All you need to know about reptiles

20 March 2019

BSAVA Congress 2019 sees the launch of the new edition of the BSAVA Manual of Reptiles. This extensively updated third edition, edited by Simon Girling and Paul Raiti, reflects the increasing sophistication of reptile medicine and surgery and acknowledges the expanding range of reptile species kept as companion animals.

  • Part one covers the husbandry aspects of reptile care, including captive maintenance and nutrition, plus a new chapter dedicated to anatomy and physiology.
  • Part two contains all the details necessary to carry out successful clinical examination, anaesthesia, surgery (including endoscopy), treatment (including emergency and critical care), non-invasive imaging, laboratory testing and post-mortem examinations, as well as humane euthanasia.
  • Part three addresses disease by organ system, covering parasitology and infectious disease.

New to this third edition are also chapters on marine turtle rehabilitation and crocodilians, as well as updates on the handling of venomous reptiles.

The editors note that ‘this third edition of the BSAVA Manual of Reptiles is another milestone in the commitment of the BSAVA to exotic species medicine. Reptile medicine and surgery is now being accepted as a mainstream discipline within the veterinary world, reflected in the growing number of textbooks and the appearance of postgraduate qualifications.’

The new manual is illustrated throughout and provides a wealth of information and practical advice, which will benefit both the general practitioner seeing a small number of reptiles or a more specialist practitioner dealing with these species on a daily basis.