This book is a comprehensive presentation of health and diseases in reindeer and caribou, or just Rangifer, a key Circumarctic species with broad social and ecological value. It is an essential reference for anyone interested in the biology and health of wild or semi-domesticated reindeer and caribou, and is more broadly relevant for those with interests in other species of free-ranging and captive cervids. Beginning with a general introduction to Rangifer as a species, it then focuses on Rangifer "health" as a concept and describes the determinants of health at an individual and population level. Chapters cover a range of topics from nutrition and feeding to stress, non-infectious and infectious diseases, meat hygiene, capture and restraint, diagnosis and treatment of health issues, and finally, potential impacts of climate change on health of Rangifer.

Reindeer and Caribou: Health and Disease compiles extensive research and experience-based information on issues ranging from drug doses for chemical immobilization, blood chemistry values, and raising an orphaned calf. In addition, it contains hundreds of high quality colour illustrations that contribute to its value as a diagnostic resource for recognizing various parasites, pathogens and signs of disease, both in live and dead animals. Each chapter is followed by a comprehensive list of references and a list of contact information for all the contributors, identifying world experts in the different areas of health for this circumpolar and fascinating species. This book is compulsory reading and an indispensable resource for anyone dealing with health in reindeer and caribou, including veterinarians, wildlife biologists and managers, reindeer herders/game ranchers, zoological husbandry personnel, and students with wildlife health.

chapter 1|90 pages


ByKnut H. Røed, Steeve Côté, Glenn Yannic, Mauri K. U. Nieminen, Jan Åge Riseth, Hans Tømmervik, Bruce C. Forbes, Jan Adamczewski, Jim Dau, Åshild Ønvik Pedersen, Janice E. Rowell, John E. Blake, Øystein Holand, Robert B. Weladji

chapter 2|15 pages

Rangifer Health

A Holistic Perspective
ByBryan Macbeth, Susan J. Kutz

chapter 3|28 pages

Rangifer Diet and Nutritional Needs

ByBirgitta Åhman, Robert G. White

chapter 4|22 pages

Feeding and Associated Health Problems

ByBirgitta Åhman, Gregory L. Finstad, Terje D. Josefsen

chapter 5|20 pages

Non-Infectious Diseases and Trauma

ByErik Ågren, Torill Mørk

chapter 6|60 pages

Parasitic Infections and Diseases

BySusan J. Kutz, Sauli Laaksonen, Kjetil Åsbakk, Arne C. Nilssen

chapter 7|36 pages

Bacterial Infections and Diseases

ByTerje D. Josefsen, Torill Mørk, Ingebjørg H. Nymo

chapter 8|32 pages

Viral Infections and Diseases

ByMorten Tryland, Carlos G. das Neves, Jörn Klein, Torill Mørk, Maria Hautaniemi, Jonas J. Wensman

chapter 9|10 pages

Prions and Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

ByMorten Tryland

chapter 10|38 pages

The Impact of Infectious Agents on Rangifer Populations

ByAnja M. Carlsson, Andy Dobson, Susan J. Kutz

chapter 11|30 pages

Meat Quality and Meat Hygiene

ByEva Wiklund, Gunnar Malmfors, Gregory L. Finstad, Birgitta Åhman, Lavrans Skuterud, Jan Adamczewski, Kerri Garner

chapter 12|62 pages

Assessment and Treatment of Reindeer Diseases

BySauli Laaksonen

chapter 13|10 pages

Haematology and Blood Biochemistry Reference Values for Rangifer

ByMorten Tryland, Timo Soveri

chapter 14|10 pages

Caribou and Reindeer in Parks and Zoos

ByDouglas P. Whiteside, Owen M. Slater

chapter 15|28 pages

Restraint and Immobilization

ByMarianne Lian, Alina L. Evans, Kimberlee B. Beckmen, Nigel A. Caulkett, Jon M. Arnemo

chapter 16|22 pages

Climate Change

Potential Impacts on Pasture Resources, Health and Diseases of Reindeer and Caribou
ByMorten Tryland, Virve Ravolainen, Åshild Ønvik Pedersen