Biology and Diseases of the Ferret / Edition 2

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Biology and Diseases of the Ferret, Third Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a current, comprehensive reference on the ferret. Encyclopedic in scope, it is the only book to focus on the characteristics that make the ferret an important research animal, with detailed information on conditions, procedures, and treatments. Offering basic information on biology, husbandry, clinical medicine, and surgery, as well as unique information on the use of ferrets in biomedical research, Biology and Diseases of the Ferret is an essential resource for investigators using ferrets in the laboratory and for companion animal and comparative medicine veterinarians. The Third Edition adds ten completely new chapters, covering regulatory considerations, black-footed ferret recovery, diseases of the cardiovascular system, viral respiratory disease research, morbillivirus research, genetic engineering, hearing and auditory function, vision and neuroplasticity research, nausea and vomiting research, and lung carcinogenesis research. Additionally, the anesthesia, surgery, and biomethodology chapter has been subdivided into three and thoroughly expanded. The book also highlights the ferret genome project, along with the emerging technology of genetically engineered ferrets, which is of particular importance to the future of the ferret as an animal model in research and will allow the investigation of diseases and their genetic basis in a small, easily maintained, non-rodent species.

"The definitive resource on the topic has been thoroughly revised, reflecting recent advancements of knowledge and the author's work at MIT...covers new techniques for routine diagnostic and surgical procedures."

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“This edition is well indexed and referenced and is a great practice reference.” (JAVMA, 15 December 2014)

“There are many color photos in this edition, with a strong emphasis on histopathology. This book stands alone as a complete and comprehensive book on ferrets, and a new edition after 16 years is certainly justified.” (Doody’s, 9 January 2015)

“In conclusion, The Biology and the Diseases of the Ferret, 3rd edition is a valuable resource because of the breadth and scope of information covered. Members of the private practice and laboratory animal communities will find it a useful addition to their libraries.” (Laboratory Animal Practitioner, 1 October 2014)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Megan K Watson, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book, published in association with the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine, is intended as an update on the current knowledge about ferrets as a research animal as well as an aid in the care, diagnosis, and treatment of ferrets by clinicians. It is also the first edition of this title that is available for purchase as an ebook. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The motivation for the third edition was the &quote;burgeoning clinical and scientific literature concerning the ferret,&quote; particularly in light of the significant contributions of the ferret as a research animal. New chapters reflect current use and advances, and readjust the emphasis of the book based on changing research uses. The ebook, available separately, allows for easy, portable access, as well as better image resolution.
Audience: The editors write that they hope to gain future insight from the &quote;clinicians, researchers, and students&quote; who will be using this edition. While not all of the subject matter will be applicable to the entire audience, the book has a wide range of material that provides a vital resource for anyone actively working with, researching, or treating ferrets.
Features: The book is divided into three sections. Highlights of the section on biology and husbandry include a detailed anatomy chapter with illustrations and a neuroanatomy chapter. Descriptions of this detail are often lacking in exotic animal books. Optimized recommendations for nutrition, husbandry, and reproduction aid in improving animal care. The section on diseases and clinical applications provides detailed information on clinical signs, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, as well as current recommendations for preventive medicine and procedures. This is a useful section for any clinician treating ferrets. The third section is most appropriate for researchers. While it is unlikely that clinicians will reference this section on a daily basis, they may find it useful in developing research projects.
Assessment: There are many color photos in this edition, with a strong emphasis on histopathology. This book stands alone as a complete and comprehensive book on ferrets, and a new edition after 16 years is certainly justified.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683300345
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 568
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

James G. Fox, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is Professor and Director at MIT’s Division of Comparative Medicine, as well as Chair of ACLAM’s publications committee. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Robert P. Marini, DVM, DACLAM, is Assistant Director and Chief of Veterinary Surgical Resources at MIT’s Division of Comparative Medicine and Lecturer in Health, Science and Technology, also at MIT.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Biology and Husbandry
Ch. 1 Taxonomy, History, and Use 3
Ch. 2 Anatomy of the Ferret 19
Ch. 3 Neuroanatomy of the Ferret Brain 71
Ch. 4 Physiology of the Ferret 103
Ch. 5 Nutrition 149
Ch. 6 Housing and Management 173
Ch. 7 Normal Clinical and Biologic Parameters 183
Ch. 8 Growth, Reproduction, and Breeding 211
Sect. II Diseases and Clinical Applications
Ch. 9 Hematopoietic Diseases 231
Ch. 10 Diseases of the Genitourinary System 247
Ch. 11 Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System 273
Ch. 12 Diseases of the Endocrine System 291
Ch. 13 Other Systemic Diseases 307
Ch. 14 Bacterial and Mycoplasmal Diseases 321
Ch. 15 Viral Diseases 355
Ch. 16 Parasitic Diseases 375
Ch. 17 Mycotic Diseases 393
Ch. 18 Neoplastic Diseases 405
Ch. 19 Anesthesia, Surgery, and Biomethodology 449
Sect. III Research and Applications
Ch. 20 Viral Disease Models 487
Ch. 21 Use of the Ferret in Cardiovascular Research 499
Ch. 22 Use of the Ferret in Behavioral Research 511
Ch. 23 Use of the Ferret in Reproductive Neuroendocrinology 521
Ch. 24 Use of the Ferret in Parasitologic Research 537
Index 551
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