Veterinary Topics

Mar
27
You & Your Vet

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Your veterinarian will rely on your awareness of small changes in your pet's behavior or habits.


As the pet owner you must communicate your pet's health care needs to your veterinarian. Nobody knows your pet like you. Many signs of illness are subtle. Your veterinarian will rely on your awareness of small changes in your pet's behavior or habits.

Take the time to choose the right veterinarian for your special pet. It is a good idea to start thinking about selecting a veterinarian before a new pet becomes a member of your family. In fact, a veterinarian can assist you in selecting a pet that complements your personality, work schedule and home life.

If you've just moved, you will want to locate...


Mar
27
What We Learn

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Continuing education is important, even after veterinarians have completed their college studies and acquired the appropriate licenses.


Students interested in a career in veterinary medicine should begin their preparation by doing well in general science and biology in junior high school. They need to take a strong science, math, and biology program in high school. Admission into veterinary medical school is competitive. In fact, many people would agree that it's just as tough if not tougher to get into a veterinary medical school compared to a human medical school.


To be considered for admission to a college of veterinary medicine, a student must first complete undergraduate preveterinary m...


Mar
27
What We Do

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Doctors of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Surgeons are medical professionals whose primary responsibility is protecting the health and welfare of animals and people. The term "veterinarian" comes from veterinae, which means "working animals." Every veterinarian has gone through extensive medical training for animals and has received a license to practice veterinary medicine.


Veterinarians diagnose and control animal diseases, treat sick and injured animals, prevent the transmission of animal diseases to people, and advise owners on proper care of pets and livestock. They ensure a safe food supply by maintaining the health of food animals. Veterinarians are also involved in wildlife prese...


Mar
27
Vetopedia

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Vetopedia is a glossary of terms used by vets in treating animals.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


AAFCO
Association of American Feed Control Officials; an organization which sets standards for pet food ingredients and minimum daily requirements.


Abdomen
A region of the body between the chest and the pelvis; belly.


Abdominocentesis
The insertion of a needle into the abdominal cavity to remove fluids.


Abscess
A localized accumulation of pus; usually associated with infection.


ACE Inhibitor
Angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor: Drug which decreases the function of this particular enzyme. The angiotensin-converting-enzyme changes a compound called angiotensin I to angiotensi...


Mar
27
The Veterinary Approach

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Veterinarians employ state of the art technology that is very similar to technology used in the treatment of humans. Veterinarians in private clinical practice work to prevent disease and other health problems in their patients. They examine animal patients, vaccinate them against diseases, prevent the transmission of animal disease to people and advise owners on ways to keep pets and livestock well nourished and healthy.

When health problems develop, practitioners must diagnose the problem and treat the patients. Accurate diagnosis frequently requires the use of laboratory tests, radiography or x-rays, and specialized equipment. Treatments may involve a number of procedures including: emerg...