This book is a comprehensive yet clear introduction to exotic animal practice for technicians in the classroom and clinic setting alike. With an emphasis on the exotic species most likely to present to a veterinary practice, the book offers easy-to-follow descriptions of common procedures and techniques. Covering information ranging from anatomy, restraint and common diseases to radiology, surgical assisting and parasitology, the volume provides technicians with all the information necessary to confidently and competently treat exotic patients.
Preface Acknowledgements Contributors Disclaimer Section 1 Introduction Chapter 1 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Exotic Animal Medicine Bonnie Ballard Section 2 Avian Chapter 2 Psittacines and Passerines Cheryl B. Greenacre and Lillian Gerhardt Chapter 3 Psittacine Behavior, Husbandry, and Enrichment Tarah Hadley Chapter 4 Aviary Design and Management April Romagnano Chapter 5 Sex Differentiation and Reproduction April Romagnano and Tarah L. Hadley Section 3 Reptiles Chapter 6 Lizards Brad Wilson Chapter 7 Snakes Ryan Cheek, Shannon Richards, and Maria Crane Chapter 8 Chelonians Samuel Rivera Chapter 9 Herpetoculture and Reproduction David Martinez-Jimenez Section 4 Amphibians Chapter 10 Amphibians Brad Wilson Section 5 Mammals Chapter 11 Ferrets James R. McClearen, Julie Mays, Tarah L. Hadley Chapter 12 Rabbits Douglas K. Taylor, Vanessa Lee, Deborah Mook, and Michael J. Huerkamp Chapter 13 Mice, Rats, Gerbils, and Hamsters Anne Hudson and April Romagnano Chapter 14 Chinchillas Trevor Lyon and Bonnie Ballard Chapter 15 Guinea Pigs Anne Hudson and Maria Crane Chapter 16 Hedgehogs Michael Duffy Jones Chapter 17 Skunks Samuel Rivera Chapter 18 Sugar Gliders Samuel Rivera Chapter 19 Prairie Dogs Samuel Rivera Section 6 Wildlife Rehabilitation Chapter 20 The Role of the Veterinary Technician in Wildlife Rehabilitation Melanie Haire Section 7 Hematology Chapter 21 Avian and Reptile Hematology Denise I. Bounous Appendixs 1. State/Federal Wildlife Permit Offices 2. Wildlife Admission/Exam/Care Forms 3. Handling and Restraint of Wildlife Species 4. Tail Wrapping 5. Guide to Identification of Hatchling and Nestling Songbirds 6. Average Body Weights of Selected North American Songbirds 7. Species Care Sheets 8. Biological Data of Selected North American Wild Mammals 9. Glossary of Medical Conditions and Treatments 10. Wildlife Product Sources 11. Additional Resources 12. Supplies Necessary for an Exotic Practice Index
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Bonnie Ballard, DVM, is Program Director of Veterinary Technology at Gwinnett Technical College in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Ryan Cheek, RVT, is a veterinary technician at Avalon Animal Hospital in Lawrenceville, Georgia.