Acronyms and Abbreviations used in Australian Veterinary Practice
latest update: 09/06/2013

Acronym

Expanded

-

Minus. Used to denote 'lack of' or absence. (e.g. D- = absence of drinking).
Note: there is no degree of absence.

+

Plus. Used to denote severity. + mild; ++ moderate; +++ severe. If you use ++++, then it is really serious. (e.g. V+ = mild, occassional vomiting; fleas ++ = "There is a moderate number of fleas on the animal and I'm not going to count them"; Dh+++ = "This patient has severe diarrhoea")

^

Value increased above normal limits (e.g. "^CREAT"). See also +; *

*

Take note of this. Take note of this value. ** = very important. See also +; ^

#

Fracture or Broken. See also: F#

1/2/7

1 tablet twice daily for seven days (or variations)

1+, 2+, etc

Degree of severity (e.g. in a urine test: Protein 2+). See also +

1+, 2+, etc

One day's time, two day's time, etc. (e.g. repeat UA 2+ = repeat urine analysis in 2 days)

A

Assessment. Presenting problem asessment including severity of illness (e.g. V+++). As part of SOAP

A+

Alimentation; Appetite; Eating = positive or 'yes'

A+++

Alimentation; Appetite; Eating = excessive. See also PP

A+/-

Picky eater

A-

Not eating. See also: n/e

A/H

After Hours

AB

A feline blood group or antibiotic (singular)

Ab

Antibiotic or antibody

ABs

Antibiotics. See also Ab, ABCs, ABTS. Also abbreviated as: AB (singular) e.g. "AB Tx = Amoxil" = "Antibiotic treatment = Amoxil"

ABCs

Antibiotics. See also Ab, ABs, ABTS. Also abbreviated as: AB (singular) e.g. "AB Tx = Amoxil" = "Antibiotic treatment = Amoxil"

ABTS

Antibiotics. See also Ab, ABs, ABCs. Also abbreviated as: AB (singular) e.g. "AB Tx = Amoxil" = "Antibiotic treatment = Amoxil"

ABDO

Abdomen. Also abbreviated as: Abdo. May be linked to PALP or PALPN = abdominal palpation.

ACE

Acepromazine. See also ACP

ACE

Angiotensin Conversion Enzyme (as in 'ACE inhibitor')

ACEI

Angiotensin Conversion Enzyme Inhibitor (also known as in 'ACE inhibitor'; or ACEi)

ACP

Acepromazine. See also ACE

ACL

Anterior Cruciate Ligament. See also CCL

ACT

Activated Clotting Time - blood test

ACT

Australian Capital Territory

ACTH

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone

ACVSc

Australian College of Veterinary Scientists

ADT

Alternate Day Therapy. See also EOD

ADPT

Alternate Day Prednisolone Therapy

ADR

Adverse Drug Reaction

ADUD

Alimentation, Drinking, Urination, Defaecation. See also EDDU

ADUF

Alimentation, Drinking, Urine, Faeces. See also EDDU

AES

Animal Eye Services, Brisbane

AFB

Acid Fast Bacilli. As with mycobacteria

Ag

Antigen

AI

Artificial Insemination

AIHA

AutoImmune Haemolytic Anaemia. See also: IHA

AIT

AutoImmune Thrombocytopaenia. See also: ITP

AIW

All Is Well

ALG

Acral Lick Granuloma

alt d

Also "alt die" which meant "alterno die" = every other day. See also EOD; ADT

AOR

At Owner's Request (usually if the owner's request differs from veterinary advice being offered)

APESMA

Association of Professional Engineers Scientists and Managers Australia - the veterinary union

APTT

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time

APVMA

Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority - for reporting of adverse drug reactions

ARDS

Acute / Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

ARF

Acute Renal Failure

ASAVA

Australian Small Animal Veterinary Association

ATT

At This Time

AUSC

Auscaltation

AV

Atrioventricular

AVA

Australian Veterinary Association

AVJ

Australian Veterinary Journal

AVP

Australian Veterinary Practitioner - journal

b&a

Patient is: Bright and Alert. See also: BAR

b4

Before. Also written B4. (e.g. "Check b4 sedn.")

