BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine
Article first published online: 27 SEP 2012
© 2012 British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Journal of Small Animal Practice
Volume 53, Issue 10, page 619, October 2012
How to Cite
Barfield, D. (2012), BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 53: 619. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5827.2012.01283.x
- Issue published online: 27 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 27 SEP 2012
Edited by Michael J. Day and Barbara Kohn, Published by the BSAVA, 2012, 2nd edition, paperback, 352 pages, Price £95.00 (BSAVA Members £59.00), ISBN-13: 978 1 90531929 9
It has been 12 years since the first edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Haematology and Transfusion Medicine hit the shelves and with most things during that time there have been many advances and even changes in certain aspects of our understanding. Michael Day returns as an editor with the inclusion of Barbara Kohn, and they need to be congratulated for they have managed to create an almost seamless transition between chapters, marrying the slightly different writing styles of the international expert authors, making it easy and pleasurable to read.
The manual is divided into six sections; haematology, erythrocyte disorders, leukocyte disorders, haemostasis, disorders of haemostasis and transfusion medicine. There have been expansions into various sections from the previous edition, including chapters specifically on Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis and canine Leishmaniosis. These changes are a reflection of the emergence of once exotic diseases associated with relaxation of laws for the transport of pets across European borders. Other new chapters are on Thrombosis, Canine transfusion and Feline transfusion, which were combined in the first edition, reflecting an increased knowledge base and increased appreciated of species differences.
On the whole there is a lot of new information provided in the second edition, with returning authors not only updating their information, but also their graphics and photos (all colour and of high definition). A few concepts have changed over the years; for example the cell-based model of coagulation and the treatment of acute rodenticide ingestion which provides the reader with current knowledge and recommendations by experts. There is an explanation as well of advanced measures of coagulation, such as thromboelastography and platelet aggregometry; although not available to most practitioners it is useful to understand what tests are available and the current literature.
As expected with most BSAVA manuals there is completeness in discussing potential differentials though a distinct British bias (which could be described as European if it wasn't the Diamond Jubilee year). There are great photos of erythrocyte and leukocyte morphology for the keen practitioner as well as the potential pitfalls of automated (in-house) counting machines. There are diagnostic algorithms for certain clinical pathological findings, tables for how to perform procedures that are well illustrated and even a reference for the use of leeches in polycythemia.
This manual is full of good descriptions of diseases, current recommendations, techniques and what is available in the UK. Due to the nature of each chapter being a complete separate topic there is some repetition, though this is infrequent and never contradictory. It would be suited to anyone in practice with an interest in haematology or transfusion medicine, as well as those who want a more thorough understanding in the physiology of coagulation and in vivo techniques of assessing coagulation status. This could include undergraduates, though more likely those studying for certAVP, or equivalent. As far as omissions there is nothing obvious, although one of my mentors will be glad that it doesn't comment on the French publication describing xeno-transfusions (dog to cat), whilst another might be disappointed.