- Valuable formulas, conversions, and lab values make it easy to look up the data needed to deliver safe and effective veterinary care. - Full-color photos and line drawings illustrate procedures and tests, dental and surgical instruments, parasites, and urine and blood analysis. - Quick-access format is organized into 10 tabbed, color-coded sections, and makes it easy to find facts quickly. - Easily fits in the busy vet tech's pocket, for ease of access and formatted to find facts quickly. - Easy-to-read charts and tables provide quick access to key information that you'll commonly use but rarely memorize. - Spiral binding allows you to lay the book flat or keep it open to a page for quick reference. - NEW! Current drug information covers the newest pharmacologic agents, ensuring that you are up to date with uses, adverse side effects, and dosage forms. - NEW! Information on dental imaging and breathing circuits keeps you up to date on the latest techniques and equipment. - NEW! Coverage of the latest testing kits keeps you up-to-date on available products. - UPDATED! Information on anesthesia monitoring provides the most up-to-date information on this important topic. - NEW! Updated images prepare you to perform routine procedures.
SECTION I: PHARMACOLOGY/MATH Pharmacy/Pharmacology . Commonly Used Rx Abbreviations . Common Medications o Antimicrobials o Antiparasitics o Heartworm Preventives o Heartworm Adulticide Treatment o Preanesthetics/Sedatives/Anesthetics o Inhalant Anesthetics o Analgesics and Antiinflammatories o Parenteral Fluids o Blood Products o Cardiovascular Drugs o Respiratory Drugs o Gastrointestinal Drugs o Endocrine Drugs o Antidotes/Reversing Agents Medical Math . Conversion Factors . Dosage Calculations . Fluid Therapy Calculations . Intravenous Fluid Rate Calculations . Nutritional Calculations SECTION II: ANIMAL CARE . Anatomical Planes of Reference . Physical Examination Procedures . Assessment of Level of Consciousness . Pupillary Light Reflex . Description of Heart Murmurs . Estimating Degree of Dehydration . Body Condition Scoring System . Mucous Membrane Color . SOAP Progress Notes . Common Vaccinations for Dogs and Cats . Nutrient Guidelines for Wellness . Common Diseases of Dogs and Cats . Nail Trimming . Expressing Anal Sacs . Ear Cleaning . Age Equivalences SECTION III: PROCEDURES Diagnostic and Treatment Techniques . Administration of Otic and Ophthalmic Medication . Injection Techniques . Venipuncture . Bandaging o Cast Application o Robert Jones Bandage o Abdominal/Chest Bandage o Pressure Bandage . Lavage Solutions . Feeding Tubes . Emergency Supplies . Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage . Thoracocentesis . Thoracic Drain . Diagnostic Peritoneal Lavage . Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation . CPR . Intravenous Catheterization o Catheter Selection . Cephalic Catheter Placement . Jugular Catheter Placement . Fluid Therapy . Tonometry . Schirmer Tear Test . Fluorescein Dye Test Diagnostic Imaging . Technique Chart . Troubleshooting Technical Errors . Landmarks . Contrast Media SECTION IV: DENTISTRY . Dental Formulas for Cats and Dogs . Normal Dentition . Dental Terminology . Charting . Dental Instruments . Dental Imaging SECTION V: SRX/ANESTHESIA NURSING . Anesthesia Machines . Breathing Circuits . Rebreathing Bag Sizes . Performing Anesthetic Machine Check . Oxygen Flow Rate Values . Endotracheal Tubes o Recommended Endotracheal Tube Sizes o Patient Monitoring Dogs and Cats UPDATED! o Capnography o Pulse Oximetry . ASA Physical Status Classifications . Assessing Anesthetic Depth . Surgical Instruments . Suture Material . Surgical Pack Storage . Patient Preparation . Pain Evaluation . Postoperative Pain Evaluation
SECTION VI: URINALYSIS . Catheter Sizes . Routine Urinalysis Procedure . Gross Examination of Urine . Urine Sediment Examination o pH Chart for Urine Crystals o Cells o Casts o Crystals SECTION VII: HEMATOLOGY/SEROLOGY Hematology and Hemostasis . Anticoagulants . Plasma Color and Turbidity . RBC Indices . Semiquantitative Evaluation . RBC Morphology . Reticulocyte Count . WBC Morphology . Corrected WBC Count . Platelet Estimate . Buccal Mucosal Bleeding Time . CLINICAL CHEMISTRY AND IMMUNOLOGY . Blood Chemistry Tests . Immunology Tests SECTION VIII: PARASITOLOGY . Fecal Flotation Procedure . Centrifugal Flotation Procedure . Fecal Sedimentation Procedure . Modified Knott's Technique o Comparison of Dirofilaria and Acanthocheilonema (Dipetalonema) . Common Internal Parasites . Common External Parasites SECTION IX: MICRO/CYTOLOGY . Commonly Used Culture Media . Sample Collection Guidelines . Sequence of Testing . Quadrant Streak Procedure . Common Bacterial Pathogens . Bacterial Colony Characteristics . Characteristics of Yeasts . Common Fungal Organisms . Skin Scrape Procedure . Fine Needle Biopsy Techniques o Aspiration Procedure o Nonaspirate Procedure . Compression Smear Preparation . Tracheal Wash . Appearance of Effusions . Characteristics of Fluid Samples . Nuclear Criteria of Malignancy . Characteristics of Tumor Types . Common Cell Types in Cytology Samples . Ear Swabs . Cell Types Found in Lymph Node Aspirates . Vaginal Cytology SECTION X: NORMAL VALUES . Normal Blood Gas Values . Normal Daily Urine Production for Dogs and Cats . Normal Heart Rate and Blood Pressure in Dogs and Cats . Normal Physiologic Data in Adult Dogs and Cats . Hematology Reference Range Values . Normal Chemistry . Normal Urinalysis Values . Hemostasis Reference Range Values . Summary of the Lengths of the Estrous Cycle and Gestation Periods in Dogs and Cats
Margi Sirois is certified as both a veterinary technician & laboratory animal technician and has over 25 years of experience as a veterinary technician educator in both traditional and distance education programs. She is a past-president of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators and the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association and co-founder and current president of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Specialists in Education