Recommended Reptile, Amphibian Medicine & Veterinary Books

      Reviews and Recommendations from Mark Miller /HerpNet in association with Amazon Books. 


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Reptile Care : An Atlas of Diseases and Treatments
Fredric L. Frye, DVM
This is the large folio edition (in two volumes) that contains a most impressive body of herpetological medicine by the "Father of herp medicine." Well illustrated with thousands of color photos, monochrome photos, tables, graphs, etc. Suggested for the hard-core herpers. Note: this work is also published by another company as Biological and Surgical Aspects of Captive Reptile Husbandry but at a greater price. Except for the covers, both publications are pretty much the same.

Reptile Clinician's Handbook : A Compact Clinical and Surgical Reference
Fredric L. Frye, DVM
This is a spiral "pocketbook" that contains virtually all the antibiotic tables, drug recommendations/dosages and other quick info that may be required in a clinical setting. A good companion to Dr. Frye's Reptile Care.

Biomedical and Surgical Aspects of Captive Reptile Husbandry
Fredric L. Frye, DVM
This is the better bound version of Reptile Care (marketed to veterinarians) and may contain some revisions as it is described by the publisher as "2nd edition" Suggested for vet students or obsessive book collectors.

Understanding Reptile Parasites
A Basic Manual for Herpetoculturists & Veterinarians
Roger Klingenberg, DVM
This is a great introduction for anyone that works with reptiles and needs to know exactly what is going on. Provides instructions for fecal exams that anyone can learn.

A Veterinary Guide to the Parasites of Reptiles : Protozoa
Susan M. Barnard , Steve J. Upton
This is volume 1 of a proposed set and is probably the best book for vet students or herpetculturists with an interest in microbiology and herpetology. Many may know Susan from the Atlanta Zoo and know she is a "hands on" researcher!

A Veterinary Guide to the Parasites of Reptiles : Arthropods
Susan M. Barnard , Nixon Wilson
This is volume 2 and covers most exoparasites (ticks, mites.) Hardbound. Well done.

Reptile Medicine and Surgery New!
Douglas R. Mader, DVM (Editor), et al.
This is the newest herp medicine textbook written by dozens of veterinarians (most are students of Dr. Frye) and contains many diverse opinions and multiple approaches to the subject. If Frye's book is the classic in the field, this is the 2nd generation. While not as lavishly illustrated as Reptile Care : An Atlas of Diseases and Treatments this book has the latest academic research. Highly recommended.

Amphibian Medicine and Captive Husbandry
Kevin N. Wright, DVM and Brent R. Whitaker, DVM 
This is a new hardcover book by the two most well respected amphibian-oriented veterinarians in the U.S. Dr. Wright (curator of reptiles and amphibians at the Philadelphia Zoo) has been educating us for years at the herp conferences with his (famous) slides of amphibian diseases, parasites, and husbandry errors. If you study amphibians in the lab; in the field; or even at home, this is sure to be one of the best books on the subject. Expected by Summer '99. Click on the title to preorder.

Reproductive Biology and Diseases of Captive Reptiles
James B. Murphy, Joseph T. Collins (Editor)
While I know Jim and the professor are among the top herpetologists in the U.S., I haven't completed reading this book. It is included here solely due to the authors' reputation!

Reptile Diseases
Rolf Hackbarth

Common Reptile Diseases and Treatment
Shawn Messonnier

The Merck Veterinary Manual
Susan E. Aiello
2,712 pages of essential reference to drugs, procedures, diseases processes, and treatments related to animals. Highly recommended. Recently updated!

Plathyhelminth Parasites of Amphibia
S. Prudhoe
Yawn... ok, this is a scientific thesis from one of the (few) experts in the field of amphibian parasites. It is recommended mostly for vet students and amphibia researchers, and those interested in the possible link between parasites and declining amphibian populations. 1982. Oxford Univ. Press. Special order. Hardbound (cloth.)

Veterinary Management of Tortoises and Turtles
Stuart McArthur, DVM
sorry... this is out of print. Click on the title and Amazon will try to find you a used copy.

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