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Veterinary Technician’s Daily Reference Guide: Canine and Feline, Third Edition provides a quick reference to all aspects of a technician’s daily responsibilities in clinical practice. Retaining the tabular format for easy access, the Third Edition adds more in-depth skill descriptions, allowing the technician to reach an even higher level of care. Coverage ranges from anatomy and preventative care to diagnostic and patient care skills, pain management, anesthesia, and pharmacology.

Now fully revised and updated, the book is designed to build on a veterinary technician’s current knowledge, acting as a quick refresher in the daily clinic setting. A companion website offers forms and worksheets, training materials, review questions, vocabulary flashcards, links to online resources, and the figures from the book in PowerPoint. The Third Edition is an invaluable practical resource for increasing confidence and improving technical skills for veterinary technicians.

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Editorial Reviews

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“An impressive quick reference source for busy practicing veterinary technicians. Although it is designed primarily for experienced veterinary technicians, students enrolled in veterinary technology programs should find this book to be a useful supplement.... there are numerous excellent tables, charts, and Skill Box sections that provide pertinent how-to-do information and descriptions of procedures that may be needed by a veterinary technician to complete tasks more efficiently and correctly.  The Skill Box sections throughout the chapters are especially useful for providing guidance to technicians in answering client questions or for helping to solve technical problems... all subjects are covered in a that is easy to reference, read, comprehend, and apply to practical use. Veterinary technicians should find this book to be an indispensable reference resource. For this reason, it should be kept in an easily accessible area of the veterinary clinica for ready use by veterinary professionals throughout the workday.” - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2008 

“This is a comprehensive reference and clinical skills guide for veterinary technicians involved in the care of dogs and cats. Presented in a practical ring binding which opens flat to sit well on a work counter or desk, the text is formatted almost exclusively as tables and charts and thoroughly indexed to facilitate quick retrieval of information. This is a masterful compilation of an overwhelming breadth and depth of information made practical and accessible through an efficient table and chart format and extensive indexing. Every conceivable aspect of patient examination, nursing care, cliniopathologic testing, imaging studies, and routine anesthetic, dental, and surgical procedures is covered in significant detail with excellent illustrations where helpful. This is a truly commendable work with vast amounts of pertinent information presented in an effective and user friendly format. It surpasses other similar books in its breadth of coverage and superb organization.” - Doody's Book Reviews, November 2008

"An in-depth reference for veterinary technicians in practice or training. Spiral-bound to lay flat for easy reference, [it] covers all aspects of a technician's responsibility while looking after dogs and cats, from simple physical examination to specific nursing and technical procedures.... Almost 200 images illustrate this solid resource, assembled by two experts.... A 'must have' for anyone seriously pursuing or engaged in the field of veterinary medicine for dogs and cats." - Midwest Book Review, September 2008

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Reviewer: Kent Davis, DVM, B.S.(University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital)
Description: This is a reference text for veterinary technicians in a clinical setting. It has 12 chapters with color plates and 642 pages. The reference charts, diagrams and illustrations make it easy to navigate.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the veterinary technician with an easy reference manual for the everyday procedures encountered by a veterinary nurse in a clinical practice. The authors have met this objective extremely well.
Audience: This book is intended for veterinary technicians in a clinical setting. The authors are credible and the material covered is relevant.
Features: Every possible procedure, test, drug, and situation is referenced in a concise, easy-to-understand format. The color plates are particularly helpful. The chart format of many of the procedures and diagnostics is particularly easy to reference. The layout and text is presented in a very professional manner.
Assessment: I would definitely recommend this reference to veterinary technician students and those in a clinical setting. It can be an adjunct to the veterinary technician curricula and useful to the practicing veterinarian as well. The authors have presented the material in a direct and understandable format.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813812045
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 744
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Candyce M. Jack, LVT, has a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of Washington and an associate degree in veterinary technology from Pierce Community College. She is currently licensed and working in Washington State and is a member of her state and national technician associations.

