VSPN Notebook® Version 3.0
Veterinary Support Personnel Network

VSPN Review by Oreta M. Samples, DHSc, MPH, VT Star
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The VSPN Notebook® is an on-going work of definitive knowledge which addresses the multitude of tasks a veterinary technician is faced with. As a practicing technician who works within academia, the reviewer put the book to the test by making it available to technician students in a variety of laboratory settings.

The book is divided into twenty-six sections with contributions by many members of the VSPN family. Because this is essentially a continually changing work in progress, The Notebook® is written in a somewhat “bare bones” format with very little fluff. Many of the chapters are made up of charts, graphs, pictures and outlined instructions for completion of tasks in such areas as Anesthesia, Clinical Pathology, Medical Calculations and Emergency/Critical Care, to name a few. While this outlined approach may be less desirable for those looking for a textbook, it is a great quick reference to anyone working in a clinical setting where information is required without delay.

The reviewer used the book within such a context by making it available during laboratory sessions by first reviewing the provided content and then putting the information to practical use. An example of how useful the book can be may be found in reviewing the section on Emergency/Critical Care which begins with a comprehensive emergency drug dosage chart for canines. The weights are given in both kilograms and pounds to negate the need for calculating during an emergency. Next, there are detailed instructions for interpretation of cardio-electrical activity in bulleted format supported by ECG strip examples for fast reference. Among other areas covered in this section is a Triage Chart with an easy-to-follow checklist for establishing the degree of need and the appropriate prioritized actions to be taken in emergency situations. Other areas of this chapter detail actions to be taken in the event of such emergencies as snakebite, seizures, heat stroke, incision dehiscence and trauma cases.

The main area in which this book differs from many textbooks is two-fold: first because there is no "fluff", information is easily referenced for quick consultation on subjects that technicians encounter every day. Secondly, the information is given in such a way as to be limited to things which a technician is lawfully allowed to do. Following the adage that veterinary technicians do not a) make diagnoses, b) prescribe medications or c) perform surgery; nowhere in this manual will one find instruction for these procedures. Topics are limited only to duties which a technician should be capable of carrying out. There are areas which seek to educate technicians so as to better aid the veterinarian in carrying out his duties such as the listing and reviewing of common surgical procedures such as a spay or neuter. The information is presented in such a fashion as to educate and inform the technician to be better prepared mentally to anticipate the needs of the surgeon as well as their role in the case of unexpected emergencies.

The physical design of The Notebook® is that of a three-ring binder measuring approximately 7 ¾ by 9 inches and is approximately 2 inches thick. While this eliminates it as a "pocket-manual" it does allow it to be placed in the area where duties are being carried out for quick review and reference. The reviewer feels that this makes The Notebook® an invaluable reference guide which should be added to the collection of any technician who is serious about their career. It should be noted that currently the latest edition of The Notebook® is only available for purchase through the VIN Bookstore and is available only to VIN and VSPN members; only one more reason for all technicians to join VSPN (free)… and quickly.

Publisher: VIN (Veterinary Information Network) (2008)

