Large Animal Medicine and Nursing for Veterinary Technicians, 2E

Jennifer Serling, CVT, BVSc

This completely updated textbook introduces students to the fundamentals of large animal medicine and nursing. Coverage of large animal production breeds, including equine, bovine, caprine, ovine, camelid, porcine, and poultry aligns with the curriculum outlined by the AVMA. Detailed, user-friendly text and full-color images aid students with identifying and classifying breeds.


  • External anatomy information facilitates student learning when examining and restraining large animal species.
  • Expanded restraint content includes flight zone, point of balance, blind spots, behavior concepts, and knot-tying.
  • Tips for Techs boxes highlight interesting facts and provide helpful tips to implement in large animal practice.
  • Expanded nursing care and clinical procedures feature at-a-glance summaries of common procedures for each species.
  • Common diseases of all species include coverage of clinical symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
  • Expanded poultry chapters include up-to-date information on husbandry, restraint, procedures, and diseases.
  • Drug Formularies and Vaccine Schedules are included for all large animal species and poultry.
  • Online Instructor Resources include case studies and critical thinking questions for each chapter.
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Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Large Animal Medicine 
  • Chapter 2: Introduction to Restraint 
  • Chapter 3: Introduction to Equine Breeds 
  • Chapter 4: Equine Husbandry and Restraint 
  • Chapter 5: Equine Nursing and Clinical Procedures 
  • Chapter 6: Equine Diseases 
  • Chapter 7: Introduction to Bovine Breeds 
  • Chapter 8: Bovine Husbandry and Restraint 
  • Chapter 9: Bovine Nursing and Clinical Procedures 
  • Chapter 10: Bovine Diseases 
  • Chapter 11: Introduction to Caprine and Ovine Breeds 
  • Chapter 12: Caprine and Ovine Husbandry and Restraint 
  • Chapter 13: Caprine and Ovine Nursing and Clinical Procedures 
  • Chapter 14: Caprine and Ovine Diseases 
  • Chapter 15: Introduction to Camelid Breeds 
  • Chapter 16: Camelid Husbandry and Restraint 
  • Chapter 17: Camelid Nursing and Clinical Procedures 
  • Chapter 18: Camelid Diseases 
  • Chapter 19: Introduction to Porcine Breeds 
  • Chapter 20: Porcine Husbandry and Restraint 
  • Chapter 21: Porcine Nursing and Clinical Procedures 
  • Chapter 22: Porcine Diseases 
  • Chapter 23: Poultry: Breeds, Husbandry, and Restraint 
  • Chapter 24: Poultry: Nursing, Clinical Procedures, and Diseases 
  • Appendix 1: Drug Formularies 
  • Appendix 2: Vaccination Schedules 
  • Appendix 3: USDA Notifiable Diseases and Conditions
  • Glossary 
  • Bibliography 
  • Webliography 
  • Index

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About the Author

Jennifer Serling has been a credentialed veterinary technician since 1992.  Her specialty is in large animal nursing however her vast experience encompasses all facets of veterinary medicine. She has been a veterinary technician educator since 2007. Jennifer has a bachelor’s in veterinary science from the University of Arizona and an associate of science from Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Program. She was the program director for a veterinary technician school in Tucson Arizona for 11 years prior to joining the Appalachian State University Veterinary Technology program as it’s Assistant Director. Jennifer has written two veterinary technician textbooks for Bluedoor Publishing on pharmacology and large animal medicine and nursing and contributed to several others. In addition to teaching and writing, she is a firm believer in giving back to the community and serves on the board of directors for three animal welfare and rescue groups as well as donating her time to several veterinary charity events throughout the year. Her passion is large animals and she absolutely loves sharing that excitement with her students. Jennifer is a nationally known speaker delivering engaging talks on large animal medicine as well as veterinary technology education. Jennifer is the current President for the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE). She is also a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Specialists in Education (AVTSE) and holds the advanced certification of VTES (Veterinary Technician Education Specialist). Jennifer currently resides in Tucson Arizona with her dog and cat as well as two grown human boys.

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