Patricia M. Watson, LVT/Hospital Manager, has a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education from James Madison University and an associate degree in veterinary technology from Pierce Community College. She is currently licensed and working in Washington State and is a member of her state and national technician associations.

Consulting Editor
Valissitie Heeren, DVM, is an Associate Veterinarian at Seattle Veterinary Associates in Seattle, WA.

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Table of Contents

Figure List




About the Companion Website

Section One: Anatomy

Chapter 1: Anatomy





Internal Organs

Circulatory System

Nervous System

Urogenital System



Section Two: Preventative Care

Chapter 2: Preventative Care and Vaccinations

Physical Examinations

Initial Examination

Physical Examination

Pediatric Physical Examination

Normal Parturition

Geriatric Physical Examination

Cardiac Examination

Pulmonary Examination

Abdominal Examination

Otoscopic Examination

Regional Lymph Node Examination

Neurological Examination

Orthopedic Examination


Guidelines to Follow When Vaccinating an Animal

Canine Vaccination Protocol

Feline Vaccination Protocol

Canine Transmissible Diseases

Corona Virus, Distemper

Hepatitis, Infectious Tracheobronchitis

Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease

Parvovirus, Rabies

Feline Transmissible Diseases

Feline Calicivirus

Feline Infectious Peritonitis

Feline Panleukopenia Virus, Feline

Immunodeficiency Virus

Feline Leukemia Virus, Feline Rhinotracheitis


Bordetella bronchiseptica, Chlamydophila felis

Animal Care

Client Education: Home Dental Care



Nail Trimming

Anal Sac Expression

Ear Cleaning and Flushing

Chapter 3: Nutrition

General Nutrition

Patient Evaluation

Diet History

Body Condition Scoring System

Daily Caloric Requirement Worksheet for a Healthy Animal

General Life Stage Feeding Guidelines

Key Nutritional Factors (Calculated on a Dry Matter Basis) for Puppies and Kittens

Feeding Methods

Feeding Methods

Feeding the Reluctant Eater

Feeding the Overexcited Eater

Pet Food Evaluation

Pet Food Label Evaluation

Comparing Nutrient Levels on a Dry Matter Basis Worksheet

Estimating and Comparing Calorie Content Worksheet

Home-Prepared Diets


Common Nutraceuticals

Disease Nutritional Requirements

Obesity Management

Weight Loss Plan Worksheet

Nutritional Support

Enteral Nutrition

Coax Feeding and Orogastric Tube

Nasoesophageal and Nasogastric Tube

Esophagostomy Tube

Gastrotomy Tube: Without Gastropexy

Gastrotomy Tube: With Gastropexy

Jejunostomy Tube

Feeding Tube Options

Enteral Nutrition Administration

Parenteral Nutrition (PN)

Parenteral Nutrition

Parenteral Nutrition Administration

Worksheet: Calculation of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)

Worksheet: Calculation of Peripheral or Partial Parenteral Nutrition (PPN)

