As a result of COVID-19, the world has become immersed with opinions on biosecurity, some fact-based and most apocryphal. Biosecurity in Animal Production and Veterinary Medicine: From Principles to Practice is a cogent, comprehensive, and understandable textbook suitable for animal science and veterinary students, livestock production managers, consultants, practicing veterinarians (regardless of specialty), and others involved in the prevention and transmission of diseases among and between animals and humans. The book begins with a discussion of general biosecurity principles; moves through the specifics of ensuring quality assurance, developing biosecurity plans, documenting control points, and addressing actions for implementation of biosecurity measures; and ends with specific biosecurity recommendations for various types of production units and facilities including laboratories and veterinary clinics. I found the chapter on motivating people to implement biosecurity measures particularly intriguing. The psychology of biosecurity is as important as the science of biosecurity. This book does not include a chapter on basic epidemiological measures. That information can be found elsewhere, but the inclusion of details on the basics of incidence, prevalence, rates, and ratios would have made this book an all-encompassing basic primer on biosecurity. In my opinion, this book will be a fairly ageless resource for the reference library of anyone involved in animal production and veterinary medicine.
Veterinary gastroenterology can be a daunting subject. Just look at differential diagnoses lists for vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia, and almost every disorder is represented. Finding and following an organized clinical approach to gastrointestinal ailments is equally challenging for both general practitioners and specialists. Thankfully, the third edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Gastroenterology tackles this task in a thoughtful and concise manner. The book has sections devoted to overviews of diagnostic procedures and techniques, common clinical signs, patient management, and specific diseases organized by system or organ. Each chapter provides a succinct digest of the topic at hand, can be read quickly in preparation for a case or between appointments as a refresher, and often contains appropriate flowcharts or summary boxes to help with decision-making. The photographs and diagrams include a selection of clinical, diagnostic imaging, endoscopic, and histopathologic images that are of excellent quality and help illustrate major findings and elaborate on or reinforce important points. The purpose of this manual is to provide readers with a brief overview of gastroenterology by incorporating information from the published literature to facilitate understanding of this ever-growing field. It is not intended to be a detailed textbook. Each chapter ends with a robust list of references and websites to help direct readers who wish to delve into the primary literature and expand their knowledge when time is available. In my opinion, this manual will be a beneficial reference for recent veterinary graduates and experienced clinicians alike and should be kept within close reach for use in busy clinic settings. 2b1af7f3a8