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Veterinary Medical Terminology: Guide and Workbook

Angela Taibo

ISBN: 978-1-118-52748-1 April 2014 Wiley-Blackwell 656 Pages

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Veterinary Medical Terminology Guide and Workbook provides a user-friendly guide for gaining an understanding of veterinary medical terms, from phonetic spelling and meanings of prefixes, suffixes, and roots to more in-depth explanations of terminology.  Introductory chapters explain the basic principles of using medical terminology in veterinary medicine, with later chapters organized by body system, covering anatomy, terminology, and abbreviations in a consistent format.  Carefully designed to engage the reader, each chapter includes tip boxes, case studies, word lists, and review exercises to promote learning, and a companion website also provides a pronunciation guide, flash cards, teaching PowerPoints, and additional images.      

Species-specific chapters on the horse, ruminants, exotics, and lab animals offer a unique study of terms specific to these species, making this a truly comprehensive resource.  Appendices provide quick access to information on the pronunciation, spelling, and meaning of word parts and commonly used abbreviations.  Helpful to both veterinary and veterinary technician students and those in practice, Veterinary Medical Terminology Guide and Workbook is an essential resource to learning veterinary terminology and using correct medical terms in daily practice.


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Preface xi About the Companion Website xiii

Chapter 1

Introduction 1

Anatomy of a Medical Term 1

Five Rules to Medical Terminology 3

Study Tips 5

Building the Terms 6

Special Terms 12

Case Study 18

Exercises 19

Chapter 2

Anatomical Organization 23

Structural Organization 23

Introduction to the Skeletal Anatomy 31

Building the Terms 38

Abbreviations 41

Case Study 43

Exercises 44

Chapter 3

The Musculoskeletal System 47

Bones 47

Joints 62

Muscles 66

Building the Terms 70

Abbreviations 77

Case Study 78

Exercises 79

Chapter 4

The Gastrointestinal Tract 83

The Pathway of Food 83

Related Terms 101

Pathology and Procedures 105

Building the Terms 117

Abbreviations 127

Case Study 129

Exercises 129

Chapter 5

The Reproductive System 133

The Male Reproductive System 133

Building the Terms 141

The Female Reproductive System 144

Building the Terms 163

Abbreviations 167

Case Study 168

Exercises 169

Chapter 6

The Cardiovascular System 173

Blood Vessels 173

Anatomy of the Heart 174

Circulation 183

Related Terms 184

Pathology and Procedures 187

Building the Terms 197

Abbreviations 200

Case Study 201

Exercises 202

Chapter 7

The Respiratory Tract 205

Anatomy of the Respiratory Tract 205

Related Terms 208

Pathology and Procedures 209

Building the Terms 215

Abbreviations 220

Case Study 221

Exercises 222

Chapter 8

Hematology 225

Anatomy and Physiology of Blood and Blood-Forming Organs 226

Related Terms 235

Pathology and Procedures 236

Building the Terms 239

Abbreviations 243

Case Study 245

Exercises 245

Chapter 9

Immunology 249

The Lymphatic System 249

The Blood System 253

The Immune System 254

Related Terms 256

Pathology and Procedures 257

Building the Terms 260

Abbreviations 263

Case Study 264

Exercises 264

Chapter 10

The Endocrine System 267

Endocrine Glands 268

Related Terms 274

Pathology and Procedures 277

Building the Terms 280

Abbreviations 282

Case Study 283

Exercises 284

Chapter 11

The Integumentary System 287

Skin 287

Hair 290

Glands 291

Nails 292

Related Terms 292

Pathology and Procedures 293

Coat Types and Color 306

Building the Terms 310

Abbreviations 312

Case Study 313

Exercises 314

Chapter 12

The Nervous System 317

Nerves 317

Divisions of the Nervous System 321

Related Terms 330

Pathology and Procedures 333

Building the Terms 337

Abbreviations 343

Case Study 344

Exercises 344

Chapter 13

The Eyes and Ears 347

The Eye 347

Building the Terms 360

The Ear 365

Building the Terms 371

Abbreviations 371

Case Study 372

Exercises 373

Chapter 14

The Urinary System 375

Anatomy of the Urinary System 376

Related Terms 380

Pathology and Procedures 382

Building the Terms 386

Abbreviations 391

Case Study 391

Exercises 392

Chapter 15

The Horse 395

Equine Anatomy 395

Mobility 400

Types of Horses and Their Markings 401

Equine Husbandry 405

Physiology and Pathology and Procedures 412

Abbreviations 415

Exercises 416

Chapter 16

Ruminants 419

Cattle 419

Sheep 426

Goats 430

Camelids 432

Abbreviations 434

Exercises 435

Chapter 17

Swine 437

Anatomy 437

Age and Sex 438

Husbandry 439

Pathology and

Procedures 441

Abbreviations 442

Exercises 443

Chapter 18

Exotics 445

Avian 445

Reptiles 460

Amphibians 461

Amphibian and Reptile Terminology 461

Exercises 464

Chapter 19

Laboratory Animals 467

Rodents 467

Ferrets 476

Rabbits 478

Professional Organizations and Laws 481

Related Terms 482

Exercises 483

Appendix A: Pronunciation and Spelling of Terms Found in This Book 485

Appendix B Commonly Used Veterinary Medical Abbreviations 507

Recommended Reading 515

Glossary 517

Answers 571

Index 599

“Overall, though, this text is a good workbook for first and second year veterinary students and would be a useful reference for both older students and teachers of veterinary medicine.”  (The Bulletin of The Royal College of Pathologists, 1 July 2015)

“This is a well-organized, richly illustrated, and reasonably priced book that will benefit both beginning students and experienced personnel.”  (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 March 2015)

“The result is a powerful survey, highly recommended for any veterinary reference library.”  (Midwest Book Review, 1 August 2014)

“This is a useful resource for veterinary students and technicians, as well as a review for practitioners. It includes pronunciation guidelines and exercises to help in the application of the terms.”  (Doody’s, 1 August 2014)

“As the paperback book’s cover says, “Helpful to both veterinary and veterinary technician students and those in practice, this is an essential resource to learning veterinary terminology and using correct medical terms in daily practice.”  (Veterinary Practice, 1 June 2014)



Veterinary Medical Terminology Guide and Workbook companion website  features a pronunciation guide, flash cards, teaching PowerPoints, and additional images.
  • Offers easy-to-understand explanations of medical terms and phonetic spelling, with more in-depth explanations later in each chapter
  • Features case studies, word lists, and review exercises in each chapter to encourage active learning
  • Logically organized by body system, with each chapter structured using a consistent framework
  • Provides species-specific chapters to thoroughly cover terms related to all significant species
  • Presents color images to illustrate terms discussed
  • Includes a companion website with a pronunciation guide, flash cards, teaching PowerPoints, and additional images, as well as the case studies, word lists, and review exercises from the chapters, at