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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jackie M Wypij, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This coloring book with detailed illustrations and selected species comparisons is an excellent review for the veterinary anatomy student.
Purpose: This is a study tool designed to help students of veterinary anatomy by providing fun and informative exercises. This is an excellent supplemental resource if used as intended and meets the objectives.
Audience: Designed for veterinary or veterinary technician students studying veterinary anatomy, this book uses the dog as the primary species, with comparisons to other groups including feline, equine, ruminant, porcine, and avian. Dr. Singh is a well-known faculty member at the University of Saskatchewan, lecturing in veterinary anatomy.
Features: This book provides an excellent series of annotated illustrations of major veterinary anatomical concepts. It does not replace a standard anatomy textbook, nor does it claim to, but it provides supplemental information in a manner designed to stimulate student interest and curiosity. All major organ systems and species are included. The dog is used as the primary species, as is traditional in teaching veterinary anatomy, but key illustrations describe anatomical variations between species. In general, the organization is clear and builds upon a student's previous knowledge. In some instances, material seems to appear out of standard sequence, such as the inclusion of the puppy skull much later than other skull bone illustrations, and there is some duplication of information. Another shortcoming is the lack of an index. Although there is a table of contents and a list of illustrations, they are quite wordy and are of limited value when searching for a specific topic.
Assessment: This is a great study guide for veterinary anatomy students. Although several other books in the field address a specific species, this book provides information on the dog, with illustrations of important differences among comparative species. It does not replace a standard anatomy book, but it may be quite useful as a dissection aid or study tool, as well as a long-term reference.