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1st Edition

Illustrated Textbook of Clinical Diagnosis in Farm Animals

ISBN 9780367612702
Published August 15, 2022 by CRC Press
414 Pages 2174 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

"I really don't think this book will ever be surpassed as the 'go-to' clinical ruminant reference for undergraduates, recent grads and vets in mixed practice who do not spend the majority of their time with farm animals."

-- Neil Frame, Cert.E.P, Cert.V.A, RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Equine Practice), MRCVS (vet)


Providing veterinary students with a brand-new approach to large animal medicine, this portable textbook first describes the detailed examination of each organ system achievable on the farm using technologies such as rapid ultrasound examination and radiography, illustrated via unique images and video recordings. Key points, images and video recordings then provide the ranked lists of differential diagnoses for common farm animal clinical presentations requested by veterinary students to aid their examination. The repository of over 1000 30-60 second video clips accompanying the book show the clinical presentation, diagnosis, recovery or pathology of all common disorders, accessible on the farm with a smart phone. This repository can be accessed via 

Packed with imagery, the text distils the essential information in a logical, easily accessible way, aiding diagnosis. Small and spiral-bound, the book offers a lifeline for veterinary students during their EMS (extra-mural studies) placements.

A free chapter is available for download for all until end of October 2022 and accompanying videos for that chapter can be accessed freely at:

For those students wishing to enter the quiz in 'Livestock', an answer sheet can be downloaded from the Support Materials tab.

Table of Contents


PART 1 Veterinary Involvement on Farms

Chapter 1.1 Flock Inspection

Chapter 1.2 General examination: Toxaemia

Chapter 1.3 Pain and Fear

Chapter 1.4 Promoting veterinary services by demonstrating a benefit:cost

Chapter 1.5 Identification of acute disease in cattle

Chapter 1.6 Identification of chronic illness in cattle

PART 2 Examination of Organ Systems

Chapter 2.1 Examination of the Reproductive System

Chapter 2.2 Examination of the Digestive System

Chapter 2.3 Examination of the Respiratory System

Chapter 2.4 Examination of the Cardiovascular System

Chapter 2.5 Examination of the Nervous System

Chapter 2.6 Examination of the Musculoskeletal System

Chapter 2.7 Examination of the Urinary System

Chapter 2.8 Examination of the Skin/Fleece

Chapter 2.9 Examination of the Udder

PART 3 Clinical Problems

Chapter 3.1 Blindness

Chapter 3.2 Behavioural changes

Chapter 3.3 Weakness - spinal lesions

Chapter 3.4 Common causes of diarrhoea

Chapter 3.5 Common causes of poor appetite and low body condition

Chapter 3.6 Common causes of increased abdominal content

Chapter 3.7 Common causes of abortion in sheep

Chapter 3.8 Common causes of dystocia

Chapter 3.9 Common causes of tenesmus and prolapse

Chapter 3.10 Lameness

Chapter 3.11 Skeletal system/fractures

Chapter 3.12 Common causes of muscle lesions

Chapter 3.13 Common causes of peripheral oedema, jugular distension and ascites

Chapter 3.14 Veterinary investigation of perinatal mortality

Chapter 3.15 Poor growth rate

Chapter 3.16 Poor conception/pregnancy rate in sheep

Chapter 3.17 Common causes of tachypnoea and/or coughing

Chapter 3.18 Common causes of changes in scrotal size

Chapter 3.19 Common causes of skin lesions

Chapter 3.20 Common causes of facial/mandibular swellings in cattle

Chapter 3.21 Common causes of subcutaneous swellings in cattle

Chapter 3.22 Common causes of sudden death

Chapter 3.23 Udder lesions in cattle

Chapter 3.24 Common causes of mastitis in sheep

Chapter 3.25 Common causes of abnormal urination in sheep

Chapter 3.26 Common conditions of the penis in rams

Chapter 3.27 Common causes of weakness/recumbency

Chapter 3.28 Common causes of chronic weight loss/emaciation

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Dr. Phil Scott has 43 years’ experience of farm animal medicine and surgery in both first opinion practice and in a veterinary school teaching hospital. He has Masters and Doctoral degrees, is a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, as well as a Diplomat of the European College of Small Ruminant Health Management and the European College of Bovine Health Management. He is the author of three other textbooks, many book chapters, and over 150 referred scientific publications.


This book is what the veterinary student dreams of having, and yet no one has produced it - before now!

-- Chelsie Bailey, BSc Veterinary student, University of Bristol, and BSc Animal Behaviour & Welfare Science

This book represents a detailed and innovative way to learn important livestock diseases. The ultrasound sections will be extremely beneficial to students, especially the inclusion of information regarding how to use the scanner appropriately, as well as details of normal ultrasonographic findings. Having the photographs of the ultrasound scans alongside the gross pathology also helps to make connections between the two and allows for better understanding. The videos highlighting clinical presentation and diagnostics will really help students cement their understanding of the diseases and will be useful as an aid on clinical placements and thereafter.

-- Kayleigh Hanlon, Final Year Veterinary Student, University of Surrey, and BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science

This is a vital contribution to clinical understanding of veterinary work with ruminants, as well as reminding all of us of the part we can play every single day in terms of improving welfare. Even this week it has altered how an old set-in-my-ways practitioner thinks about things. The book is a readily available 'how to' on-the-spot guide: a new way of increasing understanding of how to actually function in veterinary practice for younger graduates, who are often cast into their first job with little experience. The wealth of videos and photos are the result of the recording of an enormous spectrum of conditions over a lifetime of work, and will be a life-saver for many. I really don't think it will ever be surpassed as the 'go-to' clinical ruminant reference for undergraduates, recent grads. and vets in mixed practice who do not spend the majority of their time with farm animals. It makes me wonder what I have been doing with my veterinary life!  

-- Neil Frame, Cert.E.P, Cert.V.A, RCVS Advanced Practitioner (Equine Practice), MRCVS (vet)