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Practical diagnostic clinical and lab procedures

With an eye on shelter medicine (and thus cost), non- and minimally-invasive procedures only.

Assessing hydration status (See also Assessing hydration status in Physical Exam section)

Taking body temperature Using rectal and ear thermomoeters

ELISA tests Practical information on performing FeLV and FIV screening tests, and their interpretations. (With emphasis in  the need for confirmation tests.)

Fecal exams How to on fecal exams

Pulse and respiratory rates. How.

Doppler sphygmomanometery Practical aspects of taking blood pressure using a Doppler blood flow detector on the cheap. (And how to make affordable small BP cuffs.)

Auscultation Using a stethoscope for cadiac, respiratory, and abdominal auscultations

Clinical centrifuges Information on general-purpose clinical centrifuges and hematocrit centrifuges

Urinalysis Obtaining veterinary urine samples and urinalysis. 

Otoscope Using an otoscope on small animals.

Blood analysis WBC, and other blood analysis techniques.

Refractometers Uses of refractometers in a clinical veterinary lab.

DTM Practical aspects of proper sample collections and all-important interpretation of results.

ECG (EKG) Practical aspects of using an ECG machine on small animals. And basic interpretations of electrocardiograms

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Last modified: 08/28/2003