Book Reviews

books for veterinarians

Biosecurity in Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine: From Principles to Practice

Jeroen Dewulf, DVM, PhD, DECVPH & Filip Van Immerseel, PhD

523 pages. 2020. CABI. ISBN 978-1-7892-4568-4. Price $80.00.

As a result of COVID-19, the world has become immersed with opinions on biosecurity, some factual and most apocryphal. Biosecurity in Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine: From Principles to Practice is a cogent, comprehensive, and understandable textbook suitable for animal science and veterinary students, livestock production managers, consultants, practicing veterinarians (regardless of specialty), and others involved in the prevention and transmission of diseases among and between animals and humans. The book begins with a discussion of general biosecurity principles; moves through the specifics of ensuring quality assurance, developing biosecurity plans, documenting control points, and addressing actions for implementation of biosecurity measures; and ends with specific biosecurity recommendations for various types of production units and facilities including laboratories and veterinary clinics. I found the chapter on motivating people to implement biosecurity measures particularly intriguing. The psychology of biosecurity is as important as the science of biosecurity. This book does not include a chapter on basic epidemiological measures. That information can be found elsewhere, but the inclusion of details on the basics of incidence, prevalence, rates, and ratios would have made this book an all-encompassing basic primer on biosecurity. In my opinion, this book will be a fairly ageless resource for the reference library of anyone involved in animal production and veterinary medicine.

Reviewed by Charlie Stoltenow, DVM, DACVPM

North Dakota State University Extension Fargo, ND

Nutrition of the Rabbit (3rd edition)

Carlos de Blas, PhD & Julian Wiseman, PhD

359 pages. 2020. CABI. ISBN 978-1-78924-127-3. Price $160.00.

The third edition of Nutrition of the Rabbit is an excellent, comprehensive, and well-written update to the second edition. This edition includes new and updated information on many topics written by international experts in various fields related to rabbit nutrition. Some of the new chapters include the feeding behavior of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) both in the wild and in production, updated information on the function and importance of gastrointestinal microbiota, and new information on the development of the immune response. Other chapters have been rewritten and updated to include the most recent research and understanding of nutrition and strategies for feeding rabbits under various circumstances. I consider this book essential for veterinarians involved in rabbit meat or fur production. It also contains a wealth of information for veterinarians who care for companion rabbits. As a practitioner with a special interest in companion rabbits for the last 44 years and having read the previous editions, I found this edition to contain enough new information to warrant its addition to my library. In particular, the chapters entitled Pet Rabbit Feeding and Nutrition, Nutrition and Climatic Environment, Feeding Behavior of Rabbits, Feed Evaluation, and The Digestive System of the Rabbit, as well as the chapters on digestion of various diet components such as sugars, starch, protein, fat, and fiber, contain a plethora of well-established and new information. I highly recommend that any veterinarian who provides care for either commercial or companion rabbits add this book to their reference library.

Reviewed by Susan A. Brown, DVM

Rosehaven Exotic Animal Veterinary Services Batavia, Ill