"As a veterinary student, knowing how to handle and restrain a variety of different animals is a necessity. In veterinary school, we are exposed to various species and we need to be confident and competent in how to restrain in order to give the best care possible. Veterinary students will be prompted to handle not only unfamiliar animals, but animals of all temperaments and mind-sets." Animal Handling and Physical Restraint is the amazing animal handling resource that veterinary students never knew they needed."
Kelly Sandelin, University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2019
"Animal Handling and Physical Restraint is a comprehensive reference book for anyone working with or around animals, especially those in the veterinary community. It is an excellent resource that describes all aspects of animal handling, regardless of species. The restraint techniques are well described and illustrated. I highly recommend this book and believe it should be on the bookshelf of anyone that works with animals! I’m delighted Dr Chastain wrote this book as I’m certain it will help make countless human/animal interactions safer and less stressful."
Debbie Tate, RVT, VTS (oncology), President, Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT)
"I especially like the contrast between doing what is economically necessary versus what is conscience-based, and the reference to inappropriate confinement as abuse. The section on Industial Farm Animal Production is excellent. Overall, this should be mandatory reading for all entrusted to house animals in large scale settings."
Barry Kipperman, DVM, DACVIM, MSc, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine
"... Succinct, clear, and supplemented well with diagrams... The book does a good job of explaining both how and why certain restraint techniques are preferred, emphasizing animal welfare and human safety."
© Doody’s Review Service, 2017, 3* by Samantha Sander, DVM, Dipl. ACZM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
"The first 3 chapters were a great review of the benefits involved in good animal handling and restraint. I had never really thought of the why behind how veterinary staff handle animals and found these chapters to be a thoroughly interesting read. Some great tables, which summarize the key points involved in animal handling are provided. Each species chapter reviews the behavior of the species and how to be safe when handling that species, going from the basics of handling for routine care to handling for common medical procedures... I thought each chapter was laid out very well and the figures used for restraint demonstrations were well done."
Reviewed by Samantha Fuller, DVM, BSc, Hart Family Veterinary Clinic, Prince George, British Columbia in Can Vet J 2019; 60(10):1098
Reviewer: Samantha Sander, DVM, Dipl. ACZM(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book describes the proper handling and restraint of animals in a captive setting with a focus on animal welfare and safety. Discussions include natural behaviors of these species, proper manual restraint and restraint devices, and basic veterinary approaches to these species.
Purpose: The purpose is to detail proper restraint, without chemical sedation, of species commonly encountered in a veterinary practice. The emphasis is on animal behavior, welfare, and handler safety. Overall the book is succinct, clear, and supplemented well with diagrams, aptly meeting the objectives.
Audience: The book is directed toward those entering the veterinary profession at any level, with little or no background in basic handling of veterinary patients. The book does a good job of explaining both how and why certain restraint techniques are preferred, emphasizing animal welfare and human safety.
Features: It describes proper restraint and handling of various veterinary taxa, including both domestic (cow, horse, swine, poultry, dog, cat, etc.) and companion zoological (small mammal, companion bird, reptile) species. The book clearly discusses the approaches, which are elucidated further with appropriate and clear figures.
Assessment: This book does a good job of covering basic animal restraint for veterinary needs. It is a nice introductory book that encapsulates an impressive variety of species. There is no discussion of chemical sedation or anesthesia, allowing for a more complete description and basic introduction to handling these species.