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VT History/Physical

History and Physical Exam Terms

What is Alopecia? Loss of hair on the body
What is Auscultation? Listening for sounds produced within the body
What is a Body Systems History? Detailed questions about the body systems involved in the presenting problem
What is a Body Systems Review? A review of the body systems to note any additional problems the animal may have
What is Capillary Refill Time? The time it takes for the vessels in the mucous membranes to return to normal after being pressed
What is a Choana? Slit-like opening on the roof of the mouth of a bird
What is Client Education? General term that covers many of the clients interactions with the practice
What are Condomes? Skin lesions that resemble blackheads
What is a Cradle? Device that consists of wooden slats or round rods woven together that go around a horses neck to keep the neck straight so the horse cant chew itself
What is an Elizabethan Collar? Circular plastic shield collar (lampshade) that circles the neck and extends to the end of the muzzle so the animal cant chew at bandages
What is Erythrodema? Reddened skin
What is a Head Catch? The part of a stall or chute that traps cattle by the head; also known as head clamp, squeeze chute, and neck yoke
What is Heart Girth Tape? Flexible tape measuring device that weighs a horse by measuring its girth just behind the elbow in its heart area
What is Intervertebral Disk Disease? Deteriorated cushions between the vertebrae
What is the Keel? Breastbone of a bird
What is the Master Problem List? First page of a medical chart which serves as a table of contents for the chart
What is a Mouth Gag? Wedge shaped structure that prevents a horse from biting down while its mouth is being examined
What is a Neuro Hammer? Instrument used by the Veterinarian to check an animals reflexes
What are Nose Tongs? Cattle restraint device that grasps the center of the nose just inside the nares to prevent head movement
What is an Ophthalmoscope? Instrument used to visualize the interior chamber of the eye
What is an Otoscope? Instrument used to inspect the ear of an animal
What is Palpation? Examining body parts by touch
What is a Papillae? Pimple-like structure that can be found in the ear canal or choana
What is a Papule? Hard pimple-like skin bump
What does the term Perfuse mean? The ability to pump blood
What are Progress Notes? Part of the chart devoted to ongoing patient evaluation arranged using the SOAP method
What is Pulmonary Edema? Fluid accumulation in the lungs
What are Pulse Deficits? Distinct differences between the point at which the heart beats and the point at which a pulse beat is felt (pulse should be felt immediately)
What are Rales? Abnormal crackling in the lungs
What is the Scruff or Scruffing? Grasping the loose skin behind an animals neck such as in cats, rabbits, and ferrats
What is a Seizure? Short circuit in the brain that makes the animal lose control over its body
What is Signalment? The overall patient description
What is the SOAP Format? An acronym for the 4 divisions of progress notes in the patients chart: S-Subjective, O-Objective, A-Assessment, P-Procedure/Plan
What is the Tympanic Membrane? Membrane that covers the eardrum
Created by: Misty Lynn



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