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Medicine of Australian Mammals

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Medicine of Australian Mammals

Edited by:
Larry Vogelnest   Taronga Zoo
Rupert Woods   Australian Wildlife Health Network

704 pages, 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Hardback - 2008
ISBN: 9780643091504 - AU $195.00

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In Medicine of Australian Mammals, more than 30 experts present the most current information available on the medical management of all taxa of Australian native mammals.



In Medicine of Australian Mammals, more than 30 experts present the most current information available on the medical management of all taxa of Australian native mammals.

This comprehensive text 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, 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 necropsy of Australian mammals. The second part covers 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 and surgery is included.

This practical, one-source reference is complemented by detailed photographs and illustrations, as well as tables listing reproductive and physiological data, diets, haematology and biochemistry values, and drug formularies. Appendices include a checklist of the mammals of Australia and its territories and a guide to the identification of common parasites of Australian mammals.

Medicine of Australian Mammals is clinically oriented and is a must-have for veterinary clinicians, no matter how experienced. The book will also be of use to veterinary students, researchers, biologists, zoologists, wildlife carers and other wildlife professionals.


  • The first single reference text on diseases of Australian mammals
  • Flow charts and decision trees assist practitioners who need to find information rapidly

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 Zoo and wildlife veterinarians; veterinarians in general practices who treat sick and injured Australian fauna; private practitioners overseas in exotic animal practices; and biologists and zoologists undertaking research in Australian mammals. 

 "I found this book both user-friendly and fascinating. The comprehensive approach to the medical facets of wildlife of a continent is unprecedented."
Judy St. Leger, Veterinary Pathology, Vol 46, 2009

"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 Vol 87, February 2009

"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 Vol 31, 2009

"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 Vol 33 no.2, 2009

"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 situations."
Professor Michael K. Stoskopf, North Carolina State University, USA, Integrative and Comparative Biology, 30 December 2008

…this impressive text is a must for your library shelf and will be referred to on a regular basis.
David Obendorf and James M Harris, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, Vol 46, No 3, July 2010


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