Section Three: Diagnostic Skills

Chapter 4: Laboratory

Blood Chemistries

Blood Collection, Handling, Storage, and Transport Tips






Blood Collection Tubes

Blood Chemistries

Bone Marrow Evaluation

Bone Marrow Collection, Handling, Storage, and Transport Tips



Smear Techniques




Bone Marrow Evaluation

Cell Type Identification



Cytology Collection, Handling, Storage, and Transport Tips


Collection Techniques

FNB Needle and Syringe Selection


Smear Techniques



Cytology Evaluation

Cytologic Criteria of Malignancy

Specific Tumor Cells


Buffy Coat Evaluation

Effusion Cytology

Fecal Cytology

Fecal Cytology

Vaginal Cytology

Classifying Vaginal Cells

Staging the Estrus Cycle

Function Tests

Function Tests


Complete Blood Count

Hemacytometer Use

Calculating a Differential

Blood Smear Evaluation

RBC Morphology and Alterations

RBC Alterations and Morphology

WBC Morphology and Alterations

WBC Morphology

WBC Alterations

WBC Left Shift

Platelet Morphology and Alterations

Platelet Alterations

Coagulation Tests

Coagulation Screening

Coagulation Tests

Blood Transfusions


Blood Typing

Immunology and Serology Tests

Immunology and Serology Tests


Microbiology Collection, Handling, Storage, and Transport Tips


Collection Techniques



Specimen Storage


Most Commonly Used Culture Media

Culture Media Inoculation and Incubation

Culture Growth Evaluation

Staining Solutions and Procedures

Staining Problems

Bacteria Identification

Fungi Identification


Fecal Collection, Handling, Storage, and Transport Tips





Fecal Evaluation

Endoparasite Examination Methods

Fecal Flotation Solutions


Blood Parasite Examination Methods

Ectoparasite Examination Methods



Urine Collection, Handling, Storage, and Transport Tips





Urine Examination/Urinalysis

Gross Examination

Chemistry Strip Examination

Sediment Examination

Reporting of Bacteria and Sperm

Sediment Examination

Urine Artifacts

Urine Artifacts

Chapter 5: Imaging


Radiographic Equipment

Radiographic Exposure and Image Factors

Radiographic Technique Chart

Veterinary X-Ray Technique Chart

Evaluating Radiograph Technique

Exposure Evaluation

Density Evaluation

Scale of Contrast Evaluation

Radiographic Alterations

Radiographic Artifacts

Radiographic Positioning

Directional Terms

Positional Terms


Head Positioning

Nasal Cavities and Sinuses

Head: Pharynx

Head: Skull

Head: Temporomandibular Joint

Head: Tympanic Bullae

Head: Zygomatic Arch

Spine Positioning

Spine: Cervical

Spine: Thoracic–Lumbar

Spine: Sacrum—Caudal

Shoulder and Forelimb Positioning

Shoulder and Forelimbs: Scapula–Shoulder

Shoulder and Forelimbs: Humerus

Shoulder and Forelimbs: Elbow

Shoulder and Forelimbs: Radius, Ulna, and Carpus

Shoulder and Forelimbs: Metacarpus and Phalanges

Pelvis and Hind Limb Positioning

Pelvis and Hind Limbs: Pelvis

Pelvis and Hind Limbs: Femur, Stifles, Tibia, and Fibula

Pelvis and Hind Limbs: Tarsus and Metatarsals


Radiographic Contrast Studies

Types of Contrast Media

Radiographic Contrast Studies


Abdominal Contrast Studies


Gastrointestinal Tract Contrast Studies

Gastrointestinal Tract Contrast Studies: Esophagography and Gastrography

Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) Contrast Studies: Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal Study

Head Contrast Studies

Head Contrast Studies Dacryocystorhinography and Sialography

Spinal and Joint Contrast Studies

Spinal and Joint Contrast Studies: Myelography and Epidurography

Spinal and Joint Contrast Studies: Discography and Arthrography

Urethra Contrast Studies

Urethra Contrast Studies: Urethrography

Vaginal Contrast Studies

Vaginal Contrast Studies: Vaginography

Urinary Tract Contrast Studies

Urinary Tract Contrast Studies: IVP

Urinary Tract Contrast Studies: Cystography

Additional Imaging Techniques

Computed Tomography and Echocardiography


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Medicine


Basic Scanning Technique

Sites for Ultrasound Scanning

Interventional Radiology

Chapter 6: General Medicine


Asthma and Brachycephalic Airway Syndrome

Bronchitis and Cardiomyopathy, Hypertrophic

Cardiomyopathy, Dilated

Cardiomyopathy, Restrictive and Congenital Heart Diseases

Endocardiosis and Heartworm Disease

Congestive Heart Failure


Myocarditis and Pleural Effusion


Rhinitis and Sinusitis and Tracheal Collapse



Acral Lick Dermatitis, Atopy, and Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)

