Pocket handbook of nonhuman primate clinical medicine – Angela Courtney. This book was compiled with the intention of expanding the body of knowledge available to veterinarians working with nonhuman primates in a clinical setting.
Pocket Handbook of Nonhuman Primate Clinical Medicine
Nonhuman primate medicine presents a unique set of challenges in the clinical setting; the patient is sedated for examination, and time is a factor in the initial treatment decision-making parameters. This book was compiled to give the clinician a quick reference in the clinic to provide guidance and initial direction based on the experiences of the authors. Much of the theory and medical pathophysiology background has been eliminated to keep the book to a portable size with the understanding that the book’s user has this background knowledge obtained as a veterinarian. The exception is the chapter on anesthesiology, which is a very dynamic ﬁeld, with new knowledge gained daily; the chapter includes an overview of the receptors and notations on background of the recent drugs and medications in use in the ﬁeld to aid the clinician when determining drug choice and multimodal therapy.
It is important to remember that one of the challenges of primate medicine is the variables that can be present in the individual or colony you are caring for. Factors such as housing, diet, genetics, breeding, and environment can cause profound changes in how an individual animal reacts, manifests, and responds to disease and treatments. Clinical pathology values can vary from colony to colony because of these factors. It is important to know your colony. If not already available, a baseline set of normal clinical pathology values should be obtained for your colony by age, species, sex, and breeding season changes. Clinical pathology guidelines given are based on a speciﬁc colony’s normal ranges; your colony ranges may differ, so interpret in light of your veterinary clinical judgment and your colony.
The authors were asked not only to give information that is in their direct knowledge base but also to share working dosages and treatment guidance based on past case experience. The authors who collaborated on this work have experience in various species of non-human primates. The book was written from the standpoint of treating the rhesus macaque, and the authors denote speciﬁc treatments for other species if applicable.
Also included in the book are excerpts from a resident’s journal. The ﬁrst day I became a lab animal resident, I purchased a blank, lined journal that ﬁt in my lab coat. At the end of the day at home, I would record what I had learned, case treatment, and medical data I wanted to keep for quick reference. I carried the journal I created with me daily and found students on rotations would request copies. I have included excerpts as chapters in this book.