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Veterinary Terms

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pulse
number of times the heart beats per minute
lethargic
not alert or active
inflammation
redness, swelling, or pain in an area of the body
dehydration
loss of water in the body
adverse
behavior which is preventative or harmful
zoonotic
diseases which are communicable between humans and animals
hydrotherapy
washing a wound with water
dissect
to cut apart or separate
ligate
to tie or bind with ligature
auto clave
decontaminates and sterilizes surgical instruments
radiology
examine the body for injury or disease
forceps
grasp, cut, compress, and pull tissues
balling gun
administer oral medication capsules or boluses
controlled substance
drugs considered to be dangerous due to human abuse or misuse
recumbent
laying down on the back or either side
vital signs
respiration, pulse, and temperature
lymph nodes
are gland masses of tissue which contain cells
ophthalmscope
instrument used when examining the eye
lesion
wound which causes pain or a change in the body
auscultation
listening with a stethoscope or other instrument
muzzle
guard or strap which is fitted over an animals`s nose and jaw to prevent biting
submissive
passive, obedient, or conforming behavior
tartar
plaque build up on teeth
twitch
device used to distract horses during exams or procedures
chute
form of restraint used for cattle
palpate
to examine by touching and feeling the area
net
used for fractious cats or wild animals
defecation
to have a bowel movement
sub cutaneous
injection used to inject a drug into the tissue layer between the skin and the muscle
femoral pulse
pulse found inside the thigh of the hind leg
intramuscular
injection of a substance directly into the muscle
bevel
small hole on the needle which allows the blood to flow into the syringe
jugular
any of the three large veins in the neck
SNAP
quick convenient blood tests which detect multiple diseases
urinalysis
gives information on kidney function and detects urinary tract infections
antibodies
cells of the immune system which kill foreign objects in the body
syringe barrel
part of the syringe which holds the medicine
white blood cells
defend the body from invading organisms
red blood cells
carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body
intravenous
injection of a substance directly into the vein
fecal flotation
detects internal parasites
occlude
to close, shut, or stop
clinic protocol
is a guideline which is followed by all veterinary staff to ensure safety within the clinic at all times
platelets
are responsible for clotting and increases with injury
plasma
liquid portion of the blood
dental prophylaxis
a procedure performed to clean an animal`s teeth
neonate
a newborn animal
artificial insemination
inserting sperm into a female`s uterus or cervix in order to achieve pregnancy
pharmocodynamics
is the study of the biochemical and physiological effects of drugs and their actions
centrifuge
is used for the separation of fluids by spinning a vessel holding material at a high speed
microscope
are used to analyze blood, fecal, urine, and sperm microscopically
scissors
cut tissue, sutures, and hard material
electrocardiography
records electrical activity of the heart over a period of time
therapeutic drug
are used in the treatment of a condition
embryo transfer
placing embryos into the uterus of a female in order to establish pregnancy
multi-dose hypodermic syringe
are used to inject or draw fluids into or out of the body
preventative drug
are used to prevent a condition
anesthesia
is a medication used primarily during surgery to minimize pain, discomfort, and shock