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Handbook on Field Veterinary Surgery

by M.M.S. Zama, H.P. Aithal, A.M. Pawde
January 2015

Handbook on Field Veterinary Surgery is a compilation of scholarly and practical knowledge in the field of veterinary surgery to cater the needs of practicing veterinary surgeons and fresh graduates who intend to practice surgery. The book has 23 selected chapters covering a wide range of techniques describing common surgical conditions routinely encountered in the field practice. The chapters contributed by experienced surgeons and academicians in different areas include their practical experience and tips for the field vets and for the beginners. The prospects, and basic considerations and requirements of field level surgery are described in the beginning. The importance of asepsis and the methods of sterilization are practically described. Different types of sutures and suturing techniques are narrated with the help of diagrams. Management of common surgical conditions like wounds, tumours, urinary calculi, castration, caesarean section and ovariohyserectomy are detailed.

Some of the emergency procedures like tracheostomy, oesophagotomy, rumenotomy, intestinal anastomosis, repair of hernias, perineal and rectal lacerations, atresia ani and recto-vaginal fistula etc. have been described in detail with the use quality photographs. Medial patellar desmotomy, a simple but important technique for the field veterinarians, is described in detail. In the chapter on fractures, the importance of first aid and simple techniques of external skeletal fixation have been detailed keeping in view the limited facilities at the field level. Principles of tendon surgery occupy another chapter in the book. Common affections of foot, teat, eye, and aural haematoma are also described for the benefit of field vets. Overall, this handbook is a very useful publication for all practicing veterinary surgeons and fresh veterinary graduates.

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