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Invertebrate Medicine is the single most comprehensive resource available today on invertebrate animal medicine. Public and private aquarists, aquaculturists, and veterinarians in zoo animal, exotic animal and laboratory animal medicine will all find this book an irreplaceable source of information on many of the animals they care for or treat.

Coverage includes sponges, jellyfish, anemones, corals, mollusks, starfish, sea urchins, crabs, crayfish, lobsters, shrimp, hermit crabs, spiders, scorpions, and dozens more. Although coverage is broad, emphasis is on invertebrates harvested for food or kept in captivity as pets, for display, or as research animals.

The book’s organization is easy to follow, with chapters dividing up invertebrates taxonomically. Each chapter includes the natural history of the group, anatomy and physiology, environmental disorders, preventative medicine, infectious diseases, common miscellaneous disorders, analgesia, anesthesia and surgery, treatment protocols and formularies. Amply illustrated in color and black and white, Invertebrate Medicine is sure to become the classic reference on invertebrate animal medicine.

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Reviewer: Julia K Whittington, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: The author's passion for invertebrate medicine is apparent in the compilation of this excellent resource for veterinary care providers of invertebrate animals.
Purpose: The proposed purpose is to serve as a reference on invertebrate animals including their biological data, clinical conditions, and medical treatment. The editor admits that readers looking for a zoology text will find this book lacking in comprehensive anatomy, physiology, natural history, and taxonomy of the extensive invertebrate taxa. This being said, the authors have done an excellent job providing a review of the basic science of these species as it pertains to their captive care, conditions, and treatment.
Audience: The intended audiences are veterinarians and captive care providers of invertebrate animals. While this book is a must for the libraries of these individuals, it is also an excellent teaching tool for the didactic setting and field work. The authors are the most knowledgeable individuals in the field of invertebrate medicine today and the detailed information they provide will be valuable in multiple settings.
Features: The book begins with a brief introduction to the sheer diversity of the invertebrate taxa. This chapter is short, only four pages, but gives readers an understanding of the book's organization, philosophy, and limitations. Each of the subsequent chapters details the basic natural history and taxonomy, anatomy and physiology, natural history and husbandry, and disease conditions of specific metazoan taxonomic groups that are economically important according to the editor. Specific information regarding physical exam, restraint, diagnostic testing, and treatment of invertebrate animals is included in many of the chapters. The book is rich with black-and-white pictures and drawings which are reproduced in good detail. Twelve pages of color plates are a wonderful addition, and the only shortcoming may be that there are too few of these.
Assessment: The world of zoological medicine has been waiting for this book and it is a valuable addition for any care provider working with invertebrate species. The book is well written, well organized, and offers the right amount of basic science information to enhance the medical knowledge it imparts. This will be an excellent resource in clinics, zoos, classrooms, and laboratories.
From the Publisher
"Clinicians in laboratory animal medicine will find this book an irreplaceable source of information…. The overall compilation of invertebrate medicine makes this probably the premier text on the subject. I would recommend having a copy in the clinic library." (Veterinary Information Network, May 3, 2006)

"This is the first veterinary textbook devoted exclusively to an in-depth review of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate medicine…. Historically, veterinary medicine has not focused on these animals, however, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates are being presented for veterinary care with increasing frequency.

The chapters are well organized and easy to read. There are good reviews of basic anatomy and husbandry and the text centralized references in one location to interested readers to pursue more in-depth research. The chapter authors have organized information in a format that will be familiar to veterinarians and emphasize disease conditions where these are known.

This is an excellent starting place for clinicians who want to expand their invertebrate medicine practice. It will hopefully inspire others to contribute to this growing area of veterinary medicine." (Avian Practice, Volume 8, Issue 3)

"First of its kind…this highly readable book will be an invaluable aid…sure to become the standard…to which all future works will be compared." (Veterinary Pathology)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813818443
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory A. Lewbart M.S., V.M.D., Dipl. ACZM, Professor of Aquatic Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University
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Table of Contents


Foreword (Murray E. Fowler).

Preface (Gregory A. Lewbart).


Chapter 1. Introduction (Gregory A. Lewbart).

Chapter 2. Sponges (Gregory A. Lewbart).

Chapter 3. Coelenterates (Michael K. Stoskopf).

Chapter 4. Turbellarians (Michael S. Bodri).

Chapter 5. Gastropods (Roxanna Smolowitz).

Chapter 6. Cephalopods (Joseph M. Scimeca).

Chapter 7. Bivalves (Jay F. Levine, Mac Law, and Flavio Corsin).

Chapter 8. Annelids (Gregory A. Lewbart).

Color Plate Section.

Chapter 9. Horseshoe Crabs (Stephen A. Smith).

Chapter 10. Spiders (Romain Pizzi).

Chapter 11. Scorpions (Fredric L. Frye).

Chapter 12. Crustaceans (Edward J. Noga, Amy L. Hancock, and Robert A. Bullis).

Chapter 13. Myriapods (Centipedes and Millipedes) (John R. Chitty).

Chapter 14. Insects (John E. Cooper).

Chapter 15. Nematodes (Michael S. Bodri).

Chapter 16. Chaetognaths (Arrowworms) (Laura Foster).

Chapter 17. Echinoderms (Craig A. Harms).

Chapter 18. Urochordates (Robert S. Bakal).

Chapter 19. Diagnostic Techniques and Sample Handling (Ilze K. Berzins and Roxanna Smolowitz).

Chapter 20. Laws, Rules, and Regulating Agencies for Invertebrates (Daniel S. Dombrowski).

Appendix 1. Invertebrate Neoplasms (Esther C. Peters).

Appendix 2. Diseases of Invertebrates Notifiable to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

Appendix 3. Euthanasia (Michael J. Murray).


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