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Veterinary Technician's Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care

Handbook / Manual
  • Offers information on initial patient assessment, specific body system conditions and other select emergency and critical care topics and therapies
  • Fully authored by leading Veterinary Technician Specialists in Emergency and Critical Care
  • Includes access to a companion website featuring case studies, images and review questions at
  • Covers the most common emergencies experienced in hospitals and clinics
  • Focuses on handling dogs and cats with a special chapter on exotic and avian emergencies
  • Provides a comprehensive reference on emergency and critical care skills for veterinary technicians of all skill levels

By: Christopher Norkus(Author)

584 pages, Illustrations


Paperback | Dec 2011 | #218402 | ISBN-13: 9780813810577
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About this book

Veterinary Technician's Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care provides a comprehensive reference on emergency and critical care medicine for veterinary technicians of all skill levels. Beginning with information on initial patient assessment and triage, the first section covers shock and initial stabilization, venous access, monitoring, and cardiopulmonary cerebral resuscitation. A section on specific conditions such as cardiovascular and respiratory emergencies is organized by system, with a final section highlighting select topics like anesthesia and analgesia, transfusion medicine, and critical care pharmacology.

Case studies, review questions, and images are provided on a companion website. Coverage focuses on dogs and cats, with special considerations for handling exotic and avian emergencies covered in a dedicated chapter. This in-depth material in an easy-to-navigate format is an essential resource for veterinary technicians and assistants, emergency and critical care veterinary technician specialists, and veterinary technician students.

Please note: a list of errata have been published online.

"A comprehensive reference on emergency and critical are for vet technicians. From patient triage to stabilization and monitoring, this offers recommended best practices, techniques, case studies, and plenty of supportive illustration to provide a fine review of the most common emergencies experienced in hospitals and clinics."
- The Bookwatch, 1 November 2012

"The text is clearly written and well supported by high-quality photographs and images."
- Book News, 1 April 2012

"Based on the knowledge required to pass the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians exam, this book provides in a very thorough and logical format with everything you need to deal with these stressful situations."
- Vet Nurses Today, 1 April 2012


Contributors ix
Preface xi
Acknowledgment xiii

Section 1: Initial Patient Management
1: Triage and Initial Assessment of the Emergency Patient 5
Amy N. Breton
2: Shock and Initial Stabilization 25
Jennifer Keefe
3: Venous Access 45
Kara B. Trent
4: Monitoring the Critical Patient 63
Trish Farry
5: Cardiopulmonary Cerebral Resuscitation 83
Christopher L. Norkus

Section 2: Specific Organ System Disorders
6: Cardiovascular Emergencies 101
Christopher L. Norkus
7: Respiratory Emergencies 127
Dana Heath and Lori Baden Atkins
8: Gastrointestinal Emergencies 151
Amy Campbell
9: Urogenital Emergencies 177
Andrea M. Steele
10: Endocrine and Metabolic Emergencies 197
Angela Randels
11: Hemolymphatic, Immunologic, and Oncology Emergencies 221
Mary Tefend Campbell
12: Neurological Emergencies 263
Sally R. Powell
13: Musculoskeletal, Integumentary, and Environmental Emergencies 283
David Liss
14: Toxicological Emergencies 313
Christopher L. Norkus
15: Reproductive Emergencies 337
Jaime Maher
16: Ocular Emergencies 355
Jonathan A. Esmond
17: Special Species and Avian Emergencies 369
Kimm Wuestenberg

Section 3: Select Emergency/Critical Care Topics and Therapies
18: Critical Care Pharmacology 389
David Liss
19: Fluid Therapy, Electrolyte, and Acid–Base Disorders 433
David Liss
20: Anesthesia and Analgesia 465
Jennifer K. Sager
21: Transfusion Medicine 495
Lindan Spromberg
22: Nutrition for the Critically Ill 523
Ann Elise Wortinger

Appendices 543
Glossary 553
Index 559

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Christopher Norkus, BS, CVT, VTS (Emergency & Critical Care), VTS (Anesthesia), received his DVM degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is an intern at The Animal Medical Center of New York.

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