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Knutsson, Linn, 2014. Omvårdnad vid blodprovstagning och venpunktion på fåglar. First cycle, G2E. Skara: SLU, Dept. of Animal Environment and Health



Blood sampling is one of the most important diagnostic tools in veterinary medicine, and this is also true for avian medicine. A properly collected and handled venous sample can be used for serology, biochemistry and electrolyte analysis, as well as for blood smears, packed cell volume and cell differentiation. Caring for sick birds is a challenge for all veterinary staff. Many birds are easily stressed individuals, and to a very ill bird a big increase in stress level can even be fatal. Avian patients who are presented in a veterinary clinic are often in a poor condition, and blood sampling is an invasive procedure that can cause stress to the patient. Stress is also detrimental to the blood test results as it can alter the values of some blood components, making the results less reliable.

This report explores how to get a useful blood sample while still providing excellent nursing care for the avian patient. To succeed in this task, special knowledge in avian handling, behavior, hematology and blood sampling techniques are required. Hopefully, this report will serve as a guide and inspiration for veterinary nurses, veterinarians and students who are interested in increasing the welfare of avian patients.

Main title:Omvårdnad vid blodprovstagning och venpunktion på fåglar
Authors:Knutsson, Linn
Supervisor:Lindqvist, Christina
Series:Studentarbete / Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, Institutionen för husdjurens miljö och hälsa
Volume/Sequential designation:531
Year of Publication:2014
Level and depth descriptor:First cycle, G2E
Student's programme affiliation:VK003 Veterinary Nursing - Bachelor's programme 180 HEC
Supervising department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Keywords:exotiska sällskapsdjur, fåglar, blodprov, venpunktion, omvårdnad
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Veterinary science and hygiene - General aspects
Deposited On:06 Aug 2014 10:17
Metadata Last Modified:06 Aug 2014 10:17

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