Book Reviews

books for veterinarians

Introduction to Animal and Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology (4th edition)

Victoria Aspinall, BVSc, MRCVS, & Melanie Cappello, BSc, PGCE, VN

286 pages. 2020. CABI. ISBN 978-1-78924-115-0. Price $60.00.

Several introductory textbooks on animal anatomy and physiology are currently available, and each book has strengths and a targeted audience. The fourth edition of Introduction to Animal and Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology has been updated and expanded to include information about many species and will be a good investment for students in various fields within the veterinary and animal science communities.

The strengths of this edition include the logical organization and sequence within each chapter and a content summary and overview at the beginning of each chapter. Key vocabulary terms are italicized in the text and accompanied by definitions and clarifications when necessary. Illustrations are clear with appropriately detailed identifications and labels. Photomicrographs and radiographic images are used to complement select illustrations and text on certain topics. Historical perspectives and commentary boxes containing brief and concise information about relevant clinical topics are interspersed throughout each chapter. Diagrams, tables, flow charts, and commentary boxes have gentle, visually appealing coloring. The book concludes with 2 appendices. One is a vocabulary review, and the other contains valuable review questions in multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank formats, along with the answers to those questions.

Minor issues of past editions, such as typographical errors, have been corrected in this edition. In future editions, the authors should add “the clinical library” to the final sentence of the preface. On page 180, under the skeletal system subsection, reproductive specifics about female guinea pigs should be clarified to include the accepted age at which sows should not be bred because of the risk of dystocia. Also, a commentary box could be included in an appropriate location to briefly explain first-intention and second-intention healing. Second-intention healing is mentioned once (page 222) in context with dehorning cattle but is not well explained for novice readers.

Reviewed by Margaret (Maggie) L. Delano, MS, DVM, DACLAM (retired)

Boxborough, Mass

Diseases of Poultry Volumes I and II (14th edition)

David E. Swayne, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACPV; Martine Boulianne, DVM, PhD, DACPV; Catherine M. Logue, PhD; Larry R. McDougald, PhD; Venugopal Nair, BSc, PhD; & David L. Suarez, DVM, PhD, DACVM

715 (Volume I) & 1,451 (Volume II) pages. 2020. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-37116-8. Price $249.99.

The 14th edition of Diseases of Poultry is a comprehensive and indispensable reference for poultry diseases. Written by a diverse group of authors from around the world, this edition contains significant updates on poultry diseases of major importance.

Owing to its size, this edition has been divided into 2 separate volumes. The content layout is similar to that of previous editions. Volume I includes information about general concepts of disease prevention, diagnosis, and control; host factors for disease resistance; and viral diseases. Volume II includes information regarding bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and emerging and other non-infectious diseases.

The section on avian influenza has been updated to include information about the 2014–2015 highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreak in the United States. The section on emerging diseases and diseases of complex or unknown etiology has been updated to include modern vexing issues such as white chick syndrome, focal duodenal necrosis of table egg layers, wooden breast, and multicausal enteric and respiratory diseases.

All subjects are well referenced. Although the cost of this book may be more than casual users want to spend, this book is a must-have for poultry professionals, veterinarians and veterinary students with an interest in poultry, and poultry scientists.

Reviewed by Andre Ziegler, DVM, MPVM, MBA, DACPV

Ziegler Veterinary Consulting San Antonio, Tex

Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Equine (3rd edition)

Jean-Pierre Lavoie, DVM, DACVIM

850 pages. 2020. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-19021-9. Price $184.99.

The third edition of Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Equine is an update from the second edition, which was published in 2008. Contributing authors to this edition are well-renowned veterinarians in their fields of expertise. This book is indeed an excellent short consult or review of veterinary science. The contents are listed alphabetically as well as by systems, which makes locating basic information about a given subject quick and easy. Some subjects are listed under strange headings, but those subjects can be easily located by use of the comprehensive index. The content of this edition has been updated with new and reorganized chapters. It also has a companion website that contains downloadable client education handouts on some topics. Information is presented in mostly outline form. The text is not designed to provide an in-depth discussion of any subject, but rather an overview of basic scientific information such as the pathophysiology, systems affected, examination findings, diagnostic methods, differential diagnoses, and treatment for specific conditions. When applicable, follow-up recommendations and potential complications are discussed. For each topic presented, recommendations of additional subject headings and suggested reading for further information are provided at the end of the discussion. This edition covers topics such as trailer loading and training problems.

