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The Veterinary Nursing Medical Textbook is the first of its kind, providing text aimed specifically at Medical nursing. It will assume a degree of underpinning knowledge of the RCVS Veterinary Nursing syllabus, building upon it to provide a more in depth approach to medical nursing and its practical application. It will be of relevance to all levels of study and an invaluable resource for the practice. It will be particularly useful to those Veterinary Nurses who are embarking on the Medical element of the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing.
SECTION ONE: Fluid management 1. Water in the body and dehydration 2. Fluids and acid base balance 3. Shock 4. Catheterisation (intravenous and urinary) SECTION TWO: Common infectious diseases of the dog, cat and rabbit 5. Prevention of spread of infection 6. Immunity and vaccination 7.Basic bacteriology, microbiology and virology SECTION THREE: Common medical diseases including nutrition and dietetics 8. Gastrointestinal 9. Cardiovascular 10. Respiratory 11. Genito-urinary 12. Endocrine 13. Blood and immune systems 14.Neuromuscular/musculoskeletal 15. Skin 16. Ophthalmic and aural 17. Oncology 18. Poisons SECTION FOUR: Health and safety considerations 19. Basic laboratory apparatus, use and management 20. Basic medical equipment, use and management 21.Collection of samples-general principles 22. Blood tests 23. Urine tests 24. Faecal tests 25. Skin/hair tests 26. Tissue, organ and body fluid tests 27. Bacteriology and parasitology SECTION FIVE: Laboratory diagnostics