Features and Benefits

Hallmark Features

  • Emphasis on the importance of companion animals to humans and society. Presents students with a sound reason for learning more about companion animals.
  • Timely information pertaining to the expanding pet food, pet supplies, and service industry. Supplies compelling reasons for the role and importance of the companion animal enterprise.
  • Examples of career opportunities associated with companion animals and principles of business design and management. Makes the text particularly interesting to an increasing number of students seeking a career with animals.
  • Coverage of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures–Includes the importance of keeping good records. Gives students an understanding of important business procedures in the rapidly-expanding field of medical technology.
  • Information on biology, care, health, and management–Of dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, rabbits, ferrets, and other pocket pets. Offers information on a broad range of companion animals beyond just the cat and dog.
  • Discussion of controversial issues and challenges–Facing those involved with companion animals, such as; the use of companion animals in research, the issues of animal welfare and animal rights, and the problems associated with unwanted pets and with animals who have behavioral problems. Encourages students to think about ethical issues facing the companion animal industry.
  • Chapters on dog and cat breeds and factors to consider in choosing a pet. Provides students with an understanding of how breeds of dogs and cats were developed, their general characteristics, and information that will be useful to them in future counseling of those seeking advice in the selection of a new pet.
  • Extensive glossary included. Assists students in mastering all the new terminology associated with this course of study.
  • More than 400 photographs, line drawings, and other illustrative materials–Features eight color pages of breeds of dogs, cats, and other companion animals; and four pages of color photographs of companion animals on the inside and end pages of the front and back covers. Enhances student understanding and identification of various breeds.
  • Over 100 tables throughout. Provides a valuable study aid organizing and simplifying the vast amount of information students must learn in this course.

This edition is thoroughly updated to include 

  • Two new chapters: Chapter 8, "Companion Horses," and Chapter 16, "Companion Animal Geriatrics."
  • Major revisions to Chapter 6, "Companion Reptiles and Amphibians."
  • Expanded contributions of photographs and text submitted by a broader group of veterinary medicine students and pet owners and breeders.
  • Expanded lists of references and web sites, plus an improved Glossary.
  • Nearly twice as many color photos! This feature is particularly helpful to students learning horse breeds, colors, and markings.