Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, Fifth Edition (2002); by Dennis M. McCurnin and Joanna M. Bassert; published by W. B. Saunders; 8 1/2” x 11” hardbound; 944 pages. $65.00 The fifth edition of Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians continues to grow in scope and purpose to meet the needs of the professional veterinary technician in the twenty-first century. The book has begun to receive a high level of trust and acceptance in the profession and presents information ranging from basic procedures to clinical sciences to management of small, large, and exotic species. The text continues to focus on the clinical needs of the technical student and practicing technician. A single reference text cannot possibly provide all needed information; however, this book has been adopted by many training programs and practices worldwide. The first edition in 1985 used 30 contributors to produce just over 500 pages contained in 24 chapters. The fifth edition uses over 50 contributors for over 900 pages divided into 37 chapters. The organization of the book has 486
been revised and divided into six major parts for easier referencing: Part One, Clinical Procedures; Part Two, Clinical Sciences; Part Three, Patient Management and Nutrition; Part Four, Anesthesia and Pharmacology; Part Five, Surgical and Medical Nursing; and Part Six, Practice Management and Self Management. Numerous chapters have been completely rewritten as new chapters and include Restraint and Handling, Basic Necropsy Procedures, Animal Behavior, and Dentistry. Several chapters have been heavily revised and updated: Clinical Pathology; Emergency Nursing; Birds, Reptiles, and Small Mammals; Veterinary Oncology; Medical Records; Computer Applications; and Veterinary Practice Management. The remaining chapters have been updated to reflect the rapid increase of new knowledge: Diagnostic Imaging, Preventive Health Programs, Companion Animal Nutrition, Veterinary Anesthesia, Pain Management, and Pharmacology and Pharmacy. The authors have included numerous features to aid readers in using this text. Technician Notes boxes are integrated throughout the text and summarize and highlight key concepts discussed in the text. Recommended Readings lists feature other reading, organizations, and Internet sources appropriate for veterinary technicians. Thebookalsocontainshundreds of tables and boxes summarizing important assessmentandtreatmentprotocols.Learning is often promoted by strong visual aids; the book is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of photographs and line drawings, including a color insert. Finally, a helpful appendix of common abbreviations is included.
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