Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods / Edition 5

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A quick guide to appropriately selecting and interpreting laboratory tests, Small Animal Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods, 5th Edition helps you utilize your in-house lab or your specialty reference lab to efficiently make accurate diagnoses without running a plethora of unnecessary and low-yield tests. It provides answers to commonly asked questions relating to laboratory tests, and solutions to frequently encountered problems in small animal diagnosis. For easy reference, information is provided by clinical presentation and abnormalities, and includes hundreds of tables, boxes, key points, and algorithms. This edition, now in full color, is updated with the latest advances in laboratory testing methods and diagnostic problem solving. Written by noted educators Dr. Michael Willard and Dr. Harold Tvedten, this book may be used as an on-the-spot guide to specific problems or conditions as well as a reference for more detailed research on difficult cases.

  • Concise discussions address laboratory approaches to various disorders, possible conclusions from various test results, artifacts and errors in diagnoses, and interpretations leading to various diagnoses.
  • Hundreds of tables, boxes, algorithms, and key points offer at-a-glance information including cautions, common pitfalls, and helpful "pearls,"and lead to proper differential and clinical diagnostic decision making.
  • Note boxes identify key considerations in correlating clinical signs with test data for accurate diagnoses, highlight safety precautions, and offer helpful tips for sample preparation and interpretation.
  • Chapters on laboratory diagnostic toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring help in handling potentially fatal poisonings and other special situations.
  • Expert editors and contributors provide clinical knowledge and successful diagnostic problem-solving solutions.
  • A practical appendix lists referral laboratories that may be contacted for certain diseases, and reference values with the normal or expected range for coagulation, hematology, and more.
  • Updated coverage integrates the newest advances in testing methods and diagnostic problem solving.
  • Full-color photos and schematic drawings are placed adjacent to related text, and accurately depict diagnostic features on microscopic slide preparations as well as test procedures and techniques.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Rebekah Susan Lewis, BS, AAS, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an excellent quick reference that can be used by general veterinary practitioners or beginning veterinary students to help identify the appropriate laboratory test and how to interpret the results. Each chapter of this fifth edition has been updated from the 2004 edition and several new chapters have been added.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a single, easy-to-use, quick reference to help choose and interpret laboratory tests.
Audience: It is intended not only for veterinary practitioners, but also for veterinary students. It does not go into specific pathophysiological details so that it can reach a broader reader base. Chapter authors are some of the leading experts in their fields who provide a quick and very informative summary of each topic.
Features: The book is structured so that each organ system is broken down into chapters. Each chapter summarizes important facts in blue boxes, allowing readers to quickly scan through the text to find what they need. The book also uses many pertinent diagrams throughout, but some sections would benefit from additional graphics and pictures.
Assessment: There are many available references for veterinary laboratory testing. This one is useful for all veterinarians because it is compact and informative. It is has been eight years since the fourth edition, and this is a much-needed update.
From the Publisher

"This textbook strikes a good balance between informative text and illustrative diagrams, graphs and photographs, and is relatively easy to read...This layout is one of its main appeals; readers can skip to the section that most interests the and quickly refresh their memory on differentials for the particular clinical sign or elevated blood parameter that is troubling them, the nread through the potential further tests to pursue a diagnosis...Overall, this book has clear potential to be used as handy reference material by the small animal clinician looking for a quick and simple approach to investigating a particular worrying clinical sign or parameter. Veterinary Students considering a career in small animal practice, or who find themselves confused by lenghty explanations in other clinical pathology textbooks, may also find it illuminating and more enjoyable to use."

Vet Record, May 2012

"The text was obviously crafted with one consistent thought:'what will the general practice vet be asking here?' The book has wonderful algorithms and 'causes of...' tables that succinctly guide the practitionerthrough problem-based scenarios; they helpfully indicate when something is rare or common in a general practice population...Overall, Willard and Tvedten is a superb quick-to-read book and my new recommendation."

