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Clinical Examination of Farm Animals

Clinical Examination of Farm Animals

Peter Jackson, Peter Cockcroft

ISBN: 978-1-405-14739-2 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 320 Pages




Clinical examination is a fundamental part of the process of veterinary diagnosis. Without a proficient clinical examination and an accurate diagnosis it is unlikely that the treatment, control, prognosis and welfare of animals will be optimised.

This book will assist veterinary students in their understanding of farm animal clinical examination and act as a quick reference for clinicians who are called upon to examine an unfamiliar species. It will also provide a more detailed account for experienced clinicians in their continuing professional development.

The authors provide a simple, explicit and reliable method of examining cattle, sheep, pigs and goats of all ages in the search for diagnostic information.



Part I Introduction.

1 Principles of Clinical Examination.

Part II Cattle – Clinical Examination by Body System and Region.

2 The General Clinical Examination of Cattle.

3 Clinical Examination of the Lymphatic System.

4 Clinical Examination of the Skin.

5 Clinical Examination of the Head and Neck.

6 Clinical Examination of the Cardiovascular System.

7 Clinical Examination of the Respiratory System.

8 Clinical Examination of the Gastrointestinal System.

9 Clinical Examination of the Urinary System.

10 Clinical Examination of the Female Genital System.

11 Clinical Examination of the Male Genital System.

12 Clinical Examination of the Udder.

13 Clinical Examination of the Musculoskeletal System.

14 Clinical Examination of the Nervous System.

Part III Sheep.

15 Clinical Examination of the Sheep.

Part IV Pigs.

16 Clinical Examination of the Pig.

Part V Goats.

17 Clinical Examination of the Goat.


Appendix 1 Normal Physiological Values.

Appendix 2 Laboratory Reference Values: Haematology.

Appendix 3 Laboratory Reference Values: Biochemistry.


"The book should definitely be owned and read by all undergraduates and recently qualified large animal clinicians. It will also be a useful aide memoire to many older clinicans..." (Goat Veterinary Society Newsletter)

" extremely useful and affordable reference book." (The Veterinary Record)

"I wish rhis book had been available when I was a student, and during my formative years in farm animal practice." (Andrew J. Madel, Vet Times, 2003)

* Structured by body system or region with checklists on procedures and abnormalities
* Numerous beautifully clear illustrations complement and clarify the text
* Based on the authors' extensive experience in farm animal medicine
* Important reading for anyone concerned with the clinical examination of farm animals.