Best Veterinary Books for Students & Practicing Vets

Within veterinary medicine, there’s always new information, concepts and practices to be explored, whether you’re a practicing vet or a student. High-quality veterinary books for ongoing guidance, new study materials and the latest practices are essential to keep up-to-date and knowledgeable. Read on and explore our wide range of veterinary science books and textbooks covering:

Small Animal Vet Books

Probably the most common patients a veterinarian, veterinary technician or student will treat are small animals. From dogs and cats to hamsters and guinea pigs, these are the domestic animals and pets that populate most homes and veterinary offices. Below are our top book recommendations that focus on clinical medicine and more for small animals: 

  • Emergency and critical care medicine are the fastest-growing fields of veterinary practice and fundamental for the veterinary GP, nurse or trainee! Learn how to manage more common emergency and critical care conditions in clinical practice in Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine.
  • The fourth edition of the new and updated Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat remains the most extensively illustrated and practical small animal veterinary textbook. Each chapter is arranged to provide the definition of each disorder, its clinical features, the differential diagnoses, the diagnostic methodology, and the treatment and prognosis. For veterinary students as well as for general practitioners and small animal interns.
  • Spiral-bound for practical use at the animal’s side, the portable Concise Textbook of Small Animal Handling instructs on safe and humane handling of species encountered in both small animal practice and laboratory settings
  • Health and welfare issues of brachycephalic (flat-faced) animals are one of the most pressing problems facing companion pets right now. Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals will equip veterinary professionals, animal welfare scientists, breeders and owners with a fuller story about brachycephalic health and welfare, from both the clinical, ethical and social perspective.  

Equine Vet Books

As we know, domestic house pets aren’t the only animals that need veterinary care. Horses are a specific type of domesticated animal that requires veterinary communication with both the handler and the animal for optimal medical care. Discover more about the essential knowledge needed for equine veterinarians to properly diagnose, treat and care for horses below:

  • Scentwork is key to forming a human-animal bond with domesticated horses. Learn how you can use this research to enhance the behavior and welfare of horses in Rachaël Draaisma’s Scentwork for Horses.
  • Learning new ways to communicate with horses can help equine professionals and veterinarians better learn to understand and assess their wellbeing. Read how to use physical signals as you practice with Rachaël Draaisma’s Language Signs and Calming Signals of Horses.
  • For a deeper understanding of the internal workings of the horse, Essentials of Clinical Anatomy of the Equine Locomotor System by acclaimed equine author Jean-Marie Denoix provides a detailed Atlas showing the position and relationships of the bones, joints, muscles, nerves and blood vessels that make up each region of the forelimb, vertebral column and hindlimb.

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Animal Anatomy Books

Animal anatomy forms the basis of veterinary medicine. Learn more about the foundations of veterinary anatomy and how this understanding helps form sound veterinary knowledge with the titles below. 

  • Cardiovascular Disease in Companion Animals is the first guide to Veterinary Narrative Medicine, a cutting-edge approach in human medicine with multiple applications in veterinary medicine. The text combines the latest research with numerous real-world examples and practical techniques to improve client communication, patient care, and veterinary well-being. 
  • Clinical Signs in Small Animal Medicine is a new edition of the bestselling reader-favorite that presents 800 all new color photographs of the highest quality, with detailed captions that focus on key pointers to diagnosis and treatment.  
  • Small Animal Neurological Emergencies systematically with the assessment and treatment of small animal neurological patients in light of latest research findings and greatly improved imaging techniques.

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Internal Medicine Vet Books

Learn more about internal medicine, infectious disease and other disorders with our selection of books.

  • Today’s veterinary curricula places greater emphasis on experiential/problem-based learning versus discipline-oriented instruction. The fourth edition of Veterinary Clinical Epidemiology is ideally suited to introduce epidemiologic concepts and methodologies to veterinary students in the context of the patient encounter, and should be of use at any point in the veterinary curriculum.
  • The field of infectious diseases in veterinary medicine is both rewarding and challenging, and Infectious Diseases of the Dog and Cat offers small animal veterinarians a lifeline by balancing relevant background, guidance and optimizing efficiency. It provides a pathway for clinicians through this complex field by highlighting the most clinically relevant aspects of a wide range of diseases, and granting them consideration for placement on dog and cat differential lists. 
  • Following an outline of the basic elements of ophthalmic science relevant to study and practice, the authors of Ophthalmic Disease in Veterinary Medicine provide a detailed description and discussion of each condition including etiology, clinical signs, diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy, as well as a section dedicated to presumed inherited eye disorders. The focus throughout remains on the clinical needs of the practitioner and the student.

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