Book Reviews

books for veterinarians

Leaders of the Pack: Women and the Future of Veterinary Medicine

Julie Kumble, MEd & Donald F. Smith, DVM, DACVS

169 pages. 2017. Purdue University Press.

ISBN 978-1-55753-772-0. Price $17.99.


Leaders of the Pack: Women and the Future of Veterinary Medicine is a 7-chapter book coauthored by a veterinary surgeon (Smith) and director in women's leadership (Kumble). It is meant to encourage women to develop leadership skills that will contribute to the welfare and advancement of the veterinary profession and society by providing a thought-provoking exploration of the women who have helped lead the veterinary profession and into why there is still a gender difference in leadership positions. This book also explores how gender plays a role in leadership styles and offers possible solutions for bringing more of a balance to leadership roles in veterinary medicine in terms of gender proportion.

The book is organized into easily readable chapters that examine different aspects of leadership with key take-home points summarized at the end of each chapter. Each chapter explores how advancement of individual leadership will also lead to greater societal changes in both the veterinary profession as well as for women leadership in general.

The numerous examples of women leaders presented in the book motivates and inspires readers to become more involved in the profession, whether by taking a more active role in the local community or becoming involved at a more national level. Overall, this book is well written and reasonably priced.

Reviewed by Kathryn Sharbrough, DVM

Abraham's Equine Clinic

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Honeybee Veterinary Medicine: Apis mellifera L

Nicolas Vidal-Naquet, DVM

260 pages. 2015. 5M Publishing.

ISBN 978-1-91045-504-3. Price $79.38.

The collection of textbooks for veterinarians regarding the topic of veterinary medicine and honeybees is extremely small. In fact, veterinarian Nicolas Vidal-Naquet's book, Honeybee Veterinary Medicine: Apis mellifera L, published in 2015, may be one of a kind. The target audience for the book is veterinarians, and its publication could not come at a better time for the profession in the United States. A new FDA policy and regulation governing the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals in the United States has direct implications for beekeepers and veterinarians. Antimicrobials approved for use in honeybees and formerly available over the counter now require a prescription written by a veterinarian, thereby thrusting the veterinary profession into a new realm and making this book extremely relevant.

From its opening chapters on the biology of Apis mellifera L, to comprehensive coverage of environmental intoxication; viral, bacterial, and parasitic diseases; pests and enemies of honeybee colonies; and colony collapse disorder, this book provides a 1-stop reference for veterinarians who may want to delve into a new practice area. It is exhaustively referenced and packed with numerous detailed photographs (many taken by the author) and clear diagrams, charts, and tables. The appendices are especially valuable and cover topics such as reference values for and typical features of honeybee colonies, diseases notifiable to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and European animal health regulatory authorities, and sampling values for chemicals and diagnosis of pathogenic agents as well as a veterinary beekeeping sanitary audit guide. However, the text would be more user-friendly for wider audiences if customary (standard or imperial) units of measurement were included alongside metric units. In short, this book is an outstanding resource for veterinarians with and without previous exposure to honeybee medicine.

Reviewed by Donald E. Hoenig, VMD

One Health Veterinary Consulting LLC

Belfast, Me

Color Atlas of Veterinary Ophthalmology (2nd edition)

Kirk N. Gelatt, VMD, DACVO & Caryn E. Plummer, DVM, DACVO

416 pages. 2017. Wiley Blackwell.

ISBN 978-1-119-23944-4. Price $169.99.

The second edition of the Color Atlas of Veterinary Ophthalmology is a valuable reference for both private practitioners and those with a special interest in veterinary ophthalmology. The atlas provides readers with access to an extensive collection of clinical color photographs that are not readily available otherwise.

The book provides a brief review of ocular anatomy with photographs of anatomic sections and figures as well as a detailed chapter on how to perform a complete ophthalmic examination. A discussion of specialized ophthalmic examination equipment is included for those with advanced academic interest. Descriptions of commonly performed diagnostic tests for various ophthalmic disorders and the response of ophthalmic tissue to those disorders are useful in understanding pathological changes.

Each section of the text is easy to read and organized by anatomic region. Clinical photographs carefully paired with helpful descriptions are presented throughout the book to aid readers in interpreting similar lesions in clinical patients. Compared with traditional ophthalmology atlases, this book contains more in-depth clinical descriptions and discussions, differential diagnoses, diagnostic tests, and treatment options for each disorder presented. This atlas is strongly geared toward helping clinicians work through clinical cases. Specific sections on food animal, equine, and exotic animal ophthalmology make this atlas appealing to a broad audience regardless of background and will be a helpful reference for practitioners in a wide variety of clinical settings.

