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Veterinary Technician's Large Animal Daily Reference Guide


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Contributors xi Preface xiii Acknowledgments xv Chapter 1: Anatomy 3 Amy D'Andrea and Jessica Sjogren with illustrations by Nathan Davis Introduction 3 Chapter 2: Preventative Health Care 21 Amy D'Andrea and Jessica Sjogren Introduction 22 Physical Examinations 22 Vaccinations 29 Chapter 3: Nutrition 63 Ashley Moulton The Importance of Nutrition 64 Vitamins 65 Minerals 67 Nutritional Deficiencies 69 Nutritional Requirements for the Horse 76 Nutritional Requirements for the Dairy Cow 76 Nutritional Requirements for Beef Cattle 77 Nutritional Requirements for Sheep 77 Nutritional Requirements for Swine 77 Chapter 4: Internal Medicine 79 Jessica Sjogren and Amy D'Andrea Cardiovascular 81 Dermatology 88 Endocrinology 93 Gastroenterology 95 Musculoskeletal 115 Neurology 121 Ophthalmology 125 Respiratory 128 Urology 137 Chapter 5: Reproduction 141 Katie Brown, Ryan Healy, and Maria Ferrer Introduction 143 Female Reproductive Anatomy 144 Male Reproductive Anatomy 146 Female Reproductive Physiology 150 Male Breeding Soundness Examination 153 Female Breeding Soundness Examination 157 Estrous Detection 158 Artificial Insemination 159 Pregnancy Diagnosis 164 Abortion 165 Parturition 168 Postpartum Complications 171 Initial Care of the Neonate 174 Vaccination Schedule for Breeding Stock 175 Chapter 6: Nursing Care 179 Barbara Dugan Nutritional Support 181 Pain Management 186 Behaviors Suggesting Pain in Large Animals 191 Wound Care and Management 195 Fluid Therapy and Administration 203 Basic Clinical Techniques 214 Chapter 7: Clinical Pathology 233 Sarah Ouellette Introduction 235 Blood Chemistry Tests 235 Hematology 247 Microbiology 266 Urinalysis 281 Chapter 8: Radiography of the Horse 295 Sheri Miller Introduction 296 Markers 297 Positioning 297 Technique 297 Radiation Safety 298 Tranquilization 298 Foot 298 Fetlock 303 Carpus 306 Tarsus 310 Stifle 312 Elbow 314 Shoulder 315 Radius 316 Tibia 318 Metacarpus (MCIII)/Metatarsus (MTIII) 320 Cervical Spine 322 Thorax 324 Pelvis 326 Skull 327 Chapter 9: Pharmacology 329 Patrick Hennigan Introduction 331 Basic Calculations 331 Antifungal Drugs 332 Anti-Infective Drugs: Aminoglycosides, Cephalosporins, and Chloramphenicol 333 Anti-Infective Drugs: Fluoroquinolones, Lincosamides, and Metronidazole 334 Anti-Infective Drugs: Penicillin, Sulfonamides, and Tetracyclines 336 Antiparasitic Drugs: Antinematodals 337 Antiparasitic Drugs: Anticestodals 338 Cardiovascular Drugs: Antiarrhythmics 339 Cardiovascular Drugs: Anticoagulants and Calcium Supplements 340 Cardiovascular Drugs: Contractility Enhancers and Positive Inotropes 341 Renal and Urinary Tract Drugs: Diuretics 342 Renal and Urinary Tract Drugs: Acidifiers and Alkalinizers 342 Renal and Urinary Tract Drugs: Alpha Blocker and Anabolic Steroids 343 Antihistamines 343 Musculoskeletal Drugs: Adrenal Cortical Steroids 344 Musculoskeletal Drugs: Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs 345 Central Nervous System Drugs: Anticonvulsants 347 Central Nervous System Drugs: Muscle Relaxers 347 Central Nervous System Drugs: Alpha-2 Agonists 348 Central Nervous System Drugs: Dissociative Agents 348 Central Nervous System Drugs: Opioids 349 Chapter 10: Emergency Care 351 Jamie DeFazio Introduction 352 Emergency Supplies 352 Triage 354 Chapter 11: Holistic Medicine for Horses 393 Jessica Sjogren Holistic Medicine 394 Glossary 409 Bibliography 415 Index 419

About the Author

Amy D'Andrea, BS, MEd, CVT, VTS (EVN), is aninstructor at the New England Institute of Technology VeterinaryTechnology Program in Warwick, Rhode Island, USA. Jessica Sjogren, BS, CEST, is an emergencytechnologist at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in South Weymouth,Massachusetts, USA.


Overall, the book sets out to provide current data on thedaily responsibilities of the large animal veterinary technician inan accessible format. There is no reason why it should not also bea useful guide for newly qualified vets and veterinarynurses. (Veterinary Record, 6 September2014) Overall, this book is a very good reference that willhelp technicians quickly review and perform many required tasks.Given its extensive bibliography, it also provides a starting pointfor additional study with crossreferences to standard textbooks andscientific articles. (Journal of the AmericanVeterinary Medical Association, 15 June 2014)

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