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Exotic Animal Care and Management, 2nd Edition

  • Vicki Judah
  • Kathy Nuttall, MS, CVT
  • ISBN-10: 1285425081
  • ISBN-13: 9781285425085
  • 384 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Focusing exclusively on the care of exotic species as pets, EXOTIC ANIMAL CARE AND MANAGEMENT, 2ND EDITION delves into the unique behaviors, diet, housing considerations, handling and restraint methods, medical concerns and clinical procedures related to the proper management of these animals. Reader-friendly and concise, each chapter covers a specific exotic animal commonly found in veterinary practice, including small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, intervtebrates, alpacas and llamas, miniature pigs and backyard chickens. Also included is an overview of specific concerns and zoonotic diseases associated with exotic animals so that veterinary technicians are fully prepared to contribute to their care and treatment.


  • Covers the latest practices and procedures in the care and treatment of these animals.

  • Comprehensive coverage of medical procedures presented in a concise manner ensures that students obtain the knowledge they need to properly care for exotic animals as veterinary technicians.

  • Sidebar notes and tips are featured throughout the chapters, providing further information, practical advice, and highlighting current trends.

  • "Fast Facts" at the end of each species-specific chapter summarizes animal statistics, offering a critical review and reference tool for students.

  • Case Studies and accompanying questions place students in the position of veterinary technician, requiring them to think critically about a specific patient presentation and the possible treatment plan.

About the Author

Vicki Judah

Vicki Judah is a retired Certified Veterinary Technician with more than thirty years of experience in animal care, and a special interest in exotic animal medicine and captive care. The former program director of Companion Animal Science at Utah's Jordan Applied Technology Center, Ms. Judah developed courses in Animal Care and Science, Veterinary Assisting and Technology, Equine Science, Agricultural/Livestock Care and Management, and Aquatics. Now retired, Ms. Judah pursues educational, animal rescue, and writing projects in the United States and Mexico.

Kathy Nuttall, MS, CVT

Kathy Nuttall was most recently the developer and instructor of the Veterinary Assistant/Veterinary Technician Program at the Jordan Applied Technology Center in Utah, and is a Certified Veterinary Technologist. Currently, she is starting a new business educating veterinary professionals, Mountain Edge Veterinary Technology. She belongs to the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians, the National Association of Career and Technical Educators, the Utah Association of Career and Technical Educators, the National Educators Association, the Utah Educators Association, and the North American Veterinary Technicians Association. She has received many awards, including Teacher of the Year, CTE Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding HOSA Advisor. Ms. Nuttall completed the state curriculum for Veterinary Assisting in the state of Utah, and obtained her Masters of Agricultural Systems and Education degree in 2013.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Exotic Animals.
2.Zoonotic Disease.
3. Introduction to Small Mammals.
4. Ferrets.
5. Rabbits.
6. Guinea Pigs.
7. Chinchillas.
8. Hedgehogs.
9. Degus.
10. Hamsters and Gerbils.
11. Rats and Mice.
12. Short-Tailed Opposums.
13. Sugar Gliders.
14. Avian.
15. Reptiles.
16. Amphibians.
17. Scorpions.
18. Tarantulas.
19. Hermit Crabs.
20. Alpacas and Llamas.
21. Miniature Pigs.

New to this edition

  • A new chapter on backyard chickens addresses the ever-changing pet population and ensures students are knowledgable about various animals seen in veterinary practice.
  • Expanded information related to medical concerns and clinical procedures properly prepares students for the evaluation and treatment of exotic species.
  • Case Studies and critical-thinking questions accompany each species-specific chapter to encourage students to apply key concepts in the context of realistic animal-patient presentations.
  • Engaging new design combined with new photos and illustrations ehance and support the key concepts presented in the chapters.
  • A secure Instructor Companion site features Lesson Plans, PowerPoint® presentations, testing powered by Cognero, and an Image Gallery to assist in preparation for classroom instruction and evaluation.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Companion Website  (ISBN-10: 130525094X | ISBN-13: 9781305250949)

The Instructor Companion Site is a secure online resource that offers supporting materials for teaching a course on small and companion animal care. It includes Lesson Plans, PowerPoint® presesntations, Testing powered by Cognero, and an Image Gallery.