CVF Library

The following books are available for VA-MD Vet Med students, faculty, and staff.  They are stored in Dr. Sponenberg’s office, so contact him in order to borrow one of these books.  You can buy these books from Christian Veterinary Mission.

  • Disease and Parasite Prevention in Farm Animals: Ten Major Steps
    By D.E. Goodman, DVM
    This booklet contains great information on how small farms can raise healthier animals.  It provides ten simple steps farmers can take to help prevent disease and parasites in animals.
    37 pages. Available in English.
  • Drugs and Their Usage
    By Dr. Will Grimley, Dr. Randy Lynn, Dr. Beth Myhre Blevins, & Dr. Beth Robinson
    Making the correct diagnosis is the most important part of treating an animal or flock, but this can often be a complicated and difficult task. This book is designed to aid the veterinarian and the veterinary technician in making knowledgeable and well-thought-out decisions for the treatment of animals.
    All the details about medicines and dosages cannot be remembered, thus everyone needs a reference book to look up important information. The book starts with a section on animal restraint, followed by how to determine dosages and monitor the patient. Then it covers the medicine cabinet and methods of administration. Only then comes the drug formulary, followed by sections on vaccines, control of ectoparasites, tranquilizers and sedatives. This book contains vital information to those administering veterinary drugs.
    264 pages. Available in English only.
  • Learning Together: The Agricultural Worker's Participatory Sourcebook
    This book is both a practical and essential manual for agricultural and livestock trainers.  Included in the 342 pages are tips, techniques, and ideas from agricultural trainers from more than 25 countries on five different continents!  Over 200 dynamics, games, tools and ideas are described for use in training events.  The book includes step-by-step processes to follow in topics such as Defining the Situation, Implementations, Follow-up, and Evaluation of participatory training programs.
    342 pages. Available in English only.
  • Mission Vets
    By Arthur L. Dorminy
    This book chronicles the journey of Christian Veterinary Mission from its inception through the first 25 years. The author documents this odyssey by including copies of important events and by using quotes from many who have participated in the ministry.
    In addition to being a history of the organization, it serves as a challenge to the reader to become involved in ministry.  It encourages us to use whatever talents the Lord has given us in service to Him and His children.
    291 pages. Available in English only.
  • Raising Healthy Dairy Cattle
    By William Testerman, DVM & James Carlson, DVM
    As one of our earlier domesticated animal, dairy cattle have been a human companion for maybe 10,000 years. Being ruminants they turn forage into nutritious products. A more marvelous food factory cannot be found. Milk, butter, and cheese are the more obvious products but there are others like leather. This 184-page manual was first published in 1995 and was revised in 2000. This book covers management, nutrition and feeding practices, along with a section on health and disease control. Reproduction is covered with an introduction to Artificial Insemination (AI). This book is a beginning point for those interested in dairy cattle production and an end result could be more productive dairy cattle.
    Raising Healthy Dairy Cattle, 184 pages    Available in English only.
  • Raising Healthy Cattle (Beef and Dairy)
    By William Testerman, DVM & James Carlson, DVM
    In addition to addressing the informaiton above, this book covers the important role beef cattle play in animal protein production.  The unique ruminant digestive system utilizes forage for food and much of the world offers marginal grazing systems on land not suitable for crop production.   These feedstuffs would not be utilized were it not for the ruminants.  This 175-page book was published in 2005.  The book is intended to assist in understanding proper management and disease control.  This small book contains a tremendous amount of information with illustrations and tables providing a comprehensive fingertip resource manual.
    Raising Healthy Cattle (Beef and Dairy), 175 pages    Available in English only.
  • Raising Healthy Fish
    By Members of the Aquatic Task Force, College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University
    Aquaculture is a logical choice for protein production for two reasons; it is widely practiced throughout the world and it offers great growth potential.  This book is a helpful guide in dealing with fish husbandry practices.  It is a practical manual, giving country specific examples and uses many illustrations. The species used and the management practices suggested in the book are directed toward subsistence farming situations.
    Using this book as a guide, adequate protein for a family can be produced in a suitable way.  This book was originally published in 1988, and revised in 1996.
    95 pages. Available in English only.
  • Raising Healthy Goats
    By Robert Vanderhoof, DVM
    Goats are among the earliest animals to be domesticated.  Goats are small ruminants who can thrive in areas where larger animals would have more difficulty.  The most important goat products are milk, cheese, meat, mohair and leather.
    This 155-page manual is very comprehensive, covering all aspects of goat husbandry. It is replete with illustrations and tables that provide all neccessary information for successful goat raising. It begins with physiological data on the goat, and continues with an examination checklist.  The book covers things like management, diseases, parasite control and reproduction.  It has many illustrations and tables that provide a well-documented and readable resource.
    155 pages. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Raising Healthy Honey Bees
    By Randy Lynn, DVM
    Raising Health Honey Bees is a practical guide to constructing equipment, raising honey bees and producing valuable crops of honey and beeswax.
