A Comprehensive Guide for the Veterinary Assistant

Christy L. Langwell, CVT, BASVT, VTES

A Comprehensive Guide for the Veterinary Assistant provides the basics needed for entry-level students and also includes insights into specific areas of study to help students begin choosing a long-term path for their careers in veterinary science. This text explores how a veterinary office is run, animal behavior and handling, dentistry, radiology, laboratory assisting, surgical assisting, and includes many insider tips to prepare the veterinary assistant for their academic and professional growth.

Outstanding Features

  • In-Class Activities provide practical exercises to reinforce information covered in the text.
  • Cutting edge technology and techniques prepare students for the latest trends they will encounter in practice.
  • Assistant Insights draw attention to important tips to help students succeed in the field.
  • Author's Insights provide students with deeper context for further understanding of the material.
  • Stop and Think boxes highlight important things to remember about procedures, animal handling, radiology, techniques, and other vital information.
  • An entire chapter on pet loss, grief, and how to deal with grieving pet parents includes personal accounts from the author on how industry professionals can handle their personal feelings in difficult situations.
  • Exotic animals and large animals content written by an expert in these specialized fields!
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Veterinary Office & the Role of the Veterinary Assistant

Chapter 2: Medical Records & Introduction to Preventive Medicine

Chapter 3: Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology

Chapter 4: Animal Handling & Behavior

Chapter 5: Pharmacology

Chapter 6: Pet Loss, Grief & Compassion Fatigue

Chapter 7: Basic Animal Care for Veterinary Assistants

Chapter 8: Surgical Assisting

Chapter 9: Dental Health

Chapter 10: Laboratory Assisting

Chapter 11: Diagnostic Imaging

Chapter 12: Critical Care Assisting

Chapter 13: Exotic Animal Handling and Treatment

Chapter 14: Large Animal Handling and Treatment

Appendix 1: Glossary

Appendix 2: Acronyms and Abbreviations

Appendix 3: Index

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About the Author

Christy L. Langwell, CVT, BASVT, VTES has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field. She has 14 years spanning general practice, 12 years in emergency and critical care, 11 years in end-of-life care and grief companioning, and 15 years teaching in higher education. She also has 5 years of experience in program management. Christy has been highly involved in veterinary support staff training, instructor development, guest speaking, curriculum development, and is a published author. "I remain focused on being a lifelong learner and creating educational experiences both in my personal and professional life. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, reading, writing, and spending time with my family of creatures. Fun fact: If doggie-paddling were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist!" - Christy L. Langwell

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