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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Donna L Jacobsen, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive book on small animal internal medicine is divided into body systems, with each section providing a topic overview and concise explanations of specific disease processes affecting that body system.
Purpose: It is designed to help veterinary technicians gain a better understanding of this area. There are a limited number of books for technicians and this one will undoubtedly become a useful reference, especially for those in specialty hospitals.
Audience: This is probably most useful for licensed technicians (CVT, LVT) or those seeking to become licensed. It also may be useful for veterinary students in their early education. Although the editor is a LVT, not a DVM, the chapters are written by DVMs (mostly veterinary specialists) as well as licensed technicians.
Features: The book attempts to cover the most common disease processes that a veterinary technician may encounter, but it also includes sections on anesthesia and performing a physical exam, which should be useful for any technician. The format and concise explanations of disease processes are the best parts of this book. The glossary of terms in the neurology section is especially useful, and every section could have used one. Unfortunately, there is no chapter on cardiology — the function of the heart is important to understand and it affects most other areas.
Assessment: This is a high quality book. I work with CVTs in a university setting and would definitely recommend it to any technician seeking to better understand internal medicine. It is better written than Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Canine and Feline, 5th edition, Tilley et al. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), which is used by veterinary students.