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Fluid Therapy for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses


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Preface ix 1 Body Water 3 2 Patient Assessment 15 3 Routes of Administration 35 4 Fluid Pumps and Tools of Administration 67 5 Calculating Rates of Administration 87 6 Patient Monitoring 107 7 Complications of Fluid Therapy 135 8 Fluid Types 149 9 Fluid Selection 167 10 Parenteral Nutrition 179 11 Blood Transfusions and Blood Component Therapy 195 Appendix: Answers to Review Questions 221 Index 227 PowerPoint documents of figures and PDFs of questions and answers available for download at

About the Author

Charlotte Donohoe, RVT, VTS (ECC), is an Emergency and Critical Care Service technician at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College Teaching Hospital.


This is an excellent book for veterinary technicians intraining as well as those in practice who want to review certainaspects of fluid therapy. Overall, I highly recommend thisbook and plan to keep it in my hospital s library for review. (Journal of The American Veterinary MedicalAssociation, 16 September 2012) This book offers a very practical solution to the problems andquestions related to the administration of fluids: which type,which rate, which route, what are the possible complications andhow to deal with them. (Vet NursesToday, 1 April 2012) Fluid Therapy for Veterinary Technicians and Nursesprovides veterinary support staff with key details on fluid therapyand covers everything from placement to monitoring of intravenousfluid therapies and possible complications. It's designed for easyuse and covers the basics, supporting nursing information with acompanion website reviewing questions and answers and providingeven more illustrations. Technicians and any administering fluidtherapy to animals will find this a powerful presentation and a'must' vet's reference. (Midwest Book Review, 4May 2012) The case studies, along with the questions and answers,enable readers to test their comprehension. Overall, this is auseful book for veterinary technicians. (Doody s, 10 August 2012)

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