Overall, I found this book to be a valuable and quick reference on important aspects of diseases in horses. It will be useful to both veterinary students and practitioners, particularly those with a solid scientific background.

Reviewed by Brian S. Burks, DVM, DABVP

Fox Run Equine Center Apollo, Pa

Equine Fracture Repair (2nd edition)

Alan J. Nixon, BVSc, MS, DACVS

906 pages. 2020. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-0-813-81586-2. Price $279.99.

The second edition of Equine Fracture Repair is a long-awaited update to the now out-of-print first edition. This book is logically organized into 3 parts. Introductory topics, such as bone biology, biomechanics and healing, first aid, casting, bone grafting, and fracture fixation, are covered in part 1. Most of the chapters in part 2 are dedicated to specific fractures, and postoperative aspects of fracture repair are discussed in part 3. The content consists of a mixture of fully updated chapters from the first edition and new chapters. Contributors to this book provide readers with comprehensive descriptions of the many types of fractures observed in horses. Descriptions of currently available methods for fracture management and fixation are complemented with abundant clinical examples, with figures and illustrations to highlight key features. The chapters in parts 1 and 3 of the book present up-to-date information essential for the management of all types of equine fractures. In general, the figures in this edition are more numerous and of better quality than those in the first edition, which reflects technological improvements in radiography, CT, MRI, and 3-D reconstructive imaging. Given the extent of information presented in this edition, it is twice the size of the first edition and is a testament to the progress that has been made in equine fracture repair in the intervening years. I predict this edition will quickly become a standard reference on equine fracture repair and an essential resource for all equine surgeons.

Reviewed by Timothy B. Lescun, BVSc, PhD, DACVS

Purdue University West Lafayette, Ind

High-Quality, High-Volume Spay and Neuter and Other Shelter Surgeries

Sara White, DVM, MSc

656 pages. 2020. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-51720-8. Price $109.99.

High-Quality, High-Volume Spay and Neuter and Other Shelter Surgeries is a comprehensive book that focuses on surgical procedures commonly performed in the shelter medicine field as well as surgery-related topics such as presurgical examination, anesthesia, and spay-neuter clinic models. Although the target audience for the book is veterinarians, the information it contains is broad enough that it will also appeal to veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and other spay-neuter clinic staff members.

The book is divided into 2 parts, with the first part focusing on clinical techniques and the second part discussing fundamentals of high-quality, high-volume spay and neuter (HQHVSN) programs. The clinical techniques section provides detailed accounts of procedures. The information is arranged well so that it is helpful to surgeons just learning HQHVSN techniques as well as seasoned shelter surgeons. The chapters contain high-quality photographs that reinforce the procedure descriptions. The content focuses on surgical sterilization procedures and includes a section on spaying and neutering rabbits and other small mammals. However, other surgeries commonly performed on shelter animals, such as amputations, eye enucleations, and dental procedures, are also described.

The second section on HQHVSN programs delves into topics such as timing of spays and neuters, community cat programs, human resources and management programs for animal shelters, and various spay-neuter clinic models. This section contains many details that will be helpful for anyone involved in HQHVSN programs. Overall, this book is a valuable reference for everyone involved with HQHVSN programs.

Reviewed by Anthony Cappa, DVM

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Ill

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats (2nd edition)

Frank J. M. Verstraete, DrMedVet, BVSc, MMedVet, DAVDC, DECVS, DEVDC; Milinda J. Lommer, DVM, DAVD; & Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC

623 pages. 2020. Elsevier. ISBN 978-0-7020-7675-6. Price $313.60.

The second edition of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats is a comprehensive textbook of all aspects of oral and maxillofacial surgery in dogs and cats. The text is divided into sections, including commonly performed surgical extractions as well as less commonly performed periodontal and endodontic surgeries. General surgical principles and procedures are described, and when diseases and procedures are specific to dogs or cats, they are given individual attention. This book will be a valuable resource for both general practitioners and oral surgery specialists. General practitioners of all skill levels will find this book to be a resource for procedures that are frequently used in primary care practice. The book is also essential for residents and specialists in practices where advanced oral surgical procedures are commonly performed. The chapters are well organized with photographs and diagrams that clearly depict important steps for a given procedure or problem. The glossary provided at the beginning of each chapter is helpful, especially in facilitating clarity in medical records and communication between veterinary professionals. Chapters also include relevant information for communication of disease etiology, prognosis, and surgical considerations and complications with clients. Purchase of the print version of this book comes with access to an enhanced digital version, which makes it easy to quickly reference the text at any time. The book is well priced. In fact, any veterinary professional who performs any level of oral surgery will find little to not like about this book.

