1st Edition

Concise Textbook of Large Animal Handling A Practical Handbook

By C. B. Chastain Copyright 2023
    322 Pages 133 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    322 Pages 133 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This concise instructional guide condenses the most important aspects of large animal handling. It provides a portable, durable, beside-the-animal means of learning, as well as a convenient way to refresh on how to strive for safety and efficacy in animal handling techniques. It is ideal for use during veterinary placements in all settings from farm to laboratory, to riding school. The text covers:

    • Handler safety
    • Animal safety
    • Sanitation
    • Approach and capture
    • Routine handling and release procedures
    • Handling for medical procedures
    • Use and supply sources of restraint equipment

    A Companion Website provides additional self-assessment questions and answers to aid learning.

    Important reading for undergraduate veterinary students on EMS rotations, as well as practicing veterinarians, technicians, and assistants, the book covers species encountered in farm, equine, and laboratory settings.


    Author Biography.


    Chapter 1: Safer Animal Handling and Physical Restraint

    Chapter 2: Large Animal Behavior

    Chapter 3: Ropes, Knots, and Hitches

    Chapter 4: Horses, Donkeys, and Mules

    Chapter 5: Cattle

    Chapter 6: Small Ruminants

    Chapter 7: Swine

    Chapter 8: Poultry:



    C.B. Chastain is a professor emeritus and adjunct professor of veterinary medicine and former Section Head of Small Animal Medicine and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Missouri. He also has been on faculty at Iowa State University and Louisiana State University. In addition to being a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, he has authored journal articles, book chapters in veterinary medical and allied publications, and textbooks on clinical endocrinology and animal handling and physical restraint.

    Prior to entering academic veterinary medicine, he was a horse wrangler for a horseback-riding stable and a licensed guide in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado; worked in mixed animal veterinary medical practices in Missouri, Illinois, and New Mexico; and a captain in the U.S. Air Force Veterinary Corps. He has handled, restrained, and trained a variety of animals in differing environments and taught aspects of animal handling for more than 40 years at the undergraduate and professional school levels. Currently, he is a professor and consultant for Veterinary Online Programs at the University of Missouri.