Veterinary Medical Team Handbook
Andrew Rosenfeld, DVM, DABVP

Review by Kathy Lyon Star
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We all know from reading VIN posts that if the "team" isn't working, the team members are not happy. This book is intended to be read by all members of the team, but primarily by the technicians and support staff so they may better help the doctor perform medical duties unobstructed.

There are two CD-ROMs included. The first covers auscultation's basic concepts and allows team members to practice auscultation in various case formats. It also covers some cases, working up the history and understanding the concepts of vaccines and heartworm prevention; this is followed by more advanced instruction in anatomy, physiology, diseases, clinical diagnostics and communication with clients about cardiac, renal, liver, and pancreatic organs.

The second CD-ROM takes the entire team through more advanced rounds focusing on the physical examination, clinical diagnostics, and treatment concepts. The topics include: EKG Trainer; Emergency Triage Trainer; Toxin Rounds; Complete Blood Count Rounds; Fluid Rounds. The book is divided into sections: Your First Two Days on the Job; Anatomy and Physiology: The Science Behind the Diseases; Clinical Diagnostics: The Science Behind the Diagnostics; Understanding the Concepts of Disease and Treatment.

I don't think that you could take someone off of the street and use this book to turn him/her into a technician, but you could take a technician and turn him/her into a truly valuable member of the team. The book takes each part of the veterinary day and explains the background, protocol, and expected outcome. Some veterinarians don't take the time to explain WHY a thing needs to be done, so that lack of understanding can impair the overall workings of the case. This book explains those issues to the team members.

There is more information on medical cases than on the day to day running of a veterinary office or clinic. The reader can become familiar with anatomy of several species, medical terminology, safety and restraint, the workings of various organs and body parts, toxins, anesthesia, radiology, and much more.

There are good illustrations throughout to explain various instruments and procedures. There are color plates of cytologic examples, and insert boxes of essential information are highlighted to bring an important point to the attention of the reader.

There are many cases illustrated and explained involving a wide variety of common presentations, each well illustrated and detailed. Many of the topics are beyond the usual duties of a technician or non-veterinarian employee, but the procedures are explained in a way that the concept can be understood by any team member.

I think it's a worthwhile book for any clinic. I would like to see more on the ethics and practice of being a team member, but this book does serve an important purpose.

Blackwell Publishing (Wiley) (2007).

Soft cover, 532 pages plus 2 CD-ROM discs. 8.5 x 11" format.

ISBN: 9780781757591.

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Animal Welfare
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Emergency Med
Food Animals/Livestock
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Human-Animal Bond
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Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Practice Management
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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)
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)
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Date Published: May 20, 2008

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