Rapid Review of Small Exotic Animal Medicine & Husbandry

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A comprehensive review of the essential aspects of small animal medicine and husbandry

This wide-ranging review is divided into four sections - small mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians, ornamental fish - and consists of an introduction to the essential aspects of medicine and husbandry of each group of animals, 400 color-illustrated clinical cases, plus summary questions to highlight key points. The Rapid Review is designed to appeal to veterinary practitioners dealing with an ...

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Overview

A comprehensive review of the essential aspects of small animal medicine and husbandry

This wide-ranging review is divided into four sections - small mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians, ornamental fish - and consists of an introduction to the essential aspects of medicine and husbandry of each group of animals, 400 color-illustrated clinical cases, plus summary questions to highlight key points. The Rapid Review is designed to appeal to veterinary practitioners dealing with an ever-wider variety of animals, to veterinary instructors and students, technicians, nurses and assistants, and to other animal health professionals in practice and training.

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The illustrations - including photographs of animals, lesions and techniques as well as microscopic images - are excellent... a well presented and very readable book.—Lesa Longley, Veterinary Times, 1 February 2010The authors have provided a quick guide for the busy general veterinary clinician to use. [They] should be commended on putting together this useful text for the ever-growing veterinary interest to treat exotic animals.—Thomas Tully, Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, 1 April 2009A fun and interesting way to learn about these species, and provides pithy and accurate, up to date assessments of most of the common conditions and problems that will present in this diverse group of animals. It should be a welcome addition to the book shelf of those dealing with exotic animals.—Sharon Redrobe, The Veterinary Journal, 1 April 2009
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Reviewer: Julia K Whittington, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is a helpful quick reference with color photographs that provides a general overview of the common problems that plague animals commonly seen in exotic practices. Each section (small mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, ornamental fish) is subdivided to review common conditions of various animal types in a case-based format.
Purpose: The authors, all exceptionally notable in zoological medicine, reminisce that, historically, information about exotic pet medicine was gained in the course of one's practice. However, in the past 20 years, the collective expertise and available resources have grown, allowing for increased quality of care for these patients. The authors' purpose in developing this book was to follow a traditional self-assessment format encompassing a wide variety of species, thus allowing both experienced and novice practitioners to gain practical knowledge. The book includes basic information on handling and husbandry, but it also contains examples of complicated cases that are commonly encountered in exotic animal practice. The objective is met by including a brief introduction to each section which is followed by a series of cases pertaining to common problems within the species. The cases are presented with different histories and physical exam findings, followed by a self assessment quiz at the end of each chapter.
Audience: The book is written for all levels of veterinarians and veterinary students who are seeking more information to help them practice on the wide variety of species seen in exotic animal practice. It will be of most benefit to veterinary students or new practitioners who are still within the constructs of mentored practices. The information is general and does not contain details needed to manage complicated cases without guidance. The husbandry issues are well presented, but the medical disease processes are not explained thoroughly, so the book should be used as a guide to help focus further information gathering and study. If used as a self-assessment tool, as the authors propose, the book is written at an appropriate level. As a sole resource for a small animal practitioner who is looking to start seeing exotics, the book will be useful only as a guide, not a definitive medical reference. The medical terminology is sufficient for fourth-year veterinary students and practitioners. Some diseases are duplicated or presented more than once, but the presentations of the cases are different, with different clinical signs, histories, or stages of disease, so that even though there is some level of repetition it is not without benefit.
Features: Each section introduces a different type of animal, broken down into the different species commonly seen in exotics practices. For example, the small mammals section addresses ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, hedgehogs, rats, mice, squirrels, and gerbils. At the start of the section there is a brief introduction followed by the Latin and English names for each of the species. Then cases are presented providing the history, physical exam findings, differentials, diagnostics, brief etiology, and then management or treatment options. Good quality color photographs of radiographic findings, physical exam findings, or diagnostics are provided for almost all the cases. These photographs usually focus on whatever is most relevant or pathognomonic for the case. At the end of each chapter there is a brief summary with questions and answers that focus on the most commonly seen issues within the group of animals. The case-based approach allows for rapid and coherent learning. However, within the sections, the organization of the cases does not follow a logical progression. They are randomly distributed so that if you were reading the book straight through, you would read a case on rabbit dental disease, jump to gastrointestinal disease, and then back to another case on dental disease. Intermixed, there are cases that address normal physiological processes, comparative anatomy, and technical procedures within the species. The section covering ornamental fish is better organized because many of the issues related to husbandry and health are discussed in the introduction. The references include journal articles, journal titles, texts, and websites used to compile the information and are useful to find further information. The index is organized by species, disease, husbandry problems, and some treatments but is not complete. An appendix with blood value parameters for small mammals and birds is helpful when reviewing cases.
Assessment: This is a useful self assessment resource for experienced and novice practitioners caring for exotic animal pets. It is not meant to replace definitive books on medicine and surgery for any of the species it tackles. Rather, this book will provide veterinarians with a quick, case-based reference with pictures to help guide them towards more information or even to rule out diseases and husbandry issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840760552
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/14/2010
  • Series: Rapid Review Of... Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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North Carolina State University, USA

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Table of Contents

Small Mammals
Classification of cases by species
Introduction
English and latin names
Cases
Summary questions and answers
Bibliography

Birds
Classification of cases by species
Introduction
English and latin names
Cases
Summary questions and answers
Bibliography

Reptiles and Amphibians
Classification of cases by species
Introduction
English and latin names
Cases
Summary questions and answers
Bibliography

Ornamental Fish
Classification of cases by species
Introduction
English and latin names
Cases, Summary questions and answers
Bibliography

Appendix
conversion factors for converting SI units to old units
Normal values: small mammals
Normal values: birds

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