Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses PDF. The human–animal bond is a powerful and fragile union. Pets, dogs speciﬁcally, have evolved from being primarily for utilitarian purposes to taking on the role of a human companion and family member.
Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses PDF
Consequently, pet owners’ expectations have changed and are continuing to change. As the stigma of human mental and emotional health begins to be shattered, so is the stigma of treating animals with behavioral issues. Pet owners are beginning to recognize their pet’s emotional and mental needs and are reaching out to veterinary professionals for assistance.
We believe it takes a mental healthcare team that includes a veterinarian, veterinary technician, and a qualiﬁed trainer to most successfully prevent and treat behavior issues in companion animals.
The veterinary technician is in a unique position to be a pivotal and key component in that mental health care team. Technicians interact and educate pet owners on a daily basis about preventive and intervention medical treatments. Through behavioral preventive services and assisting the veterinarian with behavioral intervention, communicating and working closely with the qualiﬁed trainer, veterinary technicians can become the “case manager” of the team, in turn saving lives and enhancing the human–animal bond.
Many books have been published geared toward the role of the veterinarian in behavioral medicine. The purpose of this text is to provide the veterinary technician with a solid foundation in feline and canine behavioral medicine. All veterinary technicians must have a basic understanding of their patient’s behavioral, mental, and emotional needs. Companion animal behavior in this regard is not a specialty but the foundation for better understanding and treatment of our patients. General companion animal behavior healthcare should no longer be an “elective” in veterinary and veterinary technician curriculum but rather a core part of our education. How can we best administer quality health-care if we do not understand our patient’s behavioral needs?
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