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.
• 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.
Table of contents:
Part I Small Mammals
Chapter 1 Basic Small Mammal Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 2 Small Mammal Housing, Husbandry and Rearing
Chapter 3 Small Mammal Handling and Chemical Restraint
Chapter 4 Small Mammal Nutrition
Chapter 5 Common Diseases of Small Mammals
Chapter 6 An Overview of Small Mammal Th erapeutics
Chapter 7 Small Mammal Diagnostic Imaging
Chapter 8 Small Mammal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
Part II Avian Species
Chapter 9 Basic Avian Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 10 Avian Housing and Husbandry
Chapter 11 Avian Handling and Chemical Restraint
Chapter 12 Avian Nutrition
Chapter 13 Common Avian Diseases
Chapter 14 An Overview of Avian Th erapeutics
Chapter 15 Avian Diagnostic Imaging
Chapter 16 Avian Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
Part III Reptiles and Amphibians
Chapter 17 Basic Reptile and Amphibian Anatomy and Physiology
Chapter 18 Reptile and Amphibian Housing, Husbandry and Rearing
Chapter 19 Reptile and Amphibian Handling and Chemical Restraint
Chapter 20 Reptile and Amphibian Nutrition
Chapter 21 Common Reptile and Amphibian Diseases
Chapter 22 An Overview of Reptile and Amphibian Th erapeutics
Chapter 23 Reptile Diagnostic Imaging
Chapter 24 Emergency and Critical Care Medicine of Reptiles
Appendix 1 Legislation Aff ecting Exotic Pet Species in the United Kingdom
Appendix 2 Useful Addresses