Small animal veterinarians are increasingly taking on caseloads that include farm animals, with cases being presented by local hobby farmers, smallholders, and 'novelty pet' owners. Recognising this trend, this book provides a quick reference guide for small-animal orientated veterinarians in the basics of surgery and treatment of farm animals. Popular animals such as cattle, sheep, goats, camelids and backyard poultry are covered, and basic techniques such as anaesthesia, clinical examination techniques, breeding, surgery and euthanasia are discussed. This book provides a quick-reference format, ideal for looking up information during a consult, useful for veterinarians in small and mixed practices, new graduates and those less familiar with animals such as alpacas which have seen an increase in popularity. Also ideal as a refresher guide and as a continuing professional development resource.
A thorough, cross-referenced index contributes to this book’s worth as a reference handbook. The book concentrates on UK and European veterinary practice, with the list of important diseases and available medicines for these locations, but much of its content is likely to be applicable to veterinarians elsewhere in the world. – The Journal of Agricultural & Food Information "The book would be a valuable addition to the library of small animal veterinarians willing to take on the occasional farm animal case.New information on alpacas may be of use for mixed practices, as these animals have become more popular. As a handy quick reference guide, the book would also be suitable for veterinary students and young graduates." – Australian Veterinary Journal