Small Animal Surgical Nursing: Skills and Concepts [Paperback]

Sara J. Busch DVM (Author)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Mosby; 1 edition (September 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0323030637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0323030632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.8 inches


This is an excellent book, produced in a clear "user friendly" format. There are fourteen different contributors, some veterinarians and some qualified technicians. All are actively involved in the teaching of technicians and this is reflected in the clear style and emphasis on practical skills.

The book is organised into four main parts - pre-operative considerations, intra-operative considerations, post-operative considerations and finally a special section on high-volume spay-neuter clinics. The separate chapters contain a wealth of practical information presented in a clear and concise way. The colour photographs and line diagrams are of a high quality and help bring the book to life. Specific procedures (e.g. the placement of intravenous canulae) are highlighted in box format and there are numerous tables of information for quick reference. Each chapter starts by outlining the learning objectives and finishes with a summary of the key points and a question and answer section. At the end of the book there is a section of appendices providing at-a-glance access to information on dosage calculations and infusion rates.

Within the section on intra-operative procedures is a chapter on specific surgical operations - ranging from ovarohysterectomies to bowel resections and orthopaedic procedures. I personally was very impressed by this and felt the information was presented in a way that encouraged the student to read more. The nursing staff in my clinic agreed this was especially useful as it helped to apply the lessons of the previous sections to real life situations. This section also contained a very clear description of the use of rigid and flexible endoscopes and my experience is that such information geared to nurses /technicians is not readily available.

The section on high volume neuter clinics was a welcome inclusion, as it highlighted the special considerations that need to be addressed when working in such a situation.

In summary I feel the authors and publishers should be congratulated on producing such an excellent book. Within Europe, this should be a recommended text for nurses/ technicians who have English language skills. Sadly this is not always the case, but in situations where the veterinarians can read English, they may still find the book a useful tool when teaching their own staff. Indeed, the wealth of practical information might make it a valuable resource for veterinary students or graduates who have had minimal experience in gaining appropriate practical skills.

Ray L. Butcher MA, Vet MB, MRCVS(UK)
FECAVA Vol. 16-2 October 2006

Book Description

Accurate, up-to-date coverage of the technician's role in small animal surgery