BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dermatology, 3rd Edition Edited - by Hilary Jackson and Rosanna Marsella


  • Jonathan Hardy MA VetMB MRCVS

BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dermatology, 3rd Edition, Hilary Jackson and Rosanna Marsella. Published by the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, 2012, paperback, 296 pages, Price £89.00 (£55.00 to BSAVA members), ISBN: 978 1 905319 27 5

Ten years have elapsed since the release of the 2nd edition of the BSAVA Manual of Small Animal Dermatology and there have been many advances in diagnostics and therapeutics during that time. We have also seen the threat of animal-adapted multidrug resistant bacteria such as meticillin resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) become a reality. With general practitioners continuing to see a large dermatology caseload in the face of high owner expectation, the importance of an up-to-date edition is clear, and therefore the recent publication of the 3rd edition of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Dermatology is timely and welcome.

As with the previous edition, the book is divided into small, easily accessible chapters with input from an international panel of specialists in dermatology. The first few chapters of the book take the reader through structure and function, essentials of consulting and core investigative procedures. These are followed by chapters focused on a problem-based approach to dermatology, and all are full of excellent colour images, clear tables and information boxes that give the interested reader more detail in certain areas. The second half of the book has chapters focusing on important dermatological conditions and groups of disorders, and gives far more information and detail, whilst still being accessible and easy to read. Again, there are helpful charts and tables, clear pictures and very up-to-date references. The general layout of the book works well, with the first half helping with the initial presentation and diagnosis, and the second half inviting the reader to learn more about the diagnosis in question. For the vast majority of the book, information is relevant and translates well for the UK audience. However, some discretion is needed in certain chapters as some drugs are not available in the UK and others mentioned in the book do not fall under the UK prescribing cascade.

This edition sees a number of changes from the 2nd edition. The book is no longer titled Small Animal Dermatology, and this reflects the loss of chapters on exotic species, birds, fish and reptiles. The new edition instead focuses purely on dogs and cats and the change is due to the ever expanding body of information and literature that means covering more species in one book is no longer feasible. Extensive information on neoplastic skin diseases has also been purposefully omitted for the same reasons. However, despite these omissions, there have been a number of welcome new chapters including an approach to nasal planum and footpad disorders, erosions and ulcerations and feline chapters focusing on alopecia and allergic disease. These chapters address topics that are often difficult and frustrating to diagnose and manage in general practice and contain a huge amount of useful information to assist with these cases. Other additions include a combined autoimmune and immune mediated disease chapter, which provides a clear overview of these rare but often severe diseases, and chapters on nutrient responsive skin diseases and paraneoplastic syndromes.


This book would be a very welcome addition to any general practice book collection. In my opinion, due to the additional and updated information, it is very worthwhile even if the previous edition is owned. It is easy to read, full of excellent pictures and very informative charts and tables. It is aimed at assisting busy practitioners and students strengthen their approach to, and knowledge of, dermatology; and it achieves this very well.

Jonathan Hardy


Jon is a Nestlé Purina Senior Clinical Training Scholar in Dermatology at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. He is currently working towards the European Diploma in Veterinary Dermatology.