This book is a comprehensive presentation of health and diseases in reindeer and caribou, or just Rangifer, a key Circumarctic species with broad social and ecological value. It is an essential reference for anyone interested in the biology and health of wild or semi-domesticated reindeer and caribou, and is more broadly relevant for those with interests in other species of free-ranging and captive cervids. Beginning with a general introduction to Rangifer as a species, it then focuses on Rangifer "health" as a concept and describes the determinants of health at an individual and population level. Chapters cover a range of topics from nutrition and feeding to stress, non-infectious and infectious diseases, meat hygiene, capture and restraint, diagnosis and treatment of health issues, and finally, potential impacts of climate change on health of Rangifer.
Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease compiles extensive research and experience-based information on issues ranging from drug doses for chemical immobilization, blood chemistry values, and raising an orphaned calf. In addition, it contains hundreds of high quality colour illustrations that contribute to its value as a diagnostic resource for recognizing various parasites, pathogens and signs of disease, both in live and dead animals. Each chapter is followed by a comprehensive list of references and a list of contact information for all the contributors, identifying world experts in the different areas of health for this circumpolar and fascinating species. This book is compulsory reading and an indispensable resource for anyone dealing with health in reindeer and caribou, including veterinarians, wildlife biologists and managers, reindeer herders/game ranchers, zoological husbandry personnel, and students with wildlife health.
This is the first book of its kind that attempts to pull together all current
(and past) knowledge on reindeer and caribou, including history, farming
practices, distribution, diseases, and other pertinent information. It is an
essential book for anyone who works on the Rangifer species or studies people
who hunt, farm, and subsist with them.
This is an attempt by the authors to pull together information about reindeer
and caribou from sources all over the world where the species are farmed and
hunted. This book has been needed for a long time, as there is a dearth of
information about Rangifer and it has been scattered and many times isolated to
northern European countries. By using expert contributors from around the
world, the authors have amassed information in one book where it can be easily accessed.
This book is written for all who have contact with Rangifer and its farmers,
hunters, and the land that they roam. The historical and current impact of
Rangifer are discussed as are the concerns about health, production, and the
people who depend on them for their survival. The book meets all the needs of
the intended audience and is the most credible source of information that I
This book encompasses all aspects that most find pertinent for a tome on one
specific subject. Covering everything from anesthesia to viral and bacterial
diseases, there is little that this book does not address. Great attention is
focused as well on nutrition, parasites, and, perhaps most importantly,
populations, current population dynamics, predators, and man's impact on the
species and its range. The pictures are excellent and very useful. Tables and
graphs are excellent as well.
This book is of excellent quality, extremely useful for clinical practice, and
just a good read for those interested in cervids, cervid farming and man's
impact on the natural world. It is a unique book in that it covers Rangifer
only. To me, that only increases its value, as diluting the information with
other cervid species would damage the intent.
-Clifford Fred Shipley, DVM, DACT(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Introduction. Rangifer Health: A Holistic Perspective. Rangifer Diet and Nutritional Needs. Feeding and Associated Health Problems. Non-Infectious Diseases and Trauma. Parasitic Infections and Diseases. Bacterial Infections and Diseases. Viral Infections and Diseases. Prions and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The Impact of Infectious Agents on Rangifer Populations. Meat Quality and Meat Hygiene. Assessment and Treatment of Reindeer Diseases. Haematology and Blood Chemistry Reference Values for Rangifer. Caribou and Reindeer in Parks and Zoos. Restraint and Immobilization. Climate Change: Potential Impacts on Pasture Resources, Health and Diseases of Reindeer and Caribou.