Reviewed by Christopher W. Smithson, DVM, DAVDC

The Pet Dentist at Tampa Bay Wesley Chapel, Fla

Veterinary Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

Brian G. Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVP; Cynthia M. Bell, DVM, DACVP; & Jason W. Soukup, DVM, DAVDC

243 pages. 2020. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-22125-8. Price $149.99.

Veterinary Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology achieves the difficult task of organizing and describing complex and challenging lesions in a concise, clear format. The authors have explicitly taken a holistic approach that encourages sharing of information between clinicians and pathologists, which is essential for correct diagnosis of many types of oral lesions and makes this book a useful resource for both.

The book starts with an eloquently simple but complete overview of normal oral histology and tooth development. Hand-drawn color diagrams in this chapter and scattered throughout the remainder of the book are unique and informative. The organization of the remaining chapters is logical. Each chapter begins with a short overview describing how the embryology and development of tissues relates to lesion pathogenesis. Color photographs of gross lesions and photomicrographs of histologic lesions are plentiful and of high quality. Many sections also include text boxes that contain lists of differential diagnoses, which will be useful for both clinicians and pathologists. The book concludes with an appendix that describes best practices for processing teeth and bone specimens, which will be an important and helpful resource for histology laboratories.

Although this book is fairly short, compared with many other textbooks, it is packed with useful information that makes it well worth the cost. The companion website provides added value via recorded lectures that describe the histologic diagnosis of various oral lesions. These lectures and the book are not only fun to watch and read but are also incredibly valuable to any pathologist or clinician seeking to improve their knowledge and skills in regard to oral pathology.

Reviewed by Katherine Gailbreath, DVM, PhD, DACVP

WestVet Garden City, Idaho

Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat: A Color Handbook

J. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, & Michelle Evason, DVM, DACVIM

312 pages. 2020. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-1-4987-7551-9. Price $79.96.

Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat: A Color Handbook is designed to provide busy clinicians with relevant information to guide diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases in a clinical setting. As an avid fan of Dr. Weese's Worms and Germs blog, I anxiously awaited this publication. The book is organized into chapters by major body systems, followed by alphabetized agents and syndromes, with subsections for each limited to those elements most important for clinical practice (eg, clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention). In addition to reliable, targeted, and efficient text, striking color photographs and summary tables provide quick information on featured agents. My favorite photographs include nasal cryptococcosis in a cat (page 216), gross lesions of Trichuris infection in a dog's intestinal tract (page 88), and a profound canine papillomavirus infection of a penis (page 175). Tables are easy to read and present important diagnostic and treatment information. Chapters are well referenced, and the indexing is thorough.

Although the text is well written, the production of the book has minor flaws. The overall organization of the book can be confusing for readers who are looking for information regarding a particular agent or a list of differential diagnoses for a particular clinical finding. Also, the book would have benefited from an introductory chapter on the basic principles of infectious disease diagnosis and treatment. Finally, I am not a fan of the cartoon artwork that is sprinkled throughout the book, which at times seems to oversimplify concepts for a professional veterinary audience.

Overall, this book is a high-quality reference on infectious disease with information that is both accessible and concise for general clinical practice. It is an excellent supplemental reference for a clinic library and is well suited for veterinary students as they prepare for the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP

Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Canine and Feline Respiratory Medicine (2nd edition)

Lynelle R. Johnson, DVM, PhD, DACVIM

219 pages. 2020. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-48228-4. Price $149.00.

The second edition of Canine and Feline Respiratory Medicine is a comprehensive and up-to-date clinical reference on the diagnosis and medical management of small animal respiratory diseases. Intended for veterinary students and practitioners, this book is well designed and covers a wide range of diseases in a compact volume.

