Book Reviews

books for veterinarians

Veterinary Arthroscopy for the Small Animal Practitioner

Timothy C. McCarthy, DVM, PhD

311 pages. 2021. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-54897-3. Price $199.99.

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” (Sir Isaac Newton) describes the most recent edition of Veterinary Arthroscopy for the Small Animal Practitioner by Timothy McCarthy. Dr. McCarthy is a giant in the field of veterinary arthroscopy and has contributed immensely to the veterinary community with this new edition. While there is a paucity of in-depth textbooks about arthroscopy, Veterinary Arthroscopy for the Small Animal Practitioner delivers and provides both beginner and advanced surgeons the tools and references needed to advance their skill set.

Overall, the text provides detailed guidance through the basics of arthroscopic equipment, patient positioning, and common (and uncommon) disease processes. The images within the text are numerous and very descriptive, and many of those images reflect Dr. McCarthy’s experience while capturing various disease processes. The accompanying website compliments the information in the book appropriately. This textbook does lean toward 1 particular brand of arthroscopy equipment. Given that there are other veterinary arthroscopy systems, information on these other systems, including their pros and cons, would be helpful.

In summary, Veterinary Arthroscopy for the Small Animal Practitioner delivers for the small animal surgeon. There is a lack of textbooks on the subject, and this is a much-needed update. As a small animal surgeon who performs arthroscopy on a daily basis, I believe this textbook is definitely part of the surgeon’s armamentarium.

Reviewed by Kevin Benjamino, DVM, DACVS MedVet

Columbus, Ohio

Complications in Equine Surgery

Luis M. Rubio-Martinez, DVM, DVSc, PhD, DACVS, DECVS, DACVSMR, MRCVS, & Dean A. Hendrickson, DVM, MS, DACVS

870 pages. 2021. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-19007-3. Price $199.99.

This sizable textbook Complications in Equine Surgery fulfills a need in addressing an impressive array of surgery-related issues particular to equine veterinarians. The 57 contributing authors provide a diverse presentation through 60 chapters specifically addressing perioperative patients. There are multiple specific examples of soft tissue and particularly laryngeal procedures as well as information on orthopedic, ocular, and critical care case management. This international collaboration of surgical knowledge appeals to all levels of expertise. The beginning of the book provides useful information on equipment and common conditions regarding skin, neoplasia, laser surgery, and cryosurgery. A thorough discussion of complications associated with anesthetic and medical care is particularly useful in prevention.

The editors provided a logical format, with each chapter beginning with definitions of hundreds of specific problems. This is followed by informative paragraphs detailing pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and expected outcomes. The text provides advice in areas such as abdominal, arthroscopic, endoscopic, laryngeal, ocular, and orthopedic surgery, making it a valuable resource for experienced and novice surgeons.

The textbook and its electronic version provide clear color diagrams and over 350 images. The table of contents requires searching, but the index is a useful, quick reference for clinical use. The cover will withstand moisture, but not light abuse, and the binding appears strong enough to withstand most use.

The editors should be commended for bringing together this component of the veterinary surgical discipline. Our profession will benefit from this textbook, which stands to build on evidence-based medicine in the field of equine surgery.

Reviewed by Douglass B. Berry II, DVM, MS, DACVS

Equine Med Care LLC

Performance Equine Vets International LLC

Aiken, SC

Bovine Reproduction (2nd edition)

Richard M. Hopper, DVM, DACT

1,206 pages. 2021. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-60236-1. Price $299.99.

This textbook does an excellent job of summarizing decades of work in the field of bovine reproduction in a single, concise volume. The broad list of contributors is diverse in their expertise, and many are well-known in the fields of reproductive physiology and bovine theriogenology. The contribution from skilled and successful private practitioners is of benefit for students in all stages of learning.

All major facets of bovine reproduction are included in this textbook. Each chapter is an excellent summary of its respective topic. Sound foundations in reproductive physiology and general cow husbandry and management are necessary to gain the most benefit from this book. Still, this book is the go-to resource for candidates studying for the American College of Theriogenologists board-certification examination and should be on the short list of resources in reproduction for veterinary students.

Reviewed by Bethany Funnell, DVM, DACT

Purdue University

West Lafayette, Ind

Mycoplasmas in Swine

Dominiek Maes, DVM, MS, MSc, PhD, DECVPH, DECPHM; Marina Sibila, PhD; & Maria Pieters, DVM, PhD

344 pages. 2021. CABI. ISBN 978-1-789249-941. Price $100.00.

