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Doody ReviewsReviewer: 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.