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books for veterinarians

Companion Animal Ethics (UFAW Animal Welfare Series)

Peter Sandøe, Sandra Corr, & Clare Palmer

275 pages. 2016. Wiley-Blackwell/Universities Federation for Animal Welfare. ISBN 978-1-118-37669-0. Price $54.99.

In Companion Animal Ethics, the authors (2 philosophers [Sandøe and Palmer] and 1 veterinary surgeon [Corr]) intend a “comprehensive ethical analysis” of welfare issues that often arise in the keeping and care of companion animals (specifically, dogs and cats). The authors profess that their chosen task is not one of advocacy, but of facilitating ethical discourse among stakeholders, among whom veterinarians are included. The authors' individual viewpoints rarely emerge and firm conclusions are purposely eluded in the text.

The book is arranged in 16 chapters, all of which are well organized and relatively short and end with a presentation of key points and references. The first 5 chapters are preparatory and include 2 chapters (1 and 2) that present histories of human-animal companionship and small animal veterinary medicine so brief and inconsequential to the book's stated aim that they could have been excluded. More useful are the chapters that discuss the human-animal bond (chapter 3), animal welfare as ethics and science (chapter 4), and ethical theory (chapter 5) that undergirds the subsequent analyses.

Given that the authors opted to exclusively use philosophical categories and constructs in developing their interpretive framework, some readers may conclude that the approach and the analyses it spawns are incomplete or otherwise inadequate. However, readers who work through to the end of the book will be rewarded as they encounter illuminating background information and discussion of various ethical viewpoints on a host of issues that include pet supply and demand, selective breeding, overfeeding, behavioral modification, routine neutering, cosmetic surgeries, overtreatment at life's end, euthanasia, no-kill shelters, feral cats, and the environmental impact of keeping pets. For that contribution alone, the book is a commendable read.

Reviewed by Erik M. Clary, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Carolina Veterinary Surgical Service

Durham, NC

The Chicken Health Handbook (2nd edition)

Gail Damerow

487 pages. 2015. Storey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61212-013-3. Price $24.95.

The second edition of The Chicken Health Handbook, in contrast to the first edition, has a very modern feel. It is printed in full color, and each page contains 2 columns of text, which makes it easier to scan for information. Colored diagrams and photographs have replaced the black-and-white outline sketches of the first edition, and “Speaking of” banners have been conveniently incorporated throughout the chapters to highlight key concepts and definitions.

Various areas of the text have been expanded greatly. The chapter on nutrition now includes information on home-mixed formulas and a section that explains the benefits of avoiding genetically modified organisms. Thorough updates were also made to the chapters that cover physiology and immunology, and the information on infectious diseases has been substantially developed to include current emerging threats and modern ways to mitigate disease risks for backyard flocks. The chapter on treatments and therapies is much more user friendly owing to the incorporation of full-color artist renditions of restraint techniques and the administration of medications by various routes. New to this edition are sections on pre- and probiotics, herbal remedies, and homeopathic options.

Overall, the second edition is a fantastic update and far more user-friendly than its 21-year-old predecessor. Given the enormous amount of current information it provides, this new edition is amazingly well priced and something both veterinarians and flock owners will greatly appreciate.

Reviewed by Ray Cahill, MS, DVM

SeaPort Veterinary Hospital

Gloucester, Mass

Clinical Atlas of Canine and Feline Ophthalmic Disease

Douglas W. Esson

326 pages. 2015. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-84077-1. Price $129.99.

Clinical Atlas of Canine and Feline Ophthalmic Disease is a welcome new addition to the existing library of clinical ophthalmology atlases available to veterinary practitioners. This comprehensive atlas is divided into anatomic sections and provides clinical photographs of animals with normal anatomy and common pathological changes. Each chapter contains 4 clinical photographs, a brief summary of the condition being presented as well as a discussion of its diagnosis and treatment, and selected references. The writing style is clean and concise, and information about drug interactions is helpfully out-lined in orange. This brief and consistent approach makes perusal of the book easy but may leave readers wishing for more examples of diseases with variable phenotypes. The photographs are of high quality and clearly elucidate each disease addressed; however, this atlas does not have diagrams to augment the photographs or clarify pathophysiologic features. A strength of this atlas is its large collection of photographs of specific periocular neoplasms. Eyelid tumors are divided into 8 different neoplastic entities with 4 clinical photographs of each tumor type. This book is recommended for general practitioners with an interest in ophthalmology and a desire for access to more clinical photographs to facilitate diagnosis of ocular abnormalities in their patients.