Reviewed by Renee Carter, DVM, DACVO

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, La

Small Animal Dermatology: A Color Atlas and Therapeutic Guide (4th edition)

Keith A. Hnilica, DVM, MS, MBA, DACVD & Adam P. Patterson, DVM, DACVD

633 pages. 2016. Elsevier.

ISBN 978-0-323-37651-8. Price $158.00.

The fourth edition of Small Animal Dermatology: A Color Atlas and Therapeutic Guide is an excellent reference for small animal veterinarians and students. An obvious effort has been made to provide excellent-quality clinical images throughout the text, the breadth of which has benefited from the contributions of Dr. Adam Patterson. This edition is practical and orderly with familiar images from previous editions and obvious new additions in many sections. Concise descriptions and consistent formatting are appreciated in each section. Treatment and prognosis are discussed for each disorder, and there is a practical avian and exotics chapter that covers many of the common dermatology disorders that affect those species. The text occasionally contains treatment recommendations that are not substantiated with published data and, in some instances, contradict published data. Those recommendations may have reflected the authors’ opinions, and if so, that fact should have been made explicitly clear in the text. For example, contrary to FDA-approved labeling, it is recommended that long-term use of oclacitinib be avoided because of an increase in the risk for adverse effects. Furthermore, several sections recommend the administration of fluralaner at 30- to 60-day intervals for the treatment of various conditions such as flea allergy dermatitis, whereas the FDA-approved label indicates that it should be administered at 8- to 12-week intervals, and multiple publications support the efficacy of that interval. Those types of statements may cause unnecessary pause or excessive use of a drug to the detriment of patients. As long as readers are aware of these caveats, this book will be a useful clinical dermatology reference for small animal veterinarians.

Reviewed by Michael S. Canfield, DVM, DACVD

Animal Dermatology South

New Port Richey, Fla

Clinical Veterinary Echography

Federica Rossi, DVM, DECVDI & Giliola Spattini, DVM, PhD, DECVDI (Translated by Claudio Porcellana)

192 pages. 2017. 5M Publishing.

ISBN 978-1-910455-73-9. Price $66.05.

Clinical Veterinary Echography is a basic manual for abdominal, neck, and thoracic ultrasonography of dogs and cats designed to be a practical reference for beginning veterinary sonographers. Although “echo” appears in the title, echocardiography is not covered in this book.

The book is divided into 2 sections. The first is a general section that consists of 5 chapters covering essential physics, fundamentals of image interpretation, artifacts, scanning technique, and interventional techniques. The second is a special section that consists of 14 chapters, which cover each abdominal organ and the peritoneal cavity, neck, and thorax. Each chapter is standardized and presented in an easy-to-reference format consisting of tables and diagrams wherever possible.

The ultrasonographic images presented throughout the book are of good quality with concise descriptions, which facilitates review. However, the tissues of interest are infrequently labelled, which may present a problem for complete novices. It should also be pointed out that the book is translated; thus, it contains some unusual words, sentence structure, and spelling.

Overall, the authors have done an exceptional job of providing an ultrasonographic manual that details basic methodology and emphasizes proper scanning technique. This book is packed with information and should prove a superb resource for veterinary students or small animal practitioners entering or wanting to improve their technique in the field of veterinary ultrasonography.

Reviewed by Karen L. Morrow, DVM, MS, DACVR

Winter Garden, Fla

Clinical Radiology of the Horse (4th Edition)

Janet A. Butler; Christopher M. Colles, BVetMed, PhD, MRCVS; Sue J. Dyson, VetMB, PhD, DEO; Svend E. Kold, DVM, DrMedVet, CUEW, RFP, MRCVS, RCVS; & Paul W. Poulos Jr, DVM, DACVR, PhD

798 pages. 2017. Wiley Blackwell.

ISBN 978-1-118-91228-7. Price $264.99.

The fourth edition of Clinical Radiology of the Horse is a thorough, well-organized book that covers all aspects of radiography for equine patients. The text clearly describes the radiographic techniques required to obtain quality images of various areas of horses and is complemented with labeled diagrams. The anatomic illustrations that accompany the radiographic images are key in aiding interpretation of radiographic projections, especially in areas where many structures are superimposed. The inclusion of images of clinically normal structures in addition to those that highlight the pathological lesions described in the text provides readers with a valuable reference for learning and comparison purposes. This book will be an asset to veterinary students, residents, and clinicians alike.

