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Invertebrate Medicine, 2nd Edition

The Second Edition of Invertebrate Medicine was released by Wiley-Blackwell in December, 2011. This, the second edition of Invertebrate Medicine, represents a concerted effort by a group of dedicated authors on the topic of invertebrate animal medicine. It has been substantially expanded from the first edition to reflect the tremendous growth of the pertinent literature and work that is being accomplished in the fields of invertebrate animal medicine, disease investigation, conservation, husbandry, and animal welfare. With the increased merging of animal and human medicine (“one health” or “one medicine”), the growing importance of invertebrates in biomedical research, and the many ongoing efforts to preserve habitat, protect at risk species, and learn more about how invertebrates help define and connect ecosystems, this new edition is both warranted and timely.

Six new chapters (Reef Systems, Butterfly Houses, Honeybees, Conservation and Preservation, Welfare, and Sources of Supplies) have debuted and three first edition appendices (Neoplasia, Euthanasia, and Reportable Diseases) have been expanded into full chapters. The Laws and Regulations Chapter has been broadened, with the addition of a new author, to include more international information.

Rapid Review of Exotic Animal Medicine and Husbandry

Four authors of international renown have combined their practical and instructional skills to provide this focused yet wide-ranging review. The book is divided into four sections - small mammals, birds, reptiles/amphibians, ornamental fish - and consists of an introduction to the essential aspects of medicine and husbandry of each group of animals, 400 colour-illustrated clinical cases, plus summary questions to highlight key points.

The cases are a blend of the more common and especially interesting conditions, and cover clinical presentation, aetiology/pathogenesis, investigation, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, management options, prognosis and husbandry advice to the client. The case-based approach offers the freedom to deal succinctly with multifactorial and multisystemic conditions. Cases are cross-referenced, cite key references and there is a detailed index.

The Rapid Review is designed to appeal to veterinary practitioners dealing with an ever-wider variety of animals, to veterinary instructors and students, technicians, nurses and assistants, and to other animal health professionals in practice and training.

"Tulip." In: The Rhino With Glue-On Shoes

True stories of zoo vets and their patients! This contributed work, edited by Drs. Lucy Spelman and Ted Mashima, contains a story written by Greg Lewbart about a goldfish named Tulip.

Ivory Hunters: A Novel of Extinction

"Ivory Hunters' fictional aspects are exciting and well paced. But what makes this book different is its educational value and centering its conflicts around environmentally sensitive areas."
--Mike Mazur, Florida Naturalist

Pavilion Key: Isle of Buried Treasure

This novel, set in Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, follows the efforts of Game and Freshwater Fish Commission officer Hal Noble as he tries to foil illegal activities that threaten one of the most endangered reptiles on earth, the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. Lewbart, a veterinarian and associate professor of aquatic animal medicine at North Carolina State, has devised a classic page-turner mystery, interlaced with timely themes related to natural history, ecology, and conservation.

--Northeastern University Magazine, 2000

Invertebrate Medicine

This book will be of great interest to veterinarians with an involvement in fish medicine, as the book also deals with sponges, jellyfish, sea urchins, anemones, corals, mollusks, starfish, crayfish, lobsters, shrimp, crabs, hermit crabs, and many more. Most of these varieties are equally important to environmental studies as sentinels for our ocean waters.

The popularity of spiders and scorpions will make this book a necessity for veterinarians treating those species.

Clinicians in laboratory animal medicine will find this book an irreplaceable source of information.

The lists of common names, drugs/therapeutic agents, common parasites of invertebrate species, legislation restrictions, and the other books and papers on invertebrates listed in the hundreds of references make this a valuable reference in itself.

The overall compilation of invertebrate medicine makes this probably the premier text on the subject. Each chapter seems to thoroughly cover its topic, including natural history, anatomy, physiology, environmental issues, preventative medicine, anesthesia, surgery, treatment protocols, and formularies.

Greg Lewbart did an excellent job of pulling this text together. I would recommend having a copy in the clinic library.

--Kathy Lyon, Veterinary Information Network (VIN), 2006


Invertebrate Medicine fills a void in the veterinary literature relating to an important and vast group of species.

This texbook is an excellent source of information for veterinary students, veterinarians, hobbyists, zoo biologists, and production managers who wish to learn about invertebrate husbandry, management, and biomedicine.

--George Kollias II, DVM, PhD, DACZM, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), 2006.


This textbook represents an impressive collection of what is currently known about invertebrate medicine. This information was drawn from a wide variety of resources and is an extremely valuable resource for those laboratory animal veterinarians who work in facilities housing invertebrates.

--Molly Lucas, MS, DVM and Gerald L. van Hoosier, DVM, DACLAM, Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (JAALAS), 2006.


The book should serve as an excellent introduction to a subject.

--Robert R. Stickney, Reviews in Fisheries Science, 2006.


Self-Assessment Color Review of Ornamental Fish

This review provides 265 clinical cases, covers all of the important medical and surgical conditions found in ornamental fish and includes material on aquatic invertebrates.

The illustrated cases appear randomly by topic and are targeted at different levels of expertise. In addition, questions on fish anatomy, physiology, husbandry and identification are included to ensure that the book is both educational and comprehensive.

A team of internationally respected authors have written the questions and detailed explanatory answers to make the text practical, informative and, at the same time, easy to read. Veterinary practitioners, professional aquarists, hobbyists and students will find this a valuable addition to their education and clinical training.