As a veterinary student approaches the end of training, and then starts that first job in practice, there is a sense not only of achievement and fulfilment but also of terror and self-doubt. Few of us will ever again be as knowledgeable about all aspects of the care, diseases and treatment of horses, cows, sheep, pigs, cats and dogs as we were at the time of graduation. Unfortunately, there is a seventh species to contend with: the clients.
In Alisa Merlin's Secrets to Lower Vet Bills, Alisa shows the average pet owner how to save money at the vet and improve the health and happiness of their pets. Alisa has over 25 years of experience as a Veterinary Technician and Pet Care Coach. Her inexpensive and easy to follow pet care tips, at-home treatments and nutritional guidance will help pets of all ages. Most pet owners never realize: All animals get fleas-even the cleanest, indoor only ones. The majority of pet owners are shortening the lives of their beloved companions by over vaccinating them. There are seven signs of a good veterinarian. A good vet will save you money. There are three questions to always ask your vet that will save you money and help you make any treatment decisions for your pet, even the ultimate one. Alisa's regular visits to the pets of the biggest stars in Hollywood have been instrumental to keeping their pets healthy. While not every pet owner can afford the same level of pampering, every owner can benefit from the same inexpensive, preventive care. "I am on a mission to enrich the lives of all pets by educating their human companions. I have four cats and two dogs. Everyday I deal with celebrity clients, temperamental vets, and LA freeways. I have been bitten, scratched and barked at, sometimes even by the animals."
A lot of material has been written about pet care and the human-animal bond. We have been taking care of our pets better and better every year. The author, Dr. Hector Carbonell, wanted to write something that celebrates the unique bond he has with his clients, as they mutually take care of the star of the office visit: the pet. This book is about things that you and your veterinarian might discuss if time was not a factor. He wishes that optimum care can be delivered, and a friendly relationship cultivated in the exam room and beyond, without economics imposing its limits. It tackles concerns such as how to find a hospital that meets your expectations, how to save money on prescriptions, DYI skills, and other common ideas. A chapter called "It is Darkest Before Dawn" also delves deep into questions you might have but were afraid to ask; such as cranky employees, animal abuse, internet pharmacies, high prices, hospital staff drug problems, compassion fatigue, and others. You owe it to your pet to protect his health and welfare. All proceeds from this book will benefit humane societies, animal shelters, and other charitable causes. CONTENTS Dedication Introduction • The Extended Office Visit • The Storyteller • Disclaimer Part One: THE DOCTOR IS IN Welcome to the consultation that has no time limit. 1. Choosing a Veterinarian The hospital tour What is important to you? 2. Your Pet and You Choosing a pet Dog and cat breeds The normal pet Age comparison to humans 3. At the Vet’s: The Office Visit 4. Client Communications Part Two: PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT The more a client is involved in their pet’s health care, the better. If you are ready to learn more about anything from the simplest to the most complex ideas and procedures, then read this chapter and work with your veterinary staff. Get down on the ground or lift your pets on top of the table and get totally “hands-on.” 5. DIY: Do It Yourself How To Do A Physical Examination On Your Pet At Home Rinse Well and Repeat Brushing and Bathing Basics Home Made Remedies 6. Services and Products Areas of the hospital Dentistry - Wellness - Vaccinations Boarding and Grooming The Emergency Clinic Specialists Pet food Pharmaceuticals / prescriptions OTC 7. Nutrition Food Facts The Obesity Epidemic and the 50% Threshold Commercial Pet Food Part Three: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Got questions that you were always afraid to ask? It is time to remove the veil of secrecy and get shed light into some intriguing issues. We need to try to solve some vexing problems for everyone’s benefit before they get even worse. 8. Economics: Dog Dollars and Cat Cents Insurance and payment systems Veterinary student debt Veterinary business Retail 9. It Is Darkest Before Dawn Animal abuse or just plain neglect Hoarding Benign neglect and hospice Quacks and charlatans 10. Legalese Malpractice Miscommunication Reporting abuse Love thy neighbor 11. Pharmacy: The Current Controversy Online and retails pharmacies Time for a major overhaul Part Four: TRANSCENDENCE Taking care of pets goes beyond healthcare. We were able to make a difference in the community just by carrying on with our daily business. Our staff and clients make this world safer for pets and their people. Even human lives were saved. 13. The Sunset Paradigm Hospice Euthanasia Accidents 14. The Lighter Side High Tech Future for our Pets Stewardship and the Ripple Effect Why I keep coming back to work Memorable pets, clients, and friends So, you want to be a vet? Acknowledgements Glossary
Offering a candid behind-the-scenes look at small-animal veterinary practices, Blue Juice explores the emotional and ethical conflicts involved in providing a "good death" for companion animals. Patricia Morris presents a nuanced ethnographic account of how veterinarians manage patient care and client relations when their responsibility shifts from saving an animal's life to negotiating a decision to end it. Using her own experiences and observations in veterinary settings as well as the voices of seasoned and novice vets, Morris reveals how veterinarians think about euthanasia and why this "dirty work" often precipitates "burnout," moral quandaries, and even tense or emotional interactions with clients. Closely observing these interactions, Morris illuminates the ways in which euthanasia reflects deep and unresolved tension in human-animal relationships. Blue Juice seeks to understand how practitioners, charged with the difficult task of balancing the interests of animals and their humans, deal with the responsibility of ending their patients' lives.
