McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians 8th Edition

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McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians 8th Edition. It gives me great satisfaction to present to you the Eighth Edition of McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians.

McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians 8th Edition

McCurnin's Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians 8th Edition

Like previous editions, this text reflects some of the important changes in the profession since the release of the last edition 4 years ago. Among them is the unprecedented rise in the number of accredited programs of veterinary technology in the United States and Canada, including more than 25 accredited distance learning programs. Never before has education in veterinary technology been as accessible as it is today. Employment opportunities, particularly in emergency, critical care, and specialty practices, have also expanded.

Once limited to emergency, critical care, and university veterinary teaching hospitals, veterinary specialty practice is now widely available in cities throughout the United States and Canada, giving veterinary technicians greater opportunity to pursue one of the many specialties approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

As of this printing, NAVTA has approved 11 specialties in veterinary technology range from emergency and critical care nursing to veterinary clinical pathology. Although many general veterinary practices continue to function with the exclusive aid of veterinary assistants, emergency, critical care, and specialty practices require veterinary technicians and veterinary technician specialists. Therefore, never before have veterinary technicians been in such demand, and never before has the profession asked so much of them.

Key Features

This edition continues to be heavily illustrated with hundreds of photographs and line drawings in full color, and it includes numerous tables and boxes. Each chapter begins with a list of key terms and a series of learning objectives. Technician notes continue to be a helpful study tool for students. A comprehensive glossary that has been assembled from the key terms appears at the end of the text.

New Features

A major goal of this edition is to introduce the concept of the Veterinary Technician Practice Model, a list of Technician Evaluations (analogous to the Nursing Diagnosis), and the importance of critical thinking in clinical practice. These themes have been threaded throughout the textbook in the form of expanded numbers of case presentations, but also directly in Chapters 1, 2, and 3 (Introduction, Laws and Ethics, and Medical Record Keeping), and in Chapters 19 and 20 (Small and Large Animal Medicine). Chapter 24, “Fluid Therapy and Transfusion Medicine,” is a brand new chapter. As in former editions, one-third of the textbook has been completely rewritten, with new authors, ideas, and approaches.

We have taken on the challenge of generating a fresh, new textbook without expanding its length and weight. Therefore, we have selected its content carefully. In addition, chapter outlines have been expanded to facilitate navigation through each chapter. Finally, each of the 29 new contributors to this edition is an expert in his or her respective field.

 


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