Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Pets is the definitive reference book on the principles and practice of nursing exotic species. From rabbits and chinchillas to budgies and iguanas, it not only covers husbandry, nutrition and handling, but provides an overview of diseases and treatments, and explores anatomy and chemical restraint. The redesigned layout and full colour artwork make it quicker and easier to find exactly what you re looking for. New coverage for this revised and enlarged second edition includes: emergency and critical care, radiography, and small marsupials such as sugargliders. In addition to the thorough explanations of appropriate home-care which will enable you to confidently advise clients, the book now also covers the care of hospitalised exotics. Key features: * Provides an understanding of the basics of diseases, husbandry, anatomy and physiology of exotic pets as outlined by the RCVS examinations * Gives veterinary nurses the confidence to discuss exotic pets with clients by providing a solid knowledge base in these species. * This book acts as a companion to the City and Guilds NVQ level 4 equivalent qualification 'Veterinary Nursing of Exotic Species'.
Suitable for veterinary nurses, veterinary technicians and veterinary students.
Simon J. Girling BVMS (Hons)DZooMed, DipECZM, CBiol, FSB, EurProBiol, MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, European Veterinary Specialist in Zoological Medicine (Zoo Health Management) Simon has had a varied career spending time in mixed and small animal practice, out of hours emergency work, DEFRA/Animal Health and zoos. Throughout all of this his first love has been exotics. He is currently a Director at Girling and Fraser Ltd and course tutor, and is Head of Veterinary Services to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland based at Edinburgh Zoo. Simon has authored and co-authored several texts on veterinary medicine for exotic species. He lectures widely in the UK and Europe on many different aspects of zoological medicine, both to vets and veterinary nurses.
Preface vii Part I Small Mammals 1 Chapter 1 Basic Small Mammal Anatomy and Physiology 2 Chapter 2 Small Mammal Housing Husbandry and Rearing 26 Chapter 3 Small Mammal Handling and Chemical Restraint 36 Chapter 4 Small Mammal Nutrition 49 Chapter 5 Common Diseases of Small Mammals 59 Chapter 6 An Overview of Small Mammal Therapeutics 91 Chapter 7 Small Mammal Diagnostic Imaging 110 Chapter 8 Small Mammal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine 122 Part II Avian Species 131 Chapter 9 Basic Avian Anatomy and Physiology 132 Chapter 10 Avian Housing and Husbandry 150 Chapter 11 Avian Handling and Chemical Restraint 158 Chapter 12 Avian Nutrition 170 Chapter 13 Common Avian Diseases 185 Chapter 14 An Overview of Avian Therapeutics 209 Chapter 15 Avian Diagnostic Imaging 226 Chapter 16 Avian Emergency and Critical Care Medicine 234 Part III Reptiles and Amphibians 245 Chapter 17 Basic Reptile and Amphibian Anatomy and Physiology 246 Chapter 18 Reptile and Amphibian Housing Husbandry and Rearing 266 Chapter 19 Reptile and Amphibian Handling and Chemical Restraint 272 Chapter 20 Reptile and Amphibian Nutrition 286 Chapter 21 Common Reptile and Amphibian Diseases 297 Chapter 22 An Overview of Reptile and Amphibian Therapeutics 319 Chapter 23 Reptile Diagnostic Imaging 337 Chapter 24 Emergency and Critical Care Medicine of Reptiles 346 Appendix 1 Legislation Aff ecting Exotic Pet Species in the United Kingdom 355 Appendix 2 Useful Addresses 357 Index 358