Complementary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses
by Nancy Scanlan
Although books on complementary veterinary medicine are becoming more plentiful, they are usually written for veterinarians and tend to be on the veterinary student textbook level. Other books on the subject are written for pet owners. They are good for an introduction to the subject but lack the depth needed to be useful for a technician in a practice. There are a growing number of owners who use natural methods for their pets. If a practice can’t answer the questions these owners have, the owners often look for another resource who can. The other resource may be another veterinary practice, a well-meaning but misinformed neighbor, a poorly prepared lay practitioner, or even the Internet.
This book was written to help fill this information gap. It contains a description of the most common treatment modalities, with references supporting their use. It includes lists of commonly used herbs, supplements, and other methods. It also includes a discussion of how to navigate
through the pro- and anti-holistic opinions to make an informed decision about whether a treatment method is promising or useful.