BAR

Patient is: Bright Alert Responsive. See also: b&a

BB

Bordatella bronchiseptica (vaccine). Also Bb

BCS

Body Condition Score

bdg

boarding e.g. "Vx required for bdg"

BG

Blood Glucose. See also: Gluc

BGC

Blood Glucose Curve

BHP

Black Headed Python

BID

Medication twice a day. Also written: bid or b.i.d

BIOP

Been In Owner's Possession (e.g. "Pup BIOP 24h"). See also IOP

BIW

Medication twice per week (e.g. shampoo). Also written: biw

BOH

Bucket On Head. See also E-collar

BOT

Base Of Tail

BP

Blood Pressure

BUN

Blood Urea Nitrogen

BVMS

Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

BVSc

Bachelor of Veterinary Science

BVSC

Brisbane Veterinary Specialists Centre

Bwt

Body Weight. See also: Wt

Bx

Biopsy

C&S

Culture and Sensitivity

C&T

Control and Therapy; series of practical vet writings

c/s

Corticosteroids. Also written: CROIDS

C/S

Clinical Signs. See also: CLIN, Cx

C3

Canine vaccination: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus

C4

Canine vaccination: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza

C5

Canine vaccination: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Bordatella bronchiseptica

C6

Canine vaccination: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Bordatella bronchiseptica, Leptospirosis

*Care*

Take care this patient may be aggressive. See also:WI; W

CBA

Cat Bight Abscess. See also CFA, CFW

CBC

Complete Blood Count

CC

Make a Courtesy Call or Client Contact. Also written cc. See also T; STO, f/u pc

CCL

Cranial Cruciate Ligament. See also: ACL

cf

In comparison to. (e.g. "Pup small cf littermates.")

CFA

Cat Fight Abscess. See also CBA, CFW

CFC

Cat Fight Cellulitis. See also CBA, CFW

CFW

Cat Fight Wound. See also CBA, CFA

CGH

Can Go Home

ChemoTx

Chemotherapy. Also written Chemo

CHF

Congestive Heart Failure. R = Right side. L = Left side.

CI

ContraIndicated

CK

Creatinine Kinase

Clav

Amoxicillin potentiated with Clavulinic Acid

CLIN

Clinical presentation. See also C/S, Cx

clin.path

Clinical pathology. See also path, pathol

CLL

Cervical Line Lesion (on a cat's tooth). See also FORL: Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesion. "Resorptive Lesion".

CNS

Central Nervous System

CREA

Creatinine. Also abbreviated as CREAT

CRF

Chronic Renal Failure

CRI

Constant Rate Infusion or Chronic Renal Insufficiency

CROIDS

Corticosteroids. See also Dex, Pred, Depo

CRCC

Creek Road Cat Clinic, Brisbane

CRT

Capillary Refill Time

CS

Caesarian Section or Clinical Signs. See also Cx

CSF

CerebroSpinal Fluid

CVA

CerebroVascular Accident ('stroke'). See also EIE, NVA

CVE

Centre for Veterinary Education (formerly PGF)

Cx

Clinical Signs

D

Drinking. (e.g. D+ = drinking; D- = not drinking; D+++ = polydypsic. See also PD, Dr+)

Dr+

Drinking. (e.g. Dr+ = drinking; Dr- = not drinking; Dr+++ = polydypsic. See also PD, D)

D/C

Discharge. See DIC to see why this is probably not a good abbreviation to use. Especially if hand written.

D/C

Director's Circular. A publication form the PGF. See DIC to see why this is probably not a good abbreviation to use. Especially if hand written.

DCS

Often preceded by No Diarrhoea, Coughing, Sneezing

D/O

Drain Out. See also: D/R

D/R

Drain Removal. See also: D/O

DDx

Differential Diagnosis. Also written ddx

De+

Dehydration. Add '+' to denote severity (e.g. De+ = mild; Dh+++ = severe). Consider using De 5% or De10% for severity as well. Note: Dh more commonly denotes diarrhoea.

Dex

Dexamethasone. See also CROIDS

Depo

Long acting methylprednisolone injection. See also CROIDS. 'Depopen' would be a depot injection of penicillin.

depo

A depot administration into the patient of a long acting medication via injection or suppository.

DFTS

Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath

Dh+

Diarrhoea. Note that D more commonly denotes drinking. Add '+' to denote severity (e.g. Dh+ = mild diarrhoea; Dh+++ = severe diarrhoea). See also Dia+, HGE.

Dia+

Diarrhoea. Add '+' to denote severity (e.g. Dia+ = mild diarrhoea; Dia+++ = severe diarrhoea). May also be abbreviated as: Diah+ or DIAH.

d+

Diarrhoea with blood. See also Dh+++, HGE. Note that D more commonly denotes drinking.

