Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-23
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant is a step-by-step guide providing veterinary assistants with essential information on performing basic procedures accurately and efficiently. Detailing the preparation, procedure, and follow-up for basic veterinary skills, this book is a concise, reliable reference allowing quick access to "how-to" instruction. With chapters ranging from professional conduct and office procedures to medical nursing and surgical tasks, Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant provides a comprehensive, user-friendly resource for veterinary support personnel.

Author Biography

Paula Pattengale, DVM, MA, a small animal clinical practitioner for over 25 years, developed veterinary assistant programs in California, one of which was recognized by the California Department of Education as one of the first model vocational education programs in the state. She is now retired from teaching.

Table of Contents

Foundation Skills
Task 1.01
Self-Assessment and Review of Foundation Skills
Task 1.02
Analyzing Medical Terminology
Task 1.03
Analysis and Resolution of Medical Math Problems
Task 1.04
Computer Literacy
Task 1.05
Professional Conduct
Task 2.01
Meeting Employer Expectations
Task 2.02
Using Common Courtesies
Task 2.03
Applying the Human-Animal Bond
Task 2.04
The Role of the Veterinary Assistant
Task 2.05
Applying Veterinary Ethics
Task 2.06
Professional Appearance
Task 2.07
Using Appropriate Language
Task 2.08
Anticipating Work Flow
Task 2.09
Using a Task Box
Laws And Their Effects On Policies And Procedures
Task 3.01
Common Law
Task 3.02
Federal Laws
Task 3.02.01
Occupational Safety and Health
Task 3.02.02
Product Safety Labels
Task 3.02.03
Personal Protective Equipment
Task 3.02.04
Universal Precautions
Task 3.03
State Laws
Task 3.04
Local Ordinances
Introduction To Animal
Task 4.01
Animal Classifi cation and Identification
Infectious Disease Transmission And Prevention
Task 5.01
Disease Transmission
Task 5.01.01
Preventing Nosocomial Infections
Task 5.02
Cage and Kennel Cleaning
Task 5.03
Cleaning Storage Areas
Task 5.04
Cleaning Varied Surfaces
Task 5.05
Cleaning Hospital Laundry
Task 5.06
Handling Hospital Waste
Ropes And Knots
Task 6.01
Types of Rope
Task 6.02
Parts of a Rope
Task 6.03
Types of Knots
Animal Restraint
Task 7.01
Species Differences and Handling
Task 7.02
Psychological Restraint
Task 7.03
Placement and Removal of Patients from Enclosures
Task 7.04
Birds Removal and Return to Caging
Task 7.05
Haltering a Horse
Task 7.06
Lifting Heavy Animals
Task 7.07
Handling the Fractious Patient
Task 7.07.01
Gauze Muzzle
Task 7.07.02
Tape Muzzle
Task 7.07.03
Leash Muzzle
Task 7.07.04
Metal or Basket Muzzle
Task 7.08
Restraint During the Physical Examination
Task 7.09
Restraint During Venipuncture
Task 7.09.01
Jugular Venipuncture
Task 7.09.02
Cephalic Venipuncture
Task 7.09.03
Use of Other Vessels
Task 7.10
Restraint During Administration of Injections
Task 7.10.01
Restraint During Vaccination
Task 7.11
Restraint Sternal Recumbency
Task 7.12
Restraint Lateral Recumbency
Task 7.13
Restraint Dorsal Recumbency
Task 7.14
Head Restraint Elizabethan Collar and Neck Brace
Task 7.15
Leg Restraint Hobbles
Task 7.16
Species Considerations Rabbits
Nursing Skills I
Task 8.01
Patient Discharge or Hospitalization?
Task 8.02
Meeting a Patient's Basic Needs
Task 8.02.01
Environmental Considerations
Task 8.02.02
Feeding the Hospitalized Patient
Task 8.02.03
Water Availability and Consumption
Task 8.02.04
Socialization and Exercise
Task 8.02.05
In-hospital Grooming
Task 8.03
Medical Records
Task 8.03.01
Treatment Plan
Task 8.04
Working in the Treatment Room
Task 8.05
Examination-Room Preparation
Nursing Skills II
Task 9.01
Grooming the Outpatient
Task 9.01.01
Combing and Brushing
Task 9.01.02
Ear Cleaning
Task 9.01.03
Nail Trimming
Task 9.01.04
Expressing Anal Sacs
Task 9.01.05
Bathing and Dipping
Task 9.02
Clipper Maintenance
Task 9.03
Clipping a Bird's Flight Feathers
Task 9.04
Mixing Vaccines and Filling Syringes
Task 9.05
Dental Care
Task 9.05.01
Dental Charting
Task 9.05.02
Daily Dental Care
Task 9.06
Administration of Medication
Task 9.06.01
Administration of Medication Oral
Task 9.06.02
Administration of Medication Aural
Task 9.06.03
Administration of Medication Topical
Task 9.06.04
Administration of Medication Ophthalmic
Task 9.06.05
Nursing Skills III
Task 10.01
Vital Signs
Task 10.01.01
Determining Weight and Body Condition Score
Task 10.01.02
Determining Respiratory Rate
Task 10.01.03