ISBN: VIN9814-3

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Alternative Medicine
Animal Welfare
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Emergency Med
Food Animals/Livestock
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Practice Management
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Shelter Medicine
Veterinary Education
* Career Choice (VSPN Review)
* Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy XIV
* Rev. Q&A Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
* Textbook Of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry: 2nd ed
* Textbook Phys. Chemistry
You are here* VSPN Notebook 3.0 (VSPN Review)
* Workbook McCurnin 7th Ed. (VSPN Review)
*Handbook Vet. Neurology 4th Ed.
An Illustrated Guide to Animal Science Terminology (VSPN)
Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals, 2nd ed (VSPN)
Animal Biology and Care, 3rd Ed (VSPN)
Assessing Skills 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy & Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat
Atlas of Transboundary Animal Diseases (VSPN)
Brucellosis: Recent Developments towards “One Health” (VSPN)
Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians, Opportunities for Animal Lovers (VSPN)
Case Studies in Veterinary Technology (VSPN)
Cattle Medicine
Clin. Anat. Lab. Tech. (VSPN Review)
COMPAS Material Safety Data Systems
Connecting With Grieving Clients, 2nd ( VSPN )
Contracts, Benefits and Practice Management for the Veterinary Profession, 8th Ed (VSPN)
Creating a Pet-Friendly Hospital, Animal Shelter, or Petcare Business (VSPN)
Critical Care Management for Laboratory Mice and Rats(VSPN)
CVPM Preparation Workbook
Dellmann's Histology 6th Ed.
Differential Diagnosis in Small Animal Medicine, 2nd ed (VSPN)
Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians & Animal Scientists, 5th Ed (VSPN)
Electrocardiography for the Small Animal Practitioner (VSPN Review)
Equine Internal Medicine, 3rd Ed
Essentials Language (VSPN Review)
Fluid, Electrolyte, And Acid-Base Disorders In Small Animal Practice 4th Edition
Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Edition
Good Governance and Financing of Efficient Veterinary Services (VSPN)
Good Grief – Finding Peace After Pet Loss (VSPN)
How We Do Things Here: Developing and Teaching Office-Wide Protocols (VSPN)
Human – Animal Medicine (VSPN)
Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
Large Animal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (VSPN)
Legal Consents for Veterinary Practices, 4th (VSPN)
McCurnin Tech. 7th Ed.
Medical Math 2nd Ed.
Medical Math 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Medical Terminology: programmed system approach 10th ed.
Mosby Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Mosby’s Veterinary PDQ, 2nd Edition (VSPN)
Pain Management for the Small Animal Practitioner, 2nd Ed (VSPN)
Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, 7th Ed (VSPN Review)
Pocket Guide to APA Style, 4th Ed
Pocket Handbook Of Small Animal Medicine (VSPN)
Research Writer – Curiosity, Discovery and Dialogue
Review Q&A for Vet Techs, 4th Ed. (VSPN Review)
Saunders Anatomy (VSPN Review)
Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 4th Ed.
Self-Assessment Color Review: Small Anim Cardiopulmonary Medi (VSPN)
Self-Assessment Color Review: Small Animal Ophthalmology
Sheep Medicine 2nd ed (VSPN)
Sloane’s Medical Word Book, 5th Ed
Small Animal Bandaging, Casting and Splinting Techniques
Small Animal Pediatrics: First 12 Mos. (VSPN Review)
Small Animal Radiographic Techniques and Positioning (VSPN)
Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, 3rd Ed
Statistics at the Bench
The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 2nd Ed
The Goat Handbook
The Little Book of CT in Veterinary Medicine: A PRACTICAL Guide to CT Technique for Technicians and Veterinarians
The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health, Home Ed
The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, 5th ED (VSPN)
The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook 5th Ed
UFAW Handbook Care and Management of Lab and Research Animals, 8th Ed. (VSPN Review)
Unlocking Medical Terminology (VSPN Review)
Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals (VSPN Review)
Veterinary Medical Terminology Guide and Workbook (VSPN)
Veterinary Medicine: It’s More Than You Think (VSPN)
Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease, 2nd Ed.
Veterinary Technology Essentials: Instructors Resource Guide and Student Activities (VSPN)
What’s Next? A Guide to Veterinary Ultrasound of the Eye, Neck, and Shoulder
What’s That? A Beginner’s Guide to Veterinary Abdominal Ultrasound (VSPN)
When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Profession (VSPN)
Writing the Research Paper – A Handbook, 8th Ed
* Clinical Tech. 5th Ed.
* Clinical Tech. 6th Ed. (VSPN Review)
* Medical Math.
* SA Surg. Nursing (VSPN Review)
* Saunders Terminology (VSPN Review)
* Vet. Anat. Workbook (VSPN Review)
*Tasks Vet. Asst. 2nd Ed.
*Tasks Vet. Asst. 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
*Veterinary Med. Team
Wildlife-Zoo Animals

Date Published: July 21, 2009

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