DhWB

Diarrhoea with blood. See also Dh+++, d+, HGE

DI

Diabetes Insipidus

DIC

Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy

DIM

Days in Milk

DJD

Degenerative Joint Disease

DKA

Diabetic Keto-Acidosis

DLH

Domestic Long Haired (cat)

DM

Diabetes Mellitus. See also: IDDM

DNA Did Not Arrive (for appointment)

DOA

Dead On Arrival

DOI

Duration of Immunity

Dr.

Doctor. A complimentary honorific used by veterinarians in Australia.

DR

Dose Rate. Not to be confused with D/R

DS

Dental Score - a measurement of oral disease. Scale of 1 to 4. 4 is the worst.

DSH

Domestic Short Haired (cat)

DUDE

Defaecating, Urinating, Drinking and Eating

Dx

Diagnosis. See also PDx, DDx

E-collar

Elizabethan Collar. See also BOH

E&B

Euthanasia and Burial

E&C

Euthanasia and Cremation

E&D

Euthanasia and Disposal (not good to use because may be interpreted as Eating and Drinking)

EAGs

Empty Anal Glands. See also MTAGS

EB

Estrodial Benzoate

EBM

Evidence Based Medicine

EDDU

Eating Drinking Defecating and Urinating. See also ADUD, ADUF

EDUD

Eating Drinking Urine & Defecation. See also EDDU, EDUF, ADUD, ADUF

EDUF

Eating Drinking Urine & Faeces. See also EDDU, EDUD, ADUD, ADUF

EFA

Essential Fatty Acid

EIE

Embolic Ischaemic Episode ('stroke'). See also CVA, NVA

EIEIO

Common stutter. Speech pathology during description of farm stock. On that farm he had a... (e.g. sheep ...)

EOD

Every Other Day (on every second day). See also: ADT. Also written: eod

epg

eggs per gram

EPI

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency

EPO

Erythropoietin (Feline Medicine) or Evening Primrose Oil (Complementary Medicine)

E$t

Estimate of costs

Euth

Euthanasia. See also PTS

Ex

Examination. See also PE; GPE

EXLAP

Exploratory Laparotomy. Also written: ExLap, exlap. See also: LAP

EUGA

Examine Under General Anaesthetic

F

Female

F

Faeces. i.e. The presence or absence of faeces in a SOAP as part of assessing ADUF

F-

Female spayed / desexed / sterilised

F#

Fracture. See also #. May also be denoted as Fx

f/u pc

Follow up phone call. (e.g."f/u pc STO report AIW")

F3

Feline vaccination: Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus. See also RCP

F4 - WA

Feline vaccination: Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Feline Leukemia

F4 - Qld

Feline vaccination: Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Chlamydia

F5

Feline vaccination: Enteritis, Rhinotracheitis, Calcivirus, Chlamydia, Leukemia

FACVSc

Fellow of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists - Veterinary Specialist by examination

FAD

Flea Allergy Dermatitis

FATE

Feline Aortic Thrombo-Embolism (Cat)

FB

Foreign Body

FBE

Full Blood Examination (CBC and blood film morphology)

FC

Feline Calicivirus Virus. See also F3

FCoV

Feline Corona Virus. See also FIP (the disease state)

FCP

Fractured Coronoid Process

Fe++

Iron. As in: iron levels in anaemia

FE

Feline Enteritis. See also F3, FPL

FEC

Faecal Egg Count

Fel

Feline

FeLV

Feline Leukemia Virus

FF

Faecal Float

FHE

Femoral Head Excision. See also: FHO

FHO

Femoral Head Osteotomy. See also: FHE

FIA

Feline Infectious Anemia - Mycoplasma haemofelis

FIP

Feline Infectious Peritonitis

FIV

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

FLUTD

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

FN

Female neuter / sterilised / desexed / speyed. See also F(s)

FNA

Fine Needle Aspirate

FORL

Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesion. "Resorptive Lesion". See also CLL Cervical Line Lesion

FPL

Feline Pan-Leucopaenia. See also FE

FR

Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus. A herpes virus. See also F3

FRD

Feline Respiratory Disease

F(s)

Female sterilised / desexed / speyed / neuter. See also FN

FS

Faecal Smear

FT4

Free Thyroxine test = Free T4

FU x d

Follow Up in 'x' number of days

FUNW

Follow Up Next Week

fupc

Follow Up Phone Call. Also noted as fu pc, or f/u, f/u pc, or cc (courtesy call)

