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Review of "Black's Student Veterinary Dictionary - Edward Boden"

published 10/09/2013 | 12jane
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Pro Interesting read for vet students
Cons Not enough detail
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"Abamectin to Zygote!!"

As a student of veterinary science, I rely on a LOT of books in my course. Many are textbooks, costing up to several hundred pounds each. However, there are also cheaper and less comprehensive books I need that are equally useful in my studies. This review is on one of those books, called the Black's Student Veterinary Dictionary, which is edited by Edward Boden.

*What is it?*

Black's Student Veterinary Dictionary is a 800 page book which contains thousands of entries of various ailments, symptoms and drugs over a whole range of animals, from domestic to farm and wild animals. Like any "normal" dictionary it starts from A-Z starting at Abamectin (an avermectin used in cattle as an ectoparasiticide and endoparaciticide) all the way to Zygote (the body that results from the fertilisation of an egg cell by a sperm). This is obviously the easiest way to find what you're looking for, though it might have been easier to organise sections in groups of drugs, diseases, etc. I prefer it to be alphabetised.

I find that some entries don't have as much detail as I would like, and some that I expect to be in there are missing, such as when I was recently interested in looking up the symptoms of lungworm and was unable to find it. But overall there is usually enough detail to remind me what something is, and to help me understand something. It is not a book to use for revision, but more to use when you hear one or two words while at the vets and aren't sure what they mean. It is a more reliable than the alternative - Google.

The dimensions of the book are 4.2 x 14 x 21.6 cm so its a rather bulky book at approx 1kg in weight. It is a paperback book, with green covers, featuring an image of a horse. Inside there is a preface, describing the history of the book, including its many editions since it was first published in 1928. At the back there is a list of useful addresses, such as the RSPCA and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Personally I have never used these addresses, but it's nice to know they are there.

*Who for?*

As the title states, the dictionary is for veterinary students. As a second year student myself I received this book as a Christmas present. I would recommend this book to vet students and possibly vetinary nurses. It is not for the general public, as it would probably confuse and worry them, in the same way googling your symptoms usually makes you think you have a brain tumour or some other fatal disease!

*Where from?*

The Black's Student Veterinary Dictionary can be purchased from Amazon for £10.34, reduced from the RRP of £14.99.

I award this book 3 stars, as it isn't detailed enough to be used in revision, but is too big and bulky to be a pocket guide. Definitely one for any vet's shelf though!

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  • Scotlass712 published 23/10/2014
    Nicely reviewed :-)
  • Deesrev published 19/01/2014
    Smashing review, thank you xXx
  • pinky50 published 10/09/2013
    Good to know about this book, thanks hun, good luck with your studies x
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Manufacturer: Black's

Author: Edward Boden

Edition: Paperback

EAN: 9780713687637

ISBN: 0713687630

Subgenre: Dictionary


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