Book Reviews

books for veterinarians

Wiggs's Veterinary Dentistry: Principles and Practice (2nd edition)

Heidi B. Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC, & Jonathon R. (Bert) Dodd, DVM, DAVDC

522 pages. 2019. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-81612-7. Price $149.99.

The second edition of Wiggs's Veterinary Dentistry: Principles and Practice is an updated and comprehensive guide to all things related to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the oral cavity in canine and feline patients. The first edition was published 20 years ago, and although some of the concepts discussed in that edition are still true today and are discussed in this edition, most have been modified during the intervening period. Those modified concepts as well as new techniques and theories are described in this second edition, which was written and edited by some of the most respected individuals in the field of veterinary dentistry. The book is organized by subject matter and topics relating to both dogs and cats with a few later chapters devoted to dental diseases of specific species. There is also a limited section devoted to small exotic mammals and zoo animals.

This book will provide entry-level small animal general practitioners with foundational knowledge of veterinary dentistry and seasoned veterinarians with a great deal of knowledge regarding oral surgery and the use of minimally invasive methods for fractured jaw repair and mandibulectomy and maxillectomy techniques. Both medical and surgical management of oral diseases are discussed as are endodontic therapies and complications, restoratives, prosthodontics, and orthodontics. Many color photographs, illustrations, diagrams, and tables are provided to help readers understand important concepts related to diseases of the oral cavity of dogs and cats and their treatment. Overall, this book will be a good resource for any small animal practice or practitioner who performs veterinary dentistry.

Reviewed by Brenda L. Mulherin, DVM, DAVDC

Iowa State University Ames, Iowa

The Management of Pet Obesity

Victoria Bowes, DHE, RVN, DRSA QTLS, & Helen Coleman, BSc, QTLS

151 pages. 2019. 5M Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-912-17834-6. Price $36.49

The Management of Pet Obesity states that it is intended for veterinary practitioners, with the presumed goal of providing practitioners with the knowledge and resources needed to successfully treat and manage obese pets. Although many paragraphs seem to address the veterinary community in terms of information and tone, there are an equal number of paragraphs that appear to address issues of interest to pet owners and the general public. This discontinuity substantially disrupts the flow and caliber of the information provided. Additionally, the title of the book suggests that most, if not all, of the content will be about managing pet obesity; however, only 1 of the 12 chapters is truly about pet obesity, albeit the focus of that chapter is more on starting a weight-focused clinic than on the nuances of obesity management itself. Even though other chapters contain some valuable pieces of nutrition-related information, they certainly do not focus on obesity management. Finally, much of the text is either incorrect or based on what appears to be the authors' opinions.

In my opinion, although this book does contain tidbits of accurate information, it is generally riddled with inaccuracies and opinions. Consequently, I do not consider this book to be a valuable resource regarding the management of pet obesity or any other nutrition-related disease for either veterinary professionals or the lay community.

Reviewed by Lindsey E. Bullen, DVM, DACVN Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas Cary, NC

Ophthalmic Disease in Veterinary Medicine (2nd edition)

Charles L. Martin, DVM, MS, DACVO; J. Phillip Pickett, DVM, DACVO; & Bernhard M. Spiess, DVM, Dr Med Vet, DACVO, DECVO

713 pages. 2019. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4822-5864-6. Price $164.00.

In the second edition of Ophthalmic Disease in Veterinary Medicine, the editors' goal was to include input from authors with various expertise and experience and create an ophthalmic reference for general practitioners. Many sections of the book (eg, optics and techniques of illumination) are thoroughly written and would be suitable in larger-volume textbooks. The chapter on neuroophthalmology is perfectly outlined and easy to understand and will be a helpful guide for clinical practice. The chapter on problem-based management of ocular emergencies contains helpful algorithms but unfortunately is not formatted as a quick-reference guide. Descriptions of approaches for eyelid surgery are complemented by good step-by-step schematic illustrations, but some of the procedures described and illustrated (eg, filtering shunts) should be left to ophthalmologists and are unnecessary for the intended audience.

