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Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets / Edition 1

Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets / Edition 1

by Simon J. Girling


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From budgies and cockatiels to chipmunks and chinchillas, our interest in exotic pets has rocketed in recent years. With the house rabbit being the UK's third most commonly kept pet after the cat and dog, and sales in small mammals, reptiles and birds continuing to grow, exotic pets have now become a specialist area of veterinary practice in their own right.

Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets is the first book to address the immediate need for a definitive reference book devoted entirely to the principles and applications of nursing exotic species. Developed from a City and Guild's course, it not only covers husbandry, nutrition and handling, but also explores in detail anatomy, chemical restraint and an overview of diseases and treatments.

  • The first book on nursing exotic species

  • Aimed specifically at veterinary nurses and technicians

  • Developed from the City and Guild's certificate syllabus

  • An essential reference tool for students and practitioners

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405107471
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Simon Girling has run a first opinion and referral service for exotic animals at the Braid Veterinary Hospital in Edinburgh since 1995. He is currently a Council member and Treasurer for the British Veterinary Zoological Society, an advisor to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, and a Trustee and Treasurer for the Zebra Foundation, a charitable trust funding veterinary education in zoological medicine. Simon has authored and co-authored several texts on veterinary medicine for exotic species.

Table of Contents



1 Basic avian anatomy and physiology.

2 Avian housing and husbandry.

3 Avian handling and chemical restraint.

4 Avian nutrition.

5 Common avian diseases.

6 An overview of avian therapeutics.


7 Basic reptile and amphibian anatomy and physiology.

8 Reptile and amphibian housing, husbandry and rearing.

9 Reptile and amphibian handling and chemical restraint.

10 Reptile and amphibian nutrition.

11 Common reptile and amphibian diseases.

12 An overview of reptile and amphibian therapeutics.


13 Basic small mammal anatomy and physiology.

14 Small mammal housing, husbandry and rearing.

15 Small mammal handling and chemical restraint.

16 Small mammal nutrition.

17 Common diseases of small mammals.

18 An overview of small mammal therapeutics.

Appendix 1 Legislation affecting exotic pet species in the UK.

Appendix 2 Useful addresses.


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"At present, to my knowledge, no veterinary nursing book completely dedicated to exotic animals exists. It would therefore appear that there is a niche in the market for this book. I receive regular enquiries concerning recommended texts from veterinary nurses and at present none exist. The book will be a valuable asset".
Emma Keeble, Lecturer & Specialists in Exotic Pets, Edinburgh University Veterinary School

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