Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician / Edition 2

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Overview

Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, Second Edition is a comprehensive yet clear introduction to exotic animal practice for technicians in the classroom and clinic setting alike. With an emphasis on the exotic species most likely to present to a veterinary practice, the book offers easy-to-follow descriptions of common procedures and techniques. Covering information ranging from anatomy, restraint, and common diseases to radiology, surgical assisting, and parasitology, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician provides technicians with all the information necessary to confidently and competently treat exotic patients.

This book's companion Web site includes review questions and figures for download in PowerPoint at www.wiley.com/go/ballard.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Kim Byrne, CVT (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book contains helpful information for veterinary technicians about exotic animals, including the importance of a good history and the ability to provide the client with accurate information. The first edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide veterinary technicians with important information about a variety of species commonly seen in exotic practice, reflecting changes since the first edition in 2003. There are many cat/dog practices that would like to expand to exotics and this book would be helpful to the technicians.
Audience: It is written for veterinary technicians with little experience with exotic animals, but it also would be helpful for students and beginning practitioners.
Features: The book covers all aspects of seeing exotic species, including the importance of handling and restraint, emergencies, and anesthesia and surgery. It also discusses how to obtain blood samples in birds and reptiles and how to interpret the cells. The color hematology photos are helpful. This will be useful as a reference for technicians who routinely get phone calls from clients with questions about their exotic pets.
Assessment: This will be useful for technicians who do not currently see exotics. It also would be good to keep a copy in our small animal emergency room for our interns as a reference and in our ZooMed section as well as The Wildlife Medical Clinic for veterinary students.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Kim Byrne, CVT (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book contains helpful information for veterinary technicians about exotic animals, including the importance of a good history and the ability to provide the client with accurate information. The first edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide veterinary technicians with important information about a variety of species commonly seen in exotic practice, reflecting changes since the first edition in 2003. There are many cat/dog practices that would like to expand to exotics and this book would be helpful to the technicians.
Audience: It is written for veterinary technicians with little experience with exotic animals, but it also would be helpful for students and beginning practitioners.
Features: The book covers all aspects of seeing exotic species, including the importance of handling and restraint, emergencies, and anesthesia and surgery. It also discusses how to obtain blood samples in birds and reptiles and how to interpret the cells. The color hematology photos are helpful. This will be useful as a reference for technicians who routinely get phone calls from clients with questions about their exotic pets.
Assessment: This will be useful for technicians who do not currently see exotics. It also would be good to keep a copy in our small animal emergency room for our interns as a reference and in our ZooMed section as well as The Wildlife Medical Clinic for veterinary students.
From the Publisher
"This book contains helpful information for veterinary technicians about exotic animals, including the importance of a good history and the ability to provide the client with accurate information. It is written for veterinary technicians with little experience with exotic animals, but it also would be helpful for students and beginning practitioners." (Doody's, July 2010)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813822068
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 520
  • Sales rank: 657,105
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bonnie Ballard, DVM, is the program director at Gwinnett Technical College and one of two full-time faculty members. She also practices small animal and exotic medicine at Winder Animal Hospital in Winder, Georgia.

Ryan Cheek, RVTg, VTS (ECC), is a veterinary technologist and a full time instructor at Gwinnett Technical College.  Before this position he was head technician of the exotic animal department and emergency and critical technician in private practice.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Contributors

Disclaimer

Section 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Exotic Animal Medicine

Bonnie Ballard

Section 2 Avian

Chapter 2 Psittacines and Passerines

Cheryl B. Greenacre and Lillian Gerhardt

Chapter 3 Psittacine Behavior, Husbandry, and Enrichment

Tarah Hadley

Chapter 4 Aviary Design and Management

April Romagnano

Chapter 5 Sex Differentiation and Reproduction

April Romagnano and Tarah L. Hadley

Section 3 Reptiles

Chapter 6 Lizards

Brad Wilson

Chapter 7 Snakes

Ryan Cheek, Shannon Richards, and Maria Crane

Chapter 8 Chelonians

Samuel Rivera

Chapter 9 Herpetoculture and Reproduction

David Martinez-Jimenez

Section 4 Amphibians

Chapter 10 Amphibians

Brad Wilson

Section 5 Mammals

Chapter 11 Ferrets

James R. McClearen, Julie Mays, Tarah L. Hadley

Chapter 12 Rabbits

Douglas K. Taylor, Vanessa Lee, Deborah Mook, and Michael J. Huerkamp

Chapter 13 Mice, Rats, Gerbils, and Hamsters

Anne Hudson and April Romagnano

Chapter 14 Chinchillas

Trevor Lyon and Bonnie Ballard

Chapter 15 Guinea Pigs

Anne Hudson and Maria Crane

Chapter 16 Hedgehogs

Michael Duffy Jones

Chapter 17 Skunks

Samuel Rivera

Chapter 18 Sugar Gliders

Samuel Rivera

Chapter 19 Prairie Dogs

Samuel Rivera

Section 6 Wildlife Rehabilitation

Chapter 20 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Wildlife Rehabilitation

Melanie Haire

Section 7 Hematology

Chapter 21 Avian and Reptile Hematology

Denise I. Bounous

Appendixs

1. State/Federal Wildlife Permit Offices

2. Wildlife Admission/Exam/Care Forms

3. Handling and Restraint of Wildlife Species

4. Tail Wrapping

5. Guide to Identification of Hatchling and Nestling Songbirds

6. Average Body Weights of Selected North American Songbirds

7. Species Care Sheets

8. Biological Data of Selected North American Wild Mammals

9. Glossary of Medical Conditions and Treatments

10. Wildlife Product Sources

11. Additional Resources

12. Supplies Necessary for an Exotic Practice

Index

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