FUS

Feline Urological Syndrome (now FLUTD)

FYI

For Your Information

Fx

Fracture. See also #; F#

G

Gauge (e.g. 23G needle)

GA

General Anaesthetic

GDV

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus

GFR

Glomerular Filtration Rate - kidneys

GI

Gastrointesinal or Glycemic Index

GIT

Gastrointesinal tract

Gluc

Glucose value or Glucose as part of fluid therapy

GME

Granulomatous meningoencephalitis

GnRH

Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone (Dairy)

GPE

General Physical Examination. See also Ex; PE

GSD

German Shepherd Dog

GSP

German Shorthaired Pointer

G tube

Gastrostomy Tube (feeding tube)

guber

gubernaculum

GVD

Geriatric Vestibular Disease

GVP

Gribbles Veterinary Pathology Vic & SA

HBC

Hit By Car. See also MVA; RTA; ROBO

HBCB

Back yard cricket accident (i.e. Hit By ...)

HBP

Hit By Pig. (in North America it is HBH - Hit By Hog) Also HBB - hit by buffalo

HCM

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

HD

Hip Dysplasia

HeV

Hendra Virus - risk of infection to vets from horses

HGE

Haemorrhagic gastroenteritis. See also Dh+++, d+, DhWB

Histo

Histopathology

HR

Heart Rate

HSA

Haemangiosarcoma

HW

Heart Worm

HWP

Heart Worm Prevention

HWtest

Heart Worm Test

HyperA

Hyperadrenocorticism

HyperT4

Hyperthyroidism

HypoA

Hypoadrenocorticism

HypoT4

Hypothyroidism

Hx

History

I

Me. A name I call myself.

i/m pin

Intra-medullary pin. Orthopaedic repair

IA

Intra-articular

IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD

Inclusion Body Disease (of snakes)

ICU

Intensive Care Unit

IDDM

Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus. See also DM

IFN

If No Better (e.g. IFN r/v). See also: INI; INB; IFNB

IFNB

If No Better (e.g. IFNB r/v). See also: INI; INB; IFN

IHA

Iummune Haemolytic Anaemia. See also: AHIA

IM

Intramuscular - injection. Intra-muscular - injection or Intra-medullary - pin.
See also i/m pin

IMHA

Iummune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia. See also: AHIA; IHA

IMTP

Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia

INB

If No Better (e.g. INB r/v). See also: IFN; INI; IFNB

INI

If No Improvement (e.g. INI r/v). See also: IFN; INB; IFNB

INJ

Injection

intra-op

During the surgery/ operation

IOP

Intra-Ocular Pressure

IOP

In Owner's Possession i.e. how long have they owned the pet. See also BIOP

IP

Intraperitoneal - injection

ITP

Immune ThrombocytoPaenia. See also: AIT

IU

International Units

IV

Intravenous - injection

IVDD

Inter-Vertebral Disc Disease

IVF

Intravenous Fluids

IVFT

Intravenous Fluid Therapy

IW

Intestinal Worming

J

 

JPP

Joint Protection Plan - Rest, NSAIDs, Xray...

J tube

Jejunostomy Tube (feeding tube)

K9

Canine. Also written k9

KC

"Kennel Cough" - better to use the term Canine Cough but some vaccines abbreviated this way

KCS

Kerato-Conjunctivitis Sicca ('dry eye')

KI

Keep In (cf. CGH = Can Go Home)

L with circle around it

Left side. See also LS; LHS

L

Left side. See also LS; LHS

L

"Lab". Pathology laboratory results/reports.

LA

Large Animal or Long Acting (e.g. LApen) or Local Anaesthetic

LAP

Laparotomy or Long Acting Penicillin. See also EXLAP, LApen

LApen

Long Acting Penicillin

LDA

Left Displaced Abomasum

LF

Left Fore. Also written LFL. See also L

LFL

Left Front Leg. Left Fore Limb. Also written LF. See also L

LH

Left Hind. Also written LHL. See also L

LHL

Left Hind Leg/ Limb. Also written LH. See also L

LHS

Left Hand Side. See also L; LS

LMN

Lower Motor Neuron

LN(s)

Lymph Node(s) (e.g. SMLNs ^ = the submandibular lymph nodes are 'up')