Numerous photographs that depict various disease states are dispersed throughout the text, but some are grainy and pixelated, and higher-resolution photographs should be used in future editions. Most of the clinical cases presented provide a good review, but others are not straightforward and represent rare conditions (eg, orbital fat prolapse in a cat) seen in practice. Some of the terminology used (eg, striate keratopathy, proliferative keratitis, and macular keratitis) is outdated and will not be recognized by many general practitioners today. Although most of the described treatments are sound, some are outdated. For example, diode laser therapy is described as the preferred treatment for epibulbar melanomas, but surgical excision is currently considered the standard of care in ophthalmological practice.

Although this book provides a review of small animal ophthalmic disease, it is not a comprehensive textbook for diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to ophthalmic disease in today's small animal practice settings.

Reviewed by Terah Webb, DVM, DACVO

MedVet Columbus Worthington, Ohio

Pharmacotherapeutics for Veterinary Dispensing

Katrina L. Mealey, BS (Pharm), DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVCP

623 pages. 2019. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-40454-5. Price $149.99.

Pharmacotherapeutics for Veterinary Dispensing is a book long overdue for the pharmacy profession. The text is organized in an intuitive manner. Subject content is well thought out and provides readers a thorough informational foundation that will be an asset to pharmacists. This book should be a required reference for pharmacists who have not had any training in veterinary pharmacy but fill veterinary prescriptions. The information in this book is presented in a manner that will be easily navigated and understood by any pharmacist. Chapters dedicated to subject matter other than pharmacology provide background information necessary for traditionally trained pharmacists to understand how veterinary pharmacy differs from human pharmacy and why it is important to understand regulatory issues as well as species-specific nuances. The contributing authors are recognized experts, which lends credibility to the text. Extensive references provide validity to concepts presented throughout each chapter. A chapter addressing compounding for veterinary patients is appropriately included. The first 5 chapters establish the foundation on which the remainder of the book rests. The appendices are well thought out and appropriate and contain valuable information. The use of shaded boxes to call attention to points of emphasis is effective and not overdone. This book will be an excellent reference for both pharmacy students and pharmacists. Whether you have practiced veterinary pharmacy your whole career or have never practiced veterinary pharmacy, this book has much to offer. Veterinarians are encouraged to suggest this book to pharmacists with whom they work and interact.

Reviewed by Wil Gwin, RPh, DICVP

Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital Pharmacy West Lafayette, Ind

Veterinary Psychopharmacology (2nd edition)

Sharon L. Crowell-Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVB; Thomas F. Murray, PhD; & Leticia Mattos de Souza Dantas, DVM, PhD, DACVB

304 pages. 2019. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-22622-2. Price $124.99.

The second edition of Veterinary Psychopharmacology is a fully updated and reorganized version of the first edition. In this edition, the chapters have been reordered to divide the book into 2 sections: psychopharmacologic principles (including a review of neurotransmitters) and clinical psychopharmacology.

The first section of the book details the principles of psychopharmacology and neurotransmitters, but it would have benefited from a briefer and more clinically focused approach. The second section of the book provides a review of the literature on the basis of drug class. New to this edition are chapters on miscellaneous serotonergic agents, anti-convulsants and mood stabilizers, sympatholytic agents, and N-methyl-d-aspartic acid antagonists. The brevity of the chapters that review all available literature for each drug class emphasizes how little peer-reviewed literature exists regarding the treatment of behavioral disorders in companion animals. This book could be improved by more consistency in terms of the quantity of data presented from each citation and the inclusion of information regarding clinical experiences with each of the medications described.

Overall, this book packs a substantial amount of useful data into approximately 300 pages. The scope of the book is comprehensive and may include more in-depth information than casual prescribers seek, but it will be a good resource for the practitioners who are interested in immersing themselves into veterinary psychopharmacology. Although this book might not become a quick go-to reference in busy practice settings, it is a good book to read on a chapter-by-chapter basis to fully appreciate and digest the information provided.

Reviewed by Marie Hopfensperger, DVM, DACVB

Michigan State University East Lansing, Mich

Chemical Hazards in Foods of Animal Origin (Volume 7: Food Safety Assurance and Veterinary Public Health Series)

Frans J. M. Smulders, DVM, PhD, DECVPH; Ivonne M. C. M. Rietjens, PhD; & Martin D. Rose, BSc, PhD

669 pages. 2019. Wageningen Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-90-8686-326-6. Price $220.00.

