Small Animal Pathology for Veterinary Technicians

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  • Copyright: 3/31/2014
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Small Animal Pathology for Veterinary Technicians fosters an understanding of small animal diseases, relating pathology information to the responsibilities of technicians in the clinical setting.  Beginning with the technician’s role in pathology, terminology, and the process of diagnosis, chapters then cover diseases organized by system.  From reproductive, endocrine, and eye disease to urinary tract and infectious diseases, the book offers in-depth information on a wide range of commonly presented diseases, providing technicians with practical information linked to their daily tasks.

Each body system includes a brief review of anatomy and function, full-color pictures, and tip boxes to help emphasize important issues.  A companion website offers images from the book, review questions, and case studies illustrating the process of handling the patient.  Veterinary technician students and veterinary technicians in practice will find this a valuable resource to understanding disease and the process of diagnosis.

Author Biography

Amy Johnson,BS, CVT, RLATG, is a veterinary technician instructor at Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in Denver, Colorado, USA and a course instructor for VetMedTeam.

Table of Contents

About the companion website

Chapter 1


The Veterinary Technician’s Role in Pathology

Technician Duties and Required Skills



Factors Involved in Infectious Disease

Common Terminology Necessary for Understanding Pathology

Chapter 2

Canine Infectious Disease

Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) or Hard Pad Disease

Canine Parvovirus Type 2 (CPV-2)

Canine Adenovirus Type 1 (CAV-1) or Infectious Canine Hepatitis (ICH)

Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis or Kennel Cough


Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) or Dog Flu

Chapter 3

Feline Infectious Disease

Feline Panleukopenia (FPV), Feline Distemper, Feline Parvo, Feline Infectious Enteritis

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) or Feline AIDS

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP or FIPV)

Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Infections


Chapter 4


Rabies Virus

Chapter 5

Gastrointestinal Tract Disease

Oral Cavity

Periodontal Disease or Periodontitis

Papilloma or Puppy Warts


Oral Melanoma

Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)

Oral Fibrosarcoma

Salivary Mucocele, Sialocele, or Salivary Gland Cyst


Megaesophagus or Acquired Paralysis

Esophageal Obstructions or Foreign Bodies

Vascular Ring Anomaly (VRA) or Persistent Right Aortic Arch (PRAA)

Gastroesophageal Reflux


Acute Gastritis

Gastric Ulcers

Gastrointestinal Obstructions

Pyloric Stenosis or Chronic Hypertrophic Gastropathy

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV)



Linear Foreign Bodies

Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Intestinal Neoplasia



Portal Systemic Shunt (PSS) or Portal Caval Shunt

Feline Hepatic Lipidosis (FHL) or Fatty Liver Disease

Hepatic Neoplasia


Acute Pancreatitis

Chronic Pancreatitis

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency or Pancreatic Maldigestion

Pancreatic Neoplasia

Chapter 6

Urinary Tract Disease

Bacterial Cystitis or Urinary Tract Infection


Urolithiasis (Urinary Calculi or Urinary Stones)

Urinary Obstruction or Blocked Tom (Feline)

Feline Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Acute Renal Failure (ARF)

Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), or Chronic Renal Disease (CRD)

Chapter 7

Reproductive Disease





Mammary Neoplasia

Prostate Disease

Testicular Disease

Male Reproductive Neoplasia

Chapter 8

Endocrine Disease



Hyperadrenocorticism or Cushing’s Disease/Syndrome

Hypoadrenocorticism or Addison’s Disease

Diabetes Mellitus or Sugar Diabetes

Diabetes Insipidus (DI), or Weak or Watery Diabetes

Chapter 9

Ocular Disease

Conjunctivitis or Pink Eye


Third Eyelid Prolapse or Cherry Eye



Corneal Ulcers

Chronic Superficial Keratitis or Pannus

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca or Dry Eye

Anterior Uveitis, Iridocyclitis, or Soft Eye


Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) or Progressive Retinal Degeneration (PRD)

Chapter 10

Integumentary Disease

Parasitic Skin Infections

Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)


Otodetic Mange or Ear Mites

Sarcoptes or Scabies or Sarcoptic Mange

Demodex or Demodetic Mange or Demodicosis

Pediculosis or Lice

Cuterebra Larvae or Botfly Larvae

Facultative Myiasis-Producing Flies or Maggots

Fungal Skin Infections


Dermatophytosis or Ringworm

Miscellaneous Skin Disorders

Pyoderma or Bacterial Folliculitis


Acute Moist Dermatitis or Traumatic Dermatitis or Hot Spots

Atopy or Allergic Dermatitis

Food Allergy

Epidermal Inclusion Cysts or Sebaceous Cysts

Feline Acne

Neoplasias Originating from the Skin and Associated Structures

Cutaneous Mast Cell Tumor

Cutaneous Histiocytoma


Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Chapter 11

Musculoskeletal Disease

Bone Fractures

Osteosarcoma (OSA)

Panosteitis (Pano)

Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Hip Dysplasia

Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)

Patellar Luxation

Cranial or Anterior Cruciate Ligament (CCL or ACL) Rupture or Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease (CCLD)

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)

Myasthenia Gravis

Chapter 12

Hematologic and Lymph Disease

Erythrocyte Disorders


Immune-Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)

Absolute Erythrocytosis or Polycythemia

Leukocyte and Lymph Disorders

Malignant Lymphoma or Lymphosarcoma (LSA)

Multiple Myeloma (Plasma Cell Tumor)


Thrombocyte and Coagulation Disorders

Primary Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (PIMT) or Ideopathic Thrombocytopenia


von Willebrand’s Disease

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy

Rodenticide Toxicity

Feline Aortic Thromboembolism (FATE) or Feline Saddle Thrombus

Chapter 13

Diseases of Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, and Chinchillas

Urolithiasis/Bladder Sludge

Gastric Stasis

Ulcerative Pododermatitis, Bumblefoot, or Sore Hock

Malocclusion or Slobbers

Heat Stroke

Respiratory Infection


Rabbit Hairballs or Trichobezoar

Rabbit Buphthalmia

Rabbit Uterine Adenocarcinoma


Antibiotic-Associated Enterotoxemia

Streptococcal Lymphadenitis, Cervical Lymphadenitis, or Lumps

Cavian Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

Cavian Leukemia/Lymphosarcoma

Guinea Pig Dystocia

Chinchilla Fur Slip and Fur Chewing

Chinchilla Gastric Tympany (Bloat)

Chapter 14

Diseases of Ferrets

Pancreatic Beta Cell Tumor or Insulinoma

Adrenal Disease or Hyperadrenocorticism

Aplastic Anemia/Estrogen Toxicity



Epizootic Catarrhal Enteritis (ECE) or Green Slime Diarrhea

Ferret Systemic Coronavirus (FRSCV) or Ferret FIP

Canine Distemper

Gastric Foreign Bodies

Chapter 15

Diseases of Hamsters, Gerbils, and Rats


Proliferative Ileitis, Proliferative Enteritis, or Wet Tail

Antibiotic-Associated Enterotoxemia or Clostridial Enteropathy

Tyzzer’s Disease or Clostridium piliforme

Respiratory Infections


Ulcerative Pododermatitis or Bumblefoot

Chromodacryorrhea or Red Tears

Arteriolar Nephrosclerosis or Hamster Nephrosis or Renal Failure

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV)

Gerbil Epileptiform Seizures

Gerbil Tail Slip or Tail Degloving


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