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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Alpine Pubns (October 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577790901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577790907
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author Coates, a veterinarian, designed this dictionary of veterinary terms for animal owners and those who work in the veterinary field to assist with the common question, “What did the vet mean by that?” Some 5,600 terms are defined alphabetically, and entries range from a few words to 100 words. Pronunciations are not provided. Several appendixes offer information on commonly prescribed drugs, abbreviations and acronyms, weights and measures, normal physiologic parameters of 28 species, and normal reproductive parameters of 18 species. Sources for more information are also included. --Sue Polanka

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Finally! Thanks to a very experienced and understanding vet, there is now a reference manual that the layperson can keep at home and readily available for use after those often times bewildering trips to the vet. Haven't we all wondered after we got home - exactly what did the vet mean anyway?
Written in dictionary style format, Jennifer Coates explains just about every term the vet will use. The material covers the complete veterinary profession, including disease common to North America as well as important foreign born diseases. In addition, complex terms can be further explained by looking up the root of the word or a single term in a compound name. there are also detailed appendices for abbreviations, drugs and physiological data.
With veterinary medicine becoming increasingly complex on a daily basis and veterinarians using advanced technologies, diagnostic tests, surgical procedures and medicines on a par with human medicine, it seems almost impossible to know exactly what is really being said at the vet's office. Now, we can go home, sit down and read in easy to understand text, what exactly is going on with that horse, dog or cat.
Jennifer Coates knows the 'inside' of the vet world - prior to graduating with honors from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, she spent years working as a veterinary receptionist, assistant and technician. She experienced, first hand, the confusion and frustrations that vet jargon caused for pet owners. Receptionists were unable to adequately answer client's questions while support staff and animal care workers all needed a clear and concise resource to explain terminology in plain English. The skill and knowledge gained through all her years immersed in every aspect of bet care has given Coates an exceptionally clear perspective as to what was lacking in the animal world, and the determination as well as the knowledge to write the Dictionary of Vet Terms.
A perfect gift at Christmas or any time of the year for anyone working with or owning an animal, this is the must-have type of reference book that will be pulled off the shelf again and again with a continued sigh of thanks for having such a complete, concise and easy-to-read book right at one's own fingertips! --Pik Watson, Horses of Indiana

This is a quick and useful guide for anyone interested in understanding the unique language of the veterinary medical profession. Dr. Coates presents an excellent tool for translation and simple explanations of medical terms and conditions.

This reference will be useful to any animal owner, veterinary student or veterinary technician. The reference guides at the back provide a quick educational avenue to pharmaceuticals, conversions and normal medical parameters.

This is a book that I wish I had during my veterinary education! --MJ Forman, DVM, DACVIM

This book should be in every horse enthusiast's library. Great educators make
difficult subjects easy and Dr. Coates has certainly accomplished this daunting task in Dictionary of Veterinary Terms: Vet-Speak Deciphered for the Non-
Veterinarian. This is a book that will most certainly be recommended to New
Horizons Equine students. --Colette May, New Horizons Equine Education Center

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Very helpful and easy to use.
cynthia casiano
What a great dictionary for my son who is studying Animal Science in his 11th grade technology class in BOCES at HB Ward.
Vicki M. Brown
Gave this as a gift to my son for Christmas - he loves it and will be very useful in learning terms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Kelly CVT, CVPM on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I recently came across a copy of Dr. Jennifer Coates' book: Dictionary of Veterinary Terms - Vet-Speak for the Non-Veterinarian. Having over 10 years of combined experience as a CVT/CVPM and part-time instructor in an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology program, I decided to challenge the book before actually reading it. Over a couple of days I thought about veterinary language that I use on a routine basis, as well as veterinary terms that I use with clients. To my pleasant surprise, I did not come up with a single term or word that was not referenced in this book. Eventually I carefully reviewed the entire contents, and found it to be very thorough and user-friendly. The veterinary terms are alphabetized for extremely easy reference. The appendix includes a common drug reference, acronyms/abbreviations, and normal physiologic/reproductive parameters (a wonderful, quick review for anyone in this profession). I truly cannot think of an easier reference guide for veterinary technicians, receptionists, students or pet owners that I have come across in my entire career. I would recommend this book without hesitation. Dr. Coates' well-rounded background and understanding of the veterinary profession has helped her produce book of quality, ease and simple excellence.

-Nichole Kelly, CVT, CVPM
Fort Collins, CO
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Witchy Woman on October 21, 2008
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I purchased this book after entering school to become a Veterinary Technician. I have never worked in a clinic and I am unfamiliar with the terminology. This book has provided me with practical, easy to understand definitions of the terminology I have to study for school. I would have given it five stars but there are a few words I have not been able to look up in it. Besides that, it is an excellent book for people whom are clueless about Veterinary Terminology or who know it, but would like a "down-to-earth" way to describe things to their clients.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claymore S on January 8, 2013
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I ordered this book for my niece, who want to be a Veterinarian she grows up. She's 14 years old, and when she opened this up on Christmas day, I never saw anyone get so excited over a specialized dictionary. She lives out on a ranch, and so for the next week after that, she was running around, naming off animal parts and different maladies they could suffer from. It's written in a comprehensive manner that makes it understandable for even her at her young age. A+ for this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gwendolyn Bernardo on June 20, 2011
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It is good because it is light and you could take it with you to the vet's office if you needed to. However, there are a lot of (horse) things that are missing. I guess this could be helpful if you had a dog or a cat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Diemer on April 28, 2009
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I purchased this book for my daughter at a price that was $6.00 less at Amazon.com than at Barnes & Noble. My daughter is taking an on-line course to become a Veterinary Assistant. She tells me that it is one of the most helpful dictionaries for this profession.
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By EmmaGH on February 22, 2014
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Not a book to be read for-for-word, but it has had a good (clear, informative) answer for every term that I've looked up so far in connection with my dogs' and cats' health.
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By cynthia casiano on January 13, 2014
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Love it. So easy to carry and find what I need. Must have if studying veterinary meds. Very helpful and easy to use.
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