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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael A. Ringenberg, DVM, DipACVP (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a second edition of a paperback reference of therapeutic agents currently available to veterinary practitioners. The pages are earmarked into three sections, which provides quick referencing of drug information for exotic, small, and large animal species.
Purpose: According to the editors, it is to serve as a practical aid for both veterinary students and practicing veterinarians. The ability to ascertain dosing information in short order is a worthy objective and the editors have met this objective.
Audience: The handbook is targeted at veterinary students and clinical practitioners, and these audiences are well served. Veterinary technicians may also find it helpful in familiarizing themselves with the various pharmaceuticals currently used in clinical settings. Contributors and editors alike have advanced training and hold respected positions within the veterinary profession.
Features: In short, this handbook contains abbreviated clinical information on drugs used in exotic, small, and large animal medicine. The format is easy to follow and use. Each section begins with dosage tables followed by alphabetized drug information covering indications, adverse reactions, interactions, and available products. This feature is convenient, but text redundancy hallmarks the drug descriptive sections, which contributes to the bulk of the text. The index is complete.
Assessment: Quick referencing to dosage information is a highlighted feature. Information is more readily retrievable in this text than in Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook, 2nd edition (Iowa State University Press, 1995). However, less dosage and drug information is available and references are not provided. Those who find Plumb's handbook more difficult to use in practice may find this handbook a convenient alternative.