Choosing the Top 10 Veterinary Science books was a difficult task. In my humble opinion, I say, "The more, the merrier" when it comes to books, but for the purposes of this article, I will limit myself to a list of the top 10 books I would recommend to buy. This article is geared to both the veterinary professional as well as the student. The list is ordered alphabetically.
Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Consult: Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures: Canine and Feline edited by Shelly L. Vaden, Joyce S. Knoll, Francis W. K. Smith Jr. and Larry P. Tilley.
This book is good to have in the clinical setting for quick consultation of the results on laboratory workups. It focuses on the small animal practice, dogs and cats. The basis of veterinary clinics is diagnosing the problem, and this book will help come to a diagnostic conclusion through laboratory testing.
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy, Volumes 1-3 by Raymond R. Ashdown (volumes 1 and 2) and Stanley H. Done, Peter C. Goody, Neil C. Stickland and Susan A. Evans (Volume 3).
A good reference of anatomy is a must to both the veterinary practitioner as well as the future practitioner (student). I admit I cheated a little bit here by including all three volumes. Each volume focuses on a specific species: Volume 1 on ruminants, Volume 2 on horses, and Volume 3 on the dog and cat.
Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiologyby John E. Hall
A good book on physiology is a must-have for quick reference when needed for consultation on the minutiae of physiological processes, which is one of the basics of veterinary medicine. While this book is actually for the medical professionals (human) it is widely used by veterinary students and professionals throughout the world because it provides a good read on the basics, which is similar in most species.
The Merck Veterinary Manual, edited by Cynthia M. Kahn and Scott Line.
This is a comprehensive resource that has been trusted for many, many years. It is currently on its 10th edition. It offers information on the usual species as well as several exotic species. It also has complete descriptions of disease processes. It is useful to have this reference source in your library for easy consultation.
Plumb's Veterinary Drug Handbook: Pocket by Donald C. Plumb.
This is a drug compendium that provides the latest information on medications. This information includes dosages, side effects, safety, how to monitor as well as the pharmacology and pharmacokinetics along with much, much more. It is an excellent resource to have to consult as needed in both the school and veterinary clinical practice setting.
Small Animal Critical Care Medicineby Deborah Silverstein and Kate Hopper.
This book is interesting from the veterinary Emergency Room point of view. It provides information from various professionals with ER experience. It is organized for easy and fast access to the relevant information.
Techniques in Large Animal Surgery, Third Edition by Dean Hendrickson.
This book focuses on large animals including horses, cows, pigs, goats and a few exotic species. It is aimed for students and new graduates and will provide a good basis for performing surgeries on these animals.
Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine by Stephen J. Ettinger and C. Feldman
This is a very detailed, encyclopedia-like reference that can be used by both students and professionals. It is easier to read with more experience in the field. It provides in-depth information on everything related to the disease process and is an excellent choice for consultation.
Veterinary Surgery: Small Animal: 2-Volume Setby Karen M. Tobias and Spencer A. Johnston
Veterinary Surgeons and students of this field will find this book useful. It provides information on the surgical procedures as well as anatomy reminders. This book focuses on the small animal (dog and cat).
Vetting: The Making of a Veterinarian by Dr. Pete Freyburger.
This is an insightful, interesting and entertaining book about one veterinarian and his experiences. This is an interesting read for both veterinarians and the lay person. It shows the veterinary profession from a more personal angle.