JAW Coetzer, GR Thomson, NJ Maclachlan, ML Penrith and AI Michel

Anipedia - 2017

JAW Coetzer

Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa and Professor in Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.


GR Thomson

Director of Transboundary Animal Diseases Scientific and Extraordinary Professor, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.


NJ Maclachlan

Professor, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine,University of California, Davis, United States of America and Extraordinary Professor, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.


ML Penrith

Extraordinary Professor, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.


AI Michel

Professor, Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.


Message from the editors:
Profs JAW Coetzer, GR Thomson, NJ Maclachlan, ML Penrith and A Michel

The first edition of the book: Infectious Diseases of Livestock with Special Reference to Southern Africa (1994), edited by JAW Coetzer, GR Thomson and RC Tustin and the second edition: Infectious Diseases of Livestock (2004), edited by JAW Coetzer and RC Tustin, have been out of print for several years and therefore virtually unobtainable. The publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP), held the copyright of both books but when OUP decided not to republish the second edition, the rights were transferred to Prof JAW Coetzer.

These books received a number of national and international awards as well as first-rate reviews from international journals (see Background information). The three-volume second edition, while it was still available, was a sought-after information source and because of continuing demand, it was decided to make the second edition available as soon as possible again, this time in an electronic format using Anipedia as the platform. Anipedia is a quality-assured academic reference system or platform available online to veterinary and para-veterinary professionals and students. The content of the second edition will be accessible to users through a variety of mobile devices at an affordable price.

Moreover, the editors intend to up-date the content as soon as possible as well as add chapters on newly emerged diseases and animal disease-related issues. Almost 100 chapters have been updated or are in that process of review by internationally distinguished authors (see Revised/Under revision chapters). In the light of the overwhelmingly positive responses from authors requested to revise chapters, we are optimistic that all chapters will at least be under revision by the end of 2017. The intention is to produce a first-class, contemporary reference text, maintained as such in future.

Publishing the book electronically facilitates the above process because it avoids the difficulty and expense of printing new editions regularly. Furthermore, Anipedia provides the option of making the whole or part(s) of the content available to specific parties through a search facility that is easy to access. For example, it will be possible for specific users to access only part of the content of the electronic edition, e.g. according to volume (I, II or III), specific disease chapters (single or a selection of chapters depending on the user’s needs) such as animal species packages (cattle, sheep and goats, pigs or equines) or special packages (e.g. vectors and vector-borne diseases, wildlife-associated diseases, zoonoses or OIE-listed diseases). The editors are particularly eager to license groups such as student- and professional bodies associated with universities or colleges, research and diagnostic institutions or laboratories, as well as members of professional associations, boards or other organisations.

We are particularly grateful for the funding obtained from international and local institutions (Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium; World Organisation for Animal Health [OIE], France; the University of Pretoria and Afrivet, South Africa) that has enabled development of the Anipedia platform.

Apart from Infectious Diseases of Livestock other complementary publications have been identified for inclusion in Anipedia and will become available during the course of 2017/18.

The Editors would very much appreciate comments or suggestions on Anipedia from users/clients (see Comments/Queries). An evaluation form (click here to evaluate) is available for different facets of the platform. We are eager to make use of the best sources of animal health information and, in time, establish a community of young talented contributors to Anipedia to ensure sustainability of high-quality material on subjects related to animal health.

Please feel free to comment on or enquire further concerning the above information.