Veterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction
Dirk U. Pfeiffer, DVM, PhD, MARVSC, DECVPH

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Veterinary Epidemiology: An Introduction is written from a European point of view and as such utilizes examples of veterinary health concerns that have impacted such areas as Germany, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. Dr. Pfeiffer’s enthusiasm for the delivery of a “no statistics” approach to the study of veterinary epidemiology shines through in the thoughtful organization of the small paperback textbook. Made up of only nine chapters, the book begins with a generalized introduction to epidemiological concepts such as temporal and spatial patterns of disease, as well as identification of health and disease and causation. The chapters move forward into the design of epidemiological studies, measurement within studies, sampling of animal populations and the interpretation of diagnostic tests that are conducted on animals. The final chapter deals with eradication of diseases of epidemiological importance.

The book has roughly eighty-one references which are cited throughout the book. These references represent researchers in the field of veterinary epidemiology in Europe, the United States and Canada. As an adjunct instructor of epidemiology, I found this book to be fascinating as it specifically addresses the field of epidemiology from a veterinary standpoint. As a veterinary technician, the book has sparked an interest in the development of an undergraduate class in veterinary-based epidemiology. For this reason, I feel that this book has definite merit for the education of veterinary technicians, as well as those seeking a career in veterinary clinical research. The veterinary technician as well as the veterinarian who is in clinical practice, however, would not utilize this book during the discharge of their duties. For this reason, I feel this book ranks three out of five stars due to its lack of usefulness within the clinical veterinary world.

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (2010).

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7694-1.


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Animal Welfare
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Dictionary/Reference
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Genetics
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Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
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Immunology
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Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
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Oncology
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Orthopedics
Parasitology
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Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
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Date Published: April 8, 2010

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