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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael A. Koch, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This 393-page, soft-covered formulary contains 28 drug sections, an introduction, two appendixes, and an extensive list of references. The drug sections are constructed as tables according to species, drug, dosage, and additional comments, making the formulary easy to use.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a formulary reference for numerous exotic (wildlife, laboratory animals, zoo animals, and exotic pets) animal species. Previously, veterinarians who attend to wild and exotic animal species relied on numerous references regarding drug dosages. This much needed formulary now provides practitioners with a single, complete reference for drug dosages.
Audience: The book is written for veterinarians who attend exotic animal species and veterinary pharmacists who dispense the drugs. One of the authors has extensive experience with exotic animal practice and, therefore, is a credible source of information.
Features: The book contains no illustrations. The references are numerous (697 total), current and pertinent. The book is a standard formulary with a colorful front cover of photographs of animals. The formulary is listed in tabular form by drug category, drug, and species. The appendixes are excellent and help the reader cross-reference species and drug.
Assessment: The book contains drug dosages for a wide range of exotic animal species and is arranged in a manner that allows the reader to find dosages easily. The formulary emphasizes anesthetic and restraint drugs. Veterinarians who attend exotic animal species and veterinary school libraries should own this book. It represents the only comprehensive reference for drug dosages in wild, zoo, and exotic pet animals.