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From The CriticsReviewer: Karen L Duncan, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a quick-reference guide to medications commonly used in veterinary medicine. It is organized into three sections for small, large, and exotic animals and is further divided into three sections describing drug dosages, antiparasitic and antimicrobial agents, and descriptions of the drugs used.
Purpose: The book is intended as a useful resource for obtaining information regarding drug dosages, drug interactions, and adverse side effects in various animal species. Though there are a number of formularies and drug indexes with similar information, this book is especially useful because of its exotic animal section.
Audience: The book is intended for the veterinary student and the clinical practitioner and addresses all major categories of animal species except the pig because, in the authors' opinion, current pig management practices deemphasize treatment of individual animals. However, a porcine section would have been beneficial for the veterinarian faced with the pet pot-bellied pig.
Features: This soft-bound book is compact and easy to handle, although its binding unfortunately does not permit the book to lie open on its own. The book has many useful features, including an alphabetical listing of drugs, tables of drug dosages, list of anthelmintics, antimicrobials used in the various species, and a chart for converting body weight to surface area.
Assessment: This new veterinary drug handbook will be extremely useful in the clinical setting. In addition to traditional veterinary pharmaceuticals, it contains information regarding human drugs used in veterinary medicine but commonly omitted from other drug references. The section on exotic animals is especially useful for its volume of information on treating not only avian species, but also rabbits, rodents, and reptiles. One notable omission in the exotic animal section is the absence of information regarding medications used in ferrets. The only disadvantage to the format of the book is the necessity to look in one section for drug dosages and another section for information regarding the drug indications, side effects, etc.