Oncology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Moore is a handbook of cancer care from the technician perspective.
Oncology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
Providing information on cancer from cause to treatment, this comprehensive resource focuses on the nursing role, emphasizing technical procedures, staging, and patient support. By equipping veterinary support staff with the information they need to properly and safely perform cancer treatments, Oncology for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses promotes working as part of a team to provide optimal care for dogs and cats with cancer.
Although intended primarily for the nurse/technician who is working in a specialty practice, this book also offers technicians in general/family pet practice a guide to the integrated practice of nursing the veterinary cancer patient.
If you are reading this book, you already understand that cancer is a common and often deadly disease in our pets. You may — or may not — also know that cancer treatment in animals is less toxic and more compatible with a good quality of life than it is in some human patients. It also requires you, as a veterinary technician, to become more involved in the human – animal bond than any other sub specialty of veterinary medicine. When working with cancer patients, you are truly a nurse, and not a technician. In fact you will notice that in this book, we use the terms interchangeably and encourage you to embrace the importance of nursing in our veterinary cancer patients.
Working as part of a veterinary cancer treatment team brings immense rewards. It soon becomes obvious that cancer is “ the most treatable ” of all chronic diseases, and that you, as a focused veterinary nurse provide services that are an integral part of an interdisciplinary approach to cancer care. You will ﬁnd that although many of your patients are “ terminal ” you can provide enormous comfort to them and their owners/caregivers, and that you will build relationships with both that are deep and often long – lasting. You will cry when many of your patients die, but they will not be tears of frustration or anger. They will be tears shed from truly missing a patient and friend.
We hope that from the initial chapter to the end of the book we can help you achieve and promote excellence in cancer care through your professional contributions as a veterinary cancer nurse.