Michael Day's Veterinary Immunology: Principles and Practice is the adopted text in numerous veterinary schools throughout the world. Updated and revised by Brian Catchpole and Harm HogenEsch with advances in knowledge since 2014, this third edition reflects the rapid developments in the field internationally, while preserving the strengths of Day's original writing. It adds numerous case studies demonstrating the clinical context across companion and farm animals.
The textbook presents information on commonly used diagnostic test procedures and includes learning objectives at the start and key points at the end of each chapter, standard symbols in diagrams throughout the text to provide continuity, clinical examples and clinicopathological figures throughout, and a glossary of terms and list of commonly used abbreviations. Short animations are viewable via the Support Materials tab on the Routledge webpage, adding a new element of practical application.
Exploring the immunological principles of both large and small animals, the book emphasizes immunological principles while applying them to disease processes and to clinical practice. It provides a practical textbook for veterinary students and a handy reference for practitioners.
Chapter 1: An overview of the immune system: Important concepts and principles of innate and adaptive immunity
Chapter 2: Cells and tissues of the immune system
Chapter 3: Innate immunity
Chapter 4: Lymphocyte development
Chapter 5: The major histocompatibility complex and antigen presentation
Chapter 6: Cytokines, chemokines and their receptors
Chapter 7: The biology of T lymphocytes
Chapter 8: Antibody structure and function
Chapter 9: The biology of B lymphocytes
Chapter 10: Immunodiagnostics: Serology, immunoassays and measurement of cell-mediated immunity
Chapter 11: The immune response to infectious agents
Chapter 12: Immune evasion by pathogens
Chapter 13: Vaccination
Chapter 14: Immune system ontogeny and neonatal immunology
Chapter 15: Immunological tolerance and immune suppression
Chapter 16: Immunodeficiency
Chapter 17: Hypersensitivity reactions
Chapter 18: Hypersensitivity disorders and allergic disease
Chapter 19: Autoimmunity and autoimmune disease
Chapter 20: Cancer immunology and immune system neoplasia
Chapter 21: Immunotherapy
Chapter 22: Case studies in clinical immunology
Praise for the previous editions
"Information is clearly presented and well written, layering immunological knowledge with each chapter. I found the chapter lengths perfect – providing comprehensive information without being overwhelming. The objectives of each chapter are defined at the beginning and key points concisely reviewed at the end, allowing easy navigation and assisting comprehension. The excellent illustrations are a boon for visual learners. Immunological systems, diagnostic test procedures, clinical disease, therapy, and recent developments in the field are explored. Finally a series of case studies helps bring together and test your understanding. ... A practical textbook for students and handy reference for clinicians. ... the authors kept a challenging subject alive with analogy, illustration and clear explanations, providing a basic knowledge of immune function and clearly relating this to clinical practice. I would recommend this book to anyone challenged, intrigued or inspired by veterinary immunology."
—Caroline Blundell, BVetMed CertSAM RCVS, in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
"... an excellent tool to understand the basic principles of immunology and veterinary immunology. ... updated with the most recent advances in veterinary immunology developments. ... the basic knowledge provided is always practice-oriented, with practical examples on disease pathogenesis and diagnosis. This is why this book is not only a useful tool for undergraduates, but also for postgraduate veterinarians either doing a PhD, internship or residency in any area of veterinary medicine. But it is also a useful tool for veterinary clinicians who are keen to have a solid and deeper understanding of the immunology of diseases and routine procedures (such as vaccination or immunotherapy). ... The format of this book is very helpful, with a great number of illustrations and graphics that I found extremely valuable to gain understanding of difficult concepts or mechanisms, as well as the learning objectives and key points boxes in each chapter."
—Albert Lloret, DVM, in European Journal of Companion Animal Practice
"…an excellent companion to veterinary science students in their study of immunology and for the practising veterinarian interested in gaining a greater understanding of the principles behind clinical immunology."
—Australian Veterinary Journal
"This is a wonderful tool, very clearly designed and beautifully illustrated.. the reader is guided very logically in a journey of discovery of the immune system …and the authors are keen on explaining clearly the latest knowledge in their field."
"Veterinary Immunology: Principles and Practice is exactly the type of textbook necessary for teaching immunology to veterinary students. It is also an excellent reference for practitioners and residents who need to review immunology in preparation for board examinations. The format of the book is inviting, with diagrams or photographs on most pages. Tables with pertinent information are well placed and easily understood. Having taught immunology to veterinary students at the University of California -Davis for over 30 years, I appreciate the logical order in which the material is presented. ... a concise, well-written, and well-illustrated book that will be very useful for teaching veterinary immunology."
—Laurel J. Gershwin, DVM, PhD, DACVM, University of California-Davis, in Vet Med Today: Book Reviews, JAVMA