The third edition of the Exotic Animal Formulary follows the first two editions admirably, adding content while updating the tables to include the most recent data available in the world of veterinary drug therapy for exotic (nontraditional) pets. Dr. Carpenter has again presented the veterinary community with a reference that is a must-have for all veterinarians who treat (or who might treat) exotic pets in their practice.
The new edition sports a few differences from the previous two-including a more user-friendly (and more durable) cover, 7 additional tables, and 22 additional appendices.
The book is easy to use, with each chapter or section following the same basic outline.
Overall, the Exotic Animal Formulary is an excellent reference and needs to be in the library of every veterinarian who sees (or who might see) exotic pets. The review of the previous edition of the book...was correct; this text, in its latest manifestation, is a must-have for all veterinarians and students who actively pursue or occasionally treat exotic patients.
Irish Veterinary Journal, Vol. 60 No. 2
Every veterinary surgeon treating exotic pets needs a good formulary so this third edition of Carpenter's Exotic Animal Formulary is very welcome. Every section follows a logical sequence listing comprehensive tables of antimicrobials, anti-parasitics, anaesthetics, emergency drug, vitamins and hormones. It is very up-to-date in listing drug doses for newer exotic pets and even includes the latest chemotherapy and neubulising protocols for many species.
Exotic animal medicine is a rapidly expanding field and newer drugs and dosage rates are being adjusted to practical use all the time. Due to the paucity of pharmokinetic studies in these species, this formulary can however only aim to be a quick reference guide for vets in practice. Although most drugs dosages listed are only based on empirical data, observations and anecdotal experience, they are at least backed up by an extensive reference list at the end of each section.
This formulary also contains a wealth of useful biological and medical information. Each section has appendices with extensive charts of normal blood parameters of common species, venipuncture sites, recommended diets, differential diagnosis and medical protocols for common conditions.
In all, this manual is an excellent user-friendly reference and is an essential requirement for any veterinary surgeon seeing exotic pets on a regular basis.
Reviewer: Matt Allender, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This fourth edition provides a much-needed update on the treatment of nontraditional species.
Purpose: The author has compiled the published drugs and doses used in exotic animals to provide a useful guide to veterinarians treating these species. This is a much-needed resource for these veterinarians.
Audience: This book is written for veterinarians, both general practitioners and experts in the field of companion and zoological medicine. The author is an expert in zoological medicine and has published numerous articles in the field.
Features: The book covers a wide range of drugs and doses for the majority of species seen in companion zoological medicine. It lists treatment for bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic diseases, as well as emergency, hormonal, and nutritional agents. This edition adds a section on therapy for invertebrate patients, a welcome addition. It also continues the useful list format, but has added color backgrounds to make it easier to read and follow on a page. The book is quite comprehensive, but new reports on drugs come out every month and, therefore, clinicians will need to supplement it with the newest literature to remain current.
Assessment: This a must-have book for any veterinarian who will treat nontraditional species. It is current and comprehensive for any of the reported doses or therapies in the literature. It clearly is needed to update the previous edition which was published seven years ago.