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Biology and Diseases of the Ferret, Third Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a current, comprehensive reference on the ferret. Encyclopedic in scope, it is the only book to focus on the characteristics that make the ferret an important research animal, with detailed information on conditions, procedures, and treatments. Offering basic information on biology, husbandry, clinical medicine, and surgery, as well as unique information on the use of ferrets in biomedical research, Biology and Diseases of the Ferret is an essential resource for investigators using ferrets in the laboratory and for companion animal and comparative medicine veterinarians.

The Third Edition adds ten completely new chapters, covering regulatory considerations, black-footed ferret recovery, diseases of the cardiovascular system, viral respiratory disease research, morbillivirus research, genetic engineering, hearing and auditory function, vision and neuroplasticity research, nausea and vomiting research, and lung carcinogenesis research. Additionally, the anesthesia, surgery, and biomethodology chapter has been subdivided into three and thoroughly expanded. The book also highlights the ferret genome project, along with the emerging technology of genetically engineered ferrets, which is of particular importance to the future of the ferret as an animal model in research and will allow the investigation of diseases and their genetic basis in a small, easily maintained, non-rodent species.

Section I Biology and Husbandry
Chapter 1. Taxonomy, History, and Use
Chapter 2. Anatomy of the Ferret
Chapter 3. Neuroanatomy of the Ferret Brain with Focus on the Cerebral Cortex
Chapter 4. Physiology of the Ferret
Chapter 5. Nutrition of the Ferret
Chapter 6. Housing and Management
Chapter 7. Normal Clinical and Biological Parameters
Chapter 8. Growth and Reproduction
Chapter 9. Regulatory Considerations
Chapter 10. Recovery of the Black-Footed Ferret

Section II Diseases and Clinical Applications
Chapter 11. Physical Examination, Preventive Medicine, and Diagnosis in the Ferret
Chapter 12. Anesthesia
Chapter 13. Surgery
Chapter 14. Diseases of the Hematopoietic System
Chapter 15. Diseases of the Genitourinary System
Chapter 16. Diseases of the Gastrointestinal System
Chapter 17. Diseases of the Endocrine System
Chapter 18. Diseases of the Cardiovascular System
Chapter 19. Other Systemic Diseases
Chapter 20. Viral Diseases of Ferrets
Chapter 21. Bacterial and Mycoplasmal Diseases
Chapter 22. Parasitic Diseases
Chapter 23. Mycotic Diseases
Chapter 24. Neoplastic Diseases

Section III Research and Applications
Chapter 25. The Ferret in Viral Respiratory Disease Research
Chapter 26. The Ferret in Morbillivirus Research
Chapter 27. Use of the Ferret in Cardiovascular Research
Chapter 28. Genetic Engineering in the Ferret
Chapter 29. Hearing and Auditory Function in Ferrets
Chapter 30. The Ferret as a Model for Visual System Development and Plasticity
Chapter 31. The Ferret in Nausea and Vomiting Research: Lessons in Translation of Basic Science to the Clinic
Chapter 32. The Ferret in Lung Carcinogenesis and Nutritional Chemoprevention Research

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