Reviewed by Amy Norvall, DVM

University of California-Davis

Davis, Calif

Equine Laminitis

James K. Belknap, DVM, PhD, DACVS & Raymond J. Geor, BVSc, PhD

455 pages. 2017. Wiley Blackwell.

ISBN 978-1-119-94471-3. Price $159.99.

It was with great enthusiasm that I first perused the pages of Equine Laminitis. I found it difficult to keep from flipping through the pages to view the myriad of photomicrographs, illustrations of hormone and pain cascades, case studies with radiographs and venograms, and photographs depicting farriery and surgical procedures. As I read the chapters at greater depth, I was taken by the wealth of knowledge presented by the contributing authors.

The book is organized in parts or sections, which contain chapters written by experts in the topics being discussed. Chapters are engaging and thorough with copious references cited and are of a good length for independent study or teaching purposes.

Overviews of advances in endocrine and metabolic issues, biomechanics, experimental models, and physiologic and chemical techniques are relevant for readers who are not researchers. The chart of abbreviations is useful. A photocopy of those pages makes it easy to reference without flipping back and forth. The chapters on gross and microanatomy of the foot are, of course, fascinating to any student of the horse.

The main types of laminitis (eg, sepsis related, endocrinopathic, and supporting limb) and their pathological mechanisms and potential treatments constitute the bulk of the book. Chapters on pain pathways and maladaptive pain help readers understand potential reasons why some cases fail to respond to treatment and the need for multimodal pain control. Therapy options, including medicines, farriery, and surgery, are offered as general principles for specific types of laminitis. Many options are presented along with a fair assessment as to their value.

As a veterinarian-farrier with over 26 years of experience treating horses with laminitis, I find this to be a pertinent and useful book that is complete with practical advice for clients regarding prevention of obesity and other predisposing factors for the condition. As a private practitioner, it is difficult to stay current on all aspects of equine laminitis. This book compiles much of the exciting work that is going on in this field. It is a great value and a must-have for equine veterinarians, researchers, and veterinary students.

Reviewed by Andrew Dean, DVM

Laporte Animal Clinic & Supply

Laporte, Colo

Practical Transfusion Medicine for the Small Animal Practitioner (2nd edition)

Carolyn A. Sink, MS

79 pages. 2017. Wiley Blackwell.

ISBN 978-1-119-18766-0. Price $59.99.

The second edition of Practical Transfusion Medicine for the Small Animal Practitioner is a well-written, easy-to-read, soft-cover reference book for any practitioner involved in transfusion medicine. The author explains in detail the process of transfusion medicine from start to finish, including topics such as blood donor selection, blood collection, comparison of different blood products, adverse effects, and blood product storage and quality control. After reading this book, practitioners and veterinary technicians should feel comfortable creating a blood donor program within their hospitals as well as knowledgeable about general transfusion topics, such as availability and usage of products, recognizing and treating adverse effects, and successfully maintaining and running a transfusion program.

This book includes instructions for various procedures, such as cross-matching and blood collection, which provide helpful information regarding the specimen being collected, materials and equipment necessary, and the actual procedure. The images in the book are in black and white; however, the images are provided in color on the companion website. As with most books, some information provided is not completely current, but this does not substantially affect the clinical usefulness of the book.

Overall, this book is a useful reference for practitioners with an interest in clinical transfusion medicine looking to develop a blood donor program. It is also a suitable entry-level reference that will be beneficial to veterinary technicians and students interested in developing the clinical skills necessary for transfusion medicine.

Reviewed by Lenore M. Bacek, DVM, MS, DACVECC

Auburn University

Auburn, Ala

Anatomy of Dolphins: Insights into Body Structure and Function

Bruno Cozzi, DrMedVet, PhD; Stefan Huggenberger, PhD & Helmut Oelschläger, Dr.rer.nat, PhD

438 pages. 2017. Academic Press (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-12-407229-9. Price $69.97.

Anatomy of Dolphins: Insights into Body Structure and Function provides readers with an excellent guide to dolphin anatomy, with a foray into general physiology and function. The book uses bottlenose dolphins as a model of toothed whale anatomy and incorporates numerous color photographs, detailed drawings, photomicrographs, and images from numerous diagnostic imaging modalities (eg, MRI, CT, radiography, and ultrasonography) to great effect to bring the anatomy and morphology to life. The book is organized into chapters and sections on the basis of body systems; thus, pertinent sections are easily searchable, and the text is basic enough to be well understood by biologists, veterinarians, and students alike. The sections describing the brain and central sensory systems are particularly extensive and detailed and help readers understand the evolutionary necessity of the development of these systems for life at sea. Strong attention is also given to the respiratory, cardiac, and gastrointestinal systems, although not to the same extent as some of the other systems. The final chapter on neurobiology and the evolution of dolphins is somewhat redundant but provides a summary of the different systems. Some images of gross tissues appear to have advanced decomposition, but they are usually complemented with additional drawings or images. References are extensive, come from many languages and time periods, and are thoroughly researched and organized. This book is an outstanding resource for anyone interested in cetacean biology.

