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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.