The editors of Mycoplasmas in Swine have assembled a world-class group of scientists and practitioners to prepare a guidebook for greater understanding of an important group of pathogens in the swine industry. I am particularly impressed with the variety of authors assembled. These organisms are found in all pig populations around the world; therefore, making the book relevant in all countries is vital to moving our veterinary understanding forward. I appreciate the willingness to format the chapters in a logical and concise manner. I believe new information about lesser-known mycoplasmal species (eg, Mycoplasma hyosynoviae and Mycoplasma hyorhinis) and our current understanding of them are valuable to veterinary practices. Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae deserves the greatest level of study, and the book provides an in-depth analysis of infection, immunity, control, and prevention through multiple chapters. My practice would benefit from greater detail in the gilt acclimation portion of Chapter 9.3. Additionally, I would have appreciated greater detail on the currently available attenuated-live vaccines used in Mexico and China that are discussed in Chapter 11.5.

Overall, I highly recommend the book for students, scientists, and practitioners. The book is a great value at the listed $100 price. The book will provide additional learning and support practitioner decision-making.

Reviewed by William L. Hollis, DVM


Professional Swine Management LLC

Carthage, Ill

Zoo and Wild Animal Dentistry

Peter P. Emily, DDS, DAVDC(Hon), & Edward R. Eisner, AB, DVM, DAVDC

348 pages. 2021. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-54581-1. Price $213.93.

Zoo and Wild Animal Dentistry is a long-awaited resource for these species. The authors of this book have compiled over 50 years of their combined clinical experience in treating a wide variety of captive wild animals into a well-organized and detailed guide. The goal of this text is to present and describe the most frequently treated species and the dental pathologies that clinicians will see and be asked to treat. The authors remind readers that all disciplines offered in human and companion animal dentistry are accessible to zoo and wild animals.

The book is divided into 2 sections. Part 1 focuses on the special equipment, instrumentation, anesthesia, and dental and oral surgical treatments for common dental pathologies organized by species (Carnivore, Herbivore, Marsupial, Elephant, Primate, Avian, and Marine Mammal). These chapters have many clinical photographs and radiographs that illustrate the instrumentation and steps of the procedure being described. Readers will recognize challenges (patient size, imaging challenges, varied tooth size and anatomy, and limited oral access) encountered and learn strategies to overcome them. Part 2 delivers pertinent dental information for the 352 species of animals often treated in zoos and animal sanctuaries. This includes their type of dentition, dental formula, and unique skull and dental anatomy.

I highly recommend this book for any veterinarian, veterinary technician, or dentist who treats these species. It will serve as an excellent resource and provide a foundation of information that will improve oral health and increase the success of dental procedures in this field.

Reviewed by Stephen Juriga, DVM, DAVDC 

Veterinary Dental Center

Aurora, Ill

Vertebrate Endocrinology (6th edition)

David O. Norris, PhD, & James A. Carr, PhD

632 pages. 2021. Academic Press (an imprint of Elsevier). ISBN 978-0-12-820083-3. Price $135.00.

The sixth edition of Vertebrate Endocrinology is an endocrine physiology text written for students and researchers. In addition to discussions of hormone function and regulation, Vertebrate Endocrinology provides a more in-depth analysis of molecular mechanisms than general physiology texts and is complemented with colorful diagrams. Anecdotes regarding the discovery of various hormones and endocrinopathies offer interesting historical perspectives.

The book divides most topics into mammalian and nonmammalian chapters (eg, the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis of mammals and the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis of nonmammals). Endocrinopathies are mentioned in most chapters, but the focus in the mammalian chapters is on humans. Veterinary endocrinopathies receive minimal attention.

In summary, Vertebrate Endocrinology is a great reference book for veterinary students, residents, specialists, and researchers with an interest in endocrine physiology. However, it does not provide information regarding diagnosis or treatment of veterinary endocrinopathies.

Reviewed by Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Miss

Veterinary Endoscopy for the Small Animal Practitioner (2nd edition)

Timothy C. McCarthy, DVM, PhD

707 pages. 2021. Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-119-15586-7. Price $169.99.

The second edition of this text provides a comprehensive and extensive manual for any veterinarian interested in delving into the world of endoscopy. The book is well organized, with chapters divided into sections that provide introductory information and describing indications, necessary instrumentation, preparation of the patient, techniques, normal appearance, and pathological conditions. Introductory chapters provide a useful overview of the principles of endoscopy and a comprehensive description of the many elements of endoscopic instrumentation. The extensive imagery throughout allows this book to serve as an atlas for normal and abnormal tissues in addition to its function as a manual for performing endoscopic procedures. Schematic diagrams provide practitioners with suggestions for patient positioning and operating room organization. The breath of coverage and wealth of high-quality images are a testament to the author’s decades of experience and innovation in the field, and the companion website provides additional videos to supplement the photographs in the text. The book provides in-depth coverage of gastrointestinal endoscopy, rhinoscopy, bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, vaginal endoscopy, laparoscopy, thoracoscopy, otoscopy, and “otheroscopies.” Although this text arguably contains more content than would be easily applicable in a general practice setting, its breadth and depth of coverage make it a useful resource for general practitioners interested in endoscopy as well as for small animal surgeons and internists.

Reviewed by Valery Scharf, DVM, MS, DACVS

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC