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Minor Veterinary Surgery
1st Edition

A Handbook for Veterinary Nurses

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This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It brings together all the information needed for a veterinary nurse to confidently approach minor surgical procedures in small animals. Based on a thorough grounding of surgical principles, the book takes a hands-on approach and focuses on applying theory to practice. The author has included clear instructions for performing a number of minor surgical techniques and offers practical advice in the form of handy hints and tips making this a highly accessible and user-friendly text.

Table of Contents

PART 1: General principles
1: The veterinary nurse and minor surgery
– Definition and scope of minor surgery
– Role of the veterinary nurse
– Interpretation of the RCVS schedule 3 (and possibly appropriate USA guidelines) re nurses’ role in minor surgical procedures
– The interplay between vet and nurse in nurse-performed minor surgery (communication, training, professional support, etc.)
– Personal learning, development and self-assessment
2. The minor surgical patient
– Owner communication
– Admitting the patient
– The anaesthetic/surgical consent form
– Pre-anaesthetic history review, nurse examination and health check
– Planning operating theatre lists and time
3. Premedication and patient preparation
– Rationale and review of common sedative/premedication drugs
– Injection routes and techniques for premedication
– Placement of i.v. catheters and basics of surgical fluid administration
– Analgesic drugs and pain management
– Pre- and post-operative antibiotics
– Preparation of the surgical skin site
4. General anaesthesia
-Rationale and review of commonly used drugs
– Intubation techniques
– Common anaesthetic breathing systems
– Monitoring anaesthesia
– Anaesthetic emergencies and resuscitation (also a chart in the inside back cover)
5. Wound dressings and bandages
– Types of dressing and their indications especially following minor surgery
– Application techniques and management
– Complications from dressings
PART 2: Minor surgical techniques
6. Wound management
– Review of wounds and wound healing
– Wound classification
– First aid for simple and complex wounds
– Open management and minor surgical debridement
– Management of complicated wounds
– Wound healing products
– Hydrotherapy
7. Principles of soft tissue surgery
– Review of important surgical instruments, their use and care
– Review of important suture materials and their applications
– Practical suture patterns for minor surgery
– Halstead’s principles of tissue handling
– Dealing with bleeding
– Surgical drains
– Postoperative wound care
8. Common surgical procedures
– Skin wound closure
– Skin surface tumours and subcutaneous growths
– Surgical management of abscesses
– Skin biopsy techniques
– Ear surgery and aural haematoma
– Tail amputation for trauma or disease
– Digit amputation
– Dew claw and nail removal
– Dental and oral surgery
– Jugular and intraosseous catheter placement
– Acting as the scrubbed assistant in major surgery
– Veterinary acupuncture
9. The postoperative patient
– The recovery phase
– Indicators of pain and postoperative analgesia
– Discharging the patient
– Postoperative checks
– Postoperative complications following minor surgery
Appendix: Emergency procedures
Glossary of surgical terms and definitions
Further reading list


No. of pages: 256Language: EnglishCopyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2006Published: 10th May 2006Imprint: Butterworth-HeinemanneBook ISBN: 9780702032615

About the Author

Julian Hoad

Affiliations and Expertise

Veterinary Surgeon, Wingrave Veterinary Hospital, Surrey, UK; Lecturer in Veterinary Nursing, Cerberus Training; Sponsorship Co-ordinator, BSAVA Education Committee


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