1st Edition

Illustrated Textbook of Clinical Diagnosis in Farm Animals

By Philip R Scott Copyright 2022
    414 Pages 2174 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    414 Pages 2174 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    414 Pages 2174 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    "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 https://routledgetextbooks.com/textbooks/9780367612702/ 

    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.


    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


    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)


    The book covers a wide range of topics from livestock husbandry and general examination to specific organ systems-based diseases. Each chapter presents useful descriptions of the disease and images taken ante- and post-mortem. In addition, there are 30-60-second videos of pertinent clinical cases. Tables are used throughout to help rank presenting signs and list ancillary tests. The book is written primarily with diseases present in the U.K. The discussion of animal welfare is given emphasis in diagnosis and decision-making.

    -- Tessa Marshall, BVSc, MS, DABVP, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine