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From The CriticsReviewer: Marcella D Ridgway, VMD, MS, DACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: 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.
Purpose: The authors' goals of providing a comprehensive yet practical and easily accessed resource for veterinary technicians and of encouraging professional growth by providing in-depth content are well met by this exhaustive and cleverly formatted reference.
Audience: This guide is designed to meet the needs of trained veterinary technicians in clinical practice but is also a valuable resource for general practitioners and a good review tool for veterinary and veterinary technician students. The authors have incorporated input from many other veterinary professionals to augment their own expertise in the production of this impressive publication.
Features: 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, clinicopathologic testing, imaging studies, and routine anesthetic, dental, and surgical procedures is covered in significant detail with excellent illustrations where helpful. It incorporates a color atlas of common parasites, cytology and urinalysis findings, and color plates demonstrating general anatomy, with additional black-and-white images of anatomy, instruments, bandaging, and dental charting/radiographic positioning. Techniques for general and targeted (orthopedic, cardiac, neurologic, etc.) physical examination and diagnostic procedures are described in stepwise fashion and radiographic positioning is covered in detail. Chapters on general and emergency medicine summarize pertinent disease conditions by organ system and sections covering anesthesia, surgery, and dentistry are well organized and useful. A formulary of traditional and complementary medications and a glossary of medical terms conclude the book.
Assessment: 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.