Veterinary Technician’s Pocket Partner – A Quick Access Reference Guide PDF. Th e goal of this book is for students and technicians to have access to an easy-to-follow, quick, and comprehensive reference guide that they can literally fit into their pockets.
Veterinary Technician’s Pocket Partner – A Quick Access Reference Guide
It is designed to be an “on-the-go” guide that veterinary students and technicians can access when attempting to do a quick calculation, locate medication side effects, etc., in situations where time is of the essence.
Th is book is targeted for veterinary technology students, veterinary technicians, and veterinary clinics. As a veterinary technician instructor, I have worked hands on with students that try to create simple versions of this guide on several occasions, but each situation ended in less than satisfactory results. The main reason for this was the immense time, effort, and research that a book like this requires, none of which is easily available to veterinary technicians and tech students in today’s fast-paced world.
Generally speaking, veterinary technicians are expected to have a working knowledge of nearly every aspect of the veterinary field (e.g., common lab procedures, nursing procedures, terms and abbreviations, pocket pet topics, reception and administrative topics, legal and OSHA topics, emergency procedures and situations, etc.). For example, we are expected to identify parasites and blood abnormalities, figure out fluid drip rates, and maybe even know the gestation of a guinea pig! Th e simple fact is that there is too much to memorize without sacrificing clinical skills and technique, two necessary tools every technician must possess. (I do realize that technicians should know how to perform multiple procedures, but there are many that are not done on an everyday basis and can easily be forgot-ten.) Unlike the human health profession, where nurses generally deal with specific interests, such as pediatrics or radiology, in the veterinary field technicians must be well versed in all aspects of their field of medicine.
A primary goal of this book is to ensure that it is easy to read and contains quick-access information with the simple flip of a page. Some of the features included in this book are:
• Color coded tabs for easy reading and easy access
• Sub-categories are bulleted at the beginning of each chapter for easy reading and reference
• A size that can easily be carried in a pocket, spiral bound
• Wipe-free waterproof pages
• Many easy to read charts and bulleted information
• Illustrations and color photos
• Notes pages and helpful Web sites
• Ruler on the inside back cover
After countless hours researching the information needed to complete this book to its fullest potential, I began debating with myself about seemingly irrelevant topics, such as what chapter should go first? What should I call each chapter? What can I leave out and what must to be in the book? But after finishing this project, I am so very excited to have published something that future and current fellow veterinary technicians can use to help them feel confident and prepared to excel even under the most pressure-packed situations!
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