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The Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care Manual

Third Edition

Published by LifeLearn Animal Health, the Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care Manual (VECCM) is a comprehensive emergency guide that provides ready access to diagnostic and treatment strategies for common emergency situations for dogs, cats, birds, and exotics.

Quick and Easy

Step-by-step Instructions

Its manual-style format and step-by-step diagnostic, procedural, and management instructions make it a quick and easy resource for emergency teams to reference and apply in rigorous situations.

What's New

Since 1996, the manual has been used in practices around the world. Its practical and logical approach enables timely clinical decisions and action with a focus on procedure and protocol. Detailed decision trees, easy-to-reference tables, algorithms, illustrations, and sample worksheets support essential emergency decision-making. Practitioners will also appreciate the consistently formatted topics with extensive chapter cross-referencing.

The 3rd Edition has been thoroughly reviewed and updated by the editor and 60 contributing authors to reflect current best practices. It includes a large amount of new information – approximately a 50% increase in the volume of content.

  • Infection: Preventing and Treating from the Point of Admission
  • Multi-Drug Resistant (Yet-To-Be-Identified) Infections
  • Fasciitis and Myositis
  • Damage Control Techniques for Abdominal Injury
  • Focused Emergency Cageside Sonography
  • Catheter and Tube Placement Techniques
  • Mechanical Ventilation… and MORE

About the Author

Dr Karol Mathews is an emergency and critical care specialist and Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph. She is also the editor of the 1st and 2nd editions of the Veterinary Emergency + Critical Care Manual.

It is an amazing book, which I have at my ICU. It is very practical for me and also for my students and other colleagues. This book brings important information for diagnostic and therapeutical approach and also the most important parts of pathophysiology for good understanding, what could be the consequences and why we should use the recommended treatment. The book is an amazing friend for critical situations.

MVDr. Leona Rauserova, PhD.

We use it at night for emergencies because it is an approachable book with manageable charts and logically organized information. It’s easily used for quick, straightforward references.

Dr. Lais Malavasi, DVM, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor Anesthesia & Analgesia WSU

There are some books you MUST HAVE and this is definitely one of them! Every veterinarian should be able to provide first emergency care when it's needed. This book will take you step by step through various critical conditions and even when you don't have the top medical equipment you will be able to save your patient's life. 🙂 ❤️ You have to add this book to your veterinary library!

Katerina Vesela, DVM