Biology and Diseases of the Ferret

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James G. Fox, Robert P. Marini
John Wiley & Sons, Mar 26, 2014 - Medical - 852 pages

Biology and Diseases of the Ferret, Third Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a current, comprehensive reference on the ferret. Encyclopedic in scope, it is the only book to focus on the characteristics that make the ferret an important research animal, with detailed information on conditions, procedures, and treatments. Offering basic information on biology, husbandry, clinical medicine, and surgery, as well as unique information on the use of ferrets in biomedical research, Biology and Diseases of the Ferret is an essential resource for investigators using ferrets in the laboratory and for companion animal and comparative medicine veterinarians.

The Third Edition adds ten completely new chapters, covering regulatory considerations, black-footed ferret recovery, diseases of the cardiovascular system, viral respiratory disease research, morbillivirus research, genetic engineering, hearing and auditory function, vision and neuroplasticity research, nausea and vomiting research, and lung carcinogenesis research. Additionally, the anesthesia, surgery, and biomethodology chapter has been subdivided into three and thoroughly expanded. The book also highlights the ferret genome project, along with the emerging technology of genetically engineered ferrets, which is of particular importance to the future of the ferret as an animal model in research and will allow the investigation of diseases and their genetic basis in a small, easily maintained, non-rodent species.


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Biologyand Husbandry 1Taxonomy History and
Anatomy of the Ferret
Neuroanatomy of Overview Development the Ferret Brain with Focus on the Cerebral Cortex of the Cerebral Cortex
Physiology ofthe Ferret
Nutrition of the Ferret
Diseases of the Cardiovascular System
Lymphoma Musculoskeletal System
Viral Diseasesof Ferrets
Hepatitis E Virus
Bacterial and Mycoplasmal Diseases
Neoplastic Diseases
The Ferret inViral Respiratory Disease Research

Housing and Management
Normal Clinical and Biological Parameters
Sex Hormones
Recovery of the BlackFooted Ferret
Recovery Update References
Physical Examination Preventive Medicine and Diagnosis in the Ferret
Prolonged Anesthesia
Abdominal Surgery Gastrointestinal GI Surgery
Diseases of the Hematopoietic System
Diseases of the Genitourinary System
Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System
Diseases of the Endocrine System
TheFerretin Morbillivirus Research
Vaccine Development
Use oftheFerret in Cardiovascular Research
Genetic Engineering in the Ferret
Hearing and Auditory Function in Ferrets
Development and Plasticityofthe Auditory System
Visual System
Morbillivirus Biology Courseof CDV Disease in Ferrets
The Physiology and Pharmacology of Emesis in the Ferret
Other Systemic Diseases
List of Tables
Auditory System
Somatosensory System

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About the author (2014)

James G. Fox, DVM, MS, DACLAM, is Professor and Director at MIT’s Division of Comparative Medicine, as well as Chair of ACLAM’s publications committee. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Robert P. Marini, DVM, DACLAM, is Assistant Director and Chief of Veterinary Surgical Resources at MIT’s Division of Comparative Medicine and Lecturer in Health, Science and Technology, also at MIT.

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