The Consulting Veterinary Nurse is an invaluable source of information for all veterinary nurses setting up and conducting their own nursing clinics in small animal practice. From the basics of setting up the consulting room to running and marketing individual clinics, this book provides a comprehensive coverage of the role of the consulting veterinary nurse. A large section of the book details specific clinics run by nurses, including nutritional assessments, behavioural clinics, puppy parties, seasonal information campaigns, senior pet clinics and medical clinics for a full range of conditions from arthritis and dental problems to epilepsy and cancer. A chapter specifically on rabbit clinics is also included. Written by an experienced senior veterinary nurse, this is a vital guide for all veterinary nurses seeking to develop their consulting role and contribute effectively to the long-term success of their practice.
KEY FEATURES * Provides a comprehensive guide to the role of the consulting veterinary nurse * Details specific nutritional, medical and behavioural clinics run by nurses * Includes advice on presentation, marketing and communicating with clients * Discusses client compliance and internal procedure and protocol * Contains sample diet history sheets and unit conversion charts for use in practice * Endorsed by the British Veterinary Nursing Association
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.
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