Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
Mary Ellen Goldberg; Nancy Shaffran, Eds

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Animal pain is more of an issue today than it was in the past. For this reason it is important that technicians be informed of the guidelines for determining and treating pain in animals. Different species react differently to pain, and treatment varies a great deal. Birds, for instance, mask their pain more efficiently than other species. Some dogs are expert at masking pain altogether while some dogs mask it not at all. Sadly, human babies were believed to not feel pain and were not given pain medication as late as 1985.

In all books on pain, the archaic belief that animals didn’t feel pain is mentioned, and this book is no different. The angst of technicians regarding pain in their patients is credited for increasing pain recognition and treatment. Of course, this is a book BY technicians FOR technicians.

Pain was not seriously addressed in veterinary schools until the late 1980’s, although the topic of pain in animals was a subject for discussion by early researchers. (Dr. Bernard Rollins (CO), although not a contributor for this book, was an early advocate of addressing pain in animals (1981) and was often sought out for his opinion in the early days of the study of pain in animals and to some degree, still today.)

There is a substantial list of acknowledgments of those who contributed their expertise to this volume. Also mentioned is the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. A companion website accompanies this book, containing videos, review questions, supplementary materials, and power point files of all figures for downloading. A password is hidden in the book that can be accessed to open the file.

Chapter one continues along this vein of obstacles to pain management. Chapter two gets on with the up-to-date information on the practice and teaching of pain management. Careers for technicians in the pain management field are described in this chapter, offering a variety of choices from which to direct one’s interest.

Following chapters cover such topics as pain recognition in livestock; physiology of pain; analgesic pharmacology; locoregional analgesics blocking techniques; surgical pain management; emergency and critical patients; chronic pain management for the companion animal; analgesia for shelter and TNR programs; analgesia in equine practice; livestock and camelids; exotics; analgesia in zoo and wildlife practice; pain management for dogs and cats; physical rehabilitation and the technician; technicians in alternative therapies; management for end-of-life care. Appendices A-through F follow to round out the available information.

The chapters contain detailed drawings for administration of medication for each anatomical area discussed. However, the area of most importance to the technician would likely be in the recognition of pain, since injections of analgesics would not fall in the duties of the technician in many practices. In England, technicians (nurses) are given greater latitude in this process. Regardless the knowledge of these treatments is a valuable assist for any technician.

Key points are contained in colored boxes. Orange boxes cover recognition of signs of pain; behavioral signs; acupuncture points; water therapy equipment; for example, and represent important points for the technician to remember.

Grey boxes are used primarily for drug/administration/dosages but also contain such key points as Observing signs (in a herd, from a distance) and Auditory signs of discomfort (vocalization).

The photos are in color and of good quality and illustrate important points.

There is a good index with crucial topics.

The book is directed toward the technician. The clinician may want to read the book so as to know what the technician is being taught so personal adjustments or preferences can be mentioned.

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Paper cover. 421 pages. Color and B&W illustrations and photos.
24 contributors, (Three veterinarians, 19 technicians)

 ISSN: 9781118555521


Table of Contents
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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
Surgery
Swine
Technicians
 
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* BSAVA Nursing 4th Ed.
 
* Career Choice (VSPN Review)
 
* Common Disease 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Lab. Vet. Tech. 5th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Large Animal Vet. Tech. (VSPN Review)
 
* Mosby PDQ (VSPN Review)
 
* Radiography Tech. 4th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Rev. Q&A Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Small Animal Toxicology, 2nd Ed.
 
* Textbook Of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry: 2nd ed
 
* Vet. Dentistry Tech. (VSPN Review)
 
* Vet. Nursing Exotic
 
* VSPN Notebook 3.0 (VSPN Review)
 
* Workbook McCurnin 7th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
A Veterinary Technicians Guide to Exotic Animal Care, 2nd Edition (VSPN)
 
AAEVT Equine Vet. Tech.
 
AAEVT’S Equine Manual for Veterinary Technicians (VSPN Review)
 
Abdominal Radiology for the Small Animal Practitioner
 
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An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology, 4th Ed (VSPN)
 
Anaesthesia Nurses 2nd Ed.
 
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Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians
 
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Anthology of Biosafety XII: Managing Challenges for Safe Operations of BSL-3/ABSL-3 Facilities
 
Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Dermatology, 2nd Ed
 
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Boothe’s Small Animal Formulary 7th Ed (VSPN)
 
BSAVA Can. Fel. Nursing 2nd Ed.
 
BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Cardiorespiratory Medicine, 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 5th ed (VSPN)
 
Calculations Vet. Nurses
 
Cardiovascular Disease in Small Animal Medicine, 3rd Ed.
 
