McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, Seventh Edition
Dennis M. McCurnin, DVM, MS, DACVS; Joanna M. Bassert, VMD

VSPN Review by Oreta M. Samples, DHSc, MPH, VT Star
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The newly published 7th edition of this textbook is just the latest in a long list of sterling textbooks by the same name. Presented as 1445 pages and weighing in at 8.3 pounds, this book is designed to be everything to everybody. And it succeeds. There are thirty-nine chapters, broken down in such a way that educators can use it as the textbook of choice for every course from Freshman Orientation and Veterinary Science to more senior level classes such as Toxicology and Surgical Nursing. One of the most appealing things about this book is the approach to education that the editors have taken. In addition to the textbook, there is a corresponding workbook (which matches the text chapters), an electronic Internet support feature known as the Evolve® Learning System and available through the publishing company Elsevier, and a heavy endorsement to also purchase Mosby’s Veterinary PDQ for quick reference of medical values. Unlike many suggested purchases aimed at book buyers, these references are specifically aimed at supporting the textbook.

The textbook itself is organized in a thoughtful manner, which (as mentioned earlier) seems perfect for educators of veterinary technician programs in both the vocational technical arena and the more traditional collegiate route of a four-year program. The concise yet thorough coverage makes it attractive for use in a variety of classes, which significantly reduces the amount of funds spent on textbooks per class. As chapters progress numerically, so does the depth of subject matter in the various areas of veterinary medicine as related to the duties and responsibilities of a veterinary technician.

My personal endorsement of this book is based on an extensive three-month review of the text as part of a complete departmental overhaul of my institution's veterinary technician course syllabi. After review by one technician and three veterinarians currently charged with the delivery of the courses, it was decided unanimously that the "McCurnin’s text" would be the textbook of choice for approximately eight to ten classes, and listed as a supplemental text for at least five more. With the benefit of the experience of no less than sixty-four authors, this text breaks information down to an understandable, yet concise, level for ease of comprehension. Although heavy on medical terminology, the book does not talk down to students who may be new to the study of veterinary technology.

Key features of each chapter include terms and learning objectives that can be formulated into test questions or used to generate classroom discussion. A past favorite, "Technicians' Notes" continues to drive home pertinent information within the context of the subject being discussed, and is highlighted for quick and easy reference. Photographs are real-time pictures, which are helpful in understanding instructions. I was particularly taken with the photos, instructional illustrations of Neubauer Hemacytometer counting chambers, and microscopic pictures of urine sample findings in Chapter 16, Clinical Pathology. Likewise, there are pictures throughout the book of various methods used for performing exams and procedures on animals.  These not only show the proper way to conduct such activities, but also placement of restrainer and restraint devices in relation to the animal. These are very relevant to teaching successful procedure and allow one to learn safety as well as proficiency.

This book garners a five-star rating. The only negative thing is found on the dedication page, in which it is announced that Dr. Dennis Michael McCurnin, editor/writer for the book since its conception in 1985, is soon to retire. It leaves us to wonder about the future of McCurnin’s Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, and to hope fervently that this is not a final edition of a truly magnificent book.

Publisher: St. Louis Missouri: Saunders/Elsevier (2010)

1445 pages, hard cover

ISBN: 978-1-4160-5700-0.

Editor's Note: Please see also the review for the companion text, Workbook for McCurnin's Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, Seventh Edition.

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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
* 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)
You are hereMcCurnin 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
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Date Published: October 16, 2009

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