The Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu is written in a concise format, which is the extension of the National Veterinary Medical Series Pharmacology Book (Editor: F. A. Ahrens) published in 1996.
This book (Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu) is not intended to provide a lengthy discussion of veterinary drugs; instead, it is designed as a handbook that contains concise descriptions of pharmacological concepts and information for the commonly used veterinary drugs available in the United States.
Every effort has been made to keep the information on basic and clinical veterinary pharmacology up-to-date and concise. Whenever possible, each class of drugs is explored under the heading of “general considerations” or “introduction” to convey the basic concept and information, which is followed by a description of the pharmacology of each drug with the headings of:
(1) chemistry/preparations, (2) pharmacological effects/mechanism of action, (3) therapeutic uses, (4) administration, (5) pharmacokinetics, and (6) adverse effects/contraindications.
The ultimate goal of this book (Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu) is to provide to both the veterinary students and practitioners the information on pharmacology that is applicable and easily retrievable. A list of suggested reading at the end of each chapter is provided for further reading of the subject.
In addition, 10–20 study questions and explanations are presented at the end of each chapter. There are two appendices at the end of the book (Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu); one on the withdrawal times for drugs used in production animals and the other on the drug dosages in various domestic species.
The drug dosages in both generic name and selected trade names are listed according to chapter, drug class, route of administration, and species. I hope these two appendices will be useful to veterinary practitioners, particularly when a quick decision is needed on drug therapy.
To complete the task of writing such a book (Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu) requires strong commitment of many of my colleagues. I am most grateful to the 11 contributors who put a great deal of effort in writing chapters amid their busy schedules and to their acceptance and tolerance of my editing.
A special thanks to Mr. Nasser Syed, one of my graduate students, for providing many of the illustrations and helping create the index. I would also like to thank Dr. Dai Tan Vo, another graduate student of mine, for his meticulous efforts in compiling the appendices and some of the tables for this book (Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu).
I am grateful to Dr. Kim D. Lanholz and Dr. Alison E. Barnhill for reviewing some of the chapters. I am indebted to Dr. Donald C. Dyer for his generosity in allowing us to utilize the information and illustrations in the chapters that he wrote for the National Veterinary Medical Series Pharmacology Book (Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu).
The secretarial assistance of Ms. Hilary Renaud and Ms. Marilee Eischeid in preparing the manuscripts is greatly appreciated. It is our hope that the Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology will become a valuable tool for both veterinary students and practitioners.
Please send me an e-mail ([email protected]) if you detect errors and/or have comments/suggestions for improvement of the book (Handbook of Veterinary Pharmacology by Walter H. Hsu) in the next edition. Your input will be deeply appreciated.