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Chapter 1-vocabulary

veterinary assistant career and medical terminology

Animal Caretaker Specialist/Veterinary Assistant Veterinary staff members who perform hands-on- tasks to maintain the health and welfare of animals including: feeding, grooming, exercising, and administering medication. animal caretaker must have a sound of knowledge of animal behavior and animal rest
Animal Services Officer Officers employed by shelters to rescue stranded animals, administer first aid to injured animals, and serve cruelty complaints against negligent pet or zoo owners. Also called humane investigators.
Animal shelters Local shelters for domesticated animals, many of which have been abused, mistreated, or abandoned. Animal shelters responsibilities include: controlling stray or injured animals, rescuing animals,and caring for animals in their custody. They also invest
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Association dedicated to advancing the field of veterinary medicine and looking after the professional interests of veterinarians.
Dog Show Handlers Professional handlers who possess expertise in showing dogs at competitions. They are often hired by championship dog owners to increase the dog's chances of winning
Equine massage therapist Professionals who treat horses through therapeutic massage
Equine massage therapy Typically used to treat racehorses after a race; helps relieve pain in a horse's muscles and tendons . It involves manipulating a horse's soft tissues to allow pain-relieving oxygen and blood to flow to the affected area.
Equine Medicine The specialization of veterinary medicine dedicated to horses. It has been developed because horses are differentin anatomy and physiology from other domestic species. They also suffer from different diseases and require different types of medicine for tr
Exotic Animals Any species of animal that is not considered to be a common pet or a domesticated livestock species. Exotic pets commonly treated by veterinarians include: rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, ferrets, snakes, lizards, turtles, and parrots.
Kennels Boarding kennels care for small companion animals, such as dogs,and cats, while their qwners are working or out of town. Breeding kennels raise specific breeds of dogs and cats.
Large animal medicine The veterinary care of farm animals, including cows, horses, pigs,sheep, and poultry.
Park Rangers People employed by national and state parks to work directly with the public. This includes welcoming visitors, assigning campsites, collecting fees, reporting weather conditions, conducting nature walks, and giving lectures.
Professional Bull Riders {PBR} Association thhat promotes the sport of professional bull riding. Its 700 members compete in bull riding competitions in several countries, including Canada and the United States.
Professional Handlers Association (PHA) Trade organization that represents the interests of professional dog show handlers and furthers the sport of showing dogs in the United States.
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA} Organization whose 9,000 members compete in rodeos in Canada and the United States.
Small animal Medicine The veterinary care of small, domesticated animals such as dogs and cats and exotic animals kept as household pets.
Veterinarians Licensed professionals responsible for the operation of veterinary practices. Professional responsibilities include diagnosing diseases, prescribing medication, performing surgery,and interpreting laboratory results. They also supervise the work of techn
Veterinary Medicine The application of medical, diagnostic, and therapeutic principles to treat domsticated, farm, and wild animals.
Veterinary Technicians/Technologists Veterinary staff members who have more advanced training than animal caretaker specialist and assume additional responsibilities in veterinary practices. Depending on the regulations of the state, they can perform a variety of tasks under the veterinarian
Wildlife biologists Biologists involve in observation and research efforts aimedat solving problems related related to wild animals and their habitats, including species endangerment, overpopulation,and deforestation
Wildlife conservation officers Officers who enforce hunting and fishing laws, conduct animal surveys, do rescue work,operate feeding stations, and relocate animals. They may also be involved in fire detection and provide safety information to the public. also known as conservation ward
Wildlife protection agency Agency funded by federal and state governments to manage wildlife preservation and the conservation of natural resources. In addition, there are a growing numberof private wildlife protection organizations that target particular species for preservation a
Wranglers People employed to handle animals professionally especially horses. A dude ranch wrangler is a guide who takes people on horseback riding trips.
Zoo curators overseers of buildings and habitats that house animals. Large zoos have curators who specialize in one area: birds, mammals, reptiles,or fish.
Zookeepers People responsible for the direct care of zoo animals, including helping to raise young animals and daily feeding. They also help educate the public about zoo animals.
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