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Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals: A Comprehensive Guide

ISBN: 978-1-119-07792-3
312 pages
August 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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Provides all you need to know about the safe and humane handling and restraint of animals.

Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals takes a holistic approach to the handling of a wide variety of animal species. This comprehensive resource offers a thorough overview of how to safely handle and restrain a number of commonly encountered species including dogs, cats, small mammals, exotic pets, horses and farm animals. Each chapter discusses the behaviour of the species and then outlines the appropriate handling and restraint methods, including any equipment required, multiple explanatory photographs, and useful further reading.

  • Covers a wide range of species commonly encountered by veterinary staff and those working within animal industries
  • Includes key points and self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter, and a glossary of terms
  • Ideal for students of any animal-related degree or diploma programme, including veterinary medicine, veterinary nursing, and animal studies and husbandry

Written for students and professionals who work with animals, Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals: A Comprehensive Guide encompasses all aspects of handling and physical restraint, including biosecurity and welfare issues. 

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Table of Contents



Chapter One: Biosecurity and Personal Equipment for Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals

1.1 Transmission of disease

1.2 Infection control

1.3 Assessing the risk

1.4 Personal hygiene

1.5 Personal protective equipment

1.6 Key points

1.7 Self-assessment questions

1.8 References

1.9 Further reading

Chapter Two: Welfare Considerations for the Safe Handling and Restraint of Animals

2.1 The human-animal bond: domestication as a consideration of welfare

2.2 Welfare considerations

2.3 Types of restraints and consideration for animal welfare

2.4 Stress and implications for handling and restraint

2.5 Key points

2.6 Self-assessment questions

2.7 References

2.8 Further reading

Chapter Three: Handling and Restraint of Dogs

3.1 Canine behaviour

3.2 Handling and restraint of dogs

3.3 Ancillary equipment

3.4 Training for restraint

3.5 Special considerations

3.6 Key points

3.7 Self-assessment questions

3.8 References

3.9 Further reading

Chapter Four: Handling and Restraint of Cats

4.1 Feline behaviour

4.2 Handling and restraint of cats

4.3 Physical restraint

4.4 Ancillary equipment

4.5 Training for restraint

4.6 Special considerations

4.7 Key points

4.8 Self-assessment questions

4.9 References

4.10 Further reading

Chapter Five: Handling and Restraint of Rabbits

5.1 Behaviour of rabbits

5.2 Handling and restraint of rabbits

5.2 Aggression

5.4 Key points

5.5 Self-assessment questions

5.6 References

5.7 Further reading

Chapter Six: Handling and Restraint of Rodents

6.1 General species information

6.2 Behaviour of rodents

6.3 Handling and restraint of small rodents

6.4 Handling and restraint of rats

6.5 Handling and restraint of guinea pigs

6.6 Key points

6.7 Self-assessment questions

6.8 References

6.9 Further reading

Chapter Seven: Handling and Restraint of Ferrets

7.1 Behaviour of ferrets

7.2 Handling and restraint of ferrets

7.3 Key points

7.4 Self-assessment questions

7.5 References

7.6 Further reading

Chapter Eight: Handling and Restraint of Horses and Donkeys

8.1 Equine behaviour

8.2 How to approach a horse/donkey

8.3 How to put on a headcollar and lead in hand

8.4 Physical restraint

8.5 Training for restraint

8.6 Handling and restraint of foals

8.7 Handling and restraint of stallions

8.8 Key points

8.9 Self-assessment questions

8.10 References

8.11 Further reading

Chapter Nine: Handling and Restraint of Cattle

9.1 Behaviour of cattle

9.2 How to use behavioural traits to good effect when handling

9.3 How to approach and move cattle

9.4 Handling facilities

9.5 How to restrain cattle

9.6 Training for restraint

9.7 Special considerations

9.8 Key points

9.9 Self-assessment questions

9.10 References

9.11 Further reading

Chapter Ten: Handling and Restraint of Small Ruminants

10.1 Behaviour

10.2 How to approach and move sheep

10.3 How to approach and move goats

10.4 How to restrain sheep

10.5 How to restrain goats

10.6 Special Considerations

10.7 Key points

10.8 Self-assessment questions

10.9 References

10.10 Further Reading

Chapter Eleven: Handling and Restraint of Pigs

11.1 Behaviour

11.2 How to approach and move pigs

11.3 How to restrain pigs

11.4 Special considerations

11.5 Key points

11.6 Self-assessment questions

11.7 References

11.7 Further reading

Chapter Twelve: Handling and Restraint of South American Camelids

12.1 Behaviour

12.2 How to use behavioural traits to effect when handling

12.3 How to approach and halter a camelid

12.4 How to restrain a camelid

12.5 Training cria

12.6 Special considerations

12.7 Key points

12.8 Self-assessment questions

12.9 References

12.10 Further reading

Chapter Thirteen: Handling and Restraint of Poultry and Aviary Birds

13.1 Behavioural considerations

13.2 Anatomical considerations

13.3 How to restrain birds

13.4 Handling techniques for common cage and aviary species

13.5 Key points

13.6 Self-assessment questions

13.7 References

13.8 Further reading

Chapter Fourteen: Handling and Restraint of Reptiles

14.1 Behaviour and special considerations

14.2 Restraint and handling of snakes

14.3 Restraint and handling of lizards

14.4 Restraint and handling of chelonians

14.5 Key points

14.6 Self-assessment questions

14.7 References

14.8 Further reading


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Author Information

Stella J. Chapman is a veterinarian with a keen interest in animal welfare and behaviour, and the role that the veterinarian has to play in animal husbandry. Stella has lectured at the Sydney School of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney, Australia and the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Surrey, UK.

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