LPE

Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Enteritis

LPS

Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Stomatitis. See also PLS

LS

Left Side. See also L; LHS

LSA

Lymphosarcoma

M

Male

M(n)

Male neutered / desexed / castrated / sterilised. See also: MN, M(s)

M(s)

Male sterilised / desexed / castrated / neutered. See also: M(n), MN

MACVSc

Member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists - Veterinarian further qualified by examination in a particular area of study over and above their University qualifications.

mc

meta-carpal bone (e.g. mciii = metacarpal number 3)

MC&S

Microscopy (Gram stain), Culture and Sensitivity

MCA

Motor Car Accident. See also RTA; HBC; ROBO; MVA

MCT

Mast Cell Tumour

meds Medications

Melb

Melbourne - capital city of Victoria

MN

Male neutered / desexed / castrated / sterilised. See also: M(n), M(s)

mm

mucus membranes (e.g. "mm pink.")

MRCVS

Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons - Veterinarian registered on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons roll or qualified as a vet in the United Kingdom.

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MSDS

Material Safety Data Sheets

mt

meta-tarsal bone (e.g. mtiii = metatarsal number 3)

MTAGS

Empty Anal Glands

MUVH

Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital

MVA

Motor Vehicle Accident. See also RTA; HBC; ROBO; MCA

Mx

Monitor (e.g. Plan: Mx Bwt & Teeth = Monitor body weight and teeth cleanliness)

Mx

Multiple times

NAD

No Abnormality Detected. No Aid to Diagnosis. See also NAF; NOS; NVL; NSF

NAD

Not Actually Done.

NAF

No Abnormal Findings. See also NAD; NOS; NVL; NSF

n/e

Not eating. See also: A-

neo cort

topical neomycin hydrocortisone. A common skin ointment. See also nth, nhc

Neuro

Neurological - pertaining to the nervous system

nhc

topical neomycin hydrocortisone. A common skin ointment. See also neo cort, nth

NLA

Neuroleptanalgesia

NOS

Nothing Of Significance (found). See also: NAF; NAD; NVL; NSF

NPO

Nil per os. Give nothing via the mouth. That includes water and medications.

NSAID

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug(s)

NSF

No Significant Findings. See also: NAF; NAD; NVL

NSW

New South Wales

NT

Northern Territory (of Australia)

nth

neomycin topical hydrocortisone. A common skin ointment. See also neo cort, nhc

NTS (--)

Not To See (Veterinarianís Initials)

NVA

NeuroVascular Accident ('stroke'). See also CVA, EIE

NVL

No Visible Lesion(s)

NWB

Non-Weight Bearing

O

Objective measurement. (e.g. TPR). As part of SOAP

O'

Owner. Also written: O. See also: STO

OA

Osteoarthritis

OCD

Osteochondritis dissecans or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (feline behaviour medicine)

OCNE

Off colour not eating

OE

Otitis Externa

OHS

Occupational Health and Safety. Also written: OH&S

OI

Otitis Interna

OID

Medication once a day. Also written: oid

OM

Otitis Media

OP

OrganoPhosphate. See also OPP

OPP

OrganoPhosphate Poisoning. See also OP

OR

Owner Reports (e.g. Owner reports Fifi vomiting over night at home)

OR

Operating Room

OSPT

One Stage Prothrombin Time. See also PT.

OTC

Over The Counter. An over the counter sale. See also OTC (below)

OTC

Oxytetracycline (antibiotic). See also Oxytet

OVH

Ovariohysterectomy

Oxytet

Oxytetracycline (antibiotic). See also OTC

P

Plan. As part of SOAP

P3

Puppy vaccination: Measles, Hepatitis, Parvovirus

PABs

Pre-Anaeasthetic Blood(s) (blood tests) See also PreGA

PALPN

Palpation. Also abbreviated as: PALP

path

Pathology. Also abbreviated as: pathol
(e.g. 'pathol results' or 'path tests') See also clinpath

PBD

Potential Bad Debt

PBFD

Pssitacine Beak and Feather Disease. See also PBFDS

PBFDS

Pssitacine Beak and Feather Disease Syndrome. See also PBFD

PBFDV

Pssitacine Beak and Feather Disease Virus. See also PBFDS and PBFD

Pc

Post cibum; "after meals"

PCR

Polymerase Chain Reaction (assay) May be used in testing for e.g. FIV or FCoV

PCV

Packed Cell Volume. See also Hct

PCV

Prednisolone Cyclophosphamide Vinblastine - ChemoTx

PCV

Primary Care Veterinarian

PD

Pregnancy Diagnosis or PolyDypsia / PolyDypsic. See also D+++; PUPD

PDx

Provisional Diagnosis. See also: TENT, TDx

PE

Physical Examination. See also GPE; Ex

PEI

Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency

PG

Prostaglandin

PGF

Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science - University of Sydney. Now the CVE

per os

p.o., PO . Give via the mouth.

