Q&A with the Editors
What can you tell us about your book-who is it aimed at and how will it help them?
Busy veterinary practitioners and students of veterinary medicine. The pet owner can also easily find out further information on their pet’s medical condition. Client education topics are included with the textbook. What is in this new edition that we haven’t seen in the others?
A new Edition is being done every three years; topics are now totally in alphabetical order and not in sections so even easier for the reader to quickly find out information they need, rather than searching information from within a chapter as found in most of the other textbooks on the market;a Client Education section; still a format for each topic that is easy to see how to make a diagnosis and treat the condition. What makes this new edition stand out from other veterinary internal medicine titles?
Most current textbook published in the veterinary field with an easy to use format. The book also covers essentially every disease condition and clinical sign that dogs and cats can have! Tell us about this title’s Companion Website.
We eliminated the Client Handout CD and created the Companion Website which houses the more than 300 Client Handouts. The handouts are available for customization and use in practice, each being redesigned with a more attractive color design, and with more obvious opportunities to personalize. What change, happening in the field, do you believe is going to make the most difference in Small Animal clinics?
More continued specialization --- Pet owners are more knowledgeable and are demanding current diagnostics and therapy for their pets—which means the veterinarian in practice needs to stay current. The 5 Minute Consult is the only education publication that does that! The only other avenue for keeping up is attending the veterinary conferences.
In your perspective what is the biggest challenge in the Veterinary field at this time?
The need for the veterinarian to be current in all of the diagnostics and treatment principles. What advice do you have for a new veterinarian that wants to specialize in Canine/Feline practice?
To specialize is highly recommended while at the same time being a general practitioner-it is a satisfying as you can focus on one or two areas of expertise in that respective practice. The doctor needs to stay current to be specialist—it is why 5 Minute Consult is ideal for each veterinary practice.
“This reference is useful for veterinary students and general practitioners alike; each subject heading provides diagnostic and treatment information that makes this book a valuable quick reference for use in day-to-day clinical practice.” (Journal of The American Veterinary Medical Association, 15 June 2012)
“In summary this book certainly merits a place on the shelf in every small animal practice. The prime target audience is clearly the busy general practitioner, but students, veterinary nurses, and even specialists requiring a concise summary of conditions out-side of their area of expertise, will not fail to find items of interest within what is, in all but name, an encyclopaedia of canine and feline disease.” (Journal of Small Animal Practice, 17 March 2013)
“In summary this book certainly merits a place on the shelf in every small animal practice. The prime target audience is clearly the busy general practitioner, but students, veterinary nurses, and even specialists requiring a concise summary of conditions outside of their area of expertise, will not fail to find items of interest within what is, in all but name, an encyclopaedia of canine and feline disease.” (JSAP, 2012)
"This is an excellent, thorough yet concise, reader-friendly book. It lends itself to rapid information retrieval, which is important to busy practitioners. This edition is better organized, has more information (more topics), and offers the most up-to-date material available. It should be on every general practitioner's shelf." (Doody's, 2 March 2012)
"This book provides relatively new graduates with a useful guide and reference, and more senior colleagues with a refresher and some readily available nuggets of information that could be difficult to find through a literature search ... Whilst this book is written in the USA, it is a useful addition to the bookshelves of UK practices." (Veterinary Practice, 1 February 2012)
"In summary, I feel this is a well-designed and thought-out book, with many distinguished contributors. It would be beneficial to any practice to have a copy on the shelf." (Veterinary Record, 17 December 2011)
"The text is an important addition to the busy practice. This is one of those books that will stay out on the counter throughout the day. The topics are arranged alphabetically and the table of contents is clean and easy-to-use. If you are ambivalent about updating, It's definitely safe to do so with this book." (Vin Book Reviews, 1 December 2011)
Reviews of the Previous Edition:
"Bigger and better… The recent edition of the most widely used book in general practice doesn't fail its mission: to provide easy and fast help to the busy practitioner. It will take you more than 5 minutes to read the 13 pages [on anemia]... but you won’t miss any option! The appendix also contains lots of useful information such as endocrinology tests and toxic agents with their antidotes. A very complete drug formulary provides practical recommendations, including adverse effects and precautions, or the treatment of dogs and cats." -Vets Today
"Blackwell’s latest edition of the Five-Minute Veterinary Consult for canine and feline health issues is a stunning volume which consists of 1578 pages of concise information..... For veterinary students or authors of veterinary literature, this would be a great reference book to have on the shelf. For practicing veterinarians or clinicians the approach of this text allows for quick access in times of diagnostic dilemmas. Finally, for someone who is teaching in a veterinary technician program this book would be an invaluable resource." -Veterinary Information Network
"This book is a one stop shop for anyone who needs an answer fast and the alphabetically ordered format is well suited to this end...As to whether it is a worthwhile investment for any small animal practice I would say definitely yes, and if it is a practice with new or recent graduates then I would argue that it should be a top priority addition to the library." -Journal of Small Animal Practice