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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathryn L Wycislo, DVM, DACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This concise yet complete compilation of the multitude of diseases encountered by small animal practitioners updates the first edition published in 2007. Algorithms, explanation of techniques, interpretation of laboratory tests, a drug formulary, and access to client handouts round out the book.
Purpose: The second edition is intended to improve upon the first edition without tinkering with what appealed to so many readers. By striving to create a balance among disease mechanisms, diagnosis, differential diagnoses, treatment recommendations, and outcome, the editor wanted readers to be able to say, "This is exactly what I wanted to know." The book accomplishes a feat that is quite difficult in veterinary medicine — presenting the useful information necessary for optimal and appropriate patient care while filtering out the extraneous information that can be quite useless to practitioners and students who need a quick but thorough review of a disease, behavioral issue, or technique.
Audience: While the editor does not specifically identify an audience, the book is appropriate for general small animal practitioners, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students. This is a great resource for small animal practitioners at any level, from the new graduate to the general practitioner to the internal medicine resident. The format is ideal for third- and fourth-year veterinary students.
Features: Practically every disease process is covered in a mini-format that highlights the important aspect of the disease, along with how to appropriately diagnose and treat it. This part of the book is the most innovative, as it gives readers a 5- to 15-minute review that rarely lacks pertinent information. Algorithms, differential diagnoses lists, and explanations of laboratory tests present an additional level of information, along with many techniques and procedures. Helpful hints and some illustrations are scattered throughout. References appear at the end of each chapter. The one shortcoming of this book is that some of the less common or less important topics are covered primarily only on the website. While this is not a problem if the reader has access to a computer and adequate time to spend online, it potentially could pose a time nuisance for some students and practitioners.
Assessment: This is a great resource for veterinarians of all kinds and veterinary students. A real must-have! The editor has produced another succinct, thorough resource that rarely disappoints and has evolved appropriately from the first edition. I would refer to this book over Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Clinical Consult: Canine and Feline, 4th edition, Tilley and Smith (Wiley-Blackwell, 2007) any day.