PI2

Parainfluenza virus (vaccine)

PKD

Polycystic Kidney Disease

PL

Problem List

PLE

Protein Losing Enteropathy

PLR

Pupillary Light Reflex

PLS

Plasmacytic Lymphocytic Stomatitis. See also LPS

pls

Please (being polite)

PM

Practice Manager (e.g. "I'll just have to check with the PM on that question.")

PO2

Partial Pressure of Oxygen

PO

per os. Give via the mouth.

POP

Plaster of Paris

post-op

After the surgery. (e.g. Post-op care notes)

PP

PolyPhagia. See also A+++

PPS

Puppy Pre-School

PPE

Personal Protective Equipment

p.r.

per rectum

p.r.n

pro re nata - according to circumstances / "as required" (e.g. "apply ointment p.r.n"). Also written: PRN

PR

Pulse Rate or Public Relations or Per Rectum

PRA

Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Pred

Prednisolone.See also CROIDS

PreGA

Preceding General Anaesthetic (e.g. Pre GA blood tests for geriatric or anaesthetic risk patients). See also PABs

PSOM

Primary Secretory Otitis Media

PSS

Porto-Systemic Shunt

PT

Prothrombin Time (test for rodenticide toxicity)

PTIC

Pregnancy Tested In Calf

PTR

Put To Rest. See also EUTH, PTS

PTS

Put To Sleep. See also EUTH, PTR

PTT

Partial Thromboplastin Time

PulseOx

Pulse Oximeter

PU

PolyUria or Perineal Urethrostomy (read in context: "The cat with the PU had PUPD due to its CRF").

PUPD

Polyuria ~ Polydipsia

PUO

Pyrexia (of) Unknown Origin

PV

Per Vagina

PVC

Premature Ventricular Contraction

Px

Prognosis

PYO

Pyometra. Also written: Pyo

q

Every. (e.g. q12h = "Give every 12 hours.").
[Latin]: quaque.

QAR

Quiet (but) Alert and Responsive

QID

Medication four times a day

Qld

Queensland

QofL

Quality of Life

QVS

Queensland Veterinary Specialists, Brisbane

R with circle around it

On the Right side. See also RS; RHS

R

On the Right side. See also RS; RHS

RADIOG

Radiograph. See also: X; Rads

Rads

Radiographs. See also: X; RADIOG

RB

Repeat Breeder

RCP

Rhinotracheitis Calicivirus Panleucopenia. Feline viruses. See also F3

RER

Resting Energy Requirement

RF

Right Fore. Also written RFL. See also R

RFL

Right Front Leg. Also written RF. See also R

RH

Right Hind. Also written RHL. See also R

RHL

Right Hind Leg. Also written RH. See also R

RHS

Right Hand Side. See also R; RS

RJB

Robert Jones Bandage

ROBO

Run Over By Owner. See also RTA; MVA; HBC

ROM

Range Of Motion

RR

Respiratory Rate

RS

Right Side. See also R. note: some veterinarians may use 'RS' to mean the case has a poor prognosis.

RT

Radiotherapy (form of cancer therapy)

RTA

Road Traffic Accident. See also HBC; MVA; ROBO

RV

revisit, (e.g. r/v 10 days). Also written: r/v or rv

r/s

remove sutures, (e.g. r/s 10 days), See also s/r; s/o

r/v

revisit, (e.g. r/v 10 days). Also written: RV or rv

Rx

Recipe. Used as a heading for writing a prescription

$ Spey

s/o

sutures out, (e.g. s/o 10 - 14 d), See also r/s; s/r

s/r

suture removal , (e.g. s/r 10 - 14 d), See also r/s; s/o

S

Subjective assessment. (e.g. BAR). As part of SOAP

SA Small Animal or Short Acting or South Australia (not Southern Australia). See WA

SBL

Sick Bird Look

SC Subcutaneous. See also SQ
SCC Squamous Cell Carcinoma
SCF Subcutaneous Fluids

SCS

Sympathy Card (has been) Sent

SDA

Specific Dynamic Action

sedn

Sedation

sf

Similar to. (e.g. "This episode sf last time.")

