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Common Veterinary Medical Abbreviations and Acronyms

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PLAY
aa (over lined)
of each
ab
antibody
a.c.
before meals
Ad lib
as much as desired
Aq
water
A/P
anterior/ posterior
BAR
bright, alert, responsive
BCS
body condition score
Bid
twice a day
b.i.d
twice a day
BM
bowel movement
BP
blood pressure
bpm
beats per minute
c
with
CBC
complete blood count
cc
cubic centimeter
CRT
capillary refill time
C&S
culture and sensitivity
DEA
drug enforcement association
DOA
dead on arrival
D/V
dorsal/ ventral
FDA
food and drug administration
F
female
Fx
fracture
GSW
gun shot wound
gt
drop
gtt
drops
h
hour
hr
hour
HBC
hit by car
HR
heart rate
hs
at bedtime
IC
intracardiac
ID
intradermal
IM
intramusclar
IN
intravenous
IP
intraperitoneal
IV
intravenous
L (circled)
left
M
male
MM
mucous membrane
N/M
neutered male
NPO
nothing by mouth (nothing by os)
NSAID
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
O (line over)
owner
OHE
ovariohysterectomy
OVH
ovariohysterectomy
p.c.
after meals
PCV
packed cell volume
PE
physical exam
PO
orally
Per Os
orally
PRN
as required
q
every
qd
every day
qh
every hour
qid
four times a day
qod
every other day
q12h
every 12 hours
RBC
red blood cell
r (circled)
right
SC
subcutaneously
SQ
subcutaneously
subq
subcutaneously
subcu
subcutaneously
SID
once a day
s.i.d
once a day
S/F
spayed female
Sig
lable; prescription
Stat
immediately
tab
tablet
tid
three times a day
t.i.d
three times a day
TPR
temperature, pulse, respiration
UA
urinalysis
VD
ventral/dorsal
WBC
white blood cell
WNL
within normal limits