Description: This is a very good update of what is probably the best known reference for camelid medicine and surgery. It is a relatively detailed book that covers the relevant medical, surgical, and reproductive conditions of camelids as well as husbandry issues important to managing the health of camelids.
Purpose: The book is intended as a concise reference of current medical knowledge and practices for camelids. This edition was expanded to include information on old world camels and disease information with an international perspective. Camelids are widely distributed across the United States and seen by many veterinary practitioners in mixed animal or large animal practices. Having a concise, complete reference to help with diagnosis, treatment, and routine management of camelids is extremely useful.
Audience: It is appropriate for veterinarians at all levels of practice who work with camelids, and it is best suited for those with some practice experience. However, it would be a good resource for veterinary students with a keen interest in camelids. Dr. Fowler is a well-known expert in this field with many years of practical experience dealing with a variety of camelids in a variety of environments. His scientific knowledge is sound and blends well with his clinical practice experience.
Features: The book addresses important husbandry and management issues such as basic nutrition, growth rate, and behavioral responses that are often missing from other books. A useful chapter covers restraint and handling, a very important component for carrying out a proper examination or treatment of an animal. The most common and even some of the less common medical and surgical problems are covered. Each topic includes a concise discussion of clinical signs, treatment, and prevention. A useful chapter on anesthetic drugs and protocols for camelids precedes the chapter on surgery. The second half of the book provides details on camelids by organ system. There are many useful diagrams, pictures and tables throughout the book. The descriptions of surgical procedures are best suited for readers with some surgical experience because they are concise and succinct. Having surgical books that describe similar procedures in other species will be useful for many readers.
Assessment: This is an excellent medical and surgical reference for camelids. It is thorough, but written concisely so that it is readable. The photographs, illustrations, and tables are very helpful and the book provides useful information on restraint and handling, nutrition at all levels of life, and expected growth patterns. Any veterinarian working with camelids would benefit from having this in their library.