SID

Medication once a day. Also written: sid

SIRS

Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome

SIW

Medication once per week. Also written: siw

SMLN(s)

Submandibular lymph node(s). See also LN(s)

SOAP

Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan (e.g. "has anyone one SOAPed this patient?")

SQ Subcutaneous or subcuticular. See also SC

stat

A statistic in an investigation or article.

Stat!

(Give) Immediately!

STO Speak / Spoke To Owner. See also T; cc

STT

Schirmer Tear Test

Surg

Surgery

Sx

Surgery

Syd

Sydney - capital city of New South Wales

T

Telephone Conversation. See also STO; cc

Tas

Tasmania

TAS

(Paralysis) Tick Antitoxin Serum

TAT

Tetanus Antitoxin

tatt

Tattoo. Sterilisation tattoo placed inside the ear pinna (e.g. "tatt L ear.")

TBA

Total Bile Acids (or To Be Announced)

TBC

Total Blood Count or To Be Culled (Dairy)

TBFP

Total Body Function Profile

TCM

Texas Chainsaw Massacre: When you cut too close on a nail clip

TDx

Tentative Diagnosis. See also: PDx, TENT

TEF

Third Eyelid Flap. See also TELF, TFF

TEL

Third Eyelid

TELF

Third EyeLid Flap. See also TFF, TEF

TENT

Tentative Diagnosis. See also: PDx, TDx

TFF

Third Eyelid Flap. See also TELF, TEF

TGHW To Go Home With. e.g. TGHW 14 clav 50mg 1 bid

THR

Total Hip Replacement

t.i.d

ter in die. On a prescription: Three times per day

TIW

Medication three times a week. Also written: tiw

TLC

Tender Loving Care

TLI

Trypsinogen-Like Immunoreactivity. A test for EPI.

TN

Temperature Normal

TNTC

Too Numerous To Count (eg RBC in urine exam)

TP

Total Protein

TPLO

Tibial Plateau Levelling Osteotomy

TPO

Triple Pelvic Osteotomy

TPP

Total Plasma Protein. See also TP

TPR

Temperature, Pulse, Respiration (rate)

TSP

Total Serum Protein

Tx

Treatment

U

Units. Also see IU. Often seen in insulin dosing.

U/A

Urine Analysis. See also UA

U/S

Ultrasound examination. Also written: US; u/s

UA

Urine Analysis. See also U/A

UQ

University of Queensland

UMN

Upper Motor Neuron

Uni

University

UPC

Urine Protein Creatinine (Ratio)

USG

Urine Specific Gravity. Also written USg

URT

Upper Respiratory Tract

URTI

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

UTBH

Unable To Be Handled. See also UTH

UTH

Unable To Handle

v

very (e.g. v.sore = very sore)

V+

Vomiting. Add '+' to denote severity (e.g. V+ = mild; V+++ = severe)

VDCS

Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Coughing, Sneezing

Vet

Veterinarian

Vet. Sci

Veterinary Science

VIC

Victoria (State in Australia)

VMB

Very Much Better

VMBA

Veterinary Multiple Biochemstry Analysis

VMW

Very Much Worse

VN

Veterinary Nurse

VSB

Veterinary Surgeons Board

VSO

Vet See Owner (i.e. needs vet discharge)

VSS

Veterinary Specialist Services, Brisbane QLD

vWB

Von Willebrand's Disease - congenital coagulopathy

Vx

Vaccination

W

Watch! (potential danger) See also:*Care*; WI

W&S

Wait and see

WA

Western Australia (not West Australia)

WBC

White Blood Cell (WBCs = White Blood Cells)

WCC

White Cell Count

WDT

Water Deprivation Test

WI

Watch It! (potential danger) See also:*Care*; W

WIM

Water Intake Measurement

WNL

Within Normal Limits

WNS

Wait/Watch and See. See also: W&S

Wt

Weight or Body Weight. See also: Bwt

X

X-ray / Radiograph. See also: RADIOG

X-iate

Cruciate. In the form of a cross. Pertains to ligaments or a suture pattern.

Xx

X-ray / Radiograph. See also: RADIOG

Xray

Radiograph. See also: RADIOG

Y

Yes

Z

Sleeping
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