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Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

 

Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

Now in full color with hundreds of new illustrations, this essential resource covers the broad spectrum of laboratory procedures that technicians need to perform effectively in the practice setting. It presents step-by-step coverage of the basics of all laboratory work-ups microbiology, hematology, immunology, parasitology, urinalysis, and cytology providing the latest information on the most widely used tests such as complete blood count and immunologic assays.
Table of Contents

1. The Veterinary Practice Laboratory
2. Hematology and Hemostasis
3. Clinical Chemistry
4. Diagnostic Microbiology
5. Urinalysis
6. Internal Parasites
7. External Parasites
8. Immunology, Serology, and Molecular Diagnostics
9. Cytology
 

Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians

Hendrix CM, Sirois M, 5th Edition, Elsevier Publishing
 
Soft cover, 400 pages including Index, Reference ranges, and Glossary.
 
Review by Lara Angevine. First appeared in issue 59 of the New Zealand Veterinary Nurse journal


 
Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians should be included in the reference library at every clinic in New Zealand.  There wasn't a single test I could think of that wasn't covered by this manual.  It includes not only step-by-step directions as to how to perform these diagnostics (the majority of which a qualified vet nurse is able to perform in-house), but also excellent discussion of why these would be run, and what the results tell us.
 
One of the other reasons I found this book to be worthwhile is that they discuss several different methods for performing diagnostics.  For example, when doing a white cell count they show use of a hemocytometer and unopette along with use of an automated cell counter.  For clotting tests they discuss methods ranging from the buccal mucosal bleeding time to use of the super-sexy SCA2000 coagulation analyser.
 
There are plenty of photographs, table and diagrams to help guide you through a procedure, or illustrate cell identification through a wide range of species.
 
Authors Drs. Charles Hendrix and Margi Sirois both have extensive teaching experience and it shows in the easy style with which this book is written.  Charles Hendrix DVM, PhD, has been a veterinarian for nearly forty years.  Among his many professional acheivements he has worked is a professor of parasitology at Auburn University, Alabama, USA since 1981.  He has worked closely with the public heath sector as well as the veterinary community.
 
Margi Sirois EdD, MS, RVT, is the head of veterinary technology at Penn Foster Career School in Pennsylvania, USA.  She has twenty years of experience in veterinary education and is licensed as both a veterinary technician (the US equivalent of the diploma in veterinary nursing) and a lab animal technician.  Her teaching background includes serving as past-president of the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators.  She has authored several high-quality books including authoring one of my favourite reference books, Mosby's Veterinary PDQ.
 
Get this book and start putting those lab skills to work for you and your practice!

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