Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques – A Practical Guide PDF Download. This book is written to be a practical guide for veterinarians, veterinary students, and technicians performing or assisting euthanasia, especially for the times they ﬁnd themselves in unfamiliar situations.
Veterinary Euthanasia Techniques – A Practical Guide
Hundreds of articles have been written on euthanasia over the century, but none of it has been collected in technical detail until now. When the ﬁrst American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Euthanasia Panel reported in 1963, the panel members drew from only 14 reference articles. By 2001’s panel report, the number of published articles, presentations, and books utilized had grown to 223. The latest 2012 Euthanasia Panel Report took over 2 years to complete, utilizing the expertise of more than 70 individuals. All of this work, including that undertaken by the authors here, is done to ultimately prevent animal suffering, part of the veterinarian’s oath, and when appropriate, offer support to the family/owner.
As with any movement forward in medicine, changes take time. Euthanasia is a very old term, Greek in origin, meaning “good death.” The opposite is dysthanasia or “bad death.” Understandably, these terms are quite subjective. The use of the term euthanasia can reﬂect the veterinarian’s desire to do what is best for the animal and serves to bring about the best possible outcome for the animal (AVMA euthanasia guidelines draft review 2011). Another use is as a matter of humane technique only and not directly tied to the reason behind it, such as the euthanasia of laboratory animals.
Human caring for animals dates back to our earliest symbiotic partnering. For most of us, respect for life is instinctually understood and over the centuries, we have come to appreciate the anatomy and science of animals so much more. Pain mechanisms, animal behavior, and disease processes have been studied extensively, helping us to appreciate the level at which an animal might suffer. Philosophically speaking, we have come to some understanding of what an animal wants from life, its quality of life, and how it might view death itself.
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