Food Hypersensitivity and Otitis Externa


Endocrinology and Reproduction

Abortion and Diabetes Insipidus

Diabetes Mellitus

Dystocia and Eclampsia

Hyperadrenocorticism and Hyperparathyroidism

Hyperthyroidism and Hypoadrenocorticism

Hypoparathyroidism and Hypothyroidism


Pregnancy and Pyometra


Anal Sac Disease and Cholangitis


Constipation and Megacolon


Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI) and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV)

Hepatic Disease and Failure

Hepatic Lipidosis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)


Pancreatitis and Peritonitis

Protein-Losing Enteropathy and Vomiting


Anemia and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)

Thrombocytopenia and von Willebrand’s Disease

Infectious Diseases

Brucellosis and Erlichiosis

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Salmon Poisoning

Tetanus and Toxoplasmosis



Cruciate Disease and Hip Dysplasia

Osteochondrosis and Osteomyelitis

Panosteitis and Patella Luxation


Encephalitis and Epilepsy

Intervertebral Disk Disease and Meningitis

Myasthenia Gravis and Myelopathy

Vestibular Disease and Wobbler Syndrome



Histiocytoma, Mammary Gland Neoplasia, and Mast Cell Tumor

Various Neoplasias


Anterior Uveitis and Cataracts

Conjunctivitis and Entropion

Cilia Disorders and Glaucoma

Keratitis and Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS)

Lens Luxation and Prolapsed Gland of the Third Eyelid


Cystic Calculi, Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), and Pyelonephritis

