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J Am Anim Hosp Assoc ; 60(4): 131-163, 2024 Jul 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38885492


Fluids are drugs used in veterinary patients capable of producing beneficial therapeutic or inadvertent harmful effects within the body's intravascular, interstitial, and intracellular fluid spaces. The individualized design of a fluid therapy plan requires careful patient assessment and targeted selection of proper fluid types, administration routes, and rates, along with adjustments during therapy tailored specifically as per the individual patient's fluid requirement and therapeutic response. Personalized fluid prescriptions and vigilant patient monitoring help avoid patient morbidity from body fluid deficiencies, fluid excess, and electrolyte derangements and support better patient outcomes. These guidelines provide an overview of fluid dynamics within the fluid spaces of the body, describe various types of fluids and their uses, and outline recommendations for fluid administration for resuscitation, rehydration, and maintenance purposes. The guidelines also outline approaches to fluid therapy for anesthetized patients and reiterate the recommendations of reduced fluid rates in this population of patients. Additionally, the guidelines include practical fluid therapy strategies for patients with various common disorders. The goal of these guidelines is to help veterinary professionals safely and effectively prescribe and administer fluid therapy for canine and feline patients.

Cat Diseases , Dog Diseases , Fluid Therapy , Dogs , Cats , Fluid Therapy/veterinary , Fluid Therapy/standards , Animals , Cat Diseases/therapy , Dog Diseases/therapy , Veterinary Medicine/standards , Societies, Veterinary , United States
Vet Rec ; 194(12): e4070, 2024 Jun 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38863168


BACKGROUND: Veterinary practice staff are directly involved in the dispensing of prescription veterinary medicines (POM-Vs) to farmers as prescribed by registered veterinary surgeons to animals 'under their care'. The role of veterinary practice staff has, to date, been underresearched. The objective of this study was to investigate the roles played by veterinary practice staff, exploring their expectations and perceptions of the front-of-house (FoH) role, their interactions with clients in day-to-day veterinary practice and their experiences relating to the dispensing of POM-Vs. METHODS: Thematic analysis was used to analyse data from 20 semi-structured interviews of veterinary practice staff. Participants were recruited from 80% of the large animal or mixed species veterinary practices across Wales. RESULTS: Four key themes-'piggy in the middle', learning on the job, practice organisation and facilitating change-were identified, illustrating the multifaceted and diverse nature of this type of employment. LIMITATIONS: This study is not intended to be representative of the perceptions of FoH staff on the dispensing of antimicrobials. Larger-scale studies are required to substantiate these findings. CONCLUSION: Understanding the roles of non-clinical veterinary staff allows practice managers and veterinary surgeons to better identify and meet training and staffing needs and improves recognition of this key area of practice work.

Anti-Infective Agents , Farmers , Wales , Humans , Animals , Farmers/psychology , Anti-Infective Agents/therapeutic use , Professional Role , Veterinary Medicine/organization & administration , Veterinarians/psychology , Veterinarians/statistics & numerical data , Female , Male
Vet Rec ; 194(12): i-ii, 2024 Jun 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38874147


Helen Ballantyne is a rarity in that she first qualified as a veterinary nurse and then followed her calling to train as a human-centred nurse, combining skills from both fields and finding a more fulfilling career path.

Animal Technicians , Career Mobility , Humans , Animal Technicians/psychology , Animal Technicians/education , United Kingdom , History, 20th Century , Career Choice , Veterinary Medicine/organization & administration
Vet Rec ; 194(12): 481, 2024 Jun 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38874142
Vet Rec ; 194(12): 459, 2024 Jun 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38874162
Vet Rec ; 194(12): 468-470, 2024 Jun 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-38874167