Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant

ISBN-10: 0781742439
ISBN-13: 9780781742436
Edition: 2004
Authors: Paula Pattengale
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Description: This step-by-step guide gives detailed instructions on how to perform the tasks of the veterinary assistant. It is an ideal everyday reference for veterinary support staff and for students in veterinary assisting programs. The book is based on a  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date: 7/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

This step-by-step guide gives detailed instructions on how to perform the tasks of the veterinary assistant. It is an ideal everyday reference for veterinary support staff and for students in veterinary assisting programs. The book is based on a list of recommended skills developed by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE). Step-by-step instructions explain how to prepare for and perform the necessary tasks, and the concise format lets readers quickly identify the information they need. The spiral binding allows the book to lie flat on a workspace for easy reference during a procedure. A back-of-book CD-ROM contains slides and video clips that demonstrate the tasks and PowerPoint slides for instructors.

Preface
Professional Conduct
Employer Expectations
Common Courtesies
Human-Animal Bond
Veterinary Staff: Roles and Responsibilities
Professional Ethics
Professional Appearance
Appropriate Language
The Task Box
Laws and Their Effects on Policies and Procedures
Common Law
Federal Laws
Occupational Safety and Health
Personal Protective Equipment
Universal Precautions
State Laws
Local Laws
Front Office Procedures
Medical Record Assembly
Color-Coding Medical Records
Filing
Appointment Scheduling
Updating Client Information
Intake Procedures
Entering Patient Information: The Signalment
Release of Patient Information
Rabies Certificates
Health Certificates and Interstate Shipment of Animals
Consent Forms
Client Communication
Patient Discharge
Telephone Techniques
Handling Difficult Clients
Inventory Control
In-House Communications
Letter Writing
Using Computers
Common Procedures
Animal Restraint
Psychological Restraint
Ropes and Knots
Placement and Removal of Patients From Enclosures
Birds: Removal and Return To Caging
Lifting Heavy Animals
Handling the Fractious Patient
Restraint During the Physical Examination
Opening a Patient's Mouth
Venipuncture
Cephalic Venipuncture
Saphenous Venipuncture in the Dog
Femoral Venipuncture in the Cat
Restraint During Administration of Injections
Restraint During Vaccination
Restraint: Sternal Recumbency
Restraint: Lateral Recumbency
Restraint: Dorsal Recumbency
Head Restraint: Elizabethan Collar and Neck Brace
Leg Restraint: Hobbles
Species Considerations: Rabbits
Examination Room Procedures
Examination Room Preparation
Patient History
Recording Observations
Vital Signs
Sexing a Cat
Aging The Dog And Cat
Mixing Vaccine
Filling a Syringe
Bandaging
Emergency Support
Patient Discharge or Hospitalization?
Pharmacy Skills
Reading a Prescription
Prescription Labeling
Prescription Packaging
Filling the Prescription: Drug Identification
Filling the Prescription: How Much to Dispense
Handling Controlled Substances
Explaining Patient Medication To The Owner
Administering Medication: Oral
Administering Medication: Aural
Administering Medication: Topical
Administering Medication: Ophthalmics
Drug Storage
Labeling Secondary Containers
Laboratory Skills
The Veterinary Laboratory
Common External Parasites
The Fecal Sample
Blood Collection
The Complete Blood Count
Blood Smear
Wright's Stain
Packed Cell Volume
Plasma Protein
Blood Chemistry and Electrolyte Determinations
Serologic Test Kits
Urine Collection
Examination of Urine
Identification of Microorganisms
Sample Collection for Culture
Antibiotic Sensitivity Testing
Necropsy
Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging
Radiation Safety
Radiology Log
Patient Positioning
Correct Use of the Caliper
Using a Technique Chart
Film Identification
Developing Film
Automatic Film Processing
Manual Film Processing
Cassettes
Film Filing
Darkroom Maintenance
Ultrasonography
Endoscopy
Medical Nursing
The Treatment Plan
Patient Housing
Environmental Considerations
Feeding the Hospitalized Patient
Water
Socialization and Exercise
Grooming
Dental Care
Preventing Nosocomial Infections
Injections
Monitoring IV Fluid Administration and IV Catheter Maintenance
Euthanasia
Surgical Tasks
Surgery Log Book
Aseptic Technique
Surgical Suite Maintenance
Preanesthetic Patient Preparation
Anesthetic Induction
Intubation
Preparation of Surgical Site
Presurgical Packs
Gowning the Surgeon
Patient Positioning and Final Skin Preparation
Patient Monitoring
Anesthesia Machine
Postanesthetic Patient Care
Gloving
Of Scalpel Blades, Sutures, and ...
Postoperative Patient Care
Sterilization Techniques and Equipment
Instrument Preparation
Pack Preparation
Drape and Towel Packs
Postoperative Room Cleaning
Common Surgical Procedures
Grooming
Combing and Brushing
Ear Cleaning
Nail Trimming
Expressing Anal Sacs
Bathing and Dipping
Clipping a Bird's Flight Feathers
Clippers
Facility Maintenance
Disinfectants
Cage and Kennel Cleaning
Storage
Cleaning Surfaces
Laundry
Handling Waste
Appendices
SCANS Competencies and Foundation Skills
USDA Codes
Directional Vocabulary
Anatomical Locations of Veins Frequently Used for Venipuncture
Normal Vital Signs
Age Estimation of Dogs and Cats
Abbreviations for Prescriptions
Metric System
Blood Collection Tube Types
Equivalents
Disease, Surgical, Procedural, and Observational Abbreviations
Frequently Used Surgical Instruments
Preparation Areas of Patients
Stages and Planes of Anesthesia
Anesthetic Record Form
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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