Reviewed by Cara L. Field, DVM, PhD

The Marine Mammal Center

Sausalito, Calif

The Teeth of Non-Mammalian Vertebrates

Barry Berkovitz, BDS, PhD & R. Peter Shellis, BSc, PhD

342 pages. 2017. Academic Press (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-12-802850-6. Price $87.50.

The Teeth of Non-Mammalian Vertebrates is a textbook that covers nearly all aspects of the dentition of living non-mammalian vertebrates. This book is exhaustively researched and contains an immense number of illustrations, color photographs, and micro-CT images. The authors have worked very diligently to seek out and catalog the best and most representative specimen examples from multiple museum collections worldwide. Each specimen is presented in great detail so readers can appreciate the comparative anatomic nuances in the skulls, jaws, and teeth of many species.

The chapters are logically arranged phylogenetically, and the text is well written, concise, and properly referenced. This allows for a maximum number of rich images to clearly illustrate the abundant variety in the number, shape, placement, development, use, and replacement of teeth in rays, sharks, fish, snakes, and crocodiles, to mention only a few of the species covered. In short, this is a much needed comprehensive text on orodental anatomy of non-mammalian vertebrates.

Anyone interested in teeth and the oral cavity will find this text instantly fascinating, vastly informative, and easy to navigate. This book is a must-have for any anatomist, veterinary dentist, zoo or aquatic veterinarian, paleontologist, or researcher. This book and the study of comparative odontology are essential for gaining a deeper understanding of the development, anatomy, and function of the oral cavity of all animal species. It is an incredible value for the price, especially given the comprehensive and voluminous set of images contained within its pages.

Reviewed by Paul Q. Mitchell, DVM, DAVDC

Veterinary Dental Services

Boxborough, Mass

Necropsy Guide for Dogs, Cats, and Small Mammals

Sean P. McDonough, DVM, PhD, DACVP & Teresa Southard, DVM, PhD, DACVP

200 pages. 2017. Wiley Blackwell.

ISBN 978-1-119-11565-6. Price $74.99.

Necropsy Guide for Dogs, Cats, and Small Mammals is a valuable resource for veterinary students, new practitioners, and veterinary pathology residents. The organization and concise text allow for accessibility of quality information without excessive detail. The book is organized into 4 main sections: basic necropsy introduction, necropsy guide by organ system, special tips for special situations, and guide for ancillary testing. The organ system chapters include practical reviews of anatomy and prosection and lesion interpretation tips. Common artifacts, nonlesions, and postmortem changes are also explained for each organ system. The color figures, legends, and tables complement the text by providing clear visual guides and summaries. The appendices provide quick references for common queries. This practical reference will improve the necropsy quality of any veterinarian who takes full advantage of the information provided, and use of this book throughout the veterinary curriculum should improve the necropsy skills of graduating veterinarians.

Reviewed by Danielle D. Nelson, DVM, PhD, DACVP

Washington State University

Pullman, Wash

miniVET guide: Companion Animal Medicine

Gerardo Poli, BVSc, MVS, MANZCVSc

365 pages. 2016. Price $59.82.

The miniVET guide: Companion Animal Medicine lives up to its name. The 4 × 6 × 1-inch spiral-bound pocket book is a portable and concise veterinary guide. It contains a superficial overview of an enormous amount of veterinary medical clinical information. This guide is not intended to provide in-depth details about specific diseases or provide instruction on how to perform procedures. It is intended to serve as a guide to help veterinary students get through their clinical rotations and early years in practice. It is meant to be used as a quick reference to refresh readers’ memories.

The 360-page book is written in extremely small print and does not contain chapters or tab dividers or have an orderly user-friendly layout. Lacking a preface, the guide begins with a 2-page table of contents that lists 50 topics in alphabetic order. Some of the topics listed are anemia and pale mucous membranes, biochemistry, viral disease and vaccination, and wound management. This format makes reviewing information about general disease processes difficult, because most topics are either extremely specific (eg, tick paralysis) or generally broad (eg, radiology). The guide contains many flowcharts, tables, and diagrams, and the flowcharts are concise and easy to follow. There are limited pictures, with occasional small illustrations. The topics are primarily presented in outline form, and the guide reads similar to class lecture notes. Unfortunately, this book is inadequately referenced, with only 5 references listed at the end of 360 pages of medical information. Given only limited information on such a vast array of topics, readers are provided with few, if any, cited resources to seek more detailed information. There is also no indication from where this vast material was obtained or whether any veterinary specialists helped to create or edit or reviewed the guide.

