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Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, 3rd Edition

Bonnie Ballard (Editor), Ryan Cheek (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-91428-1 August 2016 Wiley-Blackwell 536 Pages


Now in its third edition, and for the first time in full-color, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician 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, coverage includes avian, reptiles, amphibians, fish, small mammals, and wildlife.

  • Now in full color
  • Features anatomy, restraint, common diseases to radiology, surgical assisting, and parasitology
  • New chapter on fish medicine
  • Companion website offering review questions and images from the text in PowerPoint

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Contributors, ix

Preface, xiii

Acknowledgments, xv

Disclaimer, xvii

About the Companion Website, xix

Section I: Introduction

1 Exotic Animals in Clinical Practice, 3
Bonnie Ballard

Section II: Analgesia and Anesthesia

2 Exotic Anesthesia and Analgesia, 11
Jody Nugent-Deal

3 Anesthetic Equipment and Monitoring for Exotic Patients, 31
Katrina Lafferty

Section III: Avian

4 Psittacine and Passerine Birds, 43
Cheryl B. Greenacre and Lillian Gerhardt

5 Psittacine Behavior, Husbandry, and Enrichment, 73
April Romagnano and Tarah L. Hadley

6 Aviary Design and Management, 83
April Romagnano

7 Sex Differentiation and Reproduction, 89
April Romagnano and Tarah L. Hadley

Section IV: Reptiles

8 Lizards, 95
Brad Wilson

9 Snakes, 137
Ryan Cheek and Maria Crane

10 Chelonians, 183
Samuel Rivera

11 Herpetoculture and Reproduction, 197
David Martinez-Jimenez

Section V: Amphibians and Aquatic Animals

12 Amphibians, 215
Brad Wilson

13 Fish, 251
Sandy Skeba and Susan Coy

Section VI: Mammals

14 Ferrets, 273
Colleen Roman and Tarah L. Hadley

15 Rabbits, 287
Vanessa K. Lee, Douglas K. Taylor, Michael J. Huerkamp, and Deborah Mook

16 Mice, Rats, Gerbils, and Hamsters, 319
April Romagnano

17 Chinchillas, 333
Ashley Schuller and Bonnie Ballard

18 Guinea Pigs, 341
Jill Murray and Maria Crane

19 Degus, 351
Jill Murray

20 Hedgehogs, 359
Ashley Schuller and Michael Duffy Jones

21 Skunks, 367
Samuel Rivera

22 Sugar Gliders, 371
Samuel Rivera

23 Prairie Dogs, 375
Samuel Rivera

Section VII: Hematology

24 Avian and Reptile Hematology, 381
Denise I. Bounous

Section VIII: Zoo, Aquarium Medicine, and Wildlife

25 The Role of a Veterinary Technician in a Zoo, 389
Sandy Skeba

26 The Technician’s Role at a Public Aquarium, 397
Susan Coy

27 The Role of theVeterinary Technician inWildlife Rehabilitation, 401
Melanie Haire

Section IX: Appendices

1 State/FederalWildlife Permit Offices, 431

2 Wildlife Admissions/Exam/Care Forms, 433

3 Handling and Restraint ofWildlife Species, 437

4 TailWrapping, 443

5 Guide to Identification of Hatchling and Nestling Songbirds, 445

6 Average BodyWeights of Selected North American Songbirds, 449

7 Species Care Sheets, 451

8 Biological Data of Selected North AmericanWild Mammals, 457

9 Glossary of Medical Conditions and Treatments, 459

10 Wildlife Product Sources, 463

11 Additional Resources, 467

12 Supplies Necessary for an Exotic Practice, 471

13 Animal Training Documentation, 473

14 Animal Data Transfer Form, 475

15 Operating Protocols: Animal Training Request Form, 481

16 Operating Protocols: Enrichment and Evaluation Form, 483

Index, 485

"The experienced technical staff at the hospital where I work agreed that this book is well done and an excellent resource with a great deal of information in one convenient place...[It] is now recommended reading for all veterinary and veterinary technician students who visit our hospital." (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 15/03/2017)