Medical History and Physical Examination in Companion Animals

Edited by

  • A. Rijnberk, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVIM, Professor (Emeritus) Internal Medicine of Companion Animals, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • F. J. van Sluijs, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECVS, Professor of Surgery of Companion Animals, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

The medical history and physical examination are the most important cornerstones of clinical diagnosis. This is the only veterinary book devoted to a description of methods applicable to companion animals. The methods described are used in the veterinary schools of Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Ghent (Belgium), but their effectiveness and usefulness is recognized by many visiting staff members and students from other veterinary schools in Europe and North America. Central to the book is the concept that the examination should be as efficient as possible. The descriptions of the examination are very detailed and enhanced with many high quality colour illustrations. The accompanying DVD includes video clips of a variety of examinations and forms (in PDF format) that can be used for determining the results when carrying out the medical history and physical examination in companion animals.
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Veterinary medicine students and veterinarians working in the field of companion animal medicine


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2968-4

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • The rationale for this approach

  • A few concepts and an introduction to the diagnostic process

  • Methods and instruments

  • Medical records

  • The history

  • General impression

  • General examination

  • Respiratory system

  • Circulatory system

  • Digestive tract

  • Kidneys and urinary tract

  • Female reproductive tract

  • Male reproductive tract

  • Skin, hair, and nails

  • Mammary glands

  • Locomotor system

  • Nervous system

  • Eyes

  • Ears

  • Endocrine glands

  • Behavior

  • Emergencies

  • Handling and restraint – Injections and blood collection

  • Collection of material for diagnostics in the lab

  • Preanesthetic examination

  • Health certification

  • Birds

  • Small mammals

  • Reptiles

  • Appendix 1 Guidelines for housing of rats, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and ferrets as experimental animals

  • Appendix 2 Classification of reptiles

  • Appendix 3 Basic husbandry requirements for reptiles (I)

  • Appendix 4 Basic husbandry requirements for reptiles (II)