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Veterinary Embryology, 2nd Edition

T. A. McGeady, P. J. Quinn, E. S. Fitzpatrick, M. T. Ryan, D. Kilroy, P. Lonergan

ISBN: 978-1-118-94060-0 February 2017 Wiley-Blackwell 400 Pages


Veterinary Embryology, 2nd Edition, has been updated to reflect the many changes that have developed in the field; the text has been fully revised and expanded and is now in full colour and many pedagogical features and a companion website have been developed.

  • A new edition of this highly successful student textbook, updated to reflect the latest developments in the field of embryology, with the inclusion of four new chapters
  • Written by a team of authors with extensive experience of teaching this subject
  • Short concise chapters on key topics describe complex concepts in a user-friendly way
  • Additional tables, flow diagrams and numerous hand-drawn illustrations support the concepts presented in the text

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About the authors, vii

Preface, ix

Acknowledgements, xi

About the companion website, xii

1 Historical aspects of embryology, 1

2 Division, growth and differentiation of cells, 13

3 Gametogenesis, 20

4 Fertilisation, 26

5 Cleavage, 33

6 Gastrulation, 39

7 Cell signalling and gene functioning during development, 45

8 Stem cells, 59

9 Establishment of the basic body plan, 67

10 Coelomic cavities, 73

11 Foetal membranes, 81

12 Forms of implantation and placentation, 92

13 Embryo mortality in domestic species, 112

14 Cardiovascular system, 119

15 Embryological and postnatal features of haematopoiesis, 148

16 Nervous system, 167

17 Muscular and skeletal systems, 195

18 Digestive system, 214

19 Respiratory system, 232

20 Urinary system, 240

21 Male and female reproductive systems, 251

22 Structures in the head and neck, 274

23 Endocrine system, 289

24 Eye and ear, 298

25 Integumentary system, 314

26 Age determination of the embryo and foetus, 331

27 Assisted reproductive technologies used in domestic species, 338

28 Genetic, chromosomal and environmental factors which

adversely affect prenatal development, 351

Glossary, 371

Useful websites, 377

Index, 379

"Overall, this is a great resource for anyone new to the field of embryology/developmental biology or related fields. The book is written in a way that is easy to follow and understand. The extensive use of illustrations throughout the book makes it a great learning tool, especially for concepts that are difficult to visualize...One of the major improvements in this edition is the incorporation of color in the illustrations, which greatly enhances the interpretation of the images." (Doody Enterprises 07/04/2017)

"The second edition of Veterinary Embryology is the best available source of current information on the topic. The content is comprehensive, authoritative, logically organized, and amply complemented with color illustrations that are generous in size and generally effective in highlighting stages of embryo development. Those illustrations are also available from a companion website"...."Tables in the book contain a wealth of information regarding embryo features and gestational timing for various domestic animals. Additionally, the book highlights molecular details of gene expression, stem cell lineage related to twinning, and a comprehensive description of hematopoietic development. This book is a good value for the price. I highly recommend it as the best available resource for information related to veterinary embryology. As a textbook, students will appreciate the key points and color illustrations" (Reviewed by Thomas F. Fletcher, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota 15th June 2017 AVMA)