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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Samantha Haskins, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an update of a concise resource that aims to cover the breadth of exotic mammal pet medicine, from husbandry concerns to common medical and surgical techniques. The previous edition was published in 2003.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide up-to-date information in a reader friendly, concise format. This edition does just that, updating information and providing charts, pictures, and diagrams to support the text and optimize reader comprehension.
Audience: The book can serve as a clinical resource for all levels of exotic animal practitioners, from new graduate, to resident and experienced practitioner. There is a multitude of contributing authors, each a strong, credible member of their field.
Features: This book attempts to cover a wide range of information and is divided by species - including ferrets, rabbits, rodents, guinea pigs, chinchillas, sugar gliders, and African hedgehogs. It covers topics such as emergency and critical care, behavior, dentistry, anesthesia, and diagnostic techniques. Its strength lies in the color images and tables, which provide valuable information and support the text.
Assessment: This is a welcome update, providing current, clinically relevant information in an easy to digest format.