New BSAVA Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses

12 February 2021

The BSAVA has updated its popular Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses to reflect the expanding responsibilities of the veterinary nursing profession. The book is a quick-reference guide providing essential, practical information in a concise design.

This second edition is edited by Emma Gerrard, who is a BSAVA Committee member and incoming chair of Cymru/Wales region. It builds on the excellent work of Louise O’Dwyer, who was editor of the first edition. The book condenses knowledge from a range of BSAVA titles, including the BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, and this is bolstered by external sources and sections written by Emma.

Substantially larger than the first edition, the new Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses contains notable additions including: surgical and anaesthetic checklists, pain scales for dogs, cats and rabbits, dental recording charts, and PROTECT ME information on antimicrobial resistance. It is presented in full colour and has numerous handy illustrations and tools. The book is thoughtfully laid out with an awareness of the value of time in a busy clinical setting. Sections are arranged alphabetically, with cross-references for ease of use.

Ian Ramsey (BSAVA President 2020-2021): “Animals are more likely to get better, and get better faster, if they have good nursing care. This book is packed with the sort of information that allows nurses to deliver that care. It is presented in a format that makes it easy to carry around, but it will find its home at the heart of the clinic.”

The BSAVA Pocketbook for Veterinary Nurses, 2nd edition is now available from the BSAVA website (£25; BSAVA members: £15). New BSAVA veterinary nurse members, and existing members who renew in 2021, will receive a free copy of the book.