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Spanish for Veterinarians: A Practical Introduction, 2nd Edition

Spanish for Veterinarians: A Practical Introduction, 2nd Edition

Bonnie Frederick, Juan Mosqueda

ISBN: 978-0-813-82297-6 May 2012 Wiley-Blackwell 152 Pages




Spanish for Veterinarians, Second Edition, is designed to help you rapidly learn working Spanish for clinical conversations. Packed with the practical vocabulary information and conversational tools found in the first edition, the new edition now includes a new chapter on exotics and expanded information on the Spanish required for pre-consultation discussion. The pronunciation exercises, available online as audio files to help veterinary team members effectively and confidently use Spanish in their client communications, have also been revised and expanded. This new edition is a lively presentation of the Spanish that working vets increasingly need to know.

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Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

CHAPTER 1: Getting Started 3

Pronunciation of Spanish 3

Nouns and Plurals 5

Articles and Plurals 6

Names of Animals 6

CHAPTER 2: The Body and How to Describe It 11

Adjectives 11

External Body Parts 14

Internal Organs 15

CHAPTER 3: Verbs: Where the Action Is 19

Regular Verbs 19

Weak-Kneed Verbs 22

CHAPTER 4: Irregular Verbs 25

Four Essential Irregular Verbs: tener, estar, ser, and ir 25

World's Simplest Verb: hay 32

CHAPTER 5: How Long Has the Cow Had a Fever? 33

Duration of Time 33

The Present Perfect 34

The Verb dar 36

Feeding Vocabulary 37

CHAPTER 6: The Past and Accidents 41

Past Time Verbs 41

Accidents 46

CHAPTER 7: Telling People What to Do 49

Verbal Shorthand 49

Giving Commands 50

Giving Something to Somebody 53

Polite Suggestions 54

CHAPTER 8: Taking a Clinical History 57

CHAPTER 9: The Diagnostic Exam 61

CHAPTER 10: Cattle 67

Special Vocabulary 68

Illnesses 69

CHAPTER 11: Horses 75

Special Vocabulary 76

Illnesses 76

CHAPTER 12: Sheep and Goats 79

Special Vocabulary 79

Illnesses 80

CHAPTER 13: Swine 83

Special Vocabulary 83

Illnesses 84

CHAPTER 14: Dogs and Cats 87

Special Vocabulary 87

Illnesses 89

CHAPTER 15: Exotic Pets 93

Special Vocabulary 93

APPENDIX: Registration Forms 99

Answer Key to Exercises 103

Dictionary 109

"A useful feature is access to a Web site where readers can listen to native pronunciation of words and download pronunciation exercises.  As a teaching tool, this is priceless, particularly because most communications between veterinarians and Spanish speaking clients will be oral.... This book is a useful introduction to Spanish.... Any attempts to communicate to owners in their native language will be met with relief and appreciation, and the book succeeds in providing a basic working version of the Spanish language." - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2008
  • A pronunciation guide and explanations of how to conjugate verbs.
  • Ample vocabulary lists for animals, body parts, and diseases.
  • Discussions on the role of animals in Hispanic culture and on how to handle introductions and small talk.
  • Vocabulary for obtaining information for the clinical history and the diagnostic exam.
  • Chapters on specific animals, including a new chapter on exotics.
  • Vocabulary for check-in forms.
  • An English-to-Spanish and Spanish-to-English dictionary of practical veterinary terms alphabetized together.