Reviewed by Kathern E. Myrna, DVM, MS, DACVO

University of Georgia

Athens, Ga

Atlas of Small Animal Ultrasonography (2nd edition)

Dominique Penninck & Marc-André d'Anjou

571 pages. 2015. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-35998-3. Price $199.99.

The second edition of Atlas of Small Animal Ultrasonography updates the first edition, which was published in 2008. The editors, with the help of 16 other highly respected and experienced educators, including radiologists, cardiologists, and an ophthalmologist, have produced an excellent and comprehensive textbook that will be useful for general practitioners and residents interested in learning or enhancing their ultrasonography skills. This edition contains new and updated images throughout, and the text is further complemented by annotated video loops of normal and abnormal ultrasonographic scans available on a companion website. New to this edition are a chapter that explains basic ultrasonographic artifacts and their usefulness in diagnosis and image interpretation and another chapter that discusses potential uses of ultrasound contrast agents.

This book contains hundreds of excellent-quality ultrasonographic images, as well as drawings, diagrams, and occasional photographs of pathological specimens and CT, MRI, and radiographic images to assist readers in understanding the anatomic structures depicted on ultrasonographic images. The text covers almost all potential applications of ultrasonographic examination, including imaging of the eye, neck, thorax, and abdomen; echocardiography; basic reproductive tract imaging; and techniques to evaluate the musculoskeletal system and central and peripheral nervous systems. Discussion is also provided on basic ultrasound-guided aspiration and biopsy techniques.

This book will provide a solid foundation for veterinarians who are just beginning to learn ultrasonographic techniques. Sonographers experienced with abdominal ultrasonography will find this book helpful for refining their technique and expanding their use of ultrasonography to evaluate other regions of the body. The book with access to its companion website is well worth the price. Sample videos and chapters that depict the quality of the images and text are available for preview on the companion website (

Reviewed by Justin M. Goggin, DVM, DACVR

Metropolitan Veterinary Radiology

Montclair, NJ

Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy (Advances in Veterinary Surgery Series)

Boel A. Fransson & Phillip D. Mayhew

354 pages. 2015. Wiley-Blackwell & ACVS Foundation. ISBN 978-1-118-84596-7. Price $149.99.

Small Animal Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy is a landmark reference for endosurgery in cats and dogs. The book is aimed at an audience that includes surgery residents and diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Surgery who are broadening their skills or just beginning to perform minimally invasive surgery and general practitioners who are interested in basic endosurgical training. The first 6 chapters, which deftly delve into topics such as necessary and bonus equipment, troubleshooting equipment problems, setting up skills training, and suturing and knot-tying basics, are particularly useful. The book has a companion website with videos and excellent-quality figures that help depict various techniques. The videos that depict needle adjustment and intra- and extracorporeal knot tying are incredibly helpful for surgeons aiming to move from laparoscopic-assisted surgery to entirely laparoscopic surgery. I especially appreciated the presentation of the pros and cons of various techniques and the practical tips and tricks to facilitate achieving successful outcomes for endoscopic surgeries. Seven chapters are devoted to the fundamentals of laparoscopy and thoracoscopy; additional chapters detail various types of individual surgeries. The fundamentals section contains chapters on anesthetic management of patients, which is useful for both surgeons and nurses or anesthetists.

I recommend this book for the library of any surgeon who performs laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery. The price of the book is appropriate, particularly considering the quality of the images and the access to the companion website and videos.

Reviewed by Jessica Barrera, DVM, MS, DACVS

VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado

Loveland, Colo

Management of Small Animal Distal Limb Injuries

Steven F. Swaim, Janet Welch, & Robert L. Gillette

403 pages. 2015. Teton NewMedia (an imprint of CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-893441-27-9. Price $110.46.

Distal limb injuries in small animals are challenging for veterinarians because of the high number of potential injuries, limitations of surgical options, and the need for detailed follow-up. The stated goals for Management of Small Animal Distal Limb Injuries are to simplify the decision-making process for veterinarians and provide clear and concise instructions for the management of injuries specific to the distal aspect of limbs. The book successfully meets those goals. The text helps instill in clinicians the confidence to handle injuries to the distal aspect of limbs and counsel owners on the steps that need to be taken to achieve a successful outcome.

