Wound management

There are several techniques used in the management and care of open wounds. The references below highlight the techniques and developments in this area of veterinary medicine.


Calve with leg open woundReferences

  • Williams, J. and Condon, A. (2014) Developments in wound care. Veterinary Times, 44(32), pp. 14-16
  • Schoonover, M.J. (2014) Platelet-rich plasma therapy in wound management. Proceedings of the NAVC Conference, Large Animal, vol. 28 (free online access via registration with IVIS)
  • Goldworthy, S. and McAlinden, A. (2011) Use of VAC in wound management. Veterinary Times, 41(36), pp. 18...21
  • Kirkby, K.A. ... et al. (2010) Surgical views: vacuum-assisted wound closure: clinical applications. Compendium Continuing Education for Veterinarians, 32(3) pp. E1-6


More references on the treatment of open wounds from our search on CAB Abstracts databases are available to download from our 'Related documents' box.


Other sources of information

  • Kirpensteijn, J. and ter Haar, G. (2013) Reconstructive surgery and wound management of the dog and cat. London: Manson Publishing Ltd (library copy available for loan)
  • Winkler, K.P. (2012) Initial wound management. Merck Veterinary Manual (available online, accessed 11/8/2014)
  • Drobatz, K.J., Beal, M.W, and Syring, R.S. (eds.) (2011) Manual of trauma management in the dog and cat. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (library copy available for loan)
  • Pavletic, M.M. (2010) Atlas of small animal wound management and reconstructive surgery. 3rd ed. London: Saunders (library copy available for loan)
  • Williams, John and Moores, Alison (eds.) (2009) BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Wound Management and Reconstruction. 2nd ed. Cheltenham: BSAVA (library copy available for loan)
  • Wound management (2006) Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice (special issue), 36(4) (online access available to library members)
  • Wound management (2005) Veterinary Clinics of North America. Equine Practice (special issue), 21(1) (online access available to library members)


For information on equine wound management


Image source: Calve having recovered from blackleg after removing of all necrosed muscles (this animal recovered afterwards)Author: Lucyin. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported licence.