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Veterinary Clinical Skills Manual

Veterinary Clinical Skills Manual

Edited by N Coombes, The Royal Veterinary College, UK, A Silva-Fletcher, Professor and Course Director. The Royal Veterinary College, UK

May 2018 / Paperback / 422 Pages / 9781786391629 £39.99 / €55.00 / $65.00
With 10% online discount: £35.99 / €49.50 / $58.50
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Main Description

Down-to-earth and intensely practical, this book and video package provides step-by-step guidance on the essential clinical skills required by veterinary students before they face clinical situations encountered in the real world of the busy veterinary professional.

- Contains step by step illustrations and photographs, complemented by videos of clinical procedures which can be viewed on your desktop, smartphone or tablet.
- Covers the essential key skills that veterinary students need to know.
- Details a whole range of techniques, from surgical, anaesthesia and laboratory through to everyday essential and diagnostic skills, in both farm and companion animals.
- Describes in-depth the use of simulators in learning key skills.
- Provides advice on preparing for OSCEs and practical exams.

This book is the go-to manual for an essential grounding in key veterinary clinical skills for all students and educators of veterinary medicine and animal husbandry.


Suitable for students of veterinary science and nursing.

  • Section 1: Introduction
    • 1: Developing Veterinary Clinical Skills: The Pedagogy
    • 2: The Modern Outcome-based Curriculum and the Role of the Clinical Skills Laboratory
    • 3: The Clinical Skills Centre Models Relevant to Location
  • Section 2: Surgical Theatre Skills
    • 4: Theatre Practice
    • 5: Surgical Instruments
    • 6: The Fundamentals of Suturing
  • Section 3: Anaesthesia
    • 7: The Anaesthetic Machine
    • 8: Breathing Systems, Intubation and Monitoring
  • Section 4: Principles of Good Practice in the Laboratory
    • 9: Laboratory Skills and Sample Collection
    • 10: Using a Microscope and Preparing Samples
    • 11: Urine and Faecal Analysis
  • Section 5: General Clinical Skills
    • 12: Physical Examination, Fluid Therapy, Tube and Drain Management
    • 13: Principles of Small Animal Bandaging
    • 14: Pharmacy
  • Section 6: Patient Handling and Diagnostics
    • 15: General Principles of Animal Handling
    • 16: Diagnostic Imaging
    • 17: Equine Radiography – Example Tarsus
  • Section 7: Large Animal Skills
    • 18: Udder Health
    • 19: Equine Procedures
    • 20: Equine Foot Related Skills: Example Shoe Removal
  • Section 8: Assessment of Clinical Skills
    • 21: Practical Assessments – Assessments in a Simulated Environment
    • 22: Objectively Structured Clinical Examinations – the Practicalities
  • Section 9: Moving Forward
    • 23: ‘Mind the Gap’ – the Development, Validation and Evaluation of a Veterinary Clinical Skills Model
    • 24: Simulators in Veterinary Clinical Skills Education: Background and Examples
    • 25: The Transition between the Clinical Skills Lab and the Real World – Perspectives from a New Graduate 2 Years After Qualifying
Veterinary Clinical Skills Manual is an affordable text-book, the content of which is approachable and combines material for veterinary student instruction with background and insight for instructors. It covers a broad range of small and large animal skills in a clear manner with stepwise instructions, photographs, illustrations, and videos. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, December 2018

Coombes Nichola is the Manager of the Clinical Skills Centre at the Royal Veterinary College, UK. Initially trained as a veterinary nurse, Nichola later gained an MSc in Veterinary Education to advance scholarship in teaching and learning. In her current role, Nichola teaches and assesses clinical skills for veterinary nurses, undergraduate veterinary students and postgraduate students. Nichola's research is based on facilitation and acquisition of veterinary practical and clinical skills. Nichola has been awarded James Bee Educator Award in 2004/05 and again in 2009 -10 for her contributions to teaching. More details can be found at

Silva-Fletcher Ayona is the Course director for the MSc in Veterinary Education at the Royal Veterinary College, UK and has over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in the UK Higher education. Initially trained as a veterinarian and with a PhD in Ruminant Nutrition, Ayona did a formal qualification in education and graduated with an MA in Medical Education in 2010. Ayona's research profile now includes veterinary faculty development, distance education and elephant nutrition. In 2012, Ayona was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in the UK for her contributions to veterinary education. More details can be found at