Dr. Nat White, a board-certified surgeon, renowned researcher, and the Jean Ellen Shehan Professor and director of Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center has authored and edited the second edition of The Equine Acute Abdomen.

The book provides a thorough discussion of normal and abnormal anatomy and physiology of the horse’s gastrointestinal tract and includes surgical techniques and medical treatments for the diseases that cause colic.

The Equine Acute Abdomen, published by Teton New Media, was co-edited by Dr. James Moore and Dr. Timothy Mair. The book offers readers information that will help them effectively identify and treat any disease of the stomach, intestines, peritoneum, liver, and abdominal wall. Complications associated with colic are also described. With more than 410 illustrations contained in 44 chapters, the volume is a valuable compendium of information.

“Dr. White is one of our most accomplished equine clinicians and researchers,” said Dr. Gerhardt G. Schurig, dean of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. “This book is an important scholarly achievement and I’m sure the new edition will become an important reference text for those veterinarians, students, and horse owners who deal with equine abdominal disease.”

White has authored or co-authored 152 journal articles and 36 book chapters, has published 43 abstracts, and is the author and editor of The Equine Acute Abdomen, Current Practice of Surgery, Current Techniques in Equine Surgery and Lameness and the Handbook of Equine Colic. His clinical and research interests include pathophysiology of ischemia-reperfusion, epidemiology of colic, abdominal and orthopedic surgery, and treatment of orthopedic diseases.

White received his doctor of veterinary medicine at Cornell University in 1971. After completing an internship and residency in surgery at the University of California-Davis, he spent a year in practice before graduating with a master of science in pathology at Kansas State University in 1976. White has served on the faculty of Kansas State University, the University of Georgia, and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He was the Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Surgery as an eminent scholar at Virginia Tech from 1987 to 2003. In addition, he is currently president-elect of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and welfare of the horse.

Since 2004, White has been the director of Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, a premier full-service equine hospital located in Leesburg, Va. The center offers advanced specialty care, 24-hour emergency treatment, and diagnostic services for all ages and breeds of horses. One of three campuses that comprise the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, the center’s team of equine specialists is committed to providing exceptional treatment to patients, superior service to clients, and cutting-edge research to the equine industry.

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