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mall Animal Care and Management, fourth edition, offers a current
guide to the care and husbandry of small animals. Designed for small
animal and companion animal courses in secondary education and
vocational-technical programs, this highly illustrative book combines an
overview of the industry with breed-specific information, providing learners
with an exciting introduction to this field.

Why i Wrote thiS text
When I started a class on small animal care several years ago, it soon became
apparent that there weren't any textbooks available in the subject area. I purchased numerous books from pet shops and bookstores to use in developing
my course and spent many hours creating teaching materials, quizzes, and
tests. Because I understood that some educators might be reluctant to start
a course in small animal care due of their lack of knowledge and the lack
of teaching materials in this subject area, I proceeded to write this text and
accompanying instructor resources.
I aimed to write a book that would be flexible enough to be used by
general readers, pet enthusiasts, and students with varying abilities at diverse
grade levels. If it is used as a text for an animal science class, then the instructor can decide how difficult or easy to make the course. The instructor
can also decide what chapters to cover and whether or not to cover all the
material in a specific chapter. The reader of the text should realize that not all
animals discussed in this text are used exclusively as pets. Some animals are
used for food and for fur production. Handling and management practices
may vary depending on what the animal is being produced for. This book
also encourages the reader to research and explore subject areas to learn
more about them. Learning is an ongoing process and should be promoted
through the activities and resources presented in the chapters.
The pet and companion animal industry continues to be a rapidly growing segment of our economy. Employees with knowledge and skills to work
with small animals are constantly in demand.
It is the sincere hope of this author that this text meets the needs of those
who wish to learn about the proper care and management of small animals.

hoW thiS text iS organized
This textbook is organized logically and divided into two sections to facilitate learning:
Section I offers an overview of the small animal care and management
field, including a brief history of small animals and the small animal industry, a review of important safety and health concerns, caring for small
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