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Writing Skills for Veterinarians


Ryane Englar


Communicating ideas in veterinary medicine is a fundamental part of continuing veterinary research and building a career as a clinician.

The purpose of this book is to help increasing efficiency and effectiveness in writing professional documents, e.g. writing a concise yet thorough discharge statement to avoid repeated client call-backs to clarify medical recommendations. The book also aims at improving the reader’s confidence in writing skills through guided and well-thought out “homework” or practice exercises.

Useful for both veterinary students and practising vets, Writing Skills for Veterinarians addresses how to develop and hone veterinary medical and scientific writing techniques. The basics of veterinary writing and why it matters are covered before concentrating on specific written models expected of vets – creating medical documents, client and colleague communications, report writing, journal articles and research papers and presentations. At the end of the book is a resource-bank of additional exercises relating to each type of document.




  1. Introduction to Medical Documentation
  2. Learning the Lingo: The Language of Medical Documentation
  3. Structuring the Medical Record
  4. The ‘S’ in Soap Notes
  5. The ‘O’ in Soap Notes
  6. The ‘A’ in Soap Notes
  7. The ‘P’ in Soap Notes
  8. Common Mistakes in Soap Notes
  9. Academic Soap Notes
  10. Variations of Soap Notes
  11. Other Medical Documents
  12. An Introduction to Scientific Writing
  13. Deciding What to Write
  14. Writing the Original Research Article

Additional information

ISBN 9781789180350
Product type PB
Publication date 05-Feb-19
Dimensions 246 × 172 mm
Product options

eBook (ePub), eBook (pdf), Print version

1 review for Writing Skills for Veterinarians

  1. Charles M. Hendrix for JAVMA

    It is quite apparent that this book was a labor of love for the author and that the author cares deeply about mentoring veterinary students to ensure their success and the success of the veterinary medical profession.

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