4 REVIEWED Veterinary Histology Books for Your Textbook Library

The Importance of Veterinary Histology

The importance of veterinary histology can be considered as the study of physiology and anatomy at a microscopic level. It focuses on how tissues are structured and discovering how they work. Veterinarians need to know how normal tissue works and works so that they can recognize different diseases.

Running histology tests also helps discover the cause of diseases, how we can treat the disease and whether the prescribed treatment is effective. Students must learn which tests to run and how to interpret the results. 

It is vital for students studying veterinary histology to have a comprehensive atlas that covers the species they are studying and provides a multitude of images for students to interpret and examine. 

4 Must-Have Books on Veterinary Histology

Textbook of Veterinary Histology First Edition

This first edition textbook has helped students around the world decipher the complex world of veterinary histology, in which there is a shortage of textbooks specifically dedicated to veterinary histology. The textbook includes over 400 color figures, grouped into significant sections for students to quickly reference and accompanied by informative textual context to explain the image and histology terminology. It has been ranked #22 in Histology on Amazon.

The author, Don. A. Samuelson MS Ph.D. has been teaching veterinary histology at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine for over 15 years, his experience in teaching reflects in his writings. His book (which comes as a hard copy book) is aimed at students to aid their professional studies and practicing veterinarians as reference mat. Students around the world have stated that the content of the textbook is consistent with their course curriculum. 

The book contains a large variety of color micrographs and electron micrographs that demonstrate tissue, organ, and cell structure, as well as diagrams of tissues and cells highlighting structural-functional correlates. 

The book’s format makes it easy for students to navigate. Chapters begin with a list of key points. The succinct format and style make it quick and easy to find useful information. There is a helpful table of histological features in each chapter summarizing key concepts. 

Students have boasted that this textbook is unlike other histology texts that contain multiple images. Still, very little textual content provides plenty of high-quality, informative images and explanations for each image down to the smallest detail. So, for those students who struggle to understand the terminology used in lectures and need a textbook to reference at home, this textbook may be your new best friend! 

Veterinary Histology of Domestic Mammals and Birds 5th Edition

This veterinary histology textbook covers the broad spectrum of domestic mammals and birds and is complete with veterinary histology images accompanying informative text. The author has presented the information structurally and functionally, with a peerless collection of schematics, diagrams, electron microscope images, and color micrographs.

The Veterinary Histology of Domestic Mammals and Birds 5th Edition also comes with additional online access to 900 additional color images. Students find this vast collection of images and informative text within the color atlas of veterinary histology to be a vital study companion or addition to their veterinary library. 

It comes in two forms, as an Ebook or a hard copy. The Ebook has the same page numbers as the physical edition and the ability to highlight, take notes and search the book. It can be read with free Kindle apps, Kindle E-Readers, and Fire tablet devices. When considering which format to purchase, a student must consider their personal learning preference. 

The text in this color atlas of veterinary histology has been translated from german to reach an international audience. Students of veterinary medicine worldwide should find this to be a comprehensive guide to the histology of domestic mammals and birds. Especially for those interested in learning more about avian histology, this book may be the perfect study companion for you. 

Dellmann's Textbook of Veterinary Histology (6th Edition)

The Sixth Edition of Dellman’s Textbook of Veterinary Histology continues with Dr. Dellman’s student-friendly approach to presenting the basics of histology, cytology, and microscopic anatomy. The new edition has up-to-date information on the most current knowledge of cell, tissue, and organ structure.

The book has become an essential resource for veterinarians and graduate students but has been written with special consideration for first-year veterinary students and presenting the basics of veterinary histology concisely. 

The sixth edition includes additional images, and line drawings, a two-page insert of full-color histology images, a list of suggested readings for further studies, and the text is now organized by body region, which allows the presentation to emphasize comparative species information.

Students may purchase this textbook as a hard copy or Ebook. However, the hard copy comes with an interactive CD-ROM histology atlas containing over 800 color images with descriptions and identifying labels.

Many first-year students have found this to be a helpful tool in their studies as it provides many high-quality images with the basics in understanding beginners’ veterinary histology. The textbook is not only suitable for beginners in histology, and it contains valuable images and information that practicing veterinarians may find helpful to keep as their guide in day-to-day histology within a veterinary clinic.

This textbook has been popularly reviewed, with a ranking of #12 in Histology on Amazon. Students have left reviews saying the textbook’s content is comprehensive; however, the images within the book are in black and white. Some students have struggled with interpreting the black and white photos, but a solution to this issue is that the CD-ROM with color images for interpretation.

Color Atlas of Veterinary Histology 3rd Edition

The 3rd Edition of the Color Atlas of Veterinary Histology has been designed to build a solid foundation of understanding and interpreting veterinary histology and cytology of eight domestic species (cats, dogs, cows, horses, goats, sheep, chickens, and pigs) for veterinary students, and to be a valuable benchside reference for veterinary practitioners. The atlas is the highest-ranked on amazon of the four books reviewed, at number #10 in Histology.

The revised third edition is updated with new information, images, and terminology to give students the most current knowledge. In addition, for the first time, it comes with 900+ photomicrographs available on an interactive CD. The new edition of this histology atlas also provides photographic resources for veterinary and technician students to interpret histologic preparations.

Students have claimed that the expanded introductory sections of the third edition have provided them with valuable information and helpful hints on beginner-level histology. In addition, the interactive DVD with zoom capability has provided useful reference and study material for students, with some students claiming it is the key to passing their histology exams! 

The authors of this textbook are William J. Bacha Jr.., Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Biology at Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, and Linda M. Bacha VMD, an assistant professor department. 

The atlas they have created has long been regarded as a key staple in the study of veterinary histology, and many students will find it a valuable addition to their library. 

Summing it all up!

When students are looking for a textbook with complete and comprehensive knowledge of the basics of veterinary histology, it is essential to remember that a histology textbook should have a vast collection of high-quality images with supporting informative, descriptive text. 

Students should also decide if they would work better with a hard copy or an electronic copy of the textbook and whether the book comes with an additional CD-ROM with access to color images for histology and cytology reference. 

There is no point in having an extensive collection of images to study without the textual interpretation for students to fully understand what they are looking at. For this reason, this author’s chosen pick of the reviewed textbooks would be The Color Atlas of Veterinary Histology 3rd Edition.

This atlas combines high-quality images with important information and a beginners level introduction to histology and cytology in a wide variety of species. 

The textbook has long been recognized as a valuable study tool for students tackling histology. With the new adjustments and addition of the interactive CD ROM in the third edition, students will be praising their copy of the color atlas when the time comes for their histology exams.

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