The book consists of 8 chapters. The first 3 chapters describe principles in the localization of respiratory diseases and diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to respiratory disease. The remaining chapters provide a concise overview of specific disorders organized by anatomic location (ie, nasal, airway, parenchymal, pleural space and mediastinal, and vascular conditions). In this edition, the chapter on respiratory diagnostic testing has been expanded to include updated information on the diagnosis of several recently described diseases. The text is easy to read and accompanied by an ample assortment of diagnostic images, photographs, and photomicrographs. Some of the endoscopic images are slightly out of focus, but they are adequate for their intended purpose. Specific diagnostic and therapeutic procedures are clearly described.

References are provided at the end of each chapter, and a glossary is included at the end of the book. This book focuses on the medical management of respiratory disease; therefore, readers interested in surgical management of respiratory diseases will need to consult other references. In my opinion, this book is somewhat pricey for its size. Nevertheless, it is a well-written textbook and will be an excellent resource for veterinary students and practitioners interested in clinical management of respiratory diseases in dogs and cats.

Reviewed by Rosalind Chow, VMD, DACVECC

University of Minnesota Saint Paul, Minn

Moriello's Small Animal Dermatology Volume 1: Fundamental Cases and Concepts–Self-Assessment Color Review (2nd edition)

Darren J. Berger, DVM, DAVCD

292 pages. 2020. CRC Press (an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group). ISBN 978-0-8153-7163-2. Price $119.96.

The second edition of Moriello's Small Animal Dermatology Volume 1: Fundamental Cases and ConceptsSelf-Assessment Color Review is an excellent resource for general practitioners. The format is similar to that of the first edition, but this edition includes new cases and images with the stated intent to establish a 2-volume set.

The content of the book is presented in a case-based, question-and-answer, self-assessment format. Questions are highlighted in red, and answers are highlighted in blue (typically on the next page). Each case includes a signalment and case history, accompanied by excellent images. A comprehensive guide is present at the beginning of the book that lists cases by a broad classification of disease processes so that readers can focus on a particular subset of cases on the basis of their interest (eg, allergies, alopecia, diagnostic techniques, and endocrinopathies). The index is likewise comprehensive, which makes the book easy to navigate.

A particular strength of this book is the presentation of a case-based history followed by photographs that depict clinical findings and the various diagnostic testing methods used to reach the diagnosis. Images depicting items that are often misleading during patient evaluation, such as photomicrographs of stain precipitate versus bacterial organisms, true macroconidia in dermatophytosis versus dematiaceous (pigmented) fungi, and pollen spores versus infectious organisms, are also provided.

The format and reasonable cost of this book make it an excellent resource for veterinary students, interns, residents, and any practitioner who is interested in continuing education related to small animal dermatology. It will be an excellent addition to the reference library of any small animal general practitioner.

Reviewed by Lori Thompson, DVM, DACVD

Animal Allergy & Dermatology Center of Indiana LLC Indianapolis, Ind

books for clients

Top 100 Questions and Answers about Fleas and Pets

Hany M. Elsheikha, BVSc, PhD, DEVPC; Ian Wright, BVS, MSc; & Michael W. Dryden, DVM, PhD, DACVM

44 pages. 2020. CABI. ISBN 978-1-78924-548-6. Price $27.99.

Top 100 Questions and Answers about Fleas and Pets provides thorough coverage of all aspects of fleas, ranging from biological components to prevention strategies, in 4 easy-to-read and comprehensive chapters. The information contained in this book provides basic introductory knowledge to pet owners who are dealing with flea challenges in their homes or with their pets. It is also informative for pet owners who are curious about a malady that they are not yet aware of or experiencing.

The content of this book is presented in a question-and-answer format, which provides just enough detail regarding flea biology, morphology, habits and habitats, flea-related health risks, and integrated management strategies so as to not overwhelm readers. The text is complemented by supportive images to facilitate readers' understanding. The titles of the 4 chapters (Basics of Fleas, Fleas and Pets, Fleas and People, and Sorting out Flea Problems) help guide readers to the portion of the book that will address specific questions; however, the book is useful and practical when read in its entirety.

Overall, this book provides readers with well-documented, factual information about fleas in a cohesive, easy-to-understand manner. It will be a valuable reference for pet owners as well as veterinary staff, students, and practitioners.

Reviewed by Lindsay A. Starkey, DVM, PhD, DACVM

Auburn University Auburn, Ala