The Consulting Veterinary Nurse


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Foreword by Helen Farrant vii Abbreviations viii Introduction x Acknowledgements xi Part I The Role of the Nurse in the Veterinary Practice 1 1 Ethics 3 2 Consulting Room and Literature 6 3 The Consultation 9 4 Diagnostic Clinics 19 5 Marketing 29 6 Named Nurse and Protocol Writing 32 Part II Nutrition and Diet 35 7 Food and Feeding 37 8 Feeding Behaviours 51 9 Nutrition for Puppies and Kittens 56 10 Nutritional Assessment 67 11 Dietary Transitions 72 12 Methods of Increasing Water Consumption 74 13 Dietary Supplements 76 14 Rabbit Nutrition 80 Part III Behavioural Issues 85 15 Puppy and Kitten Behaviour 87 16 Noise Phobias and Fireworks 100 Part IV ?Well Pet? Clinics 107 17 Vaccination Clinics 109 18 Post-Neutering Clinics 111 19 Senior Pet Clinics 113 Part V Medical Clinics 117 20 Arthritis 119 21 Cancer 129 22 Cardiac Disorders 135 23 Cognitive Dysfunction 143 24 Dental Problems 146 25 Diabetes 153 26 Epilepsy 161 27 Gastrointestinal Disorders 164 28 Hepatobiliary Disorders 176 29 Obesity 185 30 Pancreatic Disorders 196 31 Renal Disorders 202 32 Nutrition-Related Skin Disorders 211 33 Urinary Tract Disorders 218 Appendix 1 Diet history sheet 233 Appendix 2 Unit Conversion Tables 235 Glossary 238 Index 241

About the Author

Nicola Ackerman is Senior Medical Nurse at The Veterinary Hospital Group Ltd in Plymouth and holds a Certificate in Small Animal and Exotic Nutrition. She was the 2010 BVNA Veterinary Nurse of the Year, and the 2011 Blue Cross Veterinary Nurse of the Year.


This book will enable VNs to become more involved inclinics and will ensure their skills are utilised. Certainlya book for every VN to have in the library. (BSAVA, 1 March 2014) To summarise, The Consulting Veterinary Nurse will be auseful book for many nurses, especially those who have a keeninterest in clinical nutrition, and those looking to promotenutrition within the practice ... It may also offer somesuggestions for medical clinics that may not have otherwise beenconsidered. (The Veterinary Record, 1 October2013) From handling senior pet clinics to client compliance andeducation, this covers clinics organized for a range of animalconditions and is written by an experienced senior vet nurse. Anyveterinary collection will find this filled with specifics. (Bookwatch, 1 January2013) The Consulting Veterinary Nurse is a highlyinformative, well-written book and deserves its place in thepractice library or, better still, the nurses consultationroom. (Veterinary Record, 2 February 2013)

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