This is an amazing manual covering animal functions of all the major domestic animals. It contains an incredible amount of information in one volume. It is written in a simple, easy to understand style, supplemented with many good illustrations. This book was developed to benefit rural people in many areas of the world where livestock still play an important role in village life. It deals with many different animal health related topics, including disease prevention, control and treatment, and the promotion of good animal nutrition. Specifically, the authors hope that this book will be useful for people living in areas where there is no veterinarian available. It is hoped that people who use this book will be able to realize which disease conditions they can handle on their own and when to call for help from more experienced animal health workers.
Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Quesenberry joined the Chino Valley Veterinary Group and practiced there as a dairy vet for 2 years before he and his wife Mary went to Nepal in 1980 through Christian Veterinary Mission / World Concern. In Nepal he worked with the United Mission to Nepal and helped to further establish a clinic and an animal health training program for farmers. In addition, he helped train veterinary technicians for the government of Nepal and write curricula and textbooks. In 1990 Dr. Quesenberry returned to the States and completed his masters before returning to Asia in 1991. He has since worked in Laos, Nepal and Thailand. Dr. Birmingham worked as a large animal veterinarian for 2.5 years at Paradise Veterinary Practice in Upstate New York. She then worked for Christian Veterinary Mission / World Concern in Haiti for 4 years. There she worked with an indigenous NGO to develop training on animal husbandry and health for farmers and animal health agents. She was also seconded to the International Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture to help with the African Swine Fever Eradication effort in Haiti. She then worked in Bolivia for 1.3 years with an indigenous NGO to train animal health agents. After subsequent post-graduate training in public health and epidemiology and a preventative medicine residency, she is working now for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an epidemiologist and has been detailed to the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland since 1993.