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Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals & Applications 1e

ISBN-13: 9781435453876 / ISBN-10: 1435453875

Beth Vanhorn, AS, CVT, Dauphin County Technical School, Veterinary Assistant Program
Robert Clark, PhD, Administrative Director - Dauphin County Technical School
Published by Cengage Learning, ©2011
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Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals and Applications is a comprehensive book and reference for use by veterinary assisting students, practicing veterinary assistants, veterinary receptionists, and other supportive staff within a veterinary facility. The format allows the reader to quickly obtain resources and information regarding basic veterinary assistant principles and clinical situations. The material moves from basic to advanced information and includes the latest educational information in the industry.


  • Covers all skill areas from office to clinical procedures.
  • Takes a competency-based approach in which all skills are presented in a step-by-step format.
  • A complete section on animal production and management: from companion animals to large and exotic animals.
  • Robust instructor supplements offered online include: an instructor’s manual, lesson plans, concept maps, instructor presentations on PowerPoint, and a testbank.
  • Additional exercises and handouts are also available on the online companion which can be used as additional assignments.

1. Veterinary Medical Terminology and Abbreviations.
2. Medical Records.
3. Scheduling and Appointments.
4. Computer and Keyboarding Skills.
5. Veterinary Office Management.
6. Communication and Client Relations.
7. Veterinary Ethics and Legal Issues.
8. Dog Breed Identification and Production Management.
9. Cat Breed Identification and Production Management.
10. Avian Breed Identification and Production Management.
11. Pocket Pet Health and Production Management.
12. Rabbit Identification and Production Management.
13. Reptile and Amphibian Breed Identification and Production Management.
14. Ornamental Fish Identification and Production Management.
15. Wildlife Management and Rehabilitation.
16. Zoo and Exotic Animal Production Management.
17. Laboratory Animal and Research Animal Management.
18. Beef and Dairy Cattle Breed Identification and Production Management.
19. Equine Breed Identification and Production Management.
20. Draft Animal Breed Identification and Production Management.
21. Swine Breed Identification and Production Management.
22. Sheep Breed Identification and Production Management.
23. Goat Breed Identification and Production Management.
24. Poultry Breed Identification and Production Management.
25. Aquaculture Identification and Production Management.
26. The Structure of Living Things.
27. The Musculoskeletal System.
28. The Digestive System.
29. Circulatory System.
30. The Respiratory System.
31. The Endocrine System.
32. The Renal System.
33. Reproductive System.
34. The Immune System.
35. The Nervous System.
36. The Sensory System.
37. Animal Nutrition.
38. Microbiology and Parasitology as Disease Processes.
39. Animal Behavior.
40. Basic Veterinary Restraint and Handling Procedures.
41. Veterinary Safety.
42. Veterinary Sanitation and Aseptic Technique.
43. The Physical Examination and Patient History.
44. Examination Procedures.
45. Hospital Procedures.
46. Grooming Procedures.
47. Veterinary Assisting Procedures.
48. Laboratory Procedures.
49. Radiology Procedures.
50. Pharmacy Procedures.
51. Surgical Assisting Procedures.
Beth Vanhorn, AS, CVT
Beth Vanhorn is a certified veterinary technician with more than 10 years of professional experience. When hired by the Dauphin County Technical School in 2005, she quickly got to work by outlining a curriculum for the Veterinary Assistant Program. Additionally, Vanhorn spearheads the Vet Science Club, an after-school organization for current and future students.

Robert Clark, PhD
Dr. Robert Clark is an Administrative Director for Dauphin County Technical School (DCTS), and the developer of the school’s urban agricultural program. Upon realizing that there was no industry-recognized credential for veterinary assistants, he worked with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to lay the groundwork for this innovative program that could answer the need for credentialing.