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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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A simple and straightforward presentation of almost every term a veterinary assistant, office manager or kennel worker or any other key staff member might need to clarify during the course of his or her typical workday. The definitions are easy to understand, and common as well as scientific terms and phrases are included. It is apt to be tucked beside the telephone or computer monitor of most veterinary practices --JAVMA, Book Reviews

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

Having over 10 years of combined experience as a CVT/CVPM and part-time instructor in an AVMA accredited Vet Tech program, I decided to challenge the book before actually reading it. Over a couple of days I thought about veterinary language I use on a routine basis, as well as terms I use with my clients. To my pleasant surprise I did not come up with a single term or word that was not referenced in this book. I recommend this book without hesitation. --VHMA Website, Nicole Kelley, CVT, CVPM
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Alpine Pubns; 1st edition (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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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This is an excellent product. I've ordered many as birthday and holiday gifts to family & friends because I feel that it is important to protect one's personal information and this RFID product helps do just that. Ordered and delivered quickly and ready for distribution. Just the way I like to shop.
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I use this book to gain a wider understanding of Equine terminology. I am a professional in the world of horses and this book is good to have on hand. It is "layman" friendly.
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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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