations of veins frequently used for venipuncture 506
App. E Normal vital signs 508
App. F Age estimation of dogs and cats 509
App. G Abbreviations for prescriptions 510
App. H Metric system 512
App. I Blood collection tube types 513
App. J Equivalents 514
App. K Disease, surgical, procedural, and observational abbreviations 515
App. L Frequently used surgical instruments 517
App. M Preparation areas of patients 518
App. N Stages and planes of anesthesia 519
App. O Anesthetic record form 522
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