Tenth Edition of The Merck Veterinary Manual Debuts


October 13, 2010 7:08 am ET

New Book to Feature Hundreds of Full-Color Images

Merck announced today that the Tenth Edition of The Merck Veterinary
, a comprehensive reference on animal health for veterinary
professionals, has now been released.

First published in 1955, The Merck Veterinary Manual addresses
diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases in companion, food,
exotic, wild, and laboratory animals. Over 400 veterinary experts from
19 countries contributed to this latest edition which is published as an
educational partnership with Merial Limited.

“The goal of The Merck Veterinary Manual has always been to
provide concise and authoritative information on all common diseases of
animals likely to be seen by veterinarians,” said editor of The
Merck Veterinary Manual
, Cynthia M. Kahn, B.A., M.A., of Merial
Limited. “This new edition reflects both the remarkable advances in
veterinary science and the emergence of new pathogens and diseases since
the previous edition.”

For the first time, The Merck Veterinary Manual, a hardcover
book, features hundreds of full-color graphics, including illustrations,
photomicrographs, and radiographic, ultrasonographic, and endoscopic
images. Every chapter of the new manual has been reviewed and updated to
reflect the latest findings in medicine and clinical practice.

Ten new chapters have been added to provide information on emerging
issues of importance to veterinarians, including the cloning of domestic
animals, complementary and alternative veterinary medicine, and diseases
and disorders such as equine metabolic syndrome, disorders of potassium
metabolism, seminal vesiculitis in bulls, and pseudopregnancy in goats.

The Tenth Edition reflects the increasing knowledge base regarding
exotic and laboratory animals with expanded coverage of pet birds, fish,
ratites, reptiles, and rodents.

A chapter on African hedgehogs has been added to reflect their growing
popularity as pets.

The extensive Zoonoses reference table has also been updated with new
introductory material, recent zoonoses, and cross references to more
complete discussions. In addition, the zoonotic potential of veterinary
diseases has been highlighted throughout the text. Other sections that
have been extensively revised include toxicology, immunology, and

The pharmacology section includes content on drug actions and
pharmacodynamics, veterinary dosage forms and delivery systems, and
chemical residues in food. More than 60 tables in this section provide
information on topics such as drug treatments and potencies, laboratory
tests, and parasites.

Published as a service to the scientific community, The Tenth Edition of The
Merck Veterinary Manual
sells for $60.00 and is available at leading
bookstores, by calling toll-free at 877-762-2974, or via the Internet at www.merckbooks.com.

Merck also publishes The Merck/Merial Manual for Pet Health, The
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, The Merck Manual of Patient
Symptoms, The Merck Manual Home Health Handbook, The Merck Manual of
Health and Aging
, and The Merck Index.

About Merck

Today’s Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be
well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United States and Canada.
Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and
consumer care and animal health products, we work with customers and
operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health
solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to
healthcare through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. For
more information, visit www.merck.com.

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