Veterinary Abbreviations

a Artery
aa Of each
AA Amino acid
Ab Antibody; antibiotics
ABG Arterial blood gas
ac Before meals
ACE Angiotensin-converting enzyme
AD Right ear
ADH Antidiuretic hormone
ad lib Freely, as wanted
ADR Active defense reflex; adverse drug reaction
A Fib Atrial fibrillation
Ag Antigen
A:G Albumin-globulin ratio
AGID Agar gel immunodiffusion
AL Left ear
ALB Albumin
AMA Against medical advice; American Medical Association
AMI Acute myocardial infarction
amp Ampule
ANS Autonomic nervous system
AP Anterior-posterior; arterial pressure
APC Atrial premature contraction
APTT Activated partial thromboplastin time
ARF Acute renal failure
ARR Arrhythmia
AS Aortic stenosis; left ear
ASAP As soon as possible
ASD Atrial septal defect
AU Each ear
AV Atrioventricular
AV block Atrioventricular as in first-, second-, third-degree AV block
BAR Bright, alert and responsive
bid Twice daily
BLD Blood
BLV Bovine leukosis virus
BM Bowel movement
BMR Basal metabolic rate
BOL Large pill (hora)
BP Blood pressure
BRD Bovine respiratory disease
BSA Body surface area
BT Blue tongue
BUN Blood urea nitrogen
BW Body weight
C-S Coughing-sneezing
Ca Calcium
CA Carcinoma; coronary artery; cardiac arrest
CBC Complete blood count
cc Cubic centimeter
CC Chief complaint
CCM Congestive cardiomyopathy
CHF Congestive heart failure
CI Cardiac insufficiency
CM Cardiomyopathy
CNS Central nervous system
COB Care of body
CODE E Used in emergency for cardiac arrest
CPA Cardiopulmonary arrest
CPR Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
Creat Creatinine
CRF Chronic renal failure; corticotropin-releasing factor
CRT Capillary refill time; cathode-ray tube
CVA Cardiovascular accident; cerebrovascular accident
CVP Central venous pressure
CVS Cardiovascular system
CXR Chest x-ray
DLH Domestic longhair
DM Diabetes mellitus
DS Dose or days not acceptable
DSH Domestic shorthair
DV Dorsal ventral
Dx Diagnosis
ECG or EKG Electrocardiogram
ECHO Echocardiogram
EENT Eyes, Ears, nose, throat
FB Foreign body
FD Feline distemper
FeLV Feline leukemia virus
FeSV Feline sarcoma virus
FIP Feline infectious peritonitis
FPV Feline panleukopenia virus
FUO Fever of unknown origin
FUS Feline urologic syndrome
FVR Feline viral rhinotracheitis
Fx Fracture
h Hour
Hb Hemoglobin
HBs Harsh bronchial sounds
HCT Hematocrit
HR Heart rate
hs At bedtime (hora somni)
Hx History
IC Intracardiac
ICU Intensive care unit
ID Intradermal
IM Intramuscular
IN Intranasal
IOP Intraocular pressure
IP Intraperitoneal
IT Intratracheal
IV Intravenous
K Potassium
L or LT Left
LRS Lactated Ringer's solution
MAP Mean arterial pressure
MI Mitral Insufficiency or myocardial insufficiency; myocardial infarction
MM Mucous membrane
MRI Magnetic resonance imaging
Na Sodium
NC No change
non rep Do not repeat
NPO Nothing per os (by mouth)
NR Not remarkable
NSF No significant findings
NSR Normal sinus rhythm
OD Right eye (oculus dexter)
OL Left eye
OTC Over the counter
OU Both eyes
PAC Premature atrial contraction
PAT Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
pc After meals
PCV Packed cell volume
PDA Patent ductus arteriosus
PE Pulmonary edema; physical examination
per Os Orally, by mouth
PRAA Persistent right aortic arch
prn As necessary
PTA Prior to admission
q Every
q2h Every 2 hours
q6h Every 6 hours
qd Every day
qh Every hour
qid Four times a day
qns Quantity not sufficient
qod Every other day
qs Quantity sufficient
R or RT Right
RADs Radiographs
RBC Red blood cell
RHF Right heart failure
R/O Rule out
Rx Take (prescription)
SC or SQ Subcutaneous
sid Once daily
Sig Label (prescription)
SOB Shortness of breath
ss One half
Sx Signs, symptoms
tab Tablet
tid Thrice daily
TP Total protein
TPR Temperature, pulse, respiration
Tx Treatments
U Unit
UGI Upper gastrointestinal tract (includes esophagus, stomach and duodenum)
ung Ointment
URI Upper respiratory infection
US Ultrasound
v Vein
V TACH Ventricular tachycardia
VD Ventrodorsal
V-D Vomiting and diarrhea
VS Vital signs
VSD Ventricular septal defect
WBC White blood cell
WNL Within normal limits


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