Helminths, Arthropods and Protozoa of Domesticated Animals, 7th Edition
by E. J. L. Soulsby January 2012
The ·object of Professor Miinnig’s Veterinary Helminthology and Entomology, first published in 1934, was ‘to give in a scientific way, the most important practical facts of the subiect’. To achieve this aim in a contemporary context necessitates an understanding of modern knowledge of the morphology, physiology and biology .. of the parasites and of the host response to them. This implies that the demarcations between various disciplines become increasingly blurred and in the present edition it has been possible to combine advances in several areas so as to present a more comprehensive understanding of the subject of parasitism than has been possible previously. A further aim has been to provide users of the text with the basis of an understanding for problems they may encounter in the future in addition to supplying existing knowledge of parasitic diseases of domesticated animals. There is every evidence that the problems of the next decade will differ, probably markedly, from those of today. The intensification of livestock farming, and the problems of animal waste disposal in industrialized countries and the new approaches to agriculture in third world nations, much of it · relying increasingly on animals, are examples of the new horizons of understanding needed of parasite diseases in the future.
This seventh edition takes note of these needs for the conventional domesticated animals, but in addition it widens the concept of ‘domesticated animals’. Thus, accounts of parasites and their associated diseases in fish, both commercially farmed and aquarium bred, are included since the veterinarian is increasingly concerned with fish husbandry and diseases. Parasitic entities of laboratory animals receive increased attention in this edition, to meet the expanded role of the veterinarian in laboratory animal medicine. More information is included on parasites of wild animals and exotic pets since these are now much more within the purview of veterinary care than previously.