Haematology of Australian Mammals

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An illustrated guide to collecting and analysing blood samples from over 100 species of Australian mammals.

Haematology of Australian Mammals is a valuable guide to collecting and analysing the blood of Australian mammals for haematological studies and diagnosis and monitoring of disease. + Full description

It outlines general principles for selecting sites for blood collection and for handling and analysing samples to achieve quality results. Chapters then describe the morphology and function of haematological cells, with reference to the known characteristics of Australian mammals in health and the changes that may be encountered in response to common diseases. Haemoparasites that have been encountered in Australian mammals are discussed next, along with comments on their pathogenicity. Lastly, haematological values from previously published studies are compiled into species-specific tables, providing a convenient reference to compare to the results of clinical cases.

Written descriptions and colour photomicrographs of haematological cells from more than 100 species aid the identification of cells and the detection of abnormalities. Information is provided throughout for representative species from all the major groups of native Australian mammals including monotremes, polyprotodont marsupials, diprotodont marsupials, rats and mice, bats and marine mammals.

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"This book is a valuable guide to collecting and analysing the blood of Australian mammals for clinical or scientific purposes. . . I believe it is an essential addition to the bloodshelf of researchers and veterinarians involved with Australian mammals."
Anne Martin, Resident Veterinarian, Adelaide Zoological Gardens
(Australian Zoologist vol. 33 (1), June 2005)

"The text is easy to understand, yet provides enough detail for clinical hematologists. . . This hardbound text is an absolute must for any practitioner involved with Australian mammals. While most of us will never work with a platypus or bandicoot, every exotic animal veterinarian will improve their understanding of the hematology of Australian mammals with this text."
Wm. Kirk Suedmeyer, Kansas City Zoo, Missouri, USA (Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine v.35 no.3 2004)

"Haematology of Australian Mammals is a valuable guide to collecting and analysing the blood of Australian mammals for haematological studies and diagnosis and monitoring of disease."
Richard J Montali, DVM, Dipl., ACVP, Dipl. ACZM, Former Pathologist, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Acting Pathologist, Taronga Zoo (ANZCCART News v.17 no.2 2004)

"This volume should be on the shelf of any veterinary professional working with the occasional marsupial, and on the desk top of the Australian mammal specialist."
ANZCCART News vol.17 no.2 2004

"This excellent text deals with the haematology of Australian mammals in great detail. Monotremes and marsupials are unique in many respects and their haematology and their haematological responses to physiological processes and disease are no exception. This text is equally as unique as it is the only single body of work on this topic that covers all Australian mammals and provides readers with an excellent set of reference values as well as expected haematological responses for different processes in health and disease. The information on sample collection and handling is excellent and valuable. The book also covers the fundamentals of mammalian haematology in detail and is useful as a general text on this subject. This text will be a valuable reference for students and veterinarians, clinical pathologists, pathologists, laboratory managers and technicians working with Australian mammals."
Larry Vogelnest, Senior Veterinarian, Taronga Zoo, Australia

"Assoc. Professor Clark’s book is the most comprehensive resource available for clinicians and scientists interested in the haematology of Australian mammals. Presented in an atlas format with detailed descriptions, it provides a thorough compilation on how to collect blood samples from all taxa and a comprehensive review of haemoparasites and published haematology values."
Wayne Boardman, Head of Veterinary Services, Zoological Society of London

“… a valuable reference book for all individuals invested in the healthcare and hematologic evaluation of the exotic mammalian species of Australia.”
A Rick Alleman, University of Florida (Veterinary Clinical Pathology v.34 no.1 2005)

“The book presented here is an excellent source of haematological information for all dealing with blood analysis of Australian mammals either for clinical or scientific purposes. The text is clearly structured, precisely written and well supported by numerous high-quality photographs of haematological cells providing an informative insight into morphological characteristics in health as well as in response to disease."
M Hecker (Mammalian Biology v.70 no.3 2005)


ePDF | May 2004
ISBN: 9780643091030
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  • Outlines best practice in collecting and handling blood samples from Australian mammals.
  • Provides hundreds of colour photomicrographs to help identify normal haematological cells from a wide range of species.
  • Collates species-specific haematological reference data from previously published studies into one comprehensive reference.
  • Includes information on selected species from New Zealand and New Guinea.


1. Collection and handling of blood samples
2. The erythrocytes: morphology and response to disease
3. Biochemistry of erythrocytes
4. The leukocytes
5. Platelets
6. Haematopoiesis
7. Cytological characteristics of haematological cells from Australian mammals
8. Haemoparasites of Australian mammals
9. Haematological values of Australian mammals
Appendix I Common and scientific names of Australian (and other) mammals referred to in this text
Appendix II Conversion factors
Appendix III Stains


Phillip Clark is Associate Professor in Veterinary Clinical Pathology and Director of the Clinical Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory at the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, Murdoch University, Australia. He has a long term and ongoing interest in the structure and function of the haematological cells of Australian mammals and their haematological response to disease.