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Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, 2nd Edition

Bonnie Ballard (Editor), Ryan Cheek (Editor)
May 2010, ©2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, Second Edition is a comprehensive yet clear introduction to exotic animal practice for technicians in the classroom and clinic setting alike.  With an emphasis on the exotic species most likely to present to a veterinary practice, the book offers easy-to-follow descriptions of common procedures and techniques.  Covering information ranging from anatomy, restraint, and common diseases to radiology, surgical assisting, and parasitology, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician provides technicians with all the information necessary to confidently and competently treat exotic patients. 

This book's companion Web site includes review questions and figures for download in PowerPoint at www.wiley.com/go/ballard.

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Table of Contents





Section 1 Introduction

Chapter 1 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Exotic Animal Medicine

Bonnie Ballard

Section 2 Avian

Chapter 2 Psittacines and Passerines

Cheryl B. Greenacre and Lillian Gerhardt

Chapter 3 Psittacine Behavior, Husbandry, and Enrichment

Tarah Hadley

Chapter 4 Aviary Design and Management

April Romagnano

Chapter 5 Sex Differentiation and Reproduction

April Romagnano and Tarah L. Hadley

Section 3 Reptiles

Chapter 6 Lizards

Brad Wilson

Chapter 7 Snakes

Ryan Cheek, Shannon Richards, and Maria Crane

Chapter 8 Chelonians

Samuel Rivera

Chapter 9 Herpetoculture and Reproduction

David Martinez-Jimenez

Section 4 Amphibians

Chapter 10 Amphibians

Brad Wilson

Section 5 Mammals

Chapter 11 Ferrets

James R. McClearen, Julie Mays, Tarah L. Hadley

Chapter 12 Rabbits

Douglas K. Taylor, Vanessa Lee, Deborah Mook, and Michael J. Huerkamp

Chapter 13 Mice, Rats, Gerbils, and Hamsters

Anne Hudson and April Romagnano

Chapter 14 Chinchillas

Trevor Lyon and Bonnie Ballard

Chapter 15 Guinea Pigs

Anne Hudson and Maria Crane

Chapter 16 Hedgehogs

Michael Duffy Jones

Chapter 17 Skunks

Samuel Rivera

Chapter 18 Sugar Gliders

Samuel Rivera

Chapter 19 Prairie Dogs

Samuel Rivera

Section 6 Wildlife Rehabilitation

Chapter 20 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Wildlife Rehabilitation

Melanie Haire

Section 7 Hematology

Chapter 21 Avian and Reptile Hematology

Denise I. Bounous


1. State/Federal Wildlife Permit Offices

2. Wildlife Admission/Exam/Care Forms

3. Handling and Restraint of Wildlife Species

4. Tail Wrapping

5. Guide to Identification of Hatchling and Nestling Songbirds

6. Average Body Weights of Selected North American Songbirds

7. Species Care Sheets

8. Biological Data of Selected North American Wild Mammals

9. Glossary of Medical Conditions and Treatments

10. Wildlife Product Sources

11. Additional Resources

12. Supplies Necessary for an Exotic Practice


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Author Information

Dr. Bonnie Ballard, DVM, is the program director at Gwinnett Technical College and one of two full-time faculty members. She also practices small animal and exotic medicine at Winder Animal Hospital in Winder, Georgia.

Ryan Cheek, RVTg, VTS (ECC), is a veterinary technologist and a full time instructor at Gwinnett Technical College.  Before this position he was head technician of the exotic animal department and emergency and critical technician in private practice.

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New To This Edition

  • Chapters have been reorganized and divided into sections
  • Shorter chapters for easier navigation
  • Includes expanded information on birds
  • New chapters on avian behavior, husbandry, and enrichment; aviary design and management; and sex differentiation and reproduction
  • New chapter on herpetoculture and reproduction
  • New chapters on skunks, sugar gliders, and prairie dogs
  • New emphasis on husbandry and nutrition
  • New second text color
  • Expanded with 125 additional pages and 100 new images
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Aimed specifically at the vet tech in the classroom setting
  • Provides a comprehensive yet clear introduction to the most common exotic species
  • Features wildlife information rarely found elsewhere
  • Includes access to supplementary Web materials, including Web resources, forms, charts, and figures for download into PowerPoint, and review questions, at www.wiley.com/go/ballard
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"This book contains helpful information for veterinary technicians about exotic animals, including the importance of a good history and the ability to provide the client with accurate information. It is written for veterinary technicians with little experience with exotic animals, but it also would be helpful for students and beginning practitioners." (Doody's, July 2010)
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Related Websites

Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician companion website features review questions and figures from the book for download into PowerPoint.
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Purchase Options
Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, 2nd Edition
ISBN : 978-0-8138-2206-8
520 pages
May 2010
$79.99   BUY

Wiley E-Text   
Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, 2nd Edition
ISBN : 978-0-8138-2341-6
520 pages
May 2012
$79.99   BUY

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