Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary / Edition 4

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The new edition of Blood’s classic Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary has been completely redesigned, revised and updated for today’s veterinary team. Now with a wide range of superb full-colour illustrations, well over 60,000 main and subentries including large animals, small animals and exotics, and an all-new, user-friendly format, the fourth edition offers the most comprehensive dictionary reference in the field.

Key features

• Comprehensive text covering the whole range of veterinary medicine
• Classic authoritative reference work
• Valuable and accessible appendices for instant access to key information at a glance
• Well over 60,000 main entries and subentries
• Extensive contributions from internationally acknowledged expert consultants

New for this edition

• Over 1,000 colour illustrations to aid further understanding of disease processes and important terminology
• Pronunciation of key terms
• Brand new design and format to help find key information at a glance
• Extensive revision, clarification and focussing of entries to reflect current practice

"...features expanded coverage of molecular biology, genetics, immunology, histology, and invaluable companion with expanded appendices presenting useful laboratory and clinical information." Appropriate for: Veterinary Students, Veterinary Office Staff.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is the book of my dreams as writers of the veterinary science genre...This book with over 60,000 vocabulary entries, 1000+ color illustrations and extensive appendix references makes for an invaluable and necessary book for anyone associated with the practice or instruction of veterinary technology or medicine. I wholeheartedly recommend this dictionary as a 'must have book' for anyone involved in veterinary medicine."

The VIN, May 2012

From The Critics
Reviewer:Gerald J. Pijanowski, DVM, MS, PhD(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description:This dictionary covers the veterinary technical and scientific terms anyone associated with the veterinary profession will encounter in their work. An extensive appendix includes tables related to laboratory services, anatomy, clinical facts and veterinary professional organizations of the world. The last edition was published in 1999.
Purpose:This book is the most extensive dictionary of words and phrases in the veterinary technical and scientific vocabulary.
Audience:The audience includes anyone directly or indirectly associated with the veterinary profession. The authors have specifically targeted as broad an audience as possible, even administrative and technical assistants. The author and consultant lists contain an impressive group of international experts.
Features:This is the most extensive dictionary of veterinary related terms in the English language. The "Notes on the Use of This Dictionary" are very helpful in understanding the format. Excellent quality illustrations assist in understanding the definition, e.g., a picture of Jacob's sheep. The appendix contains an extensive collection of tables related to laboratory services (including many conversion tables), anatomy (of the major domestic species), clinically related facts, and an extensive listing of veterinary related organizations of the world. The only shortcoming is the sheer size of the volume, but this is unavoidable given the objective of the authors.
Assessment:This book should be on the shelf of every veterinarian. It is the most current and extensive veterinary dictionary in publication. The inclusion of illustrations, many in color, increases the usefulness of this third edition. In today's world of technical publications, it is fairly priced.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780702047435
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/6/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 1344
  • Sales rank: 178,071
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Table of Contents



Notes on the Use of this Dictionary

Main entries

2. Sub-entries

3. Cross-referencing

4. Alternative forms

5. Adjectival forms

6. Irregular forms

7. Translations

8. Abbreviations used in this dictionary

9. Tables

10. Drug names

The Dictionary


Laboratory Services

1. Biochemistry

2. Hematology

3. The International System of Units: SI units

4. Weights and measures

5. Temperature equivalents: Celsius/Fahrenheit

6. Chemical elements

7. Blood groups of domestic animals

8. Viruses


9. Arteries

10. Bones

11. Joints

12. Ligaments

13. Muscles

14. Nerves

15. Veins


16. Causes of mastitis

17. Estrous cycles in animals

18. Body temperature equivalents

19. Eruption of teeth in domestic animals

20. Collective nouns, gender groups

21. Conversion table of weight to body surface area for dogs

22. Important venomous snakes

23. Aquaculture: major finfish, molluscs and crustaceans used in aquaria, consumption and sport

24. Terrestrial animal diseases notifiable to the Office International Epizooties (OIE)

Veterinary Professional Directory

25. Veterinary schools of the world

26. Veterinary degrees around the world

27. Veterinary and related organizations and programs

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