Clin. Anat. Lab. Tech. (VSPN Review)
 
Clin. Anat. Tech. 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Clinical Laboratory Animal Medicine: An Introduction, 4th Ed (VSPN)
 
Clinical Pathology & Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Technicians (VSPN)
 
Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 2nd Ed
 
Companion Animals in Society (VSPN)
 
Comparative Veterinary Histology
 
COMPAS Material Safety Data Systems
 
Dermatology for the Small Animal Practitioner (VSPN Review)
 
Diagnostic Imaging of Exotic Pets: Birds, Small Mammals, Reptiles
 
Digital Radiography for the Veterinary Technician, 1st Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary 32nd Ed. ( VSPN)
 
Endoscopy for the Veterinary Technician
 
Equine Nursing Manual
 
Essentials of Veterinary Parasitology
 
Ethnoveterinary Botanical Medicine, Herbal Medicines for Animal Health (VSPN)
 
Exotic Animal Medicine for the Vet Tech, 2nd Ed (VSPN Review)
 
Fluid Therapy for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (VSPM)
 
Focused Ultrasound Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner (VSPN)
 
Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Edition
 
Fundamentals of Small Animal Surgery 1st ed
 
Handbook Radio. Positioning (VSPN Review)
 
Hematology Techniques & Concepts for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
 
Hematology Techniques and Concepts for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed.
 
How We Do Things Here: Developing and Teaching Office-Wide Protocols (VSPN)
 
Inspecting Surgical Instruments – An Illustrated Guide (VSPN Review)
 
Introduction to Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology, 2nd Ed
 
Kirk And Bistner’s Handbook Of Veterinary Procedures And Emergency Treatment, 9th Ed.
 
Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
 
Manual Clin. Dog Cat 3rd Ed.
 
McCurnin Tech. 7th Ed.
 
McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8 Ed (VSPN)
 
Merck Veterinary Manual, 10th Ed
 
Mosby Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
North American Companion Animal Formulary, 10th Edition (VSPN)
 
Nutrition and Disease Management for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
 
Nutrition Vet. Tech.
 
Otitis Externa: An Essential Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment (VSPN)
 
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Patient Assessment (VSPN Review)
 
Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, 7th Ed (VSPN Review)
 
Pocket Guide to APA Style, 4th Ed
 
Pocket Handbook of Nonhuman Primate Clinical Medicine (VSPN)
 
Practical Imaging Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Principles and Practices of Veterinary Technology, 3rd Ed (VSPN Review)
 
Purchasing Digital Radiography Without Getting Your Head Handed To You
 
Rabbit Med. Surg. Nurse
 
Radiation Safety and Non-Manual Patient Restraint in Veterinary Radiography
 
Restraint and Handling for Veterinary Technicians (VSPN Review)
 
Review Q&A for Vet Techs, 4th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
SA Emergency Tech. 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Saunders Handbook of Veterinary Drugs, Small and Large Animals, 4th Ed
 
Small Animal Diagnostic Ultrasound, 2nd Ed. ( VSPN)
 
Small Animal Toxicology Essentials, 2nd Ed
 
Standard Abbreviations for Veterinary Medical Records, 3rd Ed. (VSPN)
 
Statistics at the Bench
 
Surgical Instrument Flash Cards (VSPN Review)
 
Team Satisfaction Pays - Organizational Development for Practice Success (VSPN)
 
Tech. Guide Exotic Care
 
The Consulting Veterinary Nurse
 
The Feline Patient 4th edition (VSPN Review)
 
The Little Book of CT in Veterinary Medicine: A PRACTICAL Guide to CT Technique for Technicians and Veterinarians
 
The VSPN Notebook®, Version 4.0 (VSPN Review)
 
The Welfare of Animal Used in Research: Practice and Ethics (VSPN)
 
Thoracic Radiology for the Small Animal Practitioner
 
Unlocking Medical Terminology (VSPN Review)
 
Vet. Clinical LA (VSPN Review)
 
Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals (VSPN Review)
 
Veterinary Cytology of the Dog, Cat, Horse and Cow
 
Veterinary Disaster Response
 
Veterinary Echocardiography, 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
Veterinary Hematology – A Diagnostic Guide and Color Atlas (VSPN)
 
Veterinary Technician’s Daily Reference Guide: Canine and Feline (VSPN)
 
Veterinary Technician’s Large Animal Daily Reference Guide (VSPN)
 
Writing the Research Paper – A Handbook, 8th Ed
 
* Appl. Pharm. Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Clinical Tech. 5th Ed.
 
* Clinical Tech. 6th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Common Disease (VSPN Review)
 
* Exotic Med. Vet. Tech.
 
* Hematology Techniques
 
* SA Surg. Nursing (VSPN Review)
 
* Vet. Tech. Pocket (VSPN Review)
 
*Tasks Vet. Asst. 2nd Ed.
 
*Tasks Vet. Asst. 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
*Vet. Dermatology Nurses
 
*Vet. Tech. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: June 21, 2016

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