Many species of birds are maintained by aviculturalists, zoological institutions, Governments and other organizations for captive breeding programs, research and to educate and inspire those that have the opportunity to view them. The task of maintaining the health of the many species of birds requires constant attention and great effort. Many birds do not exhibit clinical signs until late in a disease process. Consequently, diagnostic procedures, such as hematology, may provide valuable insight into the health status of an individual before clinical signs become apparent, and allow early intervention. Interpretation of hematological results is most effective when the characteristics of a particular species, both in health and in response to disease are known. Unfortunately, these basic facts are not known for the majority of avian species, necessitating extrapolation from knowledge of the characteristics of domestic species of birds and relatively few 'milestone' studies undertaken on 'important' or available species of birds. This book aims to add information to the available information by illustrating the general hematological characteristics of birds, the hematological characteristics of selected species of birds in health and the hematological response to disease by birds, using clinical cases from many different species with a range of clinical disorders. In this way, further fragments of information are organized to increase our understanding of the hematological response to disease that may be encountered in these fascinating animals and further ensure their health.
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||200|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|