The material presented in this book is basic and will be of limited use to most experienced practitioners. However, this book will be an ideal reference guide for veterinary students or recent graduates. It is useful to have so much information in 1 reasonably priced spiral-bound resource.

Reviewed by Elizabeth E. Alvarez, DVM

University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wis

Managing the Laboratory Animal Facility (3rd edition)

Jerald Silverman, DVM, DACLAM

401 pages. 2017. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4987-4278-8. Price $89.95.

The third edition of Managing the Laboratory Animal Facility is a well-written, practical guide for both new and experienced managers and leaders of laboratory animal care and use programs. The underlying theme of the book is to continuously improve operational efficiency and efficacy by effective use of human, fiscal, capital, and information resources and time management. It emphasizes the importance of trust within the work team and describes methods to motivate and empower employees. It also characterizes the differences between managing and leading a group. The author deftly draws on contemporary management theory and his extensive experience as a facility director to provide realistic examples of and solutions to animal facility management challenges. It is also easily adaptable to institution-specific situations and cultures. This edition incorporates information on lean management principles and current references on a variety of the topics discussed. In addition, it expands upon the calculation of per diem rates. I encourage managers at all levels within an animal care and use program, from supervisors to directors, to read this informative and easy-to-understand manual.

Reviewed by Lynn C. Anderson, DVM, DACLAM

Charles River Laboratories Inc Wilmington, Mass

Handbook of Laboratory Animal Anesthesia and Pain Management: Rodents (Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference Series)

Cholawat Pacharinsak, DVM, PhD, DACVAA & Jennifer C. Smith, DVM, DACLAM

196 pages. 2017. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4665-8567-6. Price $55.95

Handbook of Laboratory Animal Anesthesia and Pain Management: Rodents is the 16th volume in the Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference Series. Rodents are the species most extensively used in biomedical research, and many experimental procedures require some form of anesthesia. Thus, this book is a logical addition to the series. The editors and contributing authors include veterinary anesthesiologists and laboratory animal veterinarians experienced with the use of rodents in research. The intent of this book is to provide a quick reference for anesthesia and pain management of laboratory rodents. The intended audience is principal investigators, technicians, and staff who use and care for rodents in research settings, especially those who work at small institutions that lack the resources of a large organized program or newly established research programs that need to implement rodent care and use protocols. As with previous volumes in this series, this book uses a bullet-point format to provide a quick reference on topics. It is organized into 9 chapters that cover the basics of anesthesia including pharmacology, equipment and monitoring, pain management, species considerations and special techniques, euthanasia, and regulatory requirements as they relate to anesthesia and analgesia of rodents. The chapter on regulatory requirements provides a comprehensive discussion of US laws, regulations, and standards related to the anesthesia and pain management of rodents. The chapter on pain management was especially well organized and provides a succinct and concise outline of the topic and includes useful tables of common analgesic agents and dosages for rodents. In contrast, the chapter on pharmacology was too broad in its scope and included discussion of anesthetics that have no relevance to rodent anesthesia today. The major flaw of the book is that it falls short of its stated purpose to provide a ready reference for small or newly established programs. Many practical details related to anesthesia are omitted or simply referenced. Although adequately referenced, readers will need to have other textbooks or access to an extensive library to fill in the missing details. It was especially curious that, unlike the chapter on pain management, the chapters on anesthesia did not include tables of anesthetic agents and dosages commonly used in rodents. Overall, readers will likely find this book to be a supplement to other anesthesia and pain management references and not the practical handbook it was intended to be.

Reviewed by Ronald P. Wilson, VMD, MS, DACLAM

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Hershey, Pa

The Laboratory Bird (Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference Series)

Douglas K. Taylor, Vanessa K. Lee, & Karen R. Strait

161 pages. 2016. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4665-9362-6. Price $59.95.

The Laboratory Bird is a welcomed new volume in the Laboratory Animal Pocket Reference Series. Birds have become important animal models in biomedical research, and this book fulfills a relatively empty niche in this field.

