Saunders Solutions in Veterinary Practice Small Animal Emergency Medicine is my sole-authored book which was published in September 2010. This book is part of a series from Elsevier Saunders aimed primarily at vets and nurses in first opinion non-referral practice.
The book is divided into four sections. The first covers some fundamental core principles of emergency medicine such as major body system examination and fluid therapy. The second section presents a rational approach to a variety of presenting problems such as collapse, respiratory distress and seizures. The third section then covers specific disorders such as trauma, acute abdomen and toxicological emergencies in greater detail, and the fourth section presents notes on anaesthesia, transfusion medicine and paediatrics. The book ends with a drug formulary, an appendix of procedures and some multiple choice questions. A number of cases are presented throughout to demonstrate application of the theoretical discussion and there are various clinical tips included.
Based on my combined experiences in both first opinion and referral practice, in this book I have tried to show how emergency medicine can be practiced to a high standard without extensive facilities using physical examination, rational thought processes and equipment that should be available in the majority of small animal practices.
As with all books, there are no doubt improvements that can be made - maybe in a second edition some time in the future! - but overall I hope that this book makes a valuable contribution in spreading ECC amongst the veterinary community. I would be very pleased to hear any feedback - good and of course bad!
The book is available from various retailers as a paperback, e-book and Kindle version.