The book has an easy-to-navigate format that makes finding information on specific conditions simple. The text is divided into sections on soft tissue and orthopedic injuries followed by a section specific for injuries of working and athletic dogs. Within each section, specific distal limb injuries are detailed and advice is provided on how to best evaluate affected patients and determine the most effective course of action. Descriptions in the text are accompanied by informative diagrams and photographs from actual cases. Recommended treatments are succinctly described in a step-by-step manner to include the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. Additionally, the authors cite common mistakes encountered and the best ways to avoid those mistakes. They also recommend specific products (complete with the name of the manufacturer) that they have found useful for various treatment protocols throughout the book.

A major strength of this book is the detailed instructions for immediate and long-term postoperative care. Specifically, clinicians will find details on how frequently bandages should be changed and the duration of injury rehabilitation (including a timeline for downgrading support bandages) along with a summary of complications to look out for during the rehabilitation period. In short, this book will be an excellent addition to the library of any small animal practitioner.

Reviewed by Lauren L. Blaeser, DVM, DACVS

Bulger Veterinary Hospital

North Andover, Mass

Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice

David Prydie & Isobel Hewitt

292 pages. 2015. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-66154-3. Price $64.99.

As the title indicates, Practical Physiotherapy for Small Animal Practice is a good introduction to physical therapy and rehabilitation with the intent of allowing readers to rapidly learn and implement the techniques described. The overview of anatomy and physiologic principles behind rehabilitation is basic but clearly stated. References are provided at the end of the book for further study.

The chapter on clinical examination is well written. It contains a description of a thorough physical examination, including the use of goniometers, along with tips from the authors. Manual therapies, which are essential in a physical therapy program, are covered well in the text as well as photographs. Therapeutic modalities such as laser, shock-wave, and therapeutic ultrasonography; underwater treadmill; and swimming are comprehensively discussed complete with advantages and contraindications including a comparison of costs. For those just setting up a physical therapy program, this book will provide helpful information on prioritizing what equipment to invest in first.

One of the highlights in this book is the chapter on therapeutic exercise. The photographs depicting the exercises are also available on the companion website and can be downloaded as handouts, which can be given to clients for use at home.

Although the title contains the words small animal practice, this book, like most current rehabilitation and physical therapy books, is almost entirely devoted to dogs. It contains only a few references to cats. Veterinarians practicing in the United States should be aware that some of the analgesics listed in the pain management section are not available or the recommended use is considered extralabel in the United States. The book also contains case examples in rehabilitation, which makes it especially practical for those who are just venturing into physical therapy.

Although there are a few typographical errors throughout the text, this book is generally well written and easy to read and understand. It will be a useful reference for veterinary students and should be in the library of any practice that is planning on providing rehabilitation and physical therapy services.

Reviewed by Caroline Griffitts, DVM, DACVSMR

The Traveling Vet

Loveland, Colo

Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Horse

Michael Röcken & Bernhard Ohnesorge

187 pages. 2015. Schlütersche (an imprint of CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-3-89993-680-3. Price $152.96.

Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Horse is a welcome addition to the equine surgery literature, a sparsely represented topic. This book will be useful to any veterinarian or veterinary student interested in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and horses. This book contains 196 pages and 320 color images. Although the text has been translated from German to English, it will be easily understood by American readers. The editors approached the subject from a very broad perspective, excluding only MIS of joints and bones. The book is organized into 6 main sections entitled Basics of MIS, MIS of the Upper Respiratory Tract, Thoracoscopy, Laparoscopy, Procedures of the Urinary Tract, and Hysteroscopy. The aim is to provide an overview of indications and options for MIS, and this book certainly achieves that aim. An interesting and helpful aspect of this book is that there is a discussion and comparison between MIS and conventional surgery for each condition described. The images are very good and fit the price of the book. This book should find a home in any well-stocked veterinary library.

Reviewed by Claude A. Ragle, DVM, DACVS, DABVP

Washington State University

Pullman, Wash

Concise Review of Veterinary Microbiology (2nd edition)

P. J. Quinn, B. K. Markey, F. C. Leonard, E. S. Fitzpatrick, & S. Fanning

197 pages. 2016. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-80270-0. Price $49.99.

Although the intent of the first edition was to provide veterinary students an introduction to the topic, the second edition of Concise Review of Veterinary Microbiology is intended to be a useful and quick, easy-to-read reference text for veterinary practitioners. It is not intended to be a definitive veterinary microbiology reference; however, when used as intended, it will be a welcome addition to the library of many veterinary practices.

