Maintaining the health of pigs is vital in pig farming and production. This new book written by experts from around the world focuses on the health of pigs, first with coverage of the disorders of pigs organised by clinical sign and body system. The book explores environmental medicine and then health maintenance. Treatment options are discussed, emphasizing a reduction in antimicrobial use and an increased awareness of a holistic approach to treatment. The book includes over 1,500 high-quality illustrations to enhance the clinical description, as well as a wealth of high-quality videos to test the reader in making differential diagnoses with treatment options. Quizzes at the end of each section also encourage reflective learning.
Clinical examination of the individual pig and groups are covered along with environmental medicine, making this the ideal reference for veterinary practitioners and students. Those interested in population medicine (poultry, aquaculture, cattle and small ruminant and apiaries) will particularly enjoy the holistic approach to veterinary medicine. All those who appreciate the many talents of pigs will enjoy the practical approach to managing the health of their animals.
This book moves veterinary science forward, promoting health rather than treating disease. It will be your number one reference for keeping your pigs healthy.
Table of Contents
Clinical Examination. Reproductive Disorders. Respiratory and Cardiovascular Disorders. Intestinal Disorders. Locomotor and Muscular Disorders. Neurological Disorders. Urinary Disorders. Lymphatic Disorders. Skin Disorders. Environmental Medicine. Health Maintenance.
John Carr, Senior Lecturer James Cook University, Australia
Shih Ping Chen, Principal Researcher, Agriucultural Technology Research Institute, Taiwan, ROC
Joseph F. Connor, Partner. Carthage Veterinary Service, Ltd, USA. CM group China.
Roy Kirkwood, Associate Professor, Swine Production Medicine, University of Adelaide, Australia
Joaquim Segalés, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Centre de Recerca en Sanitat Animal – IRTA
Pig Health is an interesting and hugely informative learning resource for everyone; from the relatively naïve veterinary student all the way to the experienced veterinary practitioner. As one of the former, I have begun to develop an eye for which books are of genuine help, and this is certainly one of those, proving to be an excellent source of material during my studies.
Aligning with the idea that "prevention" is better than "cure", this textbook moves away from the sometimes traditional idea that the veterinary professional exists as a firefighter for disease management. Instead it promotes the maintenance of health and the proactive steps needed to achieve this. In a world where increasing scrutiny and criticism is focused towards the common overuse of animal medicine, this text is the ideal companion for anyone wishing to further improve production animal health and welfare.
Complex areas are dealt with in a simple manner, with the removal of unnecessary jargon which often litters comparable textbooks. This results in a user-friendly resource which as a vet student in the process of learning my trade, is invaluable. Indeed, the sections upon both the clinical and post-mortem examinations of pigs is formatted in a step-by-step manner which provides not only a fantastic aid in the initial learning period but thereafter, a clear and concise reference point. Further to this, areas where particular delicacy or a refined technique are required, have been given additional room, ensuring complete guidance.
Throughout the book, the text is supplemented with high quality illustrations which not only arouse interest in their aesthetic nature, but also provide visual clues, allowing easy comparison in the classroom and on the farm. I would also say from personal experience that the images improved my comprehension and enhanced the retrieval of knowledge throughout my studies- which at the end of the day cannot be beaten! Furthermore, each section of the book has accompanying linked video clips (found online). The comprehensive nature of these digital learning tools have enabled me to remotely learn, for whilst I may not carry the book on me at all times, I am very rarely separated from my phone! Additionally, the parallel use of physical and virtual resources not only caters for those who prefer to feel the weight of the pages, but also those part of a generation where digital accessibility is preferential.
In respect to the presentation and content of the book I have great regard. And as such I can honestly say that this book fulfills exactly what it sets out to achieve. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in pigs regardless of prior experience, for I wager anyone can learn something from this book.
- Oscar J. Smoker, Veterinary student, Royal Veterinary College, UK
Pig Health is very good: clear and concise, and very practical. It is exactly what I need!
- Dr Lu Chengjie, Best Genetics Group, China
Overall, I believe this is a reasonably priced book that will be a good international resource for those interested in clinical swine practice and health.
- Alejandro Ramirez, Iowa State University, USA in JAVMA, Vol 253, No. 6