|Review by Kathy Lyon
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Because of my growing interest in and exposure to farm animals, I found this book to be particularly informative. The chapters deal with cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats. (While I consider horses to be farm animals, they are left out of this volume, which apparently deals with food animals only.)
The book is structured within each species by body system, with checklists on procedure and abnormalities. There are numerous excellent and clear illustrations to complement and clarify the text.
The book walks the clinician through a thorough exam, beginning with observation of the undisturbed animal and progressing to the hands-on exam. Illustrations depicting obvious signs of problems on the free-standing animal are included. The authors are very familiar with their subject, and are logical in their presentation and in the explanation accompanying each section. A checklist of useful equipment is included.
The book begins with the Principles of Clinical Examination. If the reader will follow the outlines presented here, he will most certainly develop excellent habits and skills in conducting an exam of these animals.
Following that, a general exam is reviewed, then the various systems are addressed with the best method of assessing each system. Each section has its own checklist. If the clinician does not make his own notes and checklists to take along, this book should be on every visit. While I am sure that the VIN readers who treat farm animals are very familiar with their subjects, there will still be new information and important exam tips to learn.
A Blackwell Publication, distributed by Blackwell Publishing (2002).
Soft cover, 320 pages, 7.5 x 9.75" format. Liberally illustrated with drawings and some photos.