Small Animal Surgical Nursing Skills and Concepts 2nd Edition
Marianne Tear, MS, LVT


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When I saw Ms. Tear was the author of this textbook I was expecting that it would be a good reference as I have enjoyed reading the author’s articles in veterinary technician magazines through the years, and I was not disappointed.

This book was published as a textbook for use in veterinary technician schools, but I feel that any veterinary practice that performs surgery would benefit from having this as a reference in their library. The information contained in the text should be up to date for years to come and would be an excellent reference book not only for new employees and graduates but as a refresher to those of us who have been around for some time. This text covers a wide range of aspects in the surgical nursing field as well as areas that I feel other texts exclude, such as cleaning of surgery instruments, explanation of scavenging systems, techniques for maintaining body temperature during surgery, opening packs, and the list goes on, right down to discharge instructions. The text also includes an appendix, glossary and index. A feature I found unique was the detailed contents page at the front of the text where each chapter is further broken down with page numbers which provides quick access to specific information in the text. Additionally, Paige Allen, Teri Raffel, and Ann Wortinger (veterinary technician instructors at well known veterinary technician programs) are contributing authors.

Each chapter starts with key terms, an outline, and learning objectives. Each chapter ends with key points and review questions. I found this layout to be an excellent way to evaluate what I retained from reading the chapter. There are 570 photos that do an excellent job of illustrating key points as well as numerous tables throughout the book that highlight key points and are excellent for quick reference.

The breadth of this book is amazing and includes information that can be used in everyday clinical practice and not just during surgery. It was written in a way that made reading easy and enjoyable. The chapters include: Preoperative Room Considerations, Preoperative Patient Considerations, Operating Room Personnel, Asepsis, Patient Monitoring, Surgical Assisting-Duties during Surgery, Surgical Procedures, The Postoperative Patient, Postoperative Surgery Room and Equipment, Client Education for Postoperative Care and last but certainly not least - The Technician’s Role in Pain Management. This text illustrates how a well trained veterinary technician is an asset to the practice and can help to make the practice run smoothly and efficiently.

Inside the front cover is an address for a website that promises website access to an image collection and surgical instrument identification exercises. This is only available for instructors who adopt this text and students using this text in their courses. The website includes study aides for students and power point pictures for instructors to use in class; a definite plus for veterinary technician educators as well as students. Many of the pictures are in the book so the fact that a casual buyer would not have access does not diminish the value of this textbook.

I do have some minor issues with this text. While describing how to perform some procedures, it infers there is only one correct way in which to perform tasks. As a veterinary technician for several years and working with multiple veterinarians both general practitioners and board certified veterinary surgeons, I find these tasks will be surgeon dependant and I felt this fact should have been pointed out, especially for students who use this text. There are also some anesthesia misconceptions in the textbook that, while they may not threaten a patient’s life, are incorrect. I would have liked to have seen a VTS (Anesthesia) technician as one of the authors for the anesthesia and pain management sections.

Elsevier Health (2012)

336 pages; 570 illustrations; soft cover

ISBN: 978-0-323-07735-4

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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
* Technique LA Surgery 3rd Ed.
Advanced Monitoring and Procedures for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Atlas SA Wound 3rd Ed.
BSAVA Can. Fel. Endoscopy
BSAVA Can. Fel. Wound 2nd Ed.
BSAVA Manual of Rabbit Surgery, Dentistry and Imaging (VSPN)
Complications in Small Animal Surgery 1at Ed
Diagnostic and Surgical Arthroscopy in the Horse, 4th Edition (VSPN)
Equine Clinical Medicine, Surgery and Reproduction
Equine Surgery, 4th Ed.
Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery (VSPN)
Ferrets, Rabbits, and Rodents, Clinical Medicine and Surgery, 3rd ed
Fundamentals of Small Animal Surgery
Fundamentals of Small Animal Surgery 1st ed
How to Use Leg Wraps, Bandages and Boots (VSPN Review)
Inspecting Surgical Instruments – An Illustrated Guide (VSPN Review)
Manual Soft Surg.
Noordsy’s Food Animal Surgery, 5th Edition (VSPN)
Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets
Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets
Ophthalmology of Exotic Pets
Reconstructive Surgery and Wound Management of the Dog and Cat
Reconstructive Surgery and Wound Management of the Dog and Cat (VSPN)
Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy
Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy (VSPN)
Small Animal Surgical Emergencies
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Surgical Complications: Equine
Surgical Patient Care for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
Suturing Principles and Techniques in Laboratory Animal Surgery (VSPN)
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
Vet. Laser Surgery
Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal
Wound Care Equine
* Atlas Orthopedic Surg. Dog Cat
* BSAVA Wound Mgmt.
* External Fixation SA
* Handbook Equine Wound
* Lasers Med. Surgery
* Manual Equine Field Surgery
* SA Ophthalmic Surgery
* SA Surg. Nursing (VSPN Review)
* SA Surgery 2nd Ed.
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals

Date Published: May 8, 2012

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