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Today's Veterinary Practice
Volume 13 | Issue 1 (Jan-Feb 2023)

Simple, Practical, and Inexpensive Diagnostics: They Tell Us More Than We May Think

Today's Vet Pract. Jan-Feb 2023;13(1):78-89. 53 Refs
Riley Claude1, Stuart Walton
1 College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida-Gainesville, Gainesville, FL 32608, USA.

Author Abstract

Despite the ever-expanding assortment of diagnostic tests becoming available, do not overlook simple, practical, and affordable diagnostic tests. When performed correctly, these economical tests provide a wealth of information to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of patients.

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