Food is the primary route by which humans are exposed to many agricultural and industrial chemicals. Chemical Hazards in Foods of Animal Origin provides toxicological information and risk assessments for many chemical hazards in foods of animal origin from the perspectives of members of the European Food Safety Authority. It is a compilation of 25 chapters from 65 authors. The book begins with an excellent overview of risk analysis, plus a note on the role of veterinarians. Chapters on avoidable chemicals address veterinary drug residues, pesticides, feed additives, and food contact materials. The section on unavoidable chemical contaminants includes metals, phytotoxins, mycotoxins, and heat processing-related contaminants in feeds, among other topics. The book continues with a section on hazards associated with particular food categories, which provides readers with an in-depth look at risks in meat, dairy products, fish, eggs, and honey. The book concludes with several interesting and well-known case studies including fraudulent food situations.

This volume provides up-to-date and useful information on food hazards by means of a useful framework of avoidable and inherent chemicals in food and food products of animal origin. It will be a worthy addition to the library of any veterinarian involved in public health practice as well as all veterinary school libraries.

Reviewed by Candace A. Jacobs, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Kulshan Services Olympia, Wash

Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease

Morten Tryland, DVM, PhD, & Susan J. Kutz, DVM, PhD

533 pages. 2019. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4822-5068-8. Price $164.00.

Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease is a valuable resource for anyone interested in studying or involved in the traditional care and management of these Rangifer species. This book contains an extensive accumulation of facts regarding diet, forages, and environmental and range issues that affect reindeer and caribou. Information about diseases, meat processing, subspecies evolution, and how the environment and ecosystem affect wild herds is presented in a well-organized manner.

Reviewed by Steven Benscheidt, DVM

Nelson Road Veterinary Clinic Longmont, Colo

Nutrition and Feeding of Organic Poultry (2nd edition)

Robert Blair, BSc, PhD, DSc

268 pages. 2018. CABI. ISBN 978-1-78639-298-5. Price $144.00.

Nutrition and Feeding of Organic Poultry is an exhaustive and extremely thorough text directed primarily toward US and international audiences. It is published by a nonprofit organization (CABI) whose goal is to “solve problems in agriculture and the environment,” and the author of this book has published 2 other organic nutrition books with them. Because this book is primarily directed toward organic poultry producers, it may not be particularly helpful for veterinarians in general practice, especially given its fairly high price. However, it will be a comprehensive and invaluable reference for poultry veterinarians and large producers who are interested in scientifically formulating complete organic diets. The section on the elements of poultry nutrition provides one of the best overviews of poultry gastrointestinal physiology and nutrition this reviewer has ever seen, and it will make an excellent study guide for those aspects of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners' Avian Specialty Examination. This edition is enhanced with online resources to assist with on-farm feed formulation, which is a valuable addition. In conclusion, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of poultry veterinarians and producers, but it may not be a necessary reference for general avian practitioners or backyard chicken fanciers.

Reviewed by Niklos Weber, DVM, DABVP

Whispering Pines Pet Clinic Magalia, Calif

Poultry Feathers and Skin: The Poultry Integument in Health and Welfare (Poultry Science Symposium Series)

Oluyinka A. Olukosi, BSc, PhD; Victor E. Olori, MSc, PhD; Ariane Helmbrecht, PhD; Sarah Lambton, PhD; & Nick A. French, PhD

188 pages. 2019. CABI. ISBN 978-1-78639-511-5. Price $144.00.

