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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sheila M. McCullough, DVM, MS, ACVIM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: The second edition of Donald Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook has proven to be an excellent source for current veterinary pharmacology. This book is well organized and will be an invaluable reference to practitioner and veterinary student alike. Recent changes from the first edition (1990) include additional 100-plus monographs, a new section on ophthalmic agents and a complete listing of drug monographs alphabetically by generic name. These recent changes allow for rapid access to information.
Purpose: The second edition has successfully achieved its goal to serve as a premier source of information for drugs approved in veterinary species and nonapproved drugs used routinely in daily practice.
Audience: I believe this book will be a critical source of up-to-date information for the busy practitioner. However, this book also serves as an essential pharmacological guide for veterinary students, residents, and clinicians in academia. For example, this handbook can address complex drug interactions, provide immediate drug dosages, and direct the reader to useful references.
Features: Dr. Plumb's extensive background in pharmacology at the University of Minnesota combines the essential clinical and research experience needed to produce such an important reference. I am very impressed with this edition as a research and practical text. The important changes from the previous edition allow the veterinarian rapid access to the most current pharmacological information via the well-organized directory and glossary. In addition, the recent section on ophthalmic agents is a great asset.
Assessment: I strongly urge any student, resident, or practitioner to have this reference book in their professional library.