Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, 7th Edition
Donald C. Plumb, Pharm.D.


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If ever I “retire,” I would like to conduct my post-retirement life in the same way as Dr. Plumb. After his retirement from the University of Minnesota, Veterinary Medical Center, he has devoted himself to providing the veterinary profession with up-to-date veterinary pharmaceutical information – full time. What a mission! The 7th Edition of Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook is a huge find in a little package, a compilation of the work of five contributors under the supervision of Dr. Plumb and an associate editor. Unlike the previous handbook which measured 11 x 8.5 inches, this book measures 8 x 5 inches and can “almost” be carried in a lab coat pocket. Other physical considerations to this book include an additional 447 pages for a total of 1567 pages; the change partly due to additional entries and the change of page size.

Contributing to the increased number of pages, there are 20 new drug entries including several new ophthalmic and topical preparations (i.e. dermatological). Additionally as a sign of progress, seven drugs were retired (no longer on the market). Additionally, two categories were removed: Chemotherapeutics and Therapeutic Diets. These categories were removed due to the fast pace at which they change due to continuing research and development.

The individual monographs are indexed in colored boxes by chemical name followed by the trade name and highlights of interest to the prescriber. Once the reader finds the drug of choice, subheadings abound and allow for quick reference. These subheadings include: Use/Induction, Pharmacology/Actions, Pharmacokinetics, Contraindications/Precautions/Warnings, Adverse Effects, and Reproductive/Nursing Safety, Over-dosage/Acute Toxicity, Drug Interactions, Laboratory Considerations, Doses, Monitoring, Client Information, Chemistry/Synonyms, Storage/Stability, Compatibility/Compounding Considerations, Dosage Forms/Regulatory Status and References. The referencing of each entry is quite helpful especially to veterinary technician educators as well as technician students seeking further information on a particular drug.

For this reason, I feel this book is a solid 5 in terms of rankings and has kept up the standard of the past six editions. Veterinarians will find this book every bit as useful, if not a replacement for current pharmacological texts. Students and educators of veterinary science and technology will no doubt refer to this book throughout the educational process. The practicing veterinary technician who purchases this book can expect to start out with a nice looking book; but by the end of the first year of ownership will possess a well-handled, dog-eared, ragged copy - a testament to continued and frequent usage. No doubt everyone who uses this book will be happily anticipating many future editions.

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (2011)

ISBN #: 978-0-4709-5965-7

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Alternative Medicine
Animal Welfare
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Emergency Med
Food Animals/Livestock
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Practice Management
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Shelter Medicine
Veterinary Education
* Career Choice (VSPN Review)
* Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy XIV
* Rev. Q&A Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
* Textbook Of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry: 2nd ed
* Textbook Phys. Chemistry
* VSPN Notebook 3.0 (VSPN Review)
* Workbook McCurnin 7th Ed. (VSPN Review)
*Handbook Vet. Neurology 4th Ed.
An Illustrated Guide to Animal Science Terminology (VSPN)
Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals, 2nd ed (VSPN)
Animal Biology and Care, 3rd Ed (VSPN)
Assessing Skills 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Atlas of Normal Radiographic Anatomy & Anatomic Variants in the Dog and Cat
Atlas of Transboundary Animal Diseases (VSPN)
Brucellosis: Recent Developments towards “One Health” (VSPN)
Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians, Opportunities for Animal Lovers (VSPN)
Case Studies in Veterinary Technology (VSPN)
Cattle Medicine
Clin. Anat. Lab. Tech. (VSPN Review)
COMPAS Material Safety Data Systems
Connecting With Grieving Clients, 2nd ( VSPN )
Contracts, Benefits and Practice Management for the Veterinary Profession, 8th Ed (VSPN)
Creating a Pet-Friendly Hospital, Animal Shelter, or Petcare Business (VSPN)
Critical Care Management for Laboratory Mice and Rats(VSPN)
CVPM Preparation Workbook
Dellmann's Histology 6th Ed.
Differential Diagnosis in Small Animal Medicine, 2nd ed (VSPN)
Domestic Animal Behavior for Veterinarians & Animal Scientists, 5th Ed (VSPN)
Electrocardiography for the Small Animal Practitioner (VSPN Review)
Equine Internal Medicine, 3rd Ed
Essentials Language (VSPN Review)
Fluid, Electrolyte, And Acid-Base Disorders In Small Animal Practice 4th Edition
Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Edition
Good Governance and Financing of Efficient Veterinary Services (VSPN)
Good Grief – Finding Peace After Pet Loss (VSPN)
How We Do Things Here: Developing and Teaching Office-Wide Protocols (VSPN)
Human – Animal Medicine (VSPN)
Large Animal Clinical Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, 2nd Ed
Large Animal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (VSPN)
Legal Consents for Veterinary Practices, 4th (VSPN)
McCurnin Tech. 7th Ed.
Medical Math 2nd Ed.
Medical Math 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Medical Terminology: programmed system approach 10th ed.
Mosby Tech. 3rd Ed. (VSPN Review)
Mosby’s Veterinary PDQ, 2nd Edition (VSPN)
Pain Management for the Small Animal Practitioner, 2nd Ed (VSPN)
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Pocket Guide to APA Style, 4th Ed
Pocket Handbook Of Small Animal Medicine (VSPN)
Research Writer – Curiosity, Discovery and Dialogue
Review Q&A for Vet Techs, 4th Ed. (VSPN Review)
Saunders Anatomy (VSPN Review)
Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 4th Ed.
Self-Assessment Color Review: Small Anim Cardiopulmonary Medi (VSPN)
Self-Assessment Color Review: Small Animal Ophthalmology
Sheep Medicine 2nd ed (VSPN)
Sloane’s Medical Word Book, 5th Ed
Small Animal Bandaging, Casting and Splinting Techniques
Small Animal Pediatrics: First 12 Mos. (VSPN Review)
Small Animal Radiographic Techniques and Positioning (VSPN)
Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook, 3rd Ed
Statistics at the Bench
The Complete Textbook of Veterinary Nursing, 2nd Ed
The Goat Handbook
The Little Book of CT in Veterinary Medicine: A PRACTICAL Guide to CT Technique for Technicians and Veterinarians
The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health, Home Ed
The Pocket Wadsworth Handbook, 5th ED (VSPN)
The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook 5th Ed
UFAW Handbook Care and Management of Lab and Research Animals, 8th Ed. (VSPN Review)
Unlocking Medical Terminology (VSPN Review)
Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals (VSPN Review)
Veterinary Medical Terminology Guide and Workbook (VSPN)
Veterinary Medicine: It’s More Than You Think (VSPN)
Veterinary Microbiology and Microbial Disease, 2nd Ed.
Veterinary Technology Essentials: Instructors Resource Guide and Student Activities (VSPN)
What’s Next? A Guide to Veterinary Ultrasound of the Eye, Neck, and Shoulder
What’s That? A Beginner’s Guide to Veterinary Abdominal Ultrasound (VSPN)
When Helping Hurts: Compassion Fatigue in the Veterinary Profession (VSPN)
Writing the Research Paper – A Handbook, 8th Ed
* Clinical Tech. 5th Ed.
* Clinical Tech. 6th Ed. (VSPN Review)
* Medical Math.
* SA Surg. Nursing (VSPN Review)
* Saunders Terminology (VSPN Review)
* Vet. Anat. Workbook (VSPN Review)
*Tasks Vet. Asst. 2nd Ed.
*Tasks Vet. Asst. 2nd Ed. (VSPN Review)
*Veterinary Med. Team
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Date Published: January 30, 2012

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