Applied Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician, Third Edition
Boyce P. Wanamaker, DVM, MS; Kathy Massey, LVMT

VSPN Review by Elizabeth Warren, RVT Star
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This is the latest edition of a textbook that has been a staple in veterinary technology programs for many years. Revised in 2004, the book now also offers complementary online content (through the Evolve website hosted by Elsevier). This innovation should ensure that the third edition of Applied Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician has a longer shelf life than previous editions, as regular updates are made to the material.

The book's presentation and format encourages the reader to develop a basic familiarity with each topic by providing an outline, learning objectives, and definitions of key terms at the beginning of each chapter. Diagrams, tables, and "Technician's Notes" throughout the chapter continuously engage the reader and emphasize important ideas. Review questions at the end of each chapter allow readers to test their understanding of concepts and review as needed.

The text begins with the fundamentals of pharmacology, providing students a foundation for understanding the history, regulation, and development of veterinary drugs, the movement and actions of drugs in the patient's body, and drug choices and regimens.

Chapter Two describes routes and techniques of drug administration. Pictures, diagrams, and step-by-step instructions provide guidance to students who are learning clinical procedures as well as theory. The next chapter covers pharmacological calculations. This very short section discusses the rationale and works sample problems for each type of calculation.

Subsequent chapters cover medications by body system (nervous system, respiratory, renal, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, skin, ophthalmic and otic), anti-infectives, anti-inflammatories, fluids and electrolytes, anti-neoplastics and blood-modifiers, immunologicals, and miscellaneous therapeutics.

The final chapter discusses the veterinary technician's role in veterinary pharmacy inventory management, including sections on record-keeping, making accurate counts and placing orders, and using computerized inventory systems.

The online images, outlines, and Web links seem to come directly from the book. As of January 2006, there have been no updates that were observed at the time of this review. The only novel web content that was found is the section in Web Links called "General Resources." The book also offers "interactive exercises" online, to "test students' knowledge of material in the text." But those exercises are not available to students directly. Only verified instructors are allowed to access this portion of the online material (and it currently consists only of a set of 10 dosage calculations problems entered in July 2004). This reviewer does appreciate that some material from the book has been made available online, and remains hopeful that this is an area that will be developed in the future. It would be unfortunate to waste this opportunity to provide modern learning tools.

Veterinary pharmacology is an ever-expanding universe. Deciding what to include in a textbook for veterinary technicians is difficult and somewhat arbitrary. The authors of Applied Pharmacology for the Veterinary Technician have tailored content to reflect the needs of students in veterinary technology college degree programs. Veterinary technicians and assistants using this book as a reference on the job may be frustrated by the lack of some information, such as interventions for adverse drug reactions, cross-referenced lists of names and categories of drugs, and practical applications of drug regulations in the veterinary hospital.

Detailed information about medical management of disease, alternative medicines, anesthetics, emergency medical treatment, and medical mathematics can be found in other, subject-specific textbooks. This book focuses primarily on the description of specific medications and their effects on the body. Veterinary technicians and hospital personnel can use this text as a drug reference and calculations refresher; veterinarians should keep a copy on their hospital library shelf.

Elsevier (USA) (Copyright 2004).

ISBN: 978-0721603827.


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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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* Common Disease 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
* Lab. Vet. Tech. 5th Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
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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)
 
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Calculations Vet. Nurses
 
Cardiovascular Disease in Small Animal Medicine, 3rd Ed.
 
Clin. Anat. Lab. Tech. (VSPN Review)
 
Clin. Anat. Tech. 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
 
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Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Dogs and Cats, 2nd Ed
 
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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
 
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Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary 32nd Ed. ( VSPN)
 
Endoscopy for the Veterinary Technician
 
Equine Nursing Manual
 
Essentials of Veterinary Parasitology
 
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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
 
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Hematology Techniques & Concepts for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
 
Hematology Techniques and Concepts for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed.
 
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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.
 
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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)
 
Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
 
Pain Management for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses( VSPN)
 
Patient Assessment (VSPN Review)
 
Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, 7th Ed (VSPN Review)
 
Pocket Guide to APA Style, 4th Ed
 
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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
 
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Unlocking Medical Terminology (VSPN Review)
 
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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
 
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* 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.
 
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*Vet. Dermatology Nurses
 
*Vet. Tech. Dog Cat 2nd Ed.
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: May 30, 2006

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