Poultry Feathers and Skin: The Poultry Integument in Health and Welfare provides a review of avian integument in a series of articles that address the anatomy and function of integument, common issues affecting the integument, and proposed prevention strategies for damage to the skin and feathers. The authors present an in-depth look at feather health and function, including information on the normal development of skin and feathers and a description of the function of feathers for flight, protection, and thermoregulation. Disruption of any one of those functions is detrimental to the health and welfare of affected birds and can lead to infections involving the skin and subcutaneous tissues. The information presented regarding the pathology of skin disease provides readers with an understanding of what occurs in the integument under certain conditions and how the skin responds. Feather pecking is a common cause of feather, and ultimately skin, disruption that can occur in any housing situation. Feather pecking, which is defined as physical damage to feathers and skin, is manifest as 2 patterns of behavior, each with its own set of predisposing factors. This book offers numerous mitigating factors for minimizing insults to the integument, and the environmental risk factors identified for integument insults offer possible intervention and preventive strategies. Genetic interventions related to feathering patterns are suggested as ways to better protect skin. The role of nutrition as it relates to feather development is emphasized. Nutrition has a direct effect on feather health as well as on gut health. Finally, allowing birds to exhibit certain behaviors related to feather retention may reduce feather loss and improve integument health.

Reviewed by Donna Carver, DVM, PhD, DACPV

North Carolina State University Extension Raleigh, NC

The Welfare of Cattle

Terry Engle, PhD; Donald J. Klingborg, DVM; & Bernard E. Rollin, PhD

345 pages. 2019. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-138-19706-1. Price $99.95.

Veterinarians are in a position to be strong advocates for the welfare of food animals. Consumers are increasingly interested and becoming more vocal about their preferences in how their food is raised. Veterinarians are uniquely placed at the intersection between consumer demand for higher welfare standards and economic realities for producers. The Welfare of Cattle is a comprehensive textbook that can be used as a reference for welfare issues facing the cattle industry today. This book represents the culmination of constructive dialogue among cattle welfare experts, with the intention of providing readers with a basic understanding of contemporary cattle production and how issues regarding cattle welfare are evolving.

The book is divided into 4 parts. The first part consists of a series of 7 white papers from notable cattle welfare experts and sets the tone for the rest of the book. Topics covered in the white papers include the sustainability of the cattle industry, climate change, and use of biotechnology to improve animal welfare. The second part of the book covers concepts relevant to both beef and dairy cattle. The chapter on pain mitigation will be of particular interest to veterinarians. The third and fourth parts of the book focus on welfare concerns specific to the beef and dairy industries, respectively.

Bovine practitioners who are already immersed in the world of cattle welfare may find this book too basic. This book would have been more impactful for bovine veterinarians had it included a more intense discussion and thoughtful plan on how to achieve welfare aims in the future. Nevertheless, this book is still worth reading. It was written by notable leaders in the area of cattle welfare, and they certainly achieved their goal of creating a comprehensive source of information on current welfare issues faced by the cattle industry.

Reviewed by Erin King, DVM

Tufts University North Grafton, Mass

Advances in Pig Welfare

Marek Ŝnpinka, Doc RNDr, CSc

492 pages. 2018. Woodhead Publishing (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-08-101012-9. Price $140.00.

Advances in Pig Welfare provides historical and prospective information about the science of swine welfare for veterinarians in the field of swine production medicine. Moreover, the topics covered in this book are highly applicable to all stakeholders across the food chain, including retailers, restaurateurs, researchers, packers, policy makers, and, yes, farmers and producers.

The book is divided into 2 sections. The first section consists of 10 chapters that provide a thorough review of welfare issues during the pig production cycle from farrowing to slaughter. Some of the issues reviewed include sow welfare in farrowing crates, piglet mortality, the physical and social environment of piglets, tail biting, enrichment, hunger in pregnant sows, aggression in grouped sows and pigs, transport, and slaughter. Each chapter has an extensive review of the literature and provides the authors' conclusions regarding the current state of knowledge on the topic being presented and suggestions for future research or challenges to be addressed.

The second section of the book focuses on 6 emerging topics of pig welfare that are extremely relevant for the future improvement of welfare in the swine industry. The 6 topics include pain, welfare assessments by use of animal-based measures, the pig-human interaction, genetic impact on welfare, positive pig welfare, and welfare of pigs used in research.

Each chapter provides readers with an excellent overview of up-to-date science as it relates to swine welfare. I find the chapter on positive pig welfare particularly thought provoking because intensive pig production and the evaluation of pig welfare in intensive production systems are evolving rapidly. Overall, this is an extremely well-researched and written book regarding the current state of swine welfare.

