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Cannabis Therapy in Veterinary Medicine

A Complete Guide

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  • Explores the various applications of cannabis derived agents in veterinary medicine
  • Discusses pharmcology, toxicology and side effects of cannabinoid treatment
  • Reviews benefits and risks of applying cannabinoids in clinical treatment

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This book provides in-depth information on the applications of cannabis products as a legitimate medicine in treating a variety of diseases and disorders in domestic animals. Pharmacology and toxicology of cannabinoids and their effects on the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in the regulation of diverse physiological and cognitive processes, are discussed in detail. Furthermore, the book reviews development and testing of cannabis based medical products and introduces the nutritional components of cannabis plants. 

Cannabis as a therapeutic in veterinary medicine is gaining interest among owners and practitioners. Numerous studies have been completed or are currently underway that analyze the potential of clinical application of cannabinoid and terpenoid molecules. In this book the authors take a comprehensive look at previous studies in animal and human models and discuss translational applications based on these scientific data.

This seminal text serves as a go-to resource for veterinary practitioners on cannabinoid therapy. It will also serve as a foundation for clinicians and researchers interested in this emerging field of veterinary medicine. 

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Veterinary Cannabinoid Academy, San Jose, USA

    Stephen Cital, Liz Hughston

  • VCA Canada Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital, Vancouver, Canada

    Katherine Kramer

  • Peak Performance Veterinary Group, Breckenridge, USA

    James S. Gaynor

About the editors

Stephen Cital is a research focused veterinary technician specialist with multiple certifications in anesthesia and pain management. His regular position is at Stanford University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute in the Department of Neurobiology. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for veterinary technology colleges, lectures internationally, has served on multiple scientific advisory boards for cannabis based companies and is an independent cannabinoid researcher.

Katherine Kramer, DVM, DABVP (Canine & Feline Practice), CVA, CVTP, Fear Free Certified Professional—A graduate of the University of Georgia. Katherine joined the VCA-Canada Vancouver Animal Wellness Hospital in 2011 and became medical director in 2018. As a small animal integrative veterinarian, incorporating cannabis in her practice has been a natural progression and has resulted in her becoming a vocal proponent for the research and use of cannabis as a therapeutic instrument forcompanion animals. In addition to lecturing and consulting work, Katherine currently serves as a director of the Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine.

Liz Hughston is the Co-Founder of the Veterinary Cannabinoid Academy and practices as a relief veterinary technician, trainer, and consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since her graduation from Foothill College in 2006, Liz went on to become certified as a VTS in both Small Animal Internal Medicine and Emergency and Critical Care in 2012. Liz is dedicated to advancing veterinary nursing through training, mentorship, and support and speaks frequently at regional, national, and international veterinary conferences. In addition to her relief work, speaking, and consulting, Liz is honored to serve as a Past President of the Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians.

James S. Gaynor completed his undergraduate degree from The Colorado College in 1983 and received his veterinarydegree (DVM) from The Ohio State University in 1988.  He was in private small animal practice in northeastern Ohio for 1 year prior to returning to The Ohio State University for a 3-year residency in Anesthesiology.  He is currently board certified in veterinary anesthesiology and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner.  He is also certified in veterinary acupuncture and is a Diplomate of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management along with being a Certified CBD Consultant. He is the founder and Medical Director of Peak Therapeutics CBD. He is also the Medical Director at Peak Performance Veterinary Group. Dr. Gaynor joined the faculty at Colorado State University in 1992 and was Section chief and associate professor of anesthesiology and pain management when he left the University in 2004. He is a past member of the Leadership Council for the Companion Animal Pain Management Consortium and a past Board member of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management. Aside from anesthesia and pain management, Dr. Gaynor has a passion for disaster response.  He is an active member of the National Veterinary Response Team. Dr. Gaynor is an avid skier and spends much of his weekend time as an EMT, providing medical care as part of the Copper Mountain Ski Patrol.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Cannabis Therapy in Veterinary Medicine

  • Book Subtitle: A Complete Guide

  • Editors: Stephen Cital, Katherine Kramer, Liz Hughston, James S. Gaynor

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  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-68316-0Published: 17 May 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-68319-1Published: 17 May 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-68317-7Published: 16 May 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 343

  • Number of Illustrations: 4 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Molecular Medicine, Veterinary Medicine/Veterinary Science, Pharmacology/Toxicology

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