    This book describes the tools and techniques that can be used by anyone who wants to enrich their lives through beekeeping.  These techniques are based upon the use of Top Bar hives, which are simple and inexpensive to construct and easy to maintain.  It includes extensive illustrations and diagrams so that all the necessary equipment can be home-made.  The book covers European, African and Asian Honey Bees, as well as Giant and Dwarf Honey Bee species.
    82 pages. Available in English only.
  • Raising Healthy Horses
    By Dr. Bob Beede
    This book was prepared as an aid for those working in areas where information and assistance needed by horse owners is limited, and veterinary help is often not available. It is written in general terms and is intended as a reference manual.
    The book covers all aspects of horse husbandry from normal horse basics and selection of breeding stock to equipment, nutrition and reproduction.  Much emphasis is put on confirmation and lameness, a plague of most horsemen. The book is filled with many illustrations.  It is an excellent manual for anyone wanting to learn the basics about effective horse care. Published in 2000.
    237 pages. Available in English only.
  • Raising Healthy Pigs
    By Dr. D. E. Goodman
    This book speaks to the challenges of small farm pig production. The two main themes of malnutrition and parasite control are dealt with in depth, utilizing very practical ideas and methods.  The author repeatedly emphasizes the need to deal with these issues if the farmer is to be successful in pig farming.  The book has many practical suggestions, and is an excellent primer in pig farming. Originally published in 1984, it is now on its fourth edition.
    145 pages. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Raising Healthy Poultry
    By Dr. W Malcolm Reid, Dr. Gene M Pesti, Dr. Billy Hargis, Dr. Randle Moore, Dr. Pran Vohra, Dr. William F Dean, & Dr. M A Hammarlund
    Poultry products are probably the most universally accepted animal protein sources.  Small flocks can be initiated most easily, providing meat and egg protein.
    This practical manual now includes a comprehensive section on diseases.  Also included is an excellent section on duck raising. First published in 1990, and revised in 1994 and 2000.
    135 pages. Available in English, Spanish, & French.
  • Raising Healthy Rabbits
    By Dr. W Sheldon Bivin & Dr. William W King
    There is a pressing need for protein for millions of people around the world.  Rabbits are an alternate source of animal protein and can be raised in areas of limited space, with little capital startup.  They can be raised on a diet consisting largely of forage, plants, and shrubs.  This book gives basic information that has shown to be successful in a variety of situations as it relates to raising domestic rabbits. 
    107 pages. Available in English and Spanish.
  • Raising Healthy Sheep
    Second Edition by Dr. Cleon V. Kimberling and Gerilyn Parsons
    Sheep are one of the most common livestock and among the first to be domesticated.  They are very adaptable and will produce milk, fiber and meat under a wide range of environmental conditions and management systems.
    This manual originally published in 1998 was revised in 2008 and covers the main principles of sheep production and management with an emphasis on disease prevention.  The production of high quality products is also discussed.  This handbook will help the sheep producer select production goals, select the type of sheep most suitable for a particular area, and will serve as a guide for the production of healthy sheep.
    144 pages. Available in English only.
  • Slaughter & Preservation of Meat
    By Sandol Johnson, PhD
    All countries have animals that are raised as a source of nutrition. It may be an individually raised animal, or a small herd, that meets the need of meat protein for the people. With this comes a means of slaughter. The proper methods for preparation of meat for human consumption are important to maintain proper human health.  The proper sanitation, as well as the proper inspection of the animal and its meat, is provided in this book to prevent the spread of diseases to humans.
    This book is intended to assist the small farmer, missionary, or agricultural worker in the proper methods of slaughter of meat animals and in the preservation of meat products.
    164 pages. Available in English only.
  • Where there is No Animal Doctor
    An amazing manual covering animal functions of all the major domestic animals. It is an incredible amount of information in one volume of work. It is written in a simple, easy to understand style, supplemented with many good illustrations.
    This book was developed to benefit rural people in many areas of the world where livestock still play an important role in village life. It deals with many different animal health related topics, including disease prevention, control and treatment, and the promotion of good animal nutrition. Specifically, the authors hope that this book will be useful for people living in areas where there is no veterinarian available. 
    410 pages. Available in English only.
  • Zoonoses
    Edited by Dr. D. E. Goodman
    Specific diseases and parasites usually affect animals within the same species.  Relatively few cross over to humans; however when this happens, the outcome can be very serious. These diseases that cross over to humans are called Zoonoses.
    This book is comprised of a series of articles describing a variety of zoonotic conditions and their prevention.  The authors write from experience in a very straightforward and practical manner.
    This book discusses the most important diseases and parasites of animals that affect human health such as Rabies and Tuberculosis and many others.  It discusses one disease and parasite from each category as an example of the prevention and/or control measures that apply to the entire group.
    This is an excellent book for instructors and students at any level, community leaders and health workers and for those visiting new areas for the first time.
    120 pages. Available in English only.