Reviewed by Angela Baysinger, DVM, MS

North American Animal Welfare Lead Merck Animal Health Bruning, Neb

Porcine Viruses: From Pathogenesis to Strategies for Control

Hovakim Zakaryan, PhD

201 pages. 2019. Caister Academic Press. ISBN 978-1-910190-91-3. Price $319.00.

Porcine Viruses: From Pathogenesis to Strategies for Control is a suitable resource for anyone working with pig viruses, including PhD students, scientists, and veterinarians. The book, written by international swine experts, is organized into 8 chapters, which cover African swine fever virus, classical swine fever virus, foot-and-mouth disease virus, porcine circo-viruses, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, porcine parvoviruses, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, and swine vesicular virus.

Overall, this book is a compact reference for some of the most important viral infections currently circulating in pig populations. At first glance, the book title and cover image would suggest that this book targets veterinarians and control strategies. However, upon reading, it becomes evident that the emphasis is on molecular and cellular virus biology. The text is often very technical and may be hard to follow for readers without extensive background knowledge on the subject. Therefore, this book may be of greatest value to virologists and others working in closely related sciences. Descriptions of clinical signs are scant, and pictures of typical lesions are not provided for all viruses discussed. Veterinary students who are starting to learn about viral diseases in pigs may benefit from reading certain sections but may become overwhelmed by the amount of background information provided. The reasoning regarding which viruses were included in this book is unclear. For example, influenza A virus and pseudorabies virus, among others, are not discussed. Finally, the book is high priced, especially given that not all important viral infections present in today's pigs are covered.

Reviewed by Tanja Opriessnig, Dr med vet, PhD

Roslin Institute University of Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland and Iowa State University Ames, Iowa

Sea Turtle Health & Rehabilitation

Charles A. Manire, DVM; Terry M. Norton, DVM, DACZM; Brian A. Stacy, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Charles J. Innis, VMD, DABVP; & Craig A. Harms, DVM, PhD, DACZM

1,009 pages. 2017. J. Ross Publishing. ISBN 978-1-60427-099-0. Price $295.00.

Not since I first acquired Ettinger's volumes of internal medicine have I felt such awe. Sea Turtle Health & Rehabilitation is over a thousand pages dedicated to care of the 7 sea turtle species. As a natural history library crawler, I cannot name another nondomestic species that has received such treatment.

This book is a labor of love, and the authors use well-grounded evidence-based terms. Medical science evolved by the study of mammals that are terrestrial, warm-blooded, and fresh-water dependent. The subject of this book is an aquatic denizen that is cold-blooded, lives in salt water, and has outlived the dinosaurs.

The book is organized into sections that allow readers to explore the topic from different angles such as basic biology, medicine by organ system, medicine by pathogen, medicine by clinical presentation, procedural techniques, and special topics. Subheadings within the extensive table of contents allow for rapid identification of relevant sections. The index consists of only 10 pages, which seems inadequate for such a large book, but the table of contents allows readers to rapidly access information. There are relevant figures and ample references throughout the book.

This book will make an excellent field manual for a large backpack. The appendices and numerous web-based report forms provide useful rapid-access tools to assist clinical practice. If the book has a flaw, it is that basic information and procedures are exhaustively explained. This book would be more mobile if it weighed less; however, each section contains veterinary truths and appropriate guidance. Sea turtles are found in all oceans, so I hope the authors and publisher find a suitable electronic or app-based tool to disseminate this book to every shore where sea turtles are found.

Reviewed by Thomas W. deMaar, DVM

Gladys Porter Zoo/Sea Turtle Inc Brownsville, Tex

The Common Marmoset in Captivity and Biomedical Research (American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Series)

Robert P. Marini, DVM, DACLAM; Lynn M. Wachtman, DVM, MPH; Suzette D. Tardif, PhD; Keith Mansfield, DVM, DACVP; & James G. Fox, DVM, MS, DACLAM

555 pages. 2019. Academic Press (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-12-811829-0. Price $164.50.