The book consists of 6 chapters that cover a wide range of biological features present in the Class Aves. The authors focus on the Orders and avian species most commonly used in research, such as Anseriformes (ducks and geese), Columbiformes (pigeons and doves), Galliformes (chickens and quails), Passeriformes (passerines and songbirds) and Psittaciformes (parrots). The section on anatomy and physiology provides a succinct review of the unique characteristics and features that characterize this Class.

The husbandry chapter is one of the strongest chapters of the book and provides solid and abundant details about specific husbandry requirements and environmental enrichment for different bird groups. Many birds used in the laboratory for biomedical research are very sensitive and prone to multiple medical conditions owing to poor husbandry techniques and insufficient or inadequate environmental enrichment. This chapter provides readers with the necessary information to maintain the physical and mental health of laboratory birds in accordance with ethical and welfare demands and expectations.

The chapter on diseases and medical care describes common medical disorders observed in birds maintained under laboratory conditions. Although this chapter is not comprehensive enough to replace traditional avian disease and medicine books, it contains sufficient information to aid nonveterinary laboratory personnel in identifying clinically abnormal research subjects. Clinical procedures are adequately described; however, the additional inclusion of a large number of high-quality photographs depicting those procedures would have improved the didactic value of this chapter considerably. The book contains useful sections about federal and state regulations and the procurement, transport, and quarantine of birds. Occupational health and safety considerations for laboratory personnel are also included. The last chapter contains a detailed list of various avian professional organizations, diagnostic laboratories, and food and equipment suppliers.

In conclusion, this book is a must-have for those who work with birds in every aspect of biomedical research. Veterinary technicians, laboratory personnel, institutional animal care and use committee members, and researchers will find in this book a reliable source of information about laboratory birds.

Reviewed by Miguel D. Saggese, DVM, PhD

Western University of Health Sciences

Pomona, Calif

The Biology of Parasites

R. Lucius, B. Loos-Frank, R. P. Lane, R. Poulin, C. W. Roberts, & R. K. Grencis

452 pages. 2017. Wiley-Blackwell.

ISBN 978-3-527-32848-2. Price $95.00.

This book is based on a previous book also titled The Biology of Parasites (Lucius and Loos-Frank, 2008). The contents have been updated and expanded to include current knowledge in the field. The title alone infers a huge undertaking to provide information on the vast and encompassing discipline of parasitology. In that aspect, the content cannot and does not attempt to cover all parasites, but concentrates on those that are most important to the intended audience of students of biology, medicine, and veterinary medicine and interested lay persons. For those parasites (for the most part human parasites) selected to represent various parasite groups, the information provided focuses on specific details concerning basic biology with limited coverage of related parasites. Therefore, topics such as treatment, control, and ecology are not emphasized. The contents follow a logical sequence starting with General Aspects of Parasite Biology (primarily host-parasite interaction) followed by Protozoa, Worms, and Arthropods. Of particular note are bullet points at the beginning of many sections that highlight and summarize what is being covered, then at the end of the sections, further reading and test questions are provided with answers at the end of the book. The information is accurate, and the figures, tables, photographs, and illustrations are clear, complete, and informative. I have used the previous book for classroom instruction and training research scientists because it provides a solid knowledge base. Now there is an updated version that will be a valuable resource for those interested in good basic coverage of parasite biology.

Reviewed by James E. Miller, DVM, MPVM, PhD, DACVM

Louisiana State University Baton

Rouge, La

books for veterinary technicians

Essential Calculations for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians (3rd edition)

Terry Lake, DVM & Nicola Green, RVN

155 pages. 2017. Butterworth-Heinemann (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-7020-6807-2. Price $39.96.

I found the third edition of Essential Calculations for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians to be a useful book for veterinary nurses and technicians, regardless of where they are in their careers. The text takes a simplistic progressive approach from rudimentary math concepts to more advanced everyday medical calculations, which allows readers to develop their mathematical skills. The use of current medications (although not all are available in the United States) and real-world examples enhances learning because it allows readers to appreciate the use of math in clinical practice, which makes it more relevant and easy to comprehend and retain. The text contains easy-to-follow steps for calculations with concepts reiterated through practice questions to reinforce learning. This and the use of text boxes and remember statements highlight important points by taking advantage of the RIP (repetition, imagery, and patterns) memory concept. Each chapter also contains clinically pertinent questions to review calculations, which reinforces learning concepts and makes practicing math fun. Unfortunately, the book contains occasional typographic and formatting errors or omissions, which can distract readers from the information presented.

Reviewed by Christina Seidel, DVM

Alfred State College

Alfred, NY

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Veterinary Technicians (4th edition)

Robert L. Bill, DVM, PhD

393 pages. 2017. Elsevier.

