Features and Benefits

  • Timely, relevant information written in a student-friendly style including:

    • A look at changes in the tastes, preferences, and habits of consumers, economic considerations, and the relative costs of animal products and their contributions to restructuring of the animal industries;

    • Acknowledgement and exploration of the changing viewpoints toward the animals in our care—concerns over animal welfare, animal rights, food safety, biotechnology, ethical resource allocations, sustainability of agriculture, and other issues affecting animal use; and

    • Information concerning llamas, companion animals, and other species not traditional to the animal sciences.

  • Coverage of the individual disciplines that combine to become the whole of Animal Science and how the science of each contributes to the whole, including:

    • How animals fit into all of society and how they contribute to the well-being of humans from a worldwide perspective;

    • Agriculture across the globe, exploring the many uses of domesticated animals;

    • Individual chapters dedicated to the species of primary importance to humans, and discussion of the industries that have arisen around those species and their effects on our society and our economy; and

    • A global perspective throughout, covering the impact of animals on humans in the world, the types of agriculture found around the world, and the influences other countries have on U.S. animal industries.

  • Flexibility in the four-part organization easily accommodates the three major approaches of animal science–biological, industry, or species.

    • Instructors get a multi-faceted curriculum that can be adapted to a variety of courses.

    • The worldview information from Part One and the societal issue from Part Four round out the approaches.

  • Thorough coverage of the biological disciplines, such as nutrition, digestion, feeds, genetics, reproduction, disease, and animal behavior, promotes an in-depth understanding of traditional Animal Science topics.

    • Timely information reflects what is happening to the world, agriculture, people, and their animals.

    • Photos in the species chapters cover a few of the most common issues/disease/conditions for each species.

  • The latest research and information on biotechnology keep students on top of this rapidly changing field.

    • Learning Boxes on biotechnology focus on key topics to help students and instructors tackle this often-intimidating subject.

  • Chapters devoted to a wide variety of animal species introduce students to the history, trends, and structure of both macro species (beef cattle, dairy cattle, poultry, swine, sheep, goats) and micro species (aquaculture, rabbits, the lamoids, companion animals).

  • Societal issues relevant to Animal Science introduce students to concerns affecting the industry, such as animal welfare, animal rights, food safety, ethical resource allocation, and sustainability of agriculture. (Part IV)

  • Coverage of highly publicized issues, such as mad cow disease and bioterrorism, helps students understand what’s happening in the industry today.

  • Strong, well-designed features enhance learning and make it easier for students to grasp the concepts.

    • 4-color figures with carefully written captions add visual appeal to the text, while reinforcing the relevance of the figure to the chapter material.

    • NEW! New figures and redesigned and updated graphics appear throughout.

    • UPDATED! Streamlined tables put greater emphasis on example information, rather than on information per se.

    • UPDATED! Enhanced margin terms and glossary terms facilitate reading and understanding of the material.

  • Updated, expanded, and improved coverage includes:

    • UPDATED! The latest statistical information as appropriate.

    • UPDATED! Improvements to the lactation chapter, the animal health chapter, and the animal health sections in each of the species chapters.

    • UPDATED! Substantial updates in the biotechnology chapter and the nutrition chapters.

    • UPDATED: Enhanced material on food safety.