The Common Marmoset in Captivity and Biomedical Research, a recent addition to the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine Series, represents a comprehensive review of the anatomy, biology, behavior, care, and management of common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). Most importantly, it presents a thorough discussion of the application of common marmosets in biomedical research. This book is the result of an international effort, and it provides an in-depth review of the common marmoset including numerous excellent illustrations, particularly in the anatomy and neuroanatomy sections. Members of the Callitrichidae family have been used variably in biomedical research for the past 50 years, but the use of marmosets for research purposes has increased substantially in the last decade, particularly in the fields of neuroscience, aging, infectious disease, and, most recently, gene editing technology. The chapter on creating genetically modified marmosets provides an excellent discussion of the application of endonucleases, such as zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), and the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) Cas9 system, to nonhuman primates and the inherent advantages in the biology of marmosets. The Research Applications section contains detailed and well-written discussions about future areas of research investigation. The chapter on marmoset aging includes management advice for geriatric marmosets.

Historically, macaques have been the predominant species used for nonhuman primate research. Recognition of the broad application of marmosets in diverse research fields, combined with emergence of transgenic nonhuman primates, has stimulated tremendous interest in the use of marmosets in biomedical research. This book will be an invaluable reference for colony managers, veterinarians, behaviorists, and investigators involved in the care, propagation, and research application of common marmosets. Moreover, the value of this book extends beyond the biomedical research community because its contents cover the broad topic of the natural history of common marmosets, which will be of interest to the zoological and conservation communities as well.

Reviewed by Jeffrey A. Roberts, DVM, DACLAM

University of California-Davis Davis, Calif

Electrocardiography of Laboratory Animals (2nd edition)

Jeffrey W. Richig, DVM, & Meg M. Sleeper, VMD, DACVIM

110 pages. 2019. Academic Press (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-12-809469-3. Price $213.00.

The second edition of Electrocardiography of Laboratory Animals provides a basic and excellent introduction to obtaining and interpreting ECGs in a variety of common laboratory animal species. The book begins with an overview regarding the need for the acquisition of high-quality ECGs as a means to include or exclude individual animals in preclinical safety studies. There is a good summary regarding electrophysiology and ECG basics. Impressively, there are countless examples of ECGs, including normal ECGs, normal ECG variants observed among species, and many examples of different types of arrhythmias.

This book will be useful for laboratory animal researchers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary and graduate students as well as researchers who are studying potential cardiotoxic effects of new treatments. The authors have appropriately built on the foundation of the first edition with the addition of new pearls of wisdom and experience in obtaining and interpreting ECGs of laboratory animals.

Reviewed by Katherine Hogan, DVM, DACVIM

Angell Animal Medical Center Boston, Mass

books for veterinary technicians

Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals (8th edition)

Anna Dee Fails, DVM, PhD, & Christianne Magee, DVM, PhD, DACT

578 pages. 2018. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-23971-0. Price $79.99.

The eighth edition of Anatomy and Physiology of Farm Animals is a clear and comprehensive guide to the anatomy and physiology of large animals. The information contained in this book is general enough that it can be applied to small animals too, with the exception of some species-specific structures. This book will be an invaluable resource for animal science, veterinary technician, and preveterinary students as well as instructors because it is well organized and easy to understand and contains reasonable details. The authors achieved their objectives by providing accurate discussions of basic physiological processes and simplified descriptions of anatomic structures. Preveterinary students will especially appreciate the unique addition of clinical examples that correlate to basic anatomy and physiology, which have been incorporated into some parts of the book. The book also contains simple but useful original illustrations and some carefully selected adapted figures.

The book has an introductory chapter on anatomic nomenclature and basic tissues, which is useful information for novices. Subsequent chapters discuss the anatomy and physiology of different systems in a structured manner. An entire chapter is devoted to basic embryology, which is a foundation to understanding anatomic organization. This edition has added learning objectives and additional illustrations. The learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter are useful as a guide for students' mastery of the material.

The book has an accompanying website that contains supplemental materials. The website is divided into chapters that correspond to those in the book. Each chapter contains a file with a few practice questions, slides with additional images, and some videos to supplement and complement the information in the book.

Reviewed by Shireen Hafez, DVM, PhD

University of Illinois Urbana, Ill

Medical Mathematics and Dosage Calculations for Veterinary Technicians (3rd edition)

Robert Bill, DVM, PhD

227 pages. 2019. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-83529-6. Price $39.99.

