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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ted Whittem, BVSc, PhD (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This third edition is a revision of the second, which was published in 1995. It is similarly laid out but includes additional appendixes, drug monographs, and a new index by drug classification.
Purpose: The editor sets out to provide a comprehensive reference of clinical veterinary drugs with this new edition, and he achieves this aim.
Audience: Students, residence, practitioners, and veterinary college faculty will all find use for this revision.
Features: Exhaustive lists of drugs used in veterinary primary and referral practice are provided, including their mechanisms of action, toxicity, clinical indications, and doses. In addition, information that can be difficult to find elsewhere is included, such as a drug's chemical properties and its pharmacokinetics in different species. The new index of drug classifications or indications is helpful. Unfortunately, dosing recommendations for food animals are not noted as being labeled or off-label recommendations. The doses, which are off-label, are not accompanied by an indication or warning that the stated withholding times are no longer appropriate.
Assessment: Despite this drawback, this is a good book, with no comparable competitor. Owners of the first edition would benefit markedly from this new edition. Owners of the second edition would also benefit from the new monographs, especially those of ophthalmological preparations and neoplasia protocols.