Renal Failure

Urinary Tract Obstruction and Urinary Tract Infection

Chapter 7: Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine

Medical Preparedness

Emergency Supplies

Telephone Assessment and Emergency Transportation Recommendations

Inducing Vomiting at Home


Primary Survey

Modified Heimlich Maneuver


Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Secondary Survey


Types of Shock

Cardiovascular Emergencies

Environmental Emergencies

Gastrointestinal Emergencies

Hematologic Emergencies

Metabolic and Endocrine Emergencies

Neonate and Pediatric Emergencies

Neurological Emergencies

Ophthalmic Emergencies

Renal and Urinary Emergencies

Reproductive and Genital Emergencies

Respiratory Emergencies

Toxicologic Emergencies


Trauma Emergencies

Section Four: Patient Care Skills

Chapter 8: Patient Care Skills

Patient Care

Monitoring Levels

Hospitalized Patient Care

Neonatal and Pediatric Care

Heat Administration

Cold Administration

Recumbent Patient Care

Medical Nursing

Patient Monitoring

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure Procedure

Blood Pressure Evaluation

Central Venous Pressure

Central Venous Pressure

Blood Gas Analysis

Blood Gas Analysis

Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation

Acid–Base Disturbances


ECG Procedure

ECG Leads

ECG Interpretation

Normal Canine ECG

Heart Rate Calculation

Common Rhythm Abnormalities

Atrial Premature Contraction/Complex

S-T Elevation

Ventricular Premature Contraction/Complex

ECG Problems and Artifacts


Venipuncture Vein Choice

Blood Sampling

Venous Blood Collection Techniques

Drug Administration


Intravenous Catheter Placement

Peripheral and Jugular

Arterial and Intraosseous

Monitoring and Maintenance


Chemotherapy Administration

Extravasation Injury

Chemotherapy Toxicity

Client Education: Monitoring Treatment Response

Insulin Therapy

Insulin Types

Insulin Handling

Insulin Dilution

Insulin Syringes

Blood Glucose Curve

Insulin Constant Rate Infusions

Client Education: Insulin Administration

Client Education: Monitoring Insulin Response

Client Education: Monitoring for Hypoglycemia

Fluid Therapy

Hydration Assessment

Calculating Fluid Requirements

Routes of Fluid Administration

Commonly Used Fluids

Fluid Additives

Calculating Drip Rates

Monitoring Fluid Therapy

Blood Transfusions

Blood Types

Feline Blood Types

Blood Collection

Blood Products

Blood Administration

Blood Transfusion Reactions

Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen Administration

Routes of Oxygen Administration

Oxygen Hood and Nasal Catheter

Transtracheal and Tracheostomy

Chapter 9: Pain Management

Pain Management

Pain Management Myths

Types of Pain

Acute and Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain Evaluation

Pain Assessment

Expected Pain Associated with Illness, Injury, and Surgical and Hospital Procedures

