Reptile Medicine and Surgery in Clinical Practice PDF. The word ‘herpetology’ is from Greek herpeton, ‘creeping animal’ and ‐logia ‘knowledge’. It is the term used to describe the study of reptiles and amphibians. Some sources describe those who keep reptiles as ‘herpetoculturists’ and the hobby as ‘herpetoculture’.
Reptile Medicine and Surgery in Clinical Practice PDF
It is a hobby that has been in existence for over 300 years, with an increasing focus and enthusiasm in the last 50 years. ‘Herps’, as these enthusiasts are known, keep an often bewildering array of snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, and crocodiles in conditions ranging from sophisticated to almost primitive. From a few enthusiasts breeding reptiles for a hobby, we now see reptiles commonly kept as children’s pets.
In the last 40 years, the veterinary care of these fascinating animals has grown at an amazing rate. From a few pioneers seeing a handful of clients, we now see reptiles presented for veterinary care presented at many companion animal practices, as well as a growing number of specialist reptile hospitals and clinics. Reptile medicine and surgery, once unheard of in the veterinary curriculum, is now a growing subject area in most university veterinary courses.
This book does not attempt to be an encyclopedic reference encompassing all veterinary knowledge on reptile medicine. That task is beyond the scope (and word count) of this book. Rather, it is a handbook designed to assist busy clinicians in their day to day approach to the increasing flow of reptile patients, and as a study guide for veterinarians and veterinary students. To that extent we have gathered a team of veterinary experts from around the world and sought their input in their areas of expertise.