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General Pathology for Veterinary Nurses

Harriet Brooks

ISBN: 978-1-118-69983-6 May 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 256 Pages


A good understanding of pathology will turn a competent veterinary nurse into an outstanding one. Harriet Brooks.

This is one of the first books on general pathology designed specifically for veterinary nurses and veterinary nursing students.

Pathology underpins all you do as a veterinary nurse. Knowledge of the general pathological processes will give you a deeper understanding of every aspect of an animal’s health. Building on your prior knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry, the book explains the pathological changes that occur in sick animals. It describes the various disease processes and shows you how to relate them to clinical presentation, diagnosis and prognosis, and treatment rationales. This book will give you the knowledge and confidence to develop your role within the veterinary team.

Designed as a concise, easy to read textbook, it includes:

  • Detailed illustrations to explain the science behind the pathological processes
  • Summary boxes of key information to aid revision
  • A ‘test yourself’ section at the end of each chapter
About This Book.


1 Introduction to Veterinary Pathology.

What is pathology?

Who ‘does’ pathology?

Pathology as an academic subject.

2 Aetiology.


Aetiology – the study of the causes of disease

3 Cell Injury.

Lesions – structural and functional changes.

Definitions of cell response or injury followingharmful stimulus.

Cellular degeneration.


Extracellular changes.

4 Inflammation.

What is inflammation?


5 Pathology and the Immune System.

The normal immune system.

Diseases of the immune system.

6 Tissue Repair.

Definition of tissue repair or healing.

Tissue repair – general and specific examples.

Healing in various tissues.

Healing regulation and control.

What can impair, prevent or alter healing?

7 Circulatory Disorders.

Special note regarding capillaries.

How does interstitial fluid gather in the tissues?


Impaired blood supply to tissues.

Clotting (coagulation) of blood.


8 Disorders of Cell/Tissue Growth.

Atrophy, hypertrophy, hyperplasia and metaplasia.



Answers to Test Yourself Questions.

Further Reading.


"This book is comprehensible in its entirety and boasts a logical structure. While it specifically suits UK student and qualified veterinary nurses, given the generic content, it will also prove a valuable resource to their international counterparts as well as to veterinary students. It will also make a functional addition to the bookshelf of veterinary practices and training providers." (Veterinary Record, December 2010)

"The author has written an excellent book for the beginning veterinary technician student, assistants or someone interested in a good overall review of clinical pathology. The book is not intended for veterinarians or experienced technicians unless they would like the review. This basic information is very well presented. I would highly recommend this text to any veterinary technician program." (Veterinary Information Network, June 2010)

  • One of the first books on general pathology for veterinary nurses and those new to the subject;

  • Builds on knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to develop an understanding of the effects of various disease processes encountered in veterinary practice, and be able to relate these to clinical presentation, diagnosis and prognosis, and to treatment rationales;

  • Includes many linedrawings to aid comprehension, question and answer sections to test understanding and text boxes of key information.