The book is logically organized into 5 sections entitled Introductory Bacteriology, Pathogenic Bacteria, Mycology, Viruses and Prions, and Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease. The Introductory Bacteriology section has been substantially expanded from the first edition to include discussion of developments in molecular microbiology, antimicrobial resistance, and immunology. The Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease section has also been expanded to cover basic concepts in biosecurity and vaccination. The chapters are concise and generously supplemented with tables, text boxes, and graphics. This edition has a companion website that allows readers access to figures from the book.

Readers should be aware that, although pathogens from all veterinary species are discussed in this book, information for some canine and feline pathogens is limited. Nevertheless, this book is a well-written supplemental reference that will be beneficial for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary students.

Reviewed by Brian V. Lubbers, DVM, PhD, DACVCP

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kan

Principles of Veterinary Parasitology

Dennis Jacobs, Mark Fox, Lynda Gibbons, & Carlos Hermosilla

296 pages. 2016. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-470-67042-2. Price $64.99.

Most widely used veterinary parasitology textbooks provide extensive information on parasite species of domestic animals, but that wealth of detail can obscure important general principles that are critical to effective management of parasite infections. Principles of Veterinary Parasitology is an excellent textbook for parasitology courses in veterinary and veterinary technology curricula because it emphasizes common elements of parasite groups, followed by descriptions of the most common and important group members. The authors have done an outstanding job of discussing characteristics to unite aspects of parasite infection that students can use to create a framework for understanding the individual species they will encounter in clinical training and practice. The book has a student-friendly layout with attractive and useful illustrations. Color-coded boxes provide additional information and tips for learning material. The book is intended primarily for British and European students, but the material on specific parasites is general and could be easily supplemented by course instructors for use in North America. Parasites are presented by major taxonomic group. The last 2 chapters discuss parasitology of livestock and companion animals. Although the book does not provide specific information on chemotherapy, the information on parasiticide groups and principles of their use is appropriately detailed and provides the groundwork for more detailed information. The book has a companion website that contains additional information.

This book will be an excellent textbook to accompany lectures in introductory veterinary parasitology courses. It will also be a useful reference for practicing veterinarians.

Reviewed by Anne Zajac, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Va

Toxoplasma gondii—the Model Apicomplexan: Perspectives and Methods (2nd edition)

Louis M. Weiss & Kami Kim

1085 pages. 2014. Elsevier. 978-0-12-396481-6. Price $199.95.

The second edition of Toxoplasma gondii—the Model Apicomplexan: Perspectives and Methods is a must have for anyone interested in the field of Toxoplasma research. This book is a truly comprehensive guide, complete with black-and-white and colored photographs, and will be the cornerstone of any aspiring protozoologist's library. It consists of well-authored chapters written in such depth and granularity that even subject-matter experts will learn something new each time they read them. However, the writing style and format of each chapter allow the most novice parasitologists the option of reading the important information and skipping the more detailed information. Each chapter has a literature review format and is written to be a stand-alone section, which provides readers a wide spectrum for a given topic without losing that topic's perspective as it relates to the field as a whole.

The new sections added to this edition keep the book updated to the ever-changing scientific landscape. Inclusion of protein and DNA and RNA sequencing keeps this book relevant in the fields of nucleic acid research and diagnosis. This book could be, and probably has been, the basis of numerous doctoral dissertations and master theses. I applaud the International Congress on Toxoplasmosis for their efforts to keep this book up-to-date and relevant while retaining all the traditional scientific morphological identification. Overall, although I love this book for its content, layout, and ease of finding detailed information, it does have at least 1 drawback, its size. This book is quite heavy, and traveling with the book is not easy, but the sacrifice is worth it.

Reviewed by David G. Goodwin, PhD

Food and Drug Administration

Silver Spring, Md

Statistical Methods for Drug Safety (Chapman & Hall/CRC Biostatistics Series)

Robert D. Gibbons & Anup K. Amatya

288 pages. 2016. Chapman & Hall (an imprint of CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4665-6184-7. Price $84.96.

The use of any drug comes with the possibility of adverse reactions; however, there are scientific challenges to concluding a direct causal relationship between a drug and a particular adverse reaction. This becomes especially difficult when drugs are studied in sick patients, in which case factors such as the frequency and severity of disease-related clinical signs, age-related changes, comorbidities, and concomitant medications must be disentangled from suspected adverse drug reactions. The authors of Statistical Methods for Drug Safety are preeminent scholars in statistical approaches to pharmacoepidemiological data and objectively review an evidence-based statistical approach to drug safety assessments. Many of the illustrations of statistical methods presented are drawn from the authors' personal participation with the Institute of Medicine and FDA on examining the conundrum of whether antidepressants used in human patients increase the risk of suicide, a condition for which they were, at least in part, designed to prevent. The hierarchy of types of data is discussed as it relates to the impact on the strength of safety conclusions. The authors present reasons why evidence from randomized controlled trials has primacy over other observational data sets. Observational data such as pharmacovigilance data and case studies have weaknesses that impact the strength of conclusions, and meta-analyses are observational studies of studies. Moreover, even when randomized controlled trial data are available, multiple comparisons introduce false-positive safety conclusions, an approach particularly favored by the FDA in an abundance of caution. In addition to the abundantly readable narrative portions, the book summarizes specific mathematical approaches used in drug safety analyses and provides detailed equations.