Pain Scales

Instructions for using the CSU Acute Pain Scale

Behaviors Suggesting Pain and Anxiety

Patient Follow-Up

Pain Management Drugs

Pain Management Drugs

Pain Management Techniques

Local Anesthesia

Constant Rate Infusions

Constant Rate Infusions Drugs

Constant Rate Infusion Calculations

Constant Rate Infusion Tips

Setting up an MLK CRI

Nondrug Approach to Pain Management

Nondrug Approach

Patient Care to Decrease Pain and Anxiety

Chapter 10: Wound Care and Bandaging

Wound Treatment and Bandaging

Wound Healing Process

Classification of Wounds

Factors Affecting the Healing Process

Wound Care

Client Education: Drain Care

Wound Cleaning Solutions

Topical Wound Medications

Wound Therapy

Wound Bandaging

General Bandaging Tips

Client Education: Bandage Care


Head or Ear Bandage

Chest/Abdominal Bandage

Extremity Bandage

Robert Jones Bandage

Tail Bandage

Tie-Over Bandage

Splints and Casts

Distal Limb Splint



Ehmer Sling

90-90 Flexion

Velpeau Sling


Chapter 11: Medical Procedures

Bone Procedures

Bone Marrow Collection

Gastrointestinal Procedures

Stomach Tube and Gastric Lavage

Gastrointestinal Tube Placement Verification

Abdominocentesis and Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage

Enema, Warm Water, DSS

Ophthalmic Procedures

Schirmer’s Tear Test, Fluorescein Sodium Stain, and Tonometry

Respiratory Procedures

Thoracocentesis and Thoracostomy Tube Placement

Nebulization, Coupage, and Metered-Dose Inhalers

Urogenital Procedures

Urine Collection: Voided, Manual Expression, and Cystocentesis

Urine Collection

Urine Collection Devices

Urinary Catheterization

Urinary Catheter Maintenance

Section Five: Anesthesia and Anesthetic Procedures

Chapter 12: Anesthesia

Guidelines for Safe Anesthesia


Preanesthetic Evaluation

Preanesthetic Drugs

Steps to Choosing a Preanesthetic Combination


Anesthetic Equipment

Anesthetic Machine

Anesthetic Machine Setup

Dead Space

Anesthetic Breathing Systems


Ventilator Machine Setup

Ventilation Administration

Intermittent Positive Pressure Ventilation

Anesthetic Administration

General Anesthesia Induction

Endotracheal Intubation

Anesthetic Induction Complications

Local and Regional Anesthesia

Commonly Used Local Anesthetics

Local Anesthetic Uses


Anesthetic Monitoring

Patient Care

Stages of Anesthesia

Anesthesia Monitoring

Capnograph Waveforms



Stages of Anesthesia Recovery

Postanesthetic Monitoring

Case-Based Anesthesia

Anesthetic Drugs

Preanesthetic Drugs

Anticholinergics, General Information

Anticholinergic Drugs

Phenothiazines, General Information

Phenothiazine Drugs

Benzodiazepines, General Information


Alpha-2 Agonists, General Information

Alpha-2 Agonist Drugs

Opioids, General Information

Opioid Drugs

Injectable Induction Anesthetics

Barbiturates, General Information

Barbiturate Drugs

Cyclohexamines, General Information

Cyclohexamine Drugs

Propofol, General Information


Alfaxalone, General Information


Etomidate, General Information


Inhalant Anesthetics

Inhalant Anesthetics, General Information

Inhalant Anesthetic Agents: Isoflurane and Sevoflurane

Inhalant Anesthetics: Desflurane

Chapter 13: Dentistry



Dental Instruments and Equipment

Handheld Instruments

Instrument Maintenance

Sharpening Technique

Mechanical Instruments

Dental Prophylaxis

Dental Cleaning Procedure

Dental Charting

Common Dental Disorders

Anatomical Disorders

Pathological Disorders



Technique Chart

Radiographic Film

Radiographic Techniques

Radiographic Positioning


Extraction Procedures

Local Dental Nerve Blocks

Root Canal Treatment

Mixing ZOE and Notes on Gutta-percha

Vital Pulpotomy

Chapter 14: Surgery

Instrument Packs

Packing Instrument Packs

Folding Gowns for Sterilization

Folding Drapes for Sterilization

Wrapping Packs for Sterilization

Patient Preoperative Protocol

Surgical Preparation

Surgical Procedures

Abdominal Surgery

Abdominal Hernia, Diaphragmatic Hernia, Hepatectomy


Aural Surgery

Aural Hematoma, Lateral Ear Canal Resection

Gastrointestinal Surgery

Anal Sacculectomy, Enterotomy

Gastric Dilation Volvulus and Gastrotomy

Intestinal Resection and Anastomosis

Integument Surgery

Abscess and Laceration

Mass Removal and Onychectomy

Neurological Surgery

Disk Fenestration, Dorsal Laminectomy, and Hemilaminectomy

Ophthalmic Surgery

Cataracts, Ectropion, and Entropion

Conjunctival Flap and Enucleation

Glaucoma and Nictitating Membrane Flap Replacement

Prolapse of the Gland of the Third Eyelid and Traumatic Proptosis

Orthopedic Surgery

Cranial Cruciate Ligament (CCL) Rupture, Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO), and Fracture Repair

Patellar Luxation, Total Hip Replacement, and Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)

Reproductive Tract Surgery

Cesarean Section, Orchiectomy, and Ovariohysterectomy

Neonatal Resuscitation Postcesarean

Postoperative Care of Neonates and the Dam

Thoracic Surgery

Sternotomy, Thoracotomy, and Intercostal

Upper Respiratory Surgery

Stenotic Nares, Elongated Soft Palate, Everted Laryngeal Saccules

Laryngeal Paralysis/Tracheal Collapse

Urogenital Tract Surgery

Cystotomy and Urethostomy


Suture Techniques

Suture Patterns

Knot Tying

Postoperative Care Protocol

Standard Postoperative Care Instructions

Preventing Self-Trauma

Alternative Surgical Options


Flexible Gastrointestinal (GI) and Rigid

Laser Surgery

Radiation Therapy

Teletherapy, Brachytherapy and Systemic Therapy

Temperature Therapy

Hyperthermia and Cryosurgery

Section Six: Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacology

Chapter 15: Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine

Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine

Physical Rehabilitation

Benefits of Physical Rehabilitation

Physical Rehabilitation

Electric Stimulation Therapy

Laser Therapy

Magnetic Field Therapy

Temperature Therapy

Therapeutic Ultrasound Therapy

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Ayurveda and Chiropractic

Flower Essences and Homeopathy

Homotoxicology and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Prolotherapy and Western Herbal Medicine

Chapter 16: Pharmacology

Basic Calculations


Metric Units


Liquid Measure


Kilograms to Body Surface Area


Temperature Conversion





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    Every technician must have this book

    I bought this book at the Western Vet Conference, and have been amazed at how often I refer to it. Even our doctors have used it. If you are a tech, liscensed or not, this is a must for your library.

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