A Guide to Oral Communication in Veterinary Medicine
Good communication skills provide better clinical outcomes and help avoid minor as well as major mistakes. Approximately 60-80% of negligence claims against vets are related to poor communication, with new graduates especially vulnerable. Communication skills are a growing part of the curriculum in veterinary schools, recognising how fundamental clear communication is to good practice. A Guide to Oral Communication in Veterinary Medicine covers why communication skills are important, the structure of typical communications and suggested approaches, veterinary specific communication pathways, and sample scripts between vet and client. Scenarios covered include everyday communication, dealing with challenging situations, different species, different settings, and communication within the veterinary team. The aim is to instill confidence and competence, build professionalism, and avoid problems. Most current teaching is based on a toolbox approach developed from the human medicine model. However, there is no set standard for teaching methodology, which is why this is primarily a book for students, but also includes a section for educators to provide guidance in this nascent subject.
Honest and heart-warming account of the highs and lows of life as a vet, by lovable TV star Rory Cowlam. Rory Cowlam, otherwise known as Rory the Vet, has had a passion for animals for as long as he can remember. As a young boy, growing up in the countryside, he fell in love with the creatures that could be found both at home and in the neighbouring farms and fields. There was never any doubt in his mind as to what he wanted to do when he grew up. Now Rory's dreams of becoming a vet are a reality. He works in a busy London practice where his honest and emotional relationships with the animals and their owners have made him the relatable and approachable face of veterinary work. But, as Rory describes here with a mixture of his trademark openness and humour, what he couldn't have known as a small boy with his heart set on becoming the next James Herriot, was what becoming a vet really entails. In an era when doctors and nurses are talking more openly about the realities of saving human lives, Rory shows what a vital service vets offer in caring for the animals that often form the very heart of the household. He describes the demanding experience of veterinary school, and offers a very human take on what it's like to treat animals, and the little talked about mental health implications that this pressured life or death industry holds. This is a frank and heart-warming account of chasing a childhood dream and learning to love the reality.
A concise yet rigorous introduction to logic and discrete mathematics. This book features a unique combination of comprehensive coverage of logic with a solid exposition of the most important fields of discrete mathematics, presenting material that has been tested and refined by the authors in university courses taught over more than a decade. The chapters on logic - propositional and first-order - provide a robust toolkit for logical reasoning, emphasizing the conceptual understanding of the language and the semantics of classical logic as well as practical applications through the easy to understand and use deductive systems of Semantic Tableaux and Resolution. The chapters on set theory, number theory, combinatorics and graph theory combine the necessary minimum of theory with numerous examples and selected applications. Written in a clear and reader-friendly style, each section ends with an extensive set of exercises, most of them provided with complete solutions which are available in the accompanying solutions manual. Key Features: Suitable for a variety of courses for students in both Mathematics and Computer Science. Extensive, in-depth coverage of classical logic, combined with a solid exposition of a selection of the most important fields of discrete mathematics Concise, clear and uncluttered presentation with numerous examples. Covers some applications including cryptographic systems, discrete probability and network algorithms. Logic and Discrete Mathematics: A Concise Introduction is aimed mainly at undergraduate courses for students in mathematics and computer science, but the book will also be a valuable resource for graduate modules and for self-study.