Miller's Anatomy of the Dog - by Howard E. Evans and Alexander de Lahunta


  • Rachel Hattersley

Published by Elsevier Saunders , 2012, 4th edition, hardback, 872 pages, Price £93.99, ISBN-13: 978–1437708127

This new edition of Miller's Anatomy of the Dog represents an updated and fully colour illustrated version of this renowned text, which was last updated in 1993. In comparison to the previous edition, this new text has both colour illustrated anatomical drawings and surgical photographs in addition to annotated radiographs and is an essential text for any companion animal practice or individuals who wish to have a comprehensive anatomical text that can be easily referenced.

The book is spilt into 21 chapters, the first of which is a short summary of the evolution of dog breeding The second chapter deals comprehensively with embryology and would be a useful reference guide for veterinary undergraduates studying this subject or those with an interest in reproduction. In particular the illustrated diagrams of foetal skeletal development are clear and informative. The book is then spilt into individual body systems by chapter and each is denoted by a different colour. Each chapter deals with the body system in question in a logical and easy- to-follow manner and is subdivided into individual structures or group of structures, e.g. small intestine or regional vasculature. This structure is then described firstly by its anatomical components and then its relationship to other structures within the vicinity of that structure, its innervation and blood supply. These subsections are accompanied by clearly annotated colour illustrations and radiographs were appropriate.

Specific chapters of interest include chapter six which describes the musculature of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen and limbs. The chapter is spilt initially into overall location and then into more specific anatomical sections, e.g. muscles of the larynx. Each muscle is described by its anatomical location and then by action and innervation. The accompanying diagrams are in colour and are a useful representation of what the clinician would see during surgery. Attachment of the various muscle groups are clearly detailed on colour coded diagrams of the associated bone. Chapters 11 and 12 deal with vasculature, which again I have found very useful for pre-operative planning. The colour pictures make this section much easier to refer to than the black and white diagrams in the previous edition. In particular, I felt the diagrams indicating the location of vessels in relation to either muscular or visceral structures would be a good reference guide if needing to prepare for a procedure in a more unfamiliar anatomical area. Chapters 14–19 provide an in-depth look at the central nervous system. In particular, the sections on cranial nerves (19) and spinal nerves (17) provide a useful reference guide for patients who require neurolocalisation of a particular spinal cord or brain lesion or where an in-depth review of brain or spinal cord anatomy is required, both at general practice and referral level.


Overall, this new edition has given a well timed revamp to an essential veterinary text that is in regular use in our clinic. I would highly recommend this text for students, general practitioners and referral clinicians alike and have found it to be an invaluable resource for surgical planning.

Rachel Hattersley

Rachel graduated from the RVC in 2003 and spent several years in general practice before completing a residency in small animal surgery at the University of Liverpool. She achieved the ECVS diploma in small animal surgery in 2012 and works as a soft tissue surgeon at Davies Veterinary Specialists.