Description: This is the fourth edition of a book for veterinary technology students preparing for national accreditation examinations that also can serve as a quick reference for technicians in the field. It covers a range of topics with the emphasis on a broad array of species including companion animals, large animals, laboratory animals, and exotic animals.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide not only a study guide for veterinary technology students but also a reference for veterinary technicians. This is a valuable book for veterinary technicians as it provides a concise review of the fundamentals of veterinary medicine. The 30 contributing authors are all veterinary technicians.
Audience: This book was written specifically for veterinary technology students and current veterinary technicians.
Features: The 29 chapters are grouped into four parts (anatomy and veterinary diagnostics, patient management, veterinary therapeutics, and professional management). Chapters provide a great deal of detail; for example the immunology and virology chapter includes a review of types of immunity and types of vaccines as well as a section on sample collection and in-clinic diagnostic testing. The numerous tables are easy to read and full of useful information and the images are of good quality. As an educator, I appreciated the step-by-step format for sample collection and evaluation of the tests. Chapters end with a set of multiple-choice review questions, and a comprehensive test appears in appendix B.
Assessment: As an educator of both veterinary technology students and veterinary students, I am impressed with the thoroughness of this book. The pictures are of good quality, but additional images are necessary in some areas where a picture would be helpful. I would recommend this book to veterinary technology students preparing to take a national accreditation examination.