Harkness and Wagner's Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents [NOOK Book]

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Harkness and Wagner's Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents, Fifth Edition is a practical reference in small mammal husbandry and health, encompassing the fields of laboratory animal medicine and pet practice. Part of ACLAM's series of laboratory animal books, this text offers concise but complete coverage on rabbits and the most common rodent species, with an emphasis on biology, clinical procedures, clinical signs, and diseases and conditions. By providing useful, accessible assessment and diagnostic ...
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Overview

Harkness and Wagner's Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents, Fifth Edition is a practical reference in small mammal husbandry and health, encompassing the fields of laboratory animal medicine and pet practice. Part of ACLAM's series of laboratory animal books, this text offers concise but complete coverage on rabbits and the most common rodent species, with an emphasis on biology, clinical procedures, clinical signs, and diseases and conditions. By providing useful, accessible assessment and diagnostic information, Harkness and Wagner's Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents aids the practitioner in diagnosing and treating conditions in small mammals.

Logically organized for easy reference, the book begins with general husbandry and procedures, followed by specific disease information. Harkness and Wagner's Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents is essential reading for clinical practitioners, laboratory animal personnel, and veterinary technicians.

Key features:

  • Concise but complete coverage of small mammal husbandry and health
  • Encompasses the fields of laboratory animal medicine, production medicine, and pet practice
  • Logically organized for easy reference
  • Provides assessment and diagnostic information to aid in quick diagnosis and treatment
  • Includes clinical photographs and case studies
  • Covers rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hamsters, gerbils, mice, and rats

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Randall L. Peper
This book provides a good overview of the basic biology and husbandry of rabbits and rodents. It also provides basic information on analgesia/anesthesia, clinical procedures, and common diseases. This is the fourth edition; the previous edition was published in 1989. The goal was to provide concise, up-to-date, reasonably comprehensive information on the husbandry, biology, and medicine of common rodents and rabbits. The authors intended to provide this information in a format that was accessible, useful, and less expensive than the hardcover reference books currently available. The authors intend this book for students, technicians, scientists with a basic knowledge of biology, and veterinarians. They did a reasonable job of not making it too advanced for one group or too basic for the other. The authors are well-known authorities in the field of laboratory animal medicine, with the necessary background and expertise. For the most part, the black-and-white line drawings that are used to illustrate anatomical features and various techniques are sufficiently large and easily understood. The tables provide compilations of much useful information. The references are current, but whether the book contains individual references or simply a section-ending compilation varies from chapter to chapter. The index is extensive and more than adequate. The case reports in Chapter 6 should be of interest to students and teachers. The earlier editions of the book provided one of the best softcover texts on basic biology, husbandry, and medicine of the common rodents and rabbits. This edition is a welcome update and expansion on the previous editions. Although the writing quality and contentvaries from section to section and there appear to be some inconsistencies and discrepancies, the book remains a valuable resource.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Randall L. Peper, DVM, PhD(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book provides a good overview of the basic biology and husbandry of rabbits and rodents. It also provides basic information on analgesia/anesthesia, clinical procedures, and common diseases. This is the fourth edition; the previous edition was published in 1989.
Purpose: The goal was to provide concise, up-to-date, reasonably comprehensive information on the husbandry, biology, and medicine of common rodents and rabbits. The authors intended to provide this information in a format that was accessible, useful, and less expensive than the hardcover reference books currently available.
Audience: The authors intend this book for students, technicians, scientists with a basic knowledge of biology, and veterinarians. They did a reasonable job of not making it too advanced for one group or too basic for the other. The authors are well-known authorities in the field of laboratory animal medicine, with the necessary background and expertise.
Features: For the most part, the black-and-white line drawings that are used to illustrate anatomical features and various techniques are sufficiently large and easily understood. The tables provide compilations of much useful information. The references are current, but whether the book contains individual references or simply a section-ending compilation varies from chapter to chapter. The index is extensive and more than adequate. The case reports in Chapter 6 should be of interest to students and teachers.
Assessment: The earlier editions of the bookprovided one of the best softcover texts on basic biology, husbandry, and medicine of the common rodents and rabbits. This edition is a welcome update and expansion on the previous editions. Although the writing quality and content varies from section to section and there appear to be some inconsistencies and discrepancies, the book remains a valuable resource.
Booknews
A classic reference first published in 1977 and most recently in 1989, for veterinarians and people responsible for the health and well being of laboratory animals. Bridges the gap between the expensive and specialized tomes on individual species and the loose pages of lecture notes that laboratory technicians actually refer to. The fourth edition includes new diseases, techniques, and husbandry aspects and replaced some case reports and references with newer ones. Assumes a background in biology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118708903
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/22/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 5
  • File size: 17 MB
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Meet the Author

John E. Harkness, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is Professor Emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University.

