Veterinary Medicine

A textbook of the diseases of cattle, horses, sheep, pigs and goats

Edited by

  • Otto Radostits, CM, DVM, MSc, MRCVS, Dipl ACVIM, Emeritus Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Clive Gay, DVM MVSc Hon DVSc FACVSc Hon Diplomate ACVIM, Emeritus Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Washington, USA
  • Kenneth Hinchcliff, BVSc(Hons), MS, PhD, Dipl ACVIM, Professor, Equine Medicine, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Peter Constable, BVSc, MS, PhD, Dipl ACVIM, Professor & Head, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

The new 10th edition of this well-respected reference includes thoroughly revised and reviewed information with content on new diseases for the most up-to-date information on diseases effecting sheep, pigs, goats, horses, and cattle. Divided into two sections, General Medicine and Special Medicine, the book covers topics ranging from the clinical examination and manifestation of disease in organ systems to specific diseases of the large animal species.
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Book information

  • Published: December 2006
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-2777-2


Edgar F Garrett, DVM MS(University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)

This time-proven reference covers essentially all infectious and metabolic diseases of livestock. The previous edition was published in 2001.

It is intended as a comprehensive resource for the etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, treatment, and control of diseases encountered in large animal veterinary medicine. A book like this is critical to the functioning of large animal veterinarians who deal with all aspects of medicine and surgery in a variety of species. This is a "go to" reference for cases that are not routine.
It is very thorough and provides adequate detail in each area to allow practitioners to make informed decisions about medical care.

It is suitable as a learning or teaching guide for students and a general reference for practicing veterinarians.

This well balanced book reviews the etiology/pathogenesis, clinical signs, treatment and prevention of infectious and metabolic diseases affecting livestock in appropriate detail for a general reference. The discussions of relevant physiology and pathogenesis are helpful. The summary section that precedes each topic is a good addition to the organization of the material. The list of differential diagnoses in each section is a great help. The only shortcoming of this book is the decision to organize it on an organ system basis and on an etiologic agent basis. The first half of the book, which discusses topics by organ system, is an intuitive structure for a clinician and works well. The second half of the book has worthwhile information but it should be melded into the organ system structure of the first half of the book.
For example, the information on Johne's disease should be included under diseases of the intestines, since it is a common cause of diarrhea in cattle.

This is a very good book. It is thorough in its scope and strikes a good balance between providing pertinent information in a concise manner and providing sufficient detail on physiology and pathogenesis to provide readers a proper understanding of the subject.


Weighted Numerical Score: 89 - 3 Stars

Table of Contents


1. Clinical examination and making a diagnosis

2. General systemic states

3. Diseases of the newborn

4. Practical antimicrobial therapeutics

5. Diseases of the alimentary tract – I

6. Diseases of the alimentary tract – II

7. Diseases of the liver and pancreas

8. Diseases of the cardiovascular system

9. Diseases of the hemolymphatic system

10. Diseases of the respiratory system

11. Diseases of the urinary system

12. Diseases of the nervous system

13. Diseases of the musculoskeletal system

14. Diseases of the skin, conjunctivae and external ear

15. Diseases of the mammary gland


16. Diseases associated with bacteria I

17. Diseases associated with bacteria II

18. Diseases associated with bacteria IV

19. Diseases associated with bacteria V

20. Disease associated with viruses and chlamydia

21. Diseases associated with viruses and chlamydia II

22. Diseases associated with prions

23. Diseases associated with rickettsiales

24. Diseases associated with algae and fungi

25. Diseases associated with protozoa

26. Diseases associated with helminth parasites

27. Diseases associated with arthropod parasites

28. Metabolic diseases

29. Diseases associated with nutritional deficiencies

30. Diseases associated with physical agents

31. Diseases associated with inorganic and farm chemicals

32. Diseases associated with toxins in plants, fungi, cyanobacteria, clavibacteria, insects and animals

33. Diseases associated with allergy

34. Diseases associated with the inheritance of undesirable characters

35. Specific diseases of uncertain etiology


Conversion Tables

Reference Laboratory Values

Drug doses and intervals for horses and ruminants

Drug doses and intervals for swine