Determining Pulse and Heart Rate
Task 10.01.04
Determining Core Body Temperature
Task 10.02
Pain Evaluation
Task 10.03
Sexing a Cat
Task 10.04
Aging the Dog and Cat Using Their Dentition
Task 10.05
Monitoring IV Fluid Administration and IV Catheter Maintenance
Task 10.06
Wound Care and Bandaging
Task 10.07
Emergency Support
Task 10.08
Pharmacy Skills
Task 11.01
Reading a Prescription
Task 11.02
Prescription Labeling
Task 11.03
Prescription Packaging
Task 11.04
Filling the Prescription Drug Identification
Task 11.05
Filling the Prescription How Much to Dispense
Task 11.06
Handling Controlled Substances
Task 11.07
Explaining Patient Medication to the Owner
Laboratory Skills
Task 12.01
Working in the Veterinary Laboratory
Task 12.02
Common External Parasites
Task 12.03
Identifying Common Endoparasites Handling the Fecal Sample
Task 12.04
Blood Collection and Handling
Task 12.05
The Complete Blood Count
Task 12.05.01
Preparing the Blood Smear
Task 12.05.02
Wright's Stain
Task 12.05.03
Packed Cell Volume
Task 12.05.04
Plasma Protein Determination
Task 12.06
Blood Chemistry and Electrolyte Determinations
Task 12.07
Using Serologic Test Kits
Task 12.08
Urine Collection and Urinalysis
Task 12.08.01
Task 12.09
The Culture and Sensitivity of Pathogens
Task 12.09.01
Sample Collection for Culture
Task 12.09.02
Antibiotic Sensitivity Testing
Task 12.10
Necropsy: Preparation and Follow-up
Task 13.01
Endoscopy Preparation
Task 13.02
Endoscopy Postprocedure
Diagnostic Imaging
Task 14.01
Diagnostic Imaging
Task 14.01.01
Radiation Safety
Task 14.02
Using the Radiology Log
Task 14.03
Patient Positioning
Task 14.04
Correct Use of the Calipers
Task 14.05
Using a Technique Chart
Task 14.06
Film Identification
Task 14.07
Developing Film
Task 14.07.01
Automatic Film Processing
Task 14.07.02
Manual Film Processing
Task 14.08
Handling Film and Cassette Maintenance
Task 14.09
Film Filing
Task 14.10
Darkroom Maintenance
Task 14.11
Diagnostic Ultrasonography
Task 14.12
Dental Radiography
Presurgical Skills
Task 15.01
Surgery Log Book and the Patient Anesthetic Record
Task 15.02
Implementing Aseptic Technique
Task 15.03
Surgical Suite Maintenance
Task 15.04
Preanesthetic Patient Preparation
Task 15.05
Anesthetic Induction
Task 15.06
Task 15.07
Surgical Site Preparation
Task 15.08
Presurgical Packs
Task 15.09
Gowning the Surgeon
Task 15.10
Patient Positioning and Final Skin Preparation
Task 15.11
Checking the Anesthesia Machine
Task 15.12
Pain Recognition and Management
The Surgical Period
Task 16.01
Patient Monitoring
Task 16.02
Preparing Drape and Towel Packs
Task 16.03 of Scalpel Blades, Sutures and
Task 16.04
Task 16.05
Common Surgical Procedures
The Postoperative Period
Task 17.01
Postanesthetic Patient Care
Task 17.02
Postoperative Patient Care
Task 17.03
Sterilization Techniques and Equipment
Task 17.04
Instrument and Glove Preparation
Task 17.05
Pack Preparation
Task 17.06
Postoperative Surgery Room Cleaning
Front Office Procedures
Task 18.01
Medical Record Assembly
Task 18.02
Color Coding Medical Records
Task 18.03
Task 18.04
Appointment Scheduling
Task 18.05
Updating Client Information
Task 18.06
Intake Procedures
Task 18.07
The Signalment
Task 18.08
Release of Patient Information
Task 18.09
Rabies Certificates
Task 18.10
Health Certifi cates and Interstate Shipment of Animals
Task 18.11
Consent Forms
Task 18.12
Client Communications
Task 18.13
Patient Discharge
Task 18.14
Telephone Techniques
Task 18.15
Handling Diffi cult Clients
Task 18.16
Hospital Closing Procedures
Veterinary Practice Routines
Task 19.01
Wellness Programs
Task 19.02
Using Practice Protocols
Task 19.03
Inventory Control
Task 19.04
In-house Communications
Task 19.05
Letter Writing
SCANS Competencies and Foundation Skills
Suffi xes, Prefi xes, and Anatomical Terms (Roots)
Directional Vocabulary
Metric System and Table of Equivalents
Scientifi c Names of Common Species
Blood Collection Tube Types
Anatomical Locations of Veins Frequently Used for Venipuncture
Abbreviations for Prescriptions
Disease, Surgical, Procedural, and Observational Abbreviations
Common Gender Names
Body Condition Score
Normal Vital Signs
Pain Scale for Cats
Dental Eruption Dates
Anesthetic Record
Guedel's Classifi cation of Ether Anesthesia
Frequently Used Surgical Instruments
Surgical Preparation Areas of Patients
Modified Glasgow Pain Scale
Simplifi ed Punctuation
U.S. State and Territory Animal Import Regulations
Vaccination Recommendations for Foals and Adult Horses
Blood Collection Protocol
Competency Record
Internet Resources
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