In this role, you’ll need to understand how to conduct literature research, and to apply the information obtained to solve a medical problem presented. However, even when applying your technical skills in a private veterinary practice, you’ll be presented with many challenging cases that will require you to know how to use basic research and analysis skill. This project is intended for you to learn and/or strengthen this skill set, demonstrate your command of the course material you have just completed, and to expand your knowledge base.
This research project contains four parts. You’ll research and write about each of the following topics:
Although there’s no required minimum or maximum page length, the recommended length is two to three pages per topic. The questions should be thoroughly researched and answered, making sure to avoid straying too far from the stated focus. Use publication search engines such as PubMed to obtain original research papers if you plan to use these to address any of the questions. Consult reliable, and up-to-date reference materials as needed, and appropriate.
Part 1. Fluid Administration
For Part 1, discuss intravenous fluid administration in a feline patient. Your research will include
What physical exam parameters you use to assess the hydration status in your patient. You’ll detail the different percentages of dehydration, and the signs you see on examination with each one.
The purpose of each phase of fluid therapy for a female feline patient assumes the following:
The patient isn’t showing any signs of shock.
The cat weighs 8 lbs, is 10% dehydrated, and doesn’t have any vomiting or diarrhea.
Use this information to calculate the fluid rates for each needed phase of fluid therapy for this patient. Be sure to include the formula you’re using, and show each step in the calculation of the fluid rates.
How should you monitor the IV fluid therapy in this patient?
Why is it important to monitor patients receiving IV fluid therapy?
Part 2. Emergency Care
For Part 2, explain how to perform CPR on a Labrador retriever in the veterinary clinic. Your research will include the following
An explanation of what CPR is, and its goal
The steps of veterinary CPR, and how it’s performed in the veterinary clinic
A discussion of the emergency crash cart, and the items that you would use from it during CPR
Part 3. Wound Management
For Part 3, discuss the factors associated with delayed wound healing.
Investigate the primary patient factors and environmental factors that can lead to delayed healing of traumatic wounds in animals.
Choose one patient factor and one environmental factor that contribute to delayed wound healing. Then, discuss the biological basis by which these delay wound healing.
For the factors chosen in #2 above, explain what measures may be taken to limit their impact on wound healing.
Part 4. Veterinary Periodontics
For Part 4, explain why periodontal disease is common in dogs and cats, the main causes, and how some forms of the disease are treated.
What are the steps involved in an extraoral, and intraoral dental examination, and what’s the rationale behind doing an extraoral examination to assess dental disease?
Describe the early stages of periodontal disease, and its pathogenesis.
What are the materials commonly used for surgical intervention in cases of Grade IV periodontal disease, and how these materials help restore health to the periodontal tissue.
Determine the preventive measures that can be used by clients, and how you would educate them in this regard.
The research paper must be typewritten using a word processing program such as MS Word or equivalent. Use 12-point Times New Roman font, and double spacing.
The title page should contain the following information:
The Title: VET110: Medical Nursing for Veterinary Technician Research Project
Your student number
The date that the project was submitted
The paper should be easy to read with correct spelling, grammar, sentence, and paragraph structure.
The research paper should include at least two references for each part of this project and should follow proper APA formatting. You can use your Penn Foster lessons and the course textbook for assistance, but you’ll need to have at least one other outside reference. The information used must be supported by trusted veterinary medical publications and websites (avoid using Wikipedia).
Please be sure to go to the Penn Foster library. It contains many great resources for trusted veterinary publications, as well as information on using APA format for citing references.
Please submit your project as one file.
Your instructor will grade your project according to the following guidelines:
Advanced—score of 100%
The paper effectively addresses the purpose of the assignment and the requirements of the prompt.
Part 1: Student includes thorough details of physical exam findings related to different stages of dehydration. Shows correct calculations for fluid replacement for the degree of dehydration indicated. Accurately describes the methods and reasons to monitor fluid therapy in an animal.
Part 2: Student includes thorough details of technical methods to perform CPR and why it’s performed. Full demonstration of knowledge regarding crash cart components and those used for CPR.
Part 3: Student provides an excellent and thorough explanation of several patient (at least 3) and environment (at least 2) factors that promote delayed wound healing. The student chose one environmental factor and one patient factor to discuss in depth, explaining the biological basis of the effects on wound healing and interventions.
Part 4: Student provides excellent and thorough explanation of extraoral and intraoral dental examinations and rationale for performing them. Systematically details stages, pathogenesis, and surgical intervention for periodontal disease. Fully explains how clients can help prevent periodontal disease in pets.
Written: Logical flow of explanations using correct grammar and spelling.