This 288-page book is part of the excellent Chapman & Hall/CRC Biostatistics Series. Although the authors state that the purpose of the book is to provide applied statisticians and pharmacoepidemiologists with an overview of the tools that are available for analysis of possible adverse drug reactions, I believe that it could serve a broader audience in veterinary medicine. Veterinary medicine lacks an equivalent to the National Institutes of Health; therefore, compared with human medical literature, veterinary medical literature has far fewer randomized controlled trials available for drug safety assessments. To maximize the strength of conclusions in veterinary medicine that rely heavily on observational data or small laboratory studies, academic clinicians, regulators, and drug developers could find this highly readable book useful when working with data and collaborating with statisticians.

Reviewed by Terrence P. Clark, DVM, PhD, DACVCP

Nexcyon Pharmaceuticals Inc

Madison, Wis

books for veterinary technicians

Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Technicians

Anne M. Barger & Amy L. MacNeill

264 pages. 2015. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-34509-2. Price $54.99.

Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Technicians is a new laboratory resource for veterinary technicians, a group of veterinary professionals often overlooked by textbook publishers. At 264 pages, this small soft-cover book is reasonably priced. The book has a glued binding instead of a wire or spiral binding, but it does lay open well, which facilitates its use in a clinic setting. The text is written in a modified outline format with major headings followed by bulleted points. A glossary of terms is provided at the end of the book.

The book contains chapters that are dedicated to various topics such as hematology, hemostasis, clinical chemistry, urinalysis, parasitology, and minimizing errors. Each chapter begins with a list of learning objectives and key terms and contains many clearly delineated “Technician Tips” boxes, which highlight critical or clinically relevant information. Some chapters also include case examples, and all end with a few practice multiple-choice questions and suggestions for further reading. This book has many good-quality color images, although occasional images are slightly blurry from excessive enlargement and cropping. The hematology chapter contains approximately 100 images, many of them focused on blood smear examination. A companion website provides answers to the practice questions provided at the end of each chapter as well as additional practice questions and answers for study and self-assessment. The website also has copies of all figures from the book that can be downloaded.

Many sections in this book provide a somewhat extensive review of the physiology and pathophysiology of the various disorders discussed. Similarly, more emphasis is placed on interpretation of abnormal clinical pathologic findings than might be expected for a technician-targeted textbook, but that will be appreciated by curious readers who enjoy understanding the why and not just the how. Suggestions for features that would increase the usability of this book include an appendix of procedures separate from the general text, use of more tables, and examples of forms for laboratory use. Overall, this book appears to be a solid reference for laboratory medicine and techniques for veterinary technicians and should provide an excellent foundation of knowledge.

Reviewed by Jennifer Neel, DVM, DACVP

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

Endoscopy for the Veterinary Technician

Susan Cox

216 pages. 2016. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-43445-1. Price $59.99.

Veterinary technicians are an extremely important part of the team when minimally invasive endoscopic procedures are performed in veterinary patients. Technicians often have an active role in assisting with those procedures that includes assisting and maintaining anesthesia or sedation of the patient and maintaining the endoscopic equipment. To date, there have been no references and only a few training courses available to prepare veterinary technicians for their role in assisting with these commonplace procedures. Endoscopy for the Veterinary Technician fills an important void in the literature and covers all aspects of veterinary endoscopy, both flexible and rigid, from the standpoint of veterinary technicians. The book contains chapters that explain the equipment and how to maintain, disinfect, and sterilize it as well as a chapter that describes important aspects of anesthesia as it pertains to endoscopic procedures. Detailed chapters on flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy, noninvasive rigid endoscopy such as rhinoscopy and vaginoscopy, and invasive rigid endoscopy such as laparoscopy, thoracoscopy and arthroscopy include detailed instructions on how to set up and assist in those procedures. One of the most helpful features of this book is that many procedures are detailed in an outline or bulleted-point format that clearly delineates the steps a good assistant needs to complete to assure a successful procedure. This book will be extremely useful to technicians in practices where endoscopic procedures are performed, particularly referral specialty practices. I recommend this book as a reference and training tool in veterinary endoscopy to technicians at all levels of training or experience.