Students in veterinary technician training programs and veterinary technicians have various levels of mathematic prowess. However, it is vital that veterinary technicians be able to accurately perform mathematic calculations. The third edition of Medical Mathematics and Dosage Calculations for Veterinary Technicians is designed to help veterinary technicians and students at all levels of mathematic competency.

The text is organized to help readers with rudimentary math skills as well as those who just need a little review on how to perform medically related mathematical calculations. The book begins with a self-assessment so readers can identify areas in which they need to improve proficiency before attempting medical calculations. The first section of the book also focuses on basic mathematical concepts and calculations necessary to proceed through the book. Then, readers are exposed to common units, labels, terminology, and abbreviations used in veterinary medicine. The last section of the book consists of clinical applications. The applications presented are relevant and representative of calculations, such as drug doses, fluid rates, constant rate infusions, and dilutions, that most veterinary technicians need to perform on a daily basis in practice.

This book will be a nice resource for veterinary technician students. It is well organized and will help students develop and master the mathematical skills presented. Particularly beneficial for students are the multitude of practice problems included in each chapter. The practice problems are organized by calculation outcomes, which provide readers the opportunity to repeat similar calculations until they become proficient.

Overall, this is a well-organized textbook that will help students at all levels of mathematic competency navigate the sometimes-challenging area of medical calculations.

Reviewed by Randy Ackman, DVM, MS

Animal Health Technology Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids, Iowa

books for clients

Handbook for Beef Calf Health

Bob Sager, DVM, PhD, DABVP

160 pages. 2018. Bob Sager. ISBN 978-1-77342-057-8. Price $52.65.

The Handbook for Beef Calf Health includes chapters on gestational nutrition and care of cows, newborn calf health, diarrhea, pneumonia and bovine respiratory disease syndrome, preventative health recommendations, calf necropsy, and products commonly used in beef calf production. The text is complemented by color photographs, diagrams, tables, and figures. The information is presented in an easy-to-understand format, although some terms used may not be readily understood by lay people and would have benefited from being defined. Nonetheless, this book is well suited for ranchers, animal science and veterinary students, and extension educators. Some of the information presented may be useful to veterinarians to stimulate discussions with their clients. Overall, this book is a valuable addition to the basic beef calf health and husbandry literature.

Reviewed by Jerome Rusch, DVM, DABVP

Spring Mill Veterinary Service Mitchell, Ind

Animals in Disasters

Dick Green, EdD

265 pages. 2019. Butterworth-Heinemann (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-12-813924-0. Price $55.97.

Animals in Disasters provides an introduction to animal-related disaster preparedness, training, response, and recovery. This book is intended primarily for emergency managers rather than veterinarians; thus, it only briefly touches on veterinary care. Topics covered include incident management systems, resource typing, preparedness, monitoring and activation, assessment, evacuation and transportation, hazards ranging from weather events to nuclear accidents, animal behavior, search and rescue, sheltering, and the impact of climate change on animals. Examples from past disaster events are used to highlight topics throughout the text. A large portion (approx the last third) of the book contains appendices that include Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) animal resource typing documents and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) reference documents. Veterinarians involved in disaster response, such as those on national, state, or local animal response teams, may find this book helpful for gaining a better understanding of the overall emergency response framework as it relates to animal issues. This book will be a useful reference for nonveterinarians, such as office of emergency management employees who are new to the animal-response realm and seek to better understand the basics of animal-related disaster response, planning, and preparedness. The book's layout, which includes well-defined chapters and easy-to-find subheadings, will make it easy to use as a field reference in the midst of an event. Although the book references many well-regarded sources such as governmental agencies (eg, FEMA) and the peer-reviewed literature, there are also a number of citations referencing online resources and some author opinions that may not necessarily be considered as generally accepted and could draw some criticism from readers. This book should be considered an introductory reference, not a comprehensive planning and preparedness guide; however, it does merit a place in the library of anyone interested in animal disaster response.

Reviewed by Matthew C. Edson, DVM, MICP

Chair, AVMA Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues Mount Holly, NJ