Daniel Brockman, BVSc CertVR, CertSAO, DACVS, DECVS, Royal Veterinary College
Alison Young, DAVN (Surgery), VTS (Surgery), RVN, Royal Veterinary College
Daniel Brockman, BVSc CertVR CertSAO DACVS DECVS, is a Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Head of CSS at The Royal Veterinary College in the UK. He joined the Queen Mother Hospital as a Lecturer in Soft Tissue Surgery in October 2000 and was awarded his Professorship in 2007. Prior to joining the Queen Mother Hospital, Dr. Brockman was Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.
Alison Young, DAVN (Surgery), VTS (Surgery), RVN is the head theatre nurse at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals at the Royal Veterinary College in the UK. She joined the Queen Mother Hospital in 2001 as a general surgeon. In 2003, Young joined the theatre nursing team and studied for the Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) where she gained the highest marks for that year. In 2013, she became the first person outside of the US to pass the Veterinary Technician Specialist qualification in Surgery. She has written articles for nursing journals within the UK and book chapters focusing on theatre and surgical nursing.
Surgery is frequently performed in small animal practice with operations ranging from routine elective sterilization procedures to complex urgent or emergency procedures. In order to manage the surgical patient in an optimal way, the clinical team will need to be in command of every aspect of the animal’s management. This process begins with an accurate diagnosis whenever this is possible and includes carefully considered conversation with the animal’s owner so as to gain informed consent for the intended procedure. In addition, sufficiently detailed communication with those involved with the in-hospital care needs of the animal must take place so that the nursing and surgical teams can deliver preoperative, intra-operative, and postoperative care that is both thorough and tailored to that animal’s needs. Finally, the home-care requirements and any follow-up appointments will need to be explained to the animal’s owner at the time of discharge, so that the ongoing recovery can be carefully managed and any complications identified quickly and addressed appropriately. From a medical perspective, an accurate diagnosis and selection of the appropriate surgical procedure are critical, as is the proficient performance of anesthesia and the surgical procedure as well as careful, postoperative care. The true foundation of a successful patient journey, however, is in the way communications surrounding the treatment happen, and the detail they contain.
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