Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician, 4th Edition

Exotic Animal Medicine For The Veterinary Technician, 4Th Edition Pdf

By Bonnie Ballard and Ryan Cheek

Now in its fourth edition, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician is a comprehensive yet clear introduction to exotic animal practice for veterinary technicians in the classroom and clinical settings alike. With an emphasis on the exotic species most likely to find their way to a veterinary practice, the book offers coverage of birds, reptiles, amphibians, exotic companion mammals, and wildlife. It also features discussions of anatomy, restraint, common diseases, radiology, anesthesia and analgesia, clinical skills, surgical assisting, and parasitology.

This edition offers new updates throughout, including new chapters related to critical care feeding of exotic companion mammals, reptile infectious diseases, exotic animal rehabilitation. It also provides full-color photos, including radiographs.

Designed to provide technicians with all the information necessary to confidently and competently treat exotic patients, Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician offers easy-to-follow descriptions of common procedures and techniques. A companion website delivers review questions and images from the book in PowerPoint format.

Topics covered in Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician include:

  • Herpetoculture and reproduction, covering captive bred versus wild caught, quarantining, methods of sex determination, and reproductive behavior
  • Criteria to determine water quality for fish, including pH, oxygen, temperature, chlorine and chloramine, and salinity
  • Clinical techniques for degus, including oral (PO), subcutaneous (SC), intramuscular (IM), intraperitoneal (IP), catheter placement, and wound management
  • Role of the veterinary technician in wildlife rehabilitation, covering clinical protocols, intake procedures, ethical considerations, and choosing treatment routes

Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician is an essential reference for veterinary technician students, along with veterinary technicians working in an exotic practice, or veterinary technicians who work in a small animal practice where adding exotic patients is being considered.

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Table of Contents

Section I Introduction

  1. Exotic Animals in Clinical Practice – Bonnie Ballard

Section II Analgesia and Anesthesia

  1. Exotic Anesthesia and Analgesia – Jody Nugent-Deal
  2. Anesthetic Equipment and Monitoring for Exotic Patients – Katrina Lafferty
  3. Physical Rehabilitation – Jodi Seidel

Section III Avian

  1. Psittacine and Passerine Birds – Cheryl B. Greenacre and Janet L. Pezzi-Jones
  2. Psittacine Behavior, Husbandry, and Enrichment – April Romagnano, Tarah Hadley, Ashley McGaha, and Jan Hooimeijer
  3. Aviary Design and Management – April Romagnano
  4. Sex Differentiation and Reproduction – April Romagnano and Tarah Hadley

Section IV Reptiles

  1. Lizards – Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson and Brad Wilson
  2. Snakes – Ryan Cheek
  3. Chelonians – Sarah Camlic, Ryan Cheek, Pia Bartolini, and Samuel Rivera
  4. Herpetoculture and Reproduction – David Martinez-Jimenez
  5. Infectious Diseases of Reptiles – Pia Bartolini

Section V Amphibians and Aquatic Animals

  1. Amphibians – Brad Wilson
  2. Fish – Sandy Skeba and Bonnie Ballard

Section VI Exotic Companion Mammals

  1. Ferrets – Colleen Roman
  2. Rabbits – Vanessa K. Lee, Douglas K. Taylor, and Deborah Mook
  3. Mice, Rats, Gerbils, and Hamsters – April Romagnano
  4. Chinchillas – Ashley McGaha
  5. Guinea Pigs – Liz Vetrano
  6. Degus – Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson
  7. Hedgehogs – Ashley McGaha
  8. Skunks – Serina Scott and Samuel Rivera
  9. Sugar Gliders – Nia Chau and Samuel Rivera
  10. Prairie Dogs – Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson and Samuel Rivera
  11. Critical Care Feeding – Micah Kohles

Section VII Hematology

  1. Avian and Reptile Hematology – Denise I. Bounous

Section VIII Zoo, Aquarium Medicine, and Wildlife

  1. The Role of a Veterinary Technician in a Zoo – Sandy Skeba
  2. The Role of a Veterinary Technician at a Public Aquarium – Rachel Parchem
  3. The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Wildlife Rehabilitation – Melanie Haire

Section IX Appendices

  • Appendix 1 State/Federal Wildlife Permit Offices
  • Appendix 2 Wildlife Admissions/Exam/Care Forms
  • Appendix 3 Handling and Restraint of Wildlife Species – Florina S. Tseng DVM
  • Appendix 4 Tail Wrapping
  • Appendix 5 Guide to Identification of Hatchling and Nestling Songbirds
  • Appendix 6 Average Body Weights of Selected North American Songbirds
  • Appendix 7 Species Care Sheets
  • Appendix 8 Biological Data of Selected North American Wild Mammals
  • Appendix 9 Glossary of Medical Conditions and Treatments
  • Appendix 10 Wildlife Product Sources
  • Appendix 11 Additional Resources
  • Appendix 12 Supplies Necessary for an Exotic Practice
  • Appendix 13 Animal Training Documentation
  • Appendix 14 Animal Data Transfer Form
  • Appendix 15 Operating Protocols: Animal Training Request Form
  • Appendix 16 Operating Protocols: Enrichment and Evaluation Form


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