Introduction to Horse Biology / Edition 1

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Many students have only a limited knowledge of biology before starting a variety of equine courses, from BHS stages to National Cerificate and Diploma and HND/degree. Davies provides all the information students of equine subjects require, particularly those without a GCSE or A Level in biology.

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Reviewer: Jonathan Hale Foreman, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This introductory-level textbook on the biology of the horse presents its information in 15 chapters, 5 appendixes, a glossary, and an index. The appendixes provide unique, sometimes hard-to-find, information for students such as anatomical terms and metric conversion tables. There are no references cited either in the text or summarized at the end of the book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide basic information on the biology of the horse "required by all students of equine subjects, particularly those without a standard qualification in biology." The book meets this purpose while providing basic equine information for secondary school or introductory college-level students, as well as those enrolled in more specific equine training programs such as veterinary technicians, animal scientists, and horse husbandry programs.
Audience: The intended audience includes students pursuing a career or training in most any equine field, without a strong background in biology or physiology. The book will prove valuable to younger audiences aspiring eventually to equine fields, such as 4-H students or Pony Club members. The author is a well-respected lecturer in equine science.
Features: The introductory chapter provides a brief overview of equine evolution, modern behavior, taxonomy, basic cellular biology, and nutrition. Two chapters on cellular anatomy and physiology are then followed by a series of chapters on various body systems. The last three chapters cover pathogens, genetics, and aging by teeth anatomy. The text is richly illustrated with black-and-white photographs, line drawings, and charts where appropriate. More advanced students may be disappointed at the basic nature of some of the introductory chapters, but the subsequent systems approach will still prove useful to all students of equine science.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the field of equine science, and will prove useful for basic students in many formal or informal studies of the horse. More advanced texts are available, but this might be the first that summarizes so much good information about so many aspects of equine biology in a basic form in one book.
From the Publisher
'[Puts] scientific information into a form that does not require previous training in biology to follow and understand.' The Journal of Equine Studies Vol 2 No 2

'This book aims to supply the student of equine studies with all the information they need, including basic microbiology, genetics and physiology. It is aimed particularly at those doing a (UK) First Diploma, National Diploma, National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, and Advanced National Certificate, and all students studying for BHS or other equine-related examinations.'

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405121620
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,051,526
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Zoe Davies is a former lecturer in equine science, a consultant equine nutritionist and external examiner for equine courses at colleges (for Edexcel). She has substantial experience in equine management and training and has co-authored Horse and Stable Management (4e) (in fact she did most of the revising), Equine Science, Health and Performance (with a new edition in preparation), and The Horse in Motion (all published by Blackwell).

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Table of Contents


Cells, tissues and organ systems.

The digestive system.

Circulatory system.

Respiratory system.

Nervous and hormonal systems.

The locomotory system.


Reproduction in horses.


Diseases in horses.


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