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by Courtney Wadey VN, St Marys Vet Hospital, NSW
This is a set of pocket cards that was created by a vet nurse. Each card is about a different topic and they’re very useful in a hospital setting.
What’s good about it
They put a lot of valuable information at your fingertips. For example, some of the cards are about clinical pathology, cytology and histopathology. They might list different kinds of sample collection such as fine needle aspiration, centesis and biopsies. The card will explain what they are, what you use, how to do it, and how to assist the vet.
The cards dealing with urinary matters explain how to undertake urine collection and testing. This makes it easy when you’re in a stressful situation, when it needs to be done very quickly, or if you’re an inexperienced nurse. You simply refer to the card for all the information. The parasitology and toxicity cards are excellent.
We keep all the cards in a box at work where nurses can easily grab the subject they need. Each card is well laid out and easy to read. They’re invaluable when training new nurses and particularly helpful when dealing with an unusual animal like a guinea pig or rabbit. The company only started producing the cards about a year ago. As new information becomes relevant, they will update the cards.
I like that they are made by a vet nurse with firsthand experience. She has an Instagram page where you can suggest topics for new cards. She also offers a discount if you’re at a clinic or a student.
What’s not so good
You can’t put them through the wash—they’re not laminated—so don’t leave them in your scrubs. They’re designed to fit into your pocket so they’re quite small. If you have any sight issues, they could be a little difficult to read.