Recommended References for Emergency and Critical Care

Exotic animal texts for the urgent care setting

In September 2017, LafeberVet sent out a brief poll soliciting recommended references for use in emergency and critical care settings. The results are listed below.

Tier 1

There were three clear winners for books recommended to colleagues for care of exotic animal patients:

Exotic Animal Formulary


Tier 2

Other exotic animal books were recommended for urgent care settings in a more moderate fashion:

Clinical Veterinary Advisor


Additional poll results

Vet Clinics

  • Altman RB, Clubb SL, Dorrestein GM, Quesenberry K. Avian Medicine and Surgery. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1997 (15.38%)
  • O’Malley B. Clinical Anatomy and Physiology of Exotic Species. Edinburgh: Elsevier Saunders; 2005 (15.38%)
  • Fordham M, Roberts B. Emergency and Critical Care, An Issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice, Volume 19-2, 1st ed. Elsevier; 2016 (15.38%)
  • Chitty J, Raftery A. Essentials of Tortoise Medicine and Surgery. Wiley-Blackwell; 2013 (7.69%)


Emergency and critical care texts

(List published 2011)

DiBartola SP. Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice, Elsevier Saunders; St. Louis; 2011.

Gupta RC. Veterinary Toxicology: Basic and Clinical Principles. Academic Press; New York; 2007.

Macintire DK, Drobatz KJ, Haskins SC, Saxon WD (eds). Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Ames; Blackwell Publishing; 2006.

Mathews KA. Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Manual, 2nd edition. Lifelearn Publishers; 2006.

Silverstein DC, Hopper K (eds). Small Animal Critical Care Medicine, 2nd ed. St. Louis; Saunders Elsevier; 2014.

Veterinary Clinics of North America: Exotic Animal Practice. Emergency and critical care. 10(2), 2007.

Vincent JL, Abraham E, Kochanek P, et al. Textbook of Critical Care: Expert Consult Premium Edition. Elsevier Saunders; Philadelphia; 2011.


Critical Care Medicine, ISSN: 1530-0293. Publisher: Society of Critical Care Medicine.

Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, ISSN: 1476-4431. Publisher: Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.