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Reptile Medicine and Surgery in Clinical Practice


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List of Contributors xi Preface xv 1 Taxonomy and Introduction to Common Species 1 Bob Doneley 2 Anatomy and Physiology of Reptiles 15 Bairbre O'Malley 3 Behaviour in the Wild and in Captivity 33 Robert Johnson 4 Husbandry and Nutrition 45 Michelle Kischinovsky, Aidan Raftery and Shivananden Sawmy 5 Enclosure Design 61 Michael McFadden, Deborah Monks, Bob Doneley and Robert Johnson 6 Lighting 75 Frances M. Baines 7 Reproduction 91 Timothy J. Portas 8 Reptile Paediatrics 105 Deborah Monks and Bob Doneley 9 Setting Up and Equipping a Reptile Practice 115 Bob Doneley, Shane Simpson, Angela M. Lennox and John Chitty 10 The Reptile Consultation 125 Bob Doneley and Brendan Carmel 11 Diagnostic Testing 135 Rachel E. Marschang, Frank Pasmans, Tim Hyndman, Mark Mitchell and An Martel 12 Diagnostic Imaging 145 Zdenk Knotek, Shane Simpson and Paolo Martelli 13 Clinical Techniques and Supportive Care 159 Kimberly Vinette Herrin 14 Reptile Pharmacology 175 Tim Hyndman 15 Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases 185 Brendan Carmel and Robert Johnson 16 Infectious Diseases and Immunology 197 Tim Hyndman and Rachel E. Marschang 17 Differential Diagnoses: A Problem (c)Based Approach 217 Helen McCracken, Brendan Carmel, John Chitty, Bob Doneley, Robert Johnson, Angela M. Lennox, Deborah Monks and Annabelle Olsson 18 Disorders of the Integument 255 Linda Vogelnest 19 Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System 273 Robert Johnson and Bob Doneley 20 Diseases of the Cardiovascular System 287 Tegan Stephens and Alex Rosenwax 21 Diseases of the Respiratory System 299 Melinda L. Cowan 22 Disorders of the Reproductive System 307 Timothy J. Portas 23 Diseases of the Urinary Tract 323 Peter Holz 24 Diseases of the Nervous System 331 Hamish Baron and David N. Phalen 25 Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System 345 Adolf K. Maas 26 Diseases of the Organs of Special Senses 357 Alex Rosenwax and Tegan Stephens 27 Analgesia and Anaesthesia 369 Annabelle Olsson and Mark Simpson 28 Surgery 383 Zdenk Knotek and Stacey Leonatti Wilkinson 29 Turtle Shell Repair 397 Jane Roffey and Sasha Miles 30 Necropsy 409 Catherine M. Shilton 31 Reptile Parasitology in Health and Disease 425 Jan Slapeta, David Modry, Robert Johnson 32 Nursing the Reptile Patient 441 Gary Fitzgerald and Emma Whitlock 33 Euthanasia 449 Tim Hyndman Appendix 1: Formulary 453 Appendix 2: Reference Intervals for Commonly Kept Reptile Species 473 Index 481

About the Author

Bob Doneley is an Associate Professor and Head of the Avian and Exotic Pet Service at the School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Australia. Deborah Monks is the principal of the Brisbane Bird and Exotics Veterinary Service, Australia. Robert Johnson is the principal of the South Penrith Veterinary Clinic, Australia. Brendan Carmel is the principal of the Warranwood Veterinary Centre, Australia.


"There are 33 chapters covering everything from anatomy and husbandry, to diseases, imaging, nutrition and surgery. Diseases have been covered in chapters dedicated to systems [...] There are two absolute standouts of this book that I haven't encountered in many other books before. There are two successive chapters on 'Setting Up and Equipping a Reptile Practice' and 'The Reptile Consultation', which provide beautiful guiding principles for getting into this growing field, right down to marketing of the service. The second standout is chapter 17: 'Differential Diagnoses: A Problem-Based Approach'. The chapter runs for 36 pages and contains nothing but lists of differentials for common presenting signs of the four major reptile taxa: snakes, lizards, chelonians and crocodilians. Every major disease text should contain such a chapter and I cannot wait until the authors release the searchable app for this. [...] The text probably won't contain the level of information a reptilian disease researcher might covet, but would be perfect for the general practitioner looking to start in reptiles, the general practitioner faced with a single question from a keen owner, the already established reptile expert and most certainly would be perfect for those veterinarians embarking upon membership examinations to Australian and New Zealand College in exotic pet medicine." Australian Veterinary Journal Volume 97 No 10, October 2019

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