Reviewed by John T. Payne, DVM, MS, DACVS

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

Pittsburgh, Pa


Sheep Medicine (2nd edition)

Phillip R. Scott

429 pages. 2015. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4987-0014-6. Price $101.96.

The stated objective of the second edition of Sheep Medicine is to provide updates on important sheep diseases. The book's target audience is undergraduate veterinary students. The text is very practical, and the introductory chapters are an excellent review of the many different aspects of sheep husbandry. Consequently, it is a book that will be useful to both veterinarians and producers who are entering the field and have limited experience with sheep. The book is well illustrated with color plates and step-wise instructions. Both the color plates and the sections on ultrasonography and animal welfare are new to this edition. At the end of the book, there are 30 clinical cases that include discussion, questions, and answers for self-assessment. The only caveat for this book is that it was written in the United Kingdom, where blood test results are presented in International System of Units; also some of the drugs discussed are either not commonly used or available in the United States. Although most diseases have similar characteristics and are managed similarly in both countries, some conditions do not overlap. In conclusion, this moderately priced and easy-to-read book will be useful for introducing veterinary students and veterinarians to sheep practice. It will also be a useful book for producers to have as a reference in determining when to call for veterinary assistance.

Reviewed by Sherrill Fleming, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Miss

Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management (4th edition)

Mina C. G. Davies Morel

428 pages. 2015. CAB International. ISBN 978-1-78064-441-7. Price $160.00.

The fourth edition of Equine Reproductive Physiology, Breeding and Stud Management is a unique textbook in that it was written entirely by 1 author. Consequently, the information is well organized and confluent. The strongest attributes of this book are its thorough covering of reproductive management of horses from mare and stud selection through weaning of the foal. I have not read another textbook that covers those topics in as much detail as this book does. Although teasing and breeding are primarily used for management in natural cover situations, both are applicable in the management and training of stallions for semen collection in artificial insemination programs. This book is also a good reference on the nutritional recommendations and requirements for studs, mares, foals, and weanlings and provides a good review of reproductive anatomy and physiology and control of lactation.

Readers interested in infertility and assisted reproductive techniques including artificial insemination, embryo transfer, and advanced techniques such as oocyte aspiration and intracytoplasmic sperm injection should be aware that this book provides only basic information on those topics and does not contain references to recent research. This book contains only black-and-white photographs and diagrams to complement the text. Additionally, I found numerous inaccuracies in the discussions of folliculogenesis, oocyte development (especially meiosis), fertilization, and early embryonic development.

Overall, this book will be a good reference for anyone looking for a compilation of information on important aspects of stud farm management. For those interested in equine physiology, infertility, and assisted reproductive techniques, this should be considered a supplementary textbook at best.

Reviewed by Shelby Hayden, DVM, MS, DACT

Heartland Equine Hospital

Tonganoxie, Kan

The Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live by When Caring for and Working with Horses

Allen M. Schoen & Susan Gordon

422 pages. 2015. Trafalgar Square Books. ISBN 978-1-57076-715-9. Price $16.61.

The Compassionate Equestrian: 25 Principles to Live by When Caring for and Working with Horses is a timely read. The human medical field is increasingly aware of the benefits of mindfulness training and meditation and their related disciplines. A growing body of research indicates a variety of benefits for treating and controlling both mental and physical illnesses.

Everyone should read this book. Although the discussions focus on horses, we all would benefit from living our life and approaching our relationships in accordance with the principles discussed. In our fast-paced, immediate gratification–based world, the trend is toward impatience, selfishness, and distraction from what is important in our lives and how we comport ourselves around each other and our animals. Our horses, indeed all our animals, often suffer for this because we focus on our goals and immediate needs and forget to truly connect and listen to our animal friends.

This book is easy to read, and Susan Gordon's anecdotes and experiences are illuminating and interesting. It contains valuable references and resources for readers interested in learning more about the information and studies mentioned. Although information is frequently repeated across chapters, which can be a little frustrating for those who read the book straight through, it does allow readers to read chapters in a more piecemeal fashion without losing the valuable insight the book provides. Overall, I believe this book should be part of every animal professional's library.

Reviewed by Lore I. Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB

Texas Veterinary Behavior Services

Sugar Land, Tex

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