Medical History and Physical Examination in Companion Animals

Medical History and Physical Examination in Companion Animals

By A. Rijnberk and F.J. van Sluijs

Medical History and Physical Examination in Companion Animals Book PDF. The medical history and physical examination are the most important cornerstones of clinical diagnosis. This is the only veterinary book devoted to a description of methods applicable to companion animals. The methods described are used in the veterinary schools of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Ghent (Belgium), but their effectiveness and usefulness is recognized by many visiting staff members and students from other veterinary schools in Europe and North America. Central to the book is the concept that the examination should be as efficient as possible. The descriptions of the examination are very detailed and enhanced with many high quality colour illustrations. The accompanying DVD includes video clips of a variety of examinations and forms (in PDF format) that can be used for determining the results when carrying out the medical history and physical examination in companion animals.

  • first book devoted to medical history and clinical examination in companion animals
  • system-based approach
  • problem-oriented approach: short initial examination is used to define the problems presented by the owner
  • uses same effective method of examination throughout
  • separate chapter on Reptiles
  • accompanying DVD with video clips and medical forms in PDF format to be used when carrying out medical history-taking and physical examination
  • written by top-experts in the field
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 – Introduction

Chapter 2 – The rationale for this approach

Chapter 3 – A few concepts and an introduction to the diagnostic process

Chapter 4 – Methods and instruments

Chapter 5 – Medical records

Chapter 6 – The history

Chapter 7 – General impression

Chapter 8 – General examination

Chapter 9 – Respiratory system

Chapter 10 – Circulatory system

Chapter 11 – Digestive tract

Chapter 12 – Kidneys and urinary tract

Chapter 13 – Female reproductive tract

Chapter 14 – Male reproductive tract

Chapter 15 – Skin, hair, and nails

Chapter 16 – Mammary glands

Chapter 17 – Locomotor system

Chapter 18 – Nervous system

Chapter 19 – Eyes

Chapter 20 – Ears

Chapter 21 – Endocrine glands

Chapter 22 – Behavior

Chapter 23 – Emergencies

Chapter 24 – Positions and restraint

Chapter 25 – Collection of material for laboratory examination

Chapter 26 – Preanesthetic examination

Chapter 27 – Health certification

Chapter 28 – Birds

Chapter 29 – Small mammals: rabbit, guinea pig, chinchilla, golden hamster, mouse, rat, gerbil, ferret, and mink

Chapter 30 – Reptiles

Appendix 1 – Guidelines for housing of rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets as experimental animals

Appendix 2 – Classification of reptiles (ref: Animal Diversity Web)

Appendix 3 – Basic husbandry requirements for reptiles (I)

Appendix 4 – Basic husbandry requirements for reptiles (II)


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