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From The CriticsReviewer: Randall S. Ott, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book covers topics that relate to the genetic aspects of behavior of domestic animals and includes discussions of welfare implications.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is to bridge the gap between the field of behavior genetics and the research on behavior published in the animal science and veterinary literature. The primary objective of the book is to show that principles of behavioral genetics have practical applications to agricultural and companion animals.
Audience: It will be of interest to biologists, researchers, veterinarians, livestock producers, zoo curators, behavioral ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and people who own or train domestic animals. The editor is well trained in her field of expertise and has years of practical experience working on problems related to animal handling and welfare.
Features: Illustrations are scarce; however, the chapters are well referenced in this attractive book. This book represents a major source of references and discussion on the topic of the genetic aspects of behavior in domestic animals. The discussions concerning welfare aspects of animal breeding are a good overview of the subject.
Assessment: The book will be appreciated by those who wish to gain a greater understanding of the genetic aspects of behavior and some of the ethical concerns inherent to genetic manipulation of domestic animals. The rich source of references that accompany each chapter will provide an excellent starting point for those who wish to explore subjects in greater detail.