Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Case Studies in Veterinary Technology: A Scenario-Based Critical Thinking Approach

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Case Studies in Veterinary Technology: A Scenario-Based Critical Thinking Approach

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Case Studies in Veterinary Technology: A Scenario-Based Critical Thinking Approach By Jody Rockett & Chani Christensen, 2010, 452 pages, illustrated, Rockett House Publishing, 407 S 800 W, Heyburn, ID 83336, ISBN: 978061543-505-3. 2010, $44.00.

Case Studies in Veterinary Technology: A Scenario-Based Thinking Approach does an exceptional job of filling avoidthat, up until now, existed within textbooks used by veterinary technician students. This textbook provides guidance to veterinary technician students by helping them learn critical thinking skills via a case-based format. The textbook is organized into chapters that closely coincide with the AVMA Veterinary Technology Student Essential and Recommended Skills List, which veterinary technology programs use when developing a curriculum to ensure critical skills are included in instruction.

The book begins with an introductory chapter that explains what critical thinking is and how to apply critical thinking skills to veterinary patients as well as an introduction to and examples of subjective-objective-assessment-plan (ie, SOAP) notes and the concept map. The next 13 chapters each contain several examples of cases on the chapter topic. These chapters include communication-documentation, restraint, surgical nursing, anesthesia, diagnostic imaging techniques, medical nursing and behavior, clinical laboratory procedures, pharmacology, nutrition, emergency medicine, zoonotics, and laboratory animals-exotics. …

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