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Equine Veterinary Nursing - Karen Coumbe

Equine Veterinary Nursing

By: Karen Coumbe (Editor)

Paperback Published: 17th August 2012
ISBN: 9780470656556
Number Of Pages: 496

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The breadth and depth of expertise essential for equine veterinary nursing today is provided in this definitive textbook.  Thoroughly revised and updated in its second edition, and now fully illustrated in colour.  This book covers the content of the ever-expanding equine nursing syllabus, while still succinctly covering all the basics that veterinary nurses specialising in other species need to know. The key subjects included are: basic equine management, medical and surgical equine nursing, nutrition, reproduction and foal care, emergency first aid, and the theory underpinning these and other important topics.

Equine Veterinary Nursing Second Edition is presented in a clear and user-friendly manner, appropriate for all those involved in equine nursing. A practical approach is used throughout and procedures are illustrated with a large number of line diagrams and clinical photographs. It is an essential manual for all student and qualified equine veterinary nurses and all those involved in the care of horses.


  • Includes a new chapter on the equine nurse’s professional responsibilities
  • Major revisions to the chapters on diagnostic imaging and surgical nursing to reflect advances in technology and techniques
  • All information on health and safety management updated in keeping with new regulations
  • Authors include both vets and experienced equine nurses
  • Endorsed by the British Equine Veterinary Association

"With the increasing demands of equine practice has come the need for well trained and competent equine nurses. There have been significant improvements in and expansion of the equine Veterinary Nurse training syllabus over the past few years to meet these demands. This new and updated edition of Equine Veterinary Nursing covers all aspects of the new syllabus with well written and illustrated chapters from a wide range of knowledgable and experienced authors. The British Equine Veterinary Association is pleased to endorse this text as a 'must have' for all trainee equine veterinary nurses and their training practices." - Deidre M Carson BVSc(Syd) MRCVS
Immediate Past President, BEVA

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“Karen Coumbe has successfully edited another fantastic book for equine veterinary nurses. It is a must-have book for nurses and practices, or anyone who works with horses, as a primary reference to assist them in their training and subsequent years as registered equine nurses.”  (Veterinary Record, 16 February 2014)

"This book is essential for anyone nursing in equine practice, either in training or as a qualified equine veterinary nurse. This is the second edition of the book and it has been revised to include further advances in clinical practice, particularly with reference to imaging techniques that have come to the forefront in recent years. I was excited to be asked to review the book and now encourage all my nurses to read it, whether they be first-year trainees covering equine and small animal topics or qualified nurses needing to read up on more advanced procedures. Despite being someone who is easily sidetracked when expected to read dense text, I found myself wanting to read more. The chapters are written by well-respected experts from a variety of clinical backgrounds. The use of coloured pictures, schematic diagrams, tables, sub-headings and highlighted ‘key note’ boxes make information easy to read, understand and absorb. All chapters include a range of suggested further reading for those who wish to enhance their knowledge and understanding further. Chapters on subjects that can be weighty for nurses to learn, such as anatomy and physiology or diagnostic imaging, include plenty of diagrams and photographs to help visualise and understand the dynamics of the subject. Several chapters apply a visual approach to learning.  Karen Coumbe has successfully edited another fantastic book for equine veterinary nurses. It is a must-have book for nurses and practices, or anyone who works with horses, as a primary reference to assist them in their training and subsequent years as registered equine nurses."

Veterinary Record


List of contributors, vii

Foreword, ix

Preface to the second edition, x

Abbreviations and Acronyms, xi

1 Basic equine management, 1
W. Linnenkohl & D.C. Knottenbelt

2 Anatomy and physiology, 25
P.D. Clegg, N. Townsend & R.C. Conwell

3 Genetics, 69
G. Munroe

4 Reproduction, 78
J.F. Pycock

5 Nutrition, 97
P.A. Harris

6 Clinical nutrition, 121
P.A. Harris

7 Basic first aid, 134
M. Smith & S.J. Haylock

8 General nursing, 153
K. Snalune & A. Paton

9 Safety management in the practice, 176
A. Jones & A. Barr

10 The equine nurse?s professional responsibilities, 184
S. Pullen

11 Medicines and their management, 191
C.A. Roberts, L. Loines & K. Tillett

12 Laboratory diagnostics, 201
R.J. Naylor, L.L. Hillyer & M.H. Hillyer

13 Fluid therapy, 226
V.E.N. Copas & J.C. Boswell

14 Medical nursing, 246
J.D. Slater & E.J. Knowles

15 Foal nursing, 286
S.J. Stoneham

16 Equine orthopaedic nursing, 303
E.D. Barr & E. Jones

17 Diagnostic imaging, 332
M.A. Smith, K. Holmes & N. Turley

18 General surgical nursing, 382
S. Boys Smith & B.M. Millar

19 Theatre practice, 407
D.P. McHugh

20 Anaesthesia, 432
J.C. Murrell & V. Ford-Fennah

Index, 461

ISBN: 9780470656556
ISBN-10: 0470656557
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 17th August 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 19.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.96
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: Revised

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