ISBN 978-0-323-08679-0. Price $58.36.

The author of the fourth edition of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics for Veterinary Technicians states that the purpose of the book is to provide a “how and why” instructional perspective for future technicians who will increasingly use academic skills in their careers. Overall, this book succeeds in providing readers with a foundation for pharmacologic principles and companion animal drug use at a median level of detail and complexity, compared with other similar books.

The introductory chapters are current and relevant for pharmacy law and regulations for dispensing and prescribing drugs, including controlled substances. The chapter on clinical calculations clarifies dimensional analysis conversions and drug dose–cost metrics. Curiously, although numerous practice problems are provided, examples for the calculation of constant rate infusions are lacking. The introduction concludes with an efficient and refined discussion of pharmacokinetics with emphasis on the trade-offs involved in achieving therapeutic concentrations.

Individual drugs are presented by both a systems and drug-class approach. The systems approach is incomplete (ie, no information is provided regarding drug interactions with skin, organs of special sense, or the immune system), but some systems-approach subject matter is found in subsequent chapters dedicated to antimicrobials, antiparasitics, and anti-inflammatory drugs. Each chapter includes level-specific reviews of physiology, mechanisms of action, and pharmacokinetics that are authoritative. Chapter outlines, stated learning objectives, and key terms are clear. A distinct and useful feature is various call-out boxes, entitled Myths and Misconceptions, You Need to Know, Clinical Applications, and Ask Dr. Bill, that aid in partitioning and clarifying information provided in the text. The colored illustrations are large and relevant, and the glossary and index are appropriate and of expected quality. The book also contains excellent self-assessment review questions and answers that are of above average length, clarity, and detail.

In short, this book features clear straight-forward text of good clinical relevance, contains some coverage of large animal drug topics and sprinklings of interesting history, and is of high production quality. The information is presented at an appropriate level and depth for the intended audience. The bottom line is this book is a good value for the money.

Reviewed by Stephen W. Crane, DVM, DACVS

Apex College of Veterinary Technology Colorado

Springs, Colo

Diagnostic Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians (5th edition)

Charles M. Hendrix, DVM, PhD & Ed Robinson, CVT

384 pages. 2017. Mosby (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-323-38982-2. Price $60.76.

In my opinion, the fifth edition of Diagnostic Parasitology for Veterinary Technicians is the best book currently available to teach parasitology to veterinary technician students. The first chapter details terminology critical to understanding parasitology concepts. The next 14 chapters group the parasites (eg, nematodes, cestodes, tapeworms, trematodes, and protozoa) by type. For each parasite type, a brief introductory chapter on the characteristics, such as key morphological features and life cycles, is provided. Subsequent chapters describe specific parasites that affect various animal species, parasites of public health importance, and common laboratory procedures to identify parasites. New to this edition is a chapter that contains color photomicrographs of common parasite ova and forms. There is also a comprehensive reference chart of parasites. Purchase of the book also provides access to an abundance of online resources for both professors and students, including case questions, quizzes, and flash cards, plus new listen-and-spell exercises and compare-and-contrast charts.

This book is extremely well organized. Learning objectives and key terms are included at the beginning of every chapter. Tests in matching format and discussion questions are provided at the end of each chapter. Organization of the chapter tests has been substantially improved from the fourth edition, with the questions being broken down into smaller groups. Each chapter also contains Technician Notes that highlight important concepts. Case presentations have been added to this edition. The chapter on laboratory procedures is one of the best I have seen in any book. The authors continue to improve this book by adding new information and formatting the book for the ease of readers. Although information regarding a few medications commonly used to prevent and treat parasites is included in this edition, I would like to see a dedicated chapter on the topic. There is no other book of this quality on the market today for veterinary technicians. Veterinary technician students and technicians in practice will find this book an invaluable resource at a reasonable price.

Reviewed by Tracy L. Blais, MEd

Mount Ida College

Newton, Mass

Aspinall's Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing (3rd edition)

Nicola Ackerman, BSc, RVN, MBVNA & Victoria Aspinall, BVSc, MRCVS

834 pages. 2016. Elsevier.

ISBN 978-0-7020-6602-3. Price $82.40.

The third edition of Aspinall's Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing provides a comprehensive review of veterinary nursing. The book contains 37 chapters (3 of which are available on-line) that cover a range of topics from client communication and patient care to nutrition, behavior, pharmacology, surgical nursing, and laboratory procedures. It provides information regarding the care of cats, dogs, horses, and exotic species as well as a chapter on the care of injured wildlife. Each chapter starts with a list of key points for learning. Pertinent information has been placed in easy-to-read boxes or figures to aid students in understanding key concepts. The pictures and diagrams are excellent visual aids that complement the concepts presented in the text.

