What is included with this book?
John Chitty BVetMed, CertZooMed, CBiol, MSB, MRCVS
John is a director of a small animal and exotics practice in Andover, UK with a 100% avian and exotics caseload. He works with several zoological collections and has lectured and published widely on a variety of avian and exotic species as well as co-editing two avian texts.
Aidan Raftery MVB, CertZooMed, CBiol, MSB, MRCVS
Aidan is currently the clinical director of the Avian and Exotic Animal Clinic in Manchester, UK. He is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Veterinary College, UK, and has produced many chapters for textbooks on exotic animal medicine and surgery. He is also a regular presenter at conferences and at continuing education events for veterinary surgeons.
Guide to the common species, identification, sexing, environmental needs and dietary needs.
- Practice Needs.
A guide to the requirements (equipment etc) needed to see these species, graded from basis to advanced depending on caseloads.
Nursing care and basic reception triage.
HISTORY AND CLINICAL EXAMINATION TECHNIQUES .
- Basic Techniques.
Handling, clinical and injection techniques, basic therapeutics, critical care, clinical triage, sample taking techniques.
- Anaesthesia, Imaging and Basic Surgery Techniques.
Principles and basics of anaesthesia and surgery, and Imaging (radiography and basic endoscopy, CT, MRI).
- Clinical Pathology.
Haematology, biochemistry, cytology, bacteriology, parasitology, post-mortem techniques, relevant virology. Emphasis will be on tests, their uses / indications, and interpretation, rather than laboratory techniques.
- Presentations/ Conditions.
Brief clinical guides sorted by presenting sign, including differential diagnoses.
o Eye and conjunctival swellings.
o Ocular opacities.
o Ear abscess.
o Beak overgrown.
o Oral infection.
o Nasal discharge.
o Peeling skin.
o Body Swelling (puffiness).
o Swollen limb/extremity.
o Shell fracture/ injury.
o Shell infection.
o Egg binding.
o Anorexia – including post-hibernation.
o Internal parasites.
o External parasites.
o Bite wounds – skin and shell.
o Difficulty in breathing – including “open mouth” and “respiratory noise”.
o Euthanasia and confirming death.
Haematology/ Biochemistry “normals”.
Flow Charts showing clinical approach to some common clinical presentations