BSAVA, 2008. - 420 р. ISBN 978 1905319 046The first BSAVA Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Waterfowl was published in 1996. And as the first Foreword noted, at some stage in their life most veterinary surgeons will be asked to treat these birds. The truth of that statement remains the same; however, time moves on and this new version of the Manual has been produced. The whole book is a great improvement. Only four of the original authors remain, and both the editors are new. The senior editor (showing how times change) is John Chitty, who is well known as an avian veterinarian and previous editor of the most recent (and excellent) BSAVA Manual of Psittacine Birds', he deserves a medal for his efforts! Michael Lierz will not be immediately recognized by most UK practioners but is a very experienced avian vet, as well as a falconer and falcon breeder. He is also a teacher in the University of Berlin and, in addition to his other roles, runs an avian clinic within the university. His editorship is a notable achievement for a man who does not have English as his first language. Between them they have mapped out a comprehensive set of chapters, each authored by an authority on their subject. They have managed an excellent balance between experience and new information and ideas. The substitution of Passerine Birds for Waterfowl is an excellent one. Many more general practitioners will be asked to see canaries and zebra finches than ducks and geese, and a wealth of concise information about this huge group of birds is very welcome. As is the norm for more exotic BSAVA Manuals, the book is aimed at all levels of knowledge. For the less experienced vets there are chapters that cover basic knowledge, such as anatomy and physiology, husbandry and handling. However, experienced avian vets will benefit from the information provided by the many experts writing about their favourite subjects, for example the ophthalmology and imaging chapters. This manual has also benefitted greatly from the superior layout now adopted for BSAVA Manuals, which includes the use of modern technology to produce a wealth of coloured images beyond the means and scope of the previous manual. I am sure that the BSAVA Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Passerine Birds will find a place on most veterinary practice's bookshelves, where it will be of immense help for years to come.
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