The appendices provide hematologic and biochemical reference values for cats, dogs, horses, ferrets, rabbits, and small mammals in addition to practice calculation problems on anesthetic flow rates, fluid therapy, drug doses, caloric requirements, and exposures for various radiographic views. Purchase of the book comes with access to online resources through Evolve including multiple-choice questions from each chapter and images from the book that are excellent resources for students.

Some information in certain chapters may be too detailed for veterinary technology or nursing students. Also, this book was written for a UK audience, and some terminology used differs from that commonly used in the United States. Furthermore, some rules and regulations that govern veterinary nursing and animal welfare differ between the United Kingdom and United States. A few additional case-based examples and information on small ruminants would enrich the content.

Overall, this is an excellent textbook that will be useful for multiple class subjects. In addition to being fairly priced, it is easy to read and provides excellent images and a good foundation for learning about veterinary medicine and veterinary technology.

Reviewed by Sarah Lefebvre, DVM

Mount Ida College Newton, Mass

Small Animal Surgical Nursing: Skills and Concepts (3rd edition)

Marianne Tear, MS

294 pages. 2017. Mosby (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-3233-1227-1. Price $61.56.

The third edition of Small Animal Surgical Nursing: Skills and Concepts is a serviceable textbook for students in AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs. The book is written at a level appropriate for this purpose by a team of 4 credentialed veterinary technicians. The book can also function as a basic reference for those currently in the profession.

Each of the book's 12 chapters begins with an outline of the material to be covered, the learning objectives for the chapter, and a list of key terms used in the chapter. The key terms are color highlighted in the subsequent text and are included in the glossary. Relative to the second edition, the content of this edition has been reorganized and includes the addition of 2 new chapters, which provide emphasis on patient preparation and postoperative cleaning. Useful electronic student and instructor resources for the book include an image collection and instrument identification exercises.

This book does a creditable job of covering the many, sometimes complicated, aspects of surgical nursing as they pertain to facilities, equipment, personnel, and patients in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative periods. A good overview of common surgical procedures performed in dogs and cats is provided and is nicely complemented by a review of basic client education for postoperative patient care as well as specific examples of client instructions for postoperative care following some commonly performed surgeries. The inclusion of sections that describe veterinary anesthesia and analgesia serves to emphasize the many responsibilities of veterinary technicians during the perioperative period. However, this book is not intended to be a comprehensive reference on those topics, and a textbook devoted to veterinary anesthesia and analgesia should serve as the primary resource in the anesthetic training of technicians.

It should be mentioned that the information provided in this book occasionally differs from that found in other references on the subject. There are also a few minor omissions and instances in which only 1 method to perform a task is presented when multiple correct methods exist. Overall, this book is well written and merits consideration when selecting a textbook for the instruction of surgical nursing to veterinary technology students.

Reviewed by Daniel P. Young, DVM

Mount Ida College

Newton, Mass

books for clients

Sheep and Goat Diseases: Veterinary Book for Farmers and Smallholders (4th edition)

Johannes Winkelmann, DrMedVet

145 pages. 2016. 5M Publishing.

ISBN 978-1-910455-58-6. Price $32.99.

The fourth edition of Sheep and Goat Diseases: Veterinary Book for Farmers and Smallholders was originally written in German and published in 2014; it has since been translated into English by Sue Anderson. This book is intended for inexperienced sheep and goat producers to guide them in conditions requiring veterinary intervention. It is short and concise with good illustrations and photographs. It is easy for readers to flip through and is divided into appropriate chapters that address many commonly observed disorders. Because the book was originally written for European producers, the text contains some colloquial terms that differ from those used in North America (eg, use of the term milk colic interchangeably with enterotoxemia) and descriptions of drugs that are not available in North America. For some diseases, the presentation described occasionally varies from that commonly observed in affected sheep and goats in the United States. The text is divided into discussions of viral, bacterial, and protozoal diseases, which presupposes that readers can distinguish those 3 disease categories; however, topics are fairly well cross referenced within body systems. At the end of the book, there is a short chapter dedicated to some emerging diseases, such as Smallenberg and bluetongue viruses.

Overall, I think this book achieves its goal of being a quick reference for novice producers to determine when to call a veterinarian for assistance or to proceed on their own. It is fairly inexpensive, but will be of limited value to veterinarians, veterinary students, and experienced producers.

Reviewed by Sherrill Fleming, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Miss