Avian Medicine and Surgery in Practice : Companion and Aviary Birds, Second Edition book cover
2nd Edition

Avian Medicine and Surgery in Practice
Companion and Aviary Birds, Second Edition

ISBN 9781482260205
Published April 27, 2016 by CRC Press
496 Pages 75 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Avian Medicine and Surgery in Practice is an invaluable quick reference resource for clinicians and a useful study guide for veterinary students.

In this practical and beautifully illustrated book, early chapters cover physical examination, advice on interpreting diagnostic tests, and avian anatomy and physiology. Disorders affecting the different body regions and systems make up the majority of the book from the external—skin, feathers, eyes, legs and feet—to the internal including the gastrointestinal tract and the cardiovascular system. Further aspects of avian medicine discussed in the book include behavioural problems, incubation of eggs, paediatrics and surgery.

Written by an expert with more than 30 years of clinical experience in avian medicine, the new edition is thoroughly revised with updated diseases, new and expanded clinical techniques, and over 100 new color illustrations. It also adds four important new chapters: Husbandry, Grooming and Nutrition, Diagnostic Imaging, Endoscopy, and Oncology as well as new sections on cardiovascular anatomy and neuroanatomy.

Table of Contents

Clinical Anatomy and Physiology. Husbandry, Grooming and Nutrition. The Physical Examination. Clinical Techniques. Diagnostic Imaging. Endoscopy. Interpreting Diagnostic Tests. Supportive Therapy. Differential Diagnoses. Diseases of the Skin and Feathers. Disorders of the Beak and Cere. Disorders of the Eye. Disorders of the Ear. Diseases of the Legs, Feet and Toes. Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System. Diseases of the Gastrointestinal Tract. Disorders of the Liver. Disorders of the Pancreas. Diseases of the Respiratory System. Disorders of the Cardiovascular System. Disorders of the Lymphatic and Haematopoietic Systems. Disorders of the Nervous System. Disorders of the Reproductive Tract. Disorders of the Urinary System. Behavioural Problems. Incubation of Eggs. Paediatrics. Analgesia and Anaesthesia. Surgery. Oncology. Appendix 1: Formulary. Appendix 2: Reference Intervals for Commonly Kept Companion Birds. Appendix 3: Biological Values for Some Common Companion Bird Species.

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Bob Doneley, associate professor, Avian and Exotic Pet Medicine, School of Veterinary Science, The University of Queensland, Gatton, Australia


"Over the past decade there have been numerous texts published on avian medicine and surgery, each with varying degrees of depth of information and ease of use. The second edition of Avian Medicine and Surgery in Practice: Companion and Aviary Birds is an excellent blend of both features; readers can quickly access relevant and practical information, with additional references listed at the end of each chapter which direct the reader to more detailed information on the subject matters. The second edition comes only 6 years after the initial edition; however, given the continuously rapid expansion of information in avian medicine, its release is timely. The author’s extensive experience in clinical avian medicine of companion birds is evident as one reads through the various chapters... Veterinary students will find the text to be a useful addition to complement their learning."

— Douglas Whiteside, DVM, DVSc, DACZM, DECZM (ZHM), Senior Staff Veterinarian, Calgary Zoo, Alberta, The Canadian Veterinary Journal, Volume 58, 7

“The table of contents reveals an extensive and complete listing of most topics… This reasonably priced book will be an excellent addition to any avian practitioner’s library and will be useful for veterinary students as well”
—James McKinley, DVM, DABVP Amwell Bird Hospital, Hillsborough, NJ, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

"This is a handy review of both the normal and the abnormal in companion and aviary birds… The format does not limit the clinician's options to those reported in a particular species, but instead invites the practitioner to think critically about a wider array of etiologies and management options. The second edition is indeed justified, with new chapters on husbandry, diagnostic imaging, and endoscopy, as well as a significant amount of new information in many of the other chapters."
—Nichole Rosenhagen, BS, DVM (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine), Doody Enterprises

"At present, exotic veterinary medicine is barely taught in vet school, so if you wish to specialize in avian medicine, then this is a fantastic resource. The diagrams showing the limb/wing immobilisation are really easy to follow and exceptionally helpful. The text is a good size and each section is bite-sized and easy to read. I have certainly learnt a lot from reading this book." — 3rd year Veterinary student, University of Surrey, UK

Praise for the previous edition:

"Several avian books are available for practitioners working with pet birds and most claim to be comprehensive and easy to use. Unfortunately, many don't succeed in accomplishing both aims. This book does."
—Julia Whittington, DVM, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Doody's Review Service

"The author clearly draws on a wealth of experience and has written a book with much to recommend…"
Journal of Small Animal Practice

"…chapters are extremely useful for any veterinarian, as they vividly describe the basics of avian medicine and how to apply them... many practical tips and scenarios... [images] are of high quality and are well labelled..."
Australian Veterinary Journal