Textbook of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry, Updated 2/e book cover

Textbook of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry, Updated 2/e

Written in a succinct style with each chapter including an overview summary section, numerous illustrations for best comprehension, and end of the chapter questions to assess understanding, The Textbook of Veterinary Physiological Chemistry offers broad coverage of biochemical principles for students studying veterinary medicine. Since first year students come into programs with different scientific backgrounds, this text offers students foundational concepts in physiological chemistry and offers numerous opportunities for practice. Bridging the gap between science and clinical application of concepts, this textbook covers cellular level concepts related to the biochemical processes in the entire animal in a student-friendly, approachable manner.


  • Updated four color interior design
  • Instructor website with Powerpoint images for lectures and integrative, sectional testbank
  • Coverage of cellular level concepts related to biochemical processes in entire animal
  • Written in a succint manner for quick comprehension


Veterinary students taking Veterinary Physiological Chemistry courses or Veterinary Biochemistry courses.

Veterinary students taking Physiology and Biochemistry courses; academic libraries at veterinary programs; graduate students studying animal science; and students in veterinary pharmacy programs.

Paperback, 608 Pages

Published: July 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-384852-9


  •  "Larry Engelking's book is excellent.  I am going to include it on our list of recommended text books for Veterinary Physiology II."

    - Howard Erikson, Kansas State University


  • Section I: Amino Acid and Protein Metabolism

    1 Chemical Composition of Living Cells

    2 Properties of Amino Acids

    3 Amino Acid Modifications

    4 Protein Structure

    5 Properties of Enzymes

    6 Enzyme Kinetics

    7 Protein Digestion

    8 Amino Acid Catabolism

    9 Transamination and Deamination Reactions

    10 Urea Cycle (Krebs-Henseleit Ornithine Cycle)

    11 Glutamine and Ammonia

    12 Nonprotein Derivatives of Amino Acids

    Section II: Nucleotide and Nucleic Acid Metabolism

    13 Nucleotides

    14 Pyrimidine Biosynthesis

    15 Purine Biosynthesis

    16 Folic Acid

    17 Nucleic Acid and Nucleotide Turnover

    Section III: Carbohydrate and Heme Metabolism

    18 Carbohydrate Structure

    19 Polysaccharides and Carbohydrate Derivatives

    20 Glycoproteins and Glycolipids

    21 Overview of Carbohydrate Metabolism

    22 Glucose Trapping

    23 Glycogen

    24 Introduction to Glycolysis (The Embden-Meyerhoff Pathway (EMP)

    25 Initial Reactions in Anaerobic Glycolysis

    26 Intermediate Reactions in Anaerobic Glycolysis

    27 Metabolic Fates of Pyruvate

    28 Hexose Monophosphate Shunt (HMS)

    29 Uronic Acid Pathway

    30 Erythrocytic Protection from O2 Toxicity

    31 Carbohydrate Metabolism in Erythrocytes

    32 Heme Biosynthesis

    33 Heme Degradation

    34 Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) Cycle

    35 Leaks in the Tricarboxylic Acid (TCA) Cycle

    36 Oxidative Phosphorylation

    37 Gluconeogenesis

    38 Carbohydrate Digestion

    Section IV: Vitamins and Trace Elements

    39 Vitamin C

    40 Thiamin (B1) and Riboflavin (B2)

    41 Niacin (B3) and Pantothenic Acid (B5)

    42 Biotin and Pyridoxine (B6)

    43 Cobalamin (B12)

    44 Vitamin A

    45 Vitamin D

    46 Vitamin E

    47 Vitamin K

    48 Iron

    49 Zinc

    50 Copper

    51 Manganese and Selenium

    52 Iodine and Cobalt

    Section V: Lipid Metabolism

    53 Overview of Lipid Metabolism

    54 Saturated and Unsaturated Fatty Acids

    55 Fatty Acid Oxidation

    56 Fatty Acid Biosynthesis

    57 Triglycerides and Glycerophospholipids

    58 Phospholipid Degradation

    59 Sphingolipids

    60 Lipid Digestion

    61 Cholesterol

    62 Bile Acids

    63 Lipoprotein Complexes

    64 Chylomicrons

    65 VLDL, IDL, and LDL

    66 LDL Receptors and HDL

    67 Hyperlipidemias

    68 Eicosanoids I

    69 Eicosanoids II

    70 Lipolysis

    71 Ketone Body Formation and Utilization

    72 Fatty Liver Syndrome (Steatosis)

    Section VI: Intermediary Metabolism

    73 Starvation (Transition into the Postabsorptive Stage)

    74 Starvation (The Early Phase)

    75 Starvation (The Intermediate Phase)

    76 Starvation (The Late Phase)

    77 Exercise (Circulatory Adjustments and Creatine)

    78 Exercise (O2(max) and RQ)

    79 Exercise (Substrate Utilization and Endocrine Parameters)

    80 Exercise (Muscle Fiber Types and Characteristics)

    81 Exercise (Athletic Animals)

    Section VII: Acid-Base Balance

    82 Hydrogen Ion Concentration

    83 Strong and Weak Electrolytes

    84 Protein Buffer Systems

    85 Bicarbonate, Phosphate, and Ammonia Buffer Systems

    86 Anion Gap

    87 Metabolic Acidosis

    88 Diabetes Mellitus (Metabolic Acidosis and Potassium Balance)

    89 Metabolic Alkalosis

    90 Respiratory Acidosis

    91 Respiratory Alkalosis.

    92 Strong Ion Difference (SID)

    93 Alkalinizing and Acidifying Solutions

    94 Dehydration/Overhydration





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