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This handbook is a straightforward introduction to exotic animal medicine for the veterinary technician. Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician introduces technicians to the exotic animals they're most likely to see in practice, and provides clear-cut descriptions of common procedures on exotics.

Together with 12 contributing authors, Ballard and Cheek describe in detail common technical procedures performed on exotics including: venipuncture, bandaging and wound care, administration of drugs, tube feeding, catheter placement, and urine collection. The book's coverage also extends to basic anatomy, physiology, reproduction, husbandry, zoonotic diseases, restraint, radiology, surgery and anesthesia, parasitology, hematology, emergency and critical care, and nutrition.

Although intended primarily as a textbook for students in veterinary technician programs, the complete coverage of exotic animal clinical procedures makes this an invaluable reference for veterinary technicians and practicing veterinarians alike.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813819280
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 379
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Bonnie Ballard has worked in veterinary medicine since 1974, starting as a veterinary assistant, becoming a technician in 1979, and earning a DVM in 1994. In 1997, she began to develop the veterinary technology program at Gwinnett Technical College. The program received a full AVMA program accreditation in 2000. Dr. Ballard currently is the program's director 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, graduated from Gwinnett Technical College in 1999 with an AAT in veterinary technology. After completing an internship at the ZooAtlanta Veterinary Hospital, he went to work at Avalon Animal Hospital in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He also holds a part0time faculty position at Gwinnett Technical College, where he is a lab assistant and teaches exotic animal medicine. Mr. Cheek enjoys keeping reptiles and teaching children about them.

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Table of Contents

1 The Role of Veterinary Technicians in Exotic Animal Medicine 3
2 The Avian Patient 5
3 The Lizard 31
4 The Snake 81
5 The Chelonians 129
6 The Amphibians 145
7 The Ferret 179
8 The Rabbit 191
9 The Mouse, Rat, Gerbil, and Hamster 227
10 The Chinchilla 239
11 The Guinea Pig 247
12 The Hedgehog 255
13 Other Species Seen in Practice 263
14 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Wildlife Rehabilitation 273
15 Avian and Reptile Hematology 307
App. 1 State/Federal Wildlife Permit Offices 313
App. 2 Wildlife Admissions/Exam/Care Forms 317
App. 3 Handling and Restraint of Wildlife Species 321
App. 4 Tail Wrapping 327
App. 5 Guide to Identification of Hatchling and Nestling Songbirds 329
App. 6 Average Body Weights of Selected North American Songbirds 335
App. 7 Species Care Sheets 337
App. 8 Biological Data of Selected North American Wild Mammals 347
App. 9 Glossary of Medical Conditions and Treatments 349
App. 10: Wildlife Product Sources 353
App. 11: Additional Reading 357
App. 12 Supplies Necessary for an Exotic Practice 361
Index 363
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