EJCAP, Aug 2012

"The fifth edition is similar in structure to the previous editions but has been updated effectively and despite the stated concerns of the authors that currency is impossible in a profession that is continually advancing, they have come as close as possible to meeting this challenge. The text is logically structured, with chapters based on body systems. Each chapter contains comprehensive lists of appropriate laboratory tests for various clinical presentations...One of the benefits in reading a text such as this is the attention paid to the provision of the context in which the tests are used. The authors have excelled in this and in doing so have provided a readily accessible reference not only for the laboratory tests detailed, but also provided a systematic review of medical conditions and disease in general."

Australian Veterinary Journal, September 2012

Karen L. Campbell
This is the second edition of a clinical pathology textbook written primarily for small animal practitioners. This update has added 10 new contributors, the majority of whom are diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. The purpose is to provide a concise reference for diagnostic tests commonly used by veterinary practitioners. The information includes a brief summarization of diagnostic approaches to various medical problems, available diagnostic tests, indications and limitations for each test, and conclusions that can be made based on test results. This book does a fairly good job of updating practitioners on newly developed laboratory tests. This book will be of interest primarily for small animal practitioners. The majority of the contributors are small animal clinicians and as such are able to present information in a manner that is easily understood by practitioners. However, a criticism of the book is the limited number of clinical pathologists who contributed to it. Features include an introductory chapter discussing the use of in-office diagnostic tests and procedures and the use of referral laboratories. Fifteen chapters discuss laboratory tests for the diagnosis of disorders of various body systems. Appendixes include listings of referral laboratories and reference values for commonly used tests. The book includes four pages of color plates, and additional color illustrations would improve the usefulness of this book as a reference for practitioners to use for their ""in-house' evaluation of urine sediments, hematology, and cytology. Numerous flow charts and tables provide useful information to guide practitioners through diagnostic approaches tocommon diseases. This book will be most useful to practitioners who have been in practice for several years and need an updated reference on currently available laboratory tests.
Charles E. Wiedmeyer
This third edition book offers detailed explanations and interpretations of laboratory tests used to diagnose clinical disease in small animals. Sections on hematology and serum biochemistry divided by organ system, as well as three appendixes with very useful diagnostic information for the general practitioner, are included. The first edition of the book was published in 1989. The purpose is to help veterinarians and veterinary students appropriately select and accurately interpret laboratory tests in a simple, practical, and rapid manner. Complete information regarding available diagnostic tests is provided, and the most useful and pragmatic tests are recommended to streamline diagnosis. The objectives as outlined by the editors are mostly met. This book is intended for use by practicing veterinarians and veterinary students. Other veterinarians specializing in the field of pathology or laboratory diagnostics can benefit from the explicit information. All editors and contributng authors are credible and are recognized in the field of veterinary diagnostic medicine. Few colored plates of excellent quality are presented at the beginning of the book illustrating random points discussed in the text. Algorithms and tables scattered throughout the text complement the editors' objectives. Appendixes I and II are exceptionally helpful as reference sources to veterinarians. Appendix III is vague and could be eliminated. Diagnostic laboratory test use and interpretation divided by organ system are extremely advantageous for rapid acquisition of information. While the book meets the objective as a rapid, practical reference source for veterinarians and veterinary students, it lacks theproper illustrative component necessary to best convey information in some of the chapters. Chapters focusing on cytologic interpretations would benefit from colored pictures rather than line drawings or text descriptions. The update of information from the second edition is necessary in this evolving field of veterinary diagnostic medicine.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437706574
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/2/2012
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 886,354
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1. General Laboratory Concepts

2. The Complete Blood Count, Bone Marrow Examination and Blood Banking: General Comments and Selected Techniques

3. Erythrocyte Disorders

4. Leukocyte Disorders

5. Hemostatic Abnormalities

6. Electrolyte and Acid-Base Disorders

7. Urinary Disorders

8. Endocrine, Metabolic, and Lipid Disorders

9. Gastrointestinal, Pancreatic, and Hepatic Disorders

10. Fluid Accumulation Disorders

11. Respiratory and Cardiac Disorders

12. Immunologic and Plasma Protein Disorders

13. Reproductive Disorders

14. Neurologic Disorders

15. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

16. Cytology of Inflammatory or Neoplastic Masses

17. Laboratory Diagnostic Toxicology

18. Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Appendix I: Listing of Select Referral and Commercial Laboratories

Appendix II: Reference Values

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