Patricia V. Turner, BSc, MS, DVM, DVSc, DACLAM, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, at the University of Guelph.

Susan VandeWoude, DVM, DACLAM, is Professor of Comparative Medicine and Director of Laboratory Animal Resources at Colorado State University.

Colette Wheler, BSc, DVM, MVetSc, is Director of the Animal Resources Centre and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1. Introduction, General Husbandry, and Disease Prevention.

Introduction.

Sources of Information.

Taxonomy, History, and Behavior.

Regulatory Considerations.

Genetically Modified Mice.

Equipment Needs.

Major Concerns in Husbandry.

Factors Predisposing to Disease.

Allergies to Rabbits and Rodents.

Sources of Information.

Chapter 2. Biology and Husbandry.

The Rabbit.

The Guinea Pig.

The Chinchilla.

The Hamster.

The Gerbil.

The Mouse.

The Rat.

Chapter 3. Clinical Procedures.

Sample Collection.

Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, and Urinalysis.

Medical Imaging.

Ophthalmology.

Administration of Drugs and Formulary.

Anesthesia.

Analgesia.

Surgery.

Dental Procedures in Rabbits and Rodents.

Serologic Testing for Colony Health Surveillance.

Other Special Techniques.

Euthanasia.

Chapter 4. Clinical Signs and Differential Diagnoses.

The Rabbit.

The Guinea Pig.

The Chinchilla.

The Hamster.

The Gerbil.

The Mouse.

The Rat.

Chapter 5. Specific Diseases and Conditions.

Acariasis (Mite Infections).

Anorexia and Reduced Food Intake.

Bordetella bronchiseptica Infections.

Buphthalmia in Rabbits.

Cestodiasis (Tapeworm Infestations).

Cilia-Associated Respiratory Bacillus Infections.

Coccidiosis (Hepatic) in Rabbits.

Coccidiosis (Intestinal).

Coronavirus Infections.

Corynebacterium kutscheri Infections.

Cryptosporidiosis.

Dermatophytosis (Ringworm).

Encephalitozoonosis.

Enteropathies.

Epilepsy in Gerbils.

Gastric Stasis in Rabbits.

Hantavirus Infections.

Heat Prostration.

Helicobacter Infections.

Hematuria and Pigmented Urine.

Hypovitaminosis C (Scurvy) in Guinea Pigs.

Lawsonia Infections (Proliferative Ileitis of Hamsters).

Listeriosis.

Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus Infection.

Malocclusion and Dental Disease.

Mastitis.

Mousepox (Ectromelia Virus).

Murine Encephalomyelitis.

Murine Mycoplasmosis.

Murine Norovirus Infections.

Myiasis (Fly Strike)—Primary.

Myiasis (Fly Strike)—Secondary.

Myxomatosis.

Nasal Dermatitis (Sore Nose) in Gerbils.

Neoplasia.

Nephrosis.

Oxyuriasis (Pinworms).

Parvovirus Infections.

Pasteurella multocida Infections.

Pasteurella pneumotropica Infections.

Pediculosis.

Pneumocystosis.

Pododermatitis.

Pregnancy Toxemia.

Rabies Virus Infection.

Ringtail.

Rotavirus Infections.

Salmonellosis.

Sendai Virus Infections.

Spironucleosis.

Splayleg in Rabbits.

Staphylococcosis.

Streptococcus pneumoniae Infections in Rodents

Streptococcus zooepidemicus Infections in Guinea Pigs.

Transmissible Colonic Hyperplasia in Mice.

Tularemia.

Tyzzer’s Disease.

Ulcerative Dermatitis (Moist Dermatitis).

Urolithiasis.

Venereal Spirochetosis (Trepanematosis).

Viral Hemorrhagic Disease in Rabbits.

Chapter 6. Case Reports.

The Rabbit.

The Guinea Pig.

The Chinchilla.

The Hamster.

The Gerbil.

The Mouse.

The Rat.

Suggested Solutions.

Rabbits.

Guinea Pigs.

Chinchillas.

Hamsters.

Gerbils.

Mice.

Rats.

Index.

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