Medicine of Australian Mammals

January 2009
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    16th January 2009
  • ISBN 9780643091504
  • Language English
  • Pages 704 pp.
  • Size 8" x 10.25"
  • Images tables, figures & photos

This book is the first comprehensive text on the medicine of Australian mammals. It presents the most up-to-date information available on the medical management of all taxa of Australian native mammals and is the single most important and useful standalone text on this subject.

The book is divided into two parts. The first includes chapters on general topics relevant to the medical management of captive and free-ranging Australian native mammals such as: veterinary considerations for the rescue, treatment and rehabilitation and release of wildlife; veterinary aspects of hand-rearing orphaned marsupials; marine mammal strandings and the role of the veterinarian; and wildlife health investigation and a guide to postmortem examination of Australian mammals.

The second part deals with the medicine of specific taxa of Australian native mammals. Detailed information on taxonomy, distribution, biology, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, husbandry, nutrition, physical and chemical restraint, clinical pathology, hand-rearing, diseases, zoonoses, therapeutics, reproductive management (control and assisted reproduction) and surgery is included. Appendices include a checklist of the mammals of Australia and its territories and a guide to the identification of common parasites of Australian mammals.

"The editors are to be congratulated. The information is well presented, with useful and relevant photographs and excellent illustrations. The content is of a very high standard and no other single reference provides as complete or current information of the medicine of Australian mammals. This alone makes it an important text. When the excellent editing is also considered, the result is a textbook essential."

Dr. Brendan Carmel, Australian Veterinary Journal

"The chapter authors of this book read like a ‘who’s who’ of Australian wildlife veterinarians, with the addition of a number of wildlife disease research workers. While this book appears to be primarily aimed at veterinarians, workers in other wildlife-related fields, especially those with an interest in population health or involved in species recovery and translocation, are likely to find much useful information."

Jasmine Hufschmid, Australian Mammalogy

"It is of no doubt that this is a valuable resource to veterinarians but it is also a valuable resource for any keeper involved in the husbandry of Australian native mammals as well as researchers in the field and wildlife carers for whom it is imperative that they have an understanding of wildlife diseases. Overall I think this is a great book and would be a worthy investment…"

Liz Romer, Thylacinus

"Medicine of Australian Mammals represents an important step in bringing together health-related information about Australian mammals and certainly will be a valued text on the shelves of any veterinarian dealing with these species in captive or free-ranging situation."

Professor Michael K. Stoskopf, North Carolina State University, USA, Integrative and Comparative Biology

Preface; Acknowledgements; Contributors; 1) Veterinary Considerations for the Rescue, Treatment, Rehabilitation and Release of Wildlife—Larry Vogelnest; 2) Veterinary Aspects of Hand-Rearing Orphaned Marsupials—Helen McCracken; 3) Marine Mammal Strandings and the role of the Veterinarian—Nick Gales, Rupert Woods and Larry Vogelnest; 4) Wildlife Health Investigation and a Guide to Necroscopy—Karrie Rose; 5) Echidnas—David Middleton; 6) Platypuses—Rosemary Booth and Joanne Connolly; 7) Macropods—Larry Vogelnest and Tim Portas; 8) Koalas—Wendy Blanshard and Kate Bodley; 9) Wombats—Benn Bryant and Andrea Reiss; 10) Dasyurids—Peter Holz; 11) Numbats—Simone Vitali and Cree Monaghan; 12) Gliders and Possums—Robert Johnson and Susan Hemsley; 13) Bandicoots and Bilbies—Michael Lynch; 14) Bats—Annabelle Olsson and Rupert Woods; 15) Rodents—Andrew Breed and Paul Eden; 16) Dingoes—Frances Hulst; 17) Pinnipeds—Julie Barnes, Damien Higgins and Rachael Gray; 18) Cetaceans—David Blyde and Larry Vogelnest; 19) Dugongs—Rupert Woods, Philip Ladds and David Blyde; Appendix 1: Checklist of the Mammals of Australia and its Territories—Paul Andrew; Appendix 2: Guide to the Identification of Common Parasites of Australian Mammals—Dave Spratt, Ian Beveridge, Lee Skerratt and Richard Speare; Appendix 3: Product Sources; Appendix 4) Abbreviations; Index.

Rupert Woods

Rupert Woods is at the Australian Wildlife Health Network.

Larry Vogelnest

Larry Vogelnest graduated from the University of Sydney in 1984. He has worked as a zoo and wildlife veterinarian with the Taronga Conservation Society Australia since 1990 and has been Senior Veterinarian at Taronga Zoo since 1994. He is a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Zoo Medicine. He is Principal Editor of Medicine of Australian Mammals, CSIRO Publishing (2008) and author and co-author on several chapters. He is Principal Author of Radiology of Australian Mammals, CSIRO Publishing (2015). In 2009 he was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal for his contribution to conservation medicine and service to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia.