VML: Keeping Up With Veterinary Knowledge

The information resources and services that you use now may not be freely available once you leave academia. One tool you can keep as an alumnus is RefWorks, a online web resource for managing your citations and creating bibliographies.

Here are strategies for getting the information resources you need to practice effectively.

Strategies

FREE Practice-Focused Publications: Many useful journals supported by advertising costs are free to veterinarians.

  • Compendium Click on "Register" at the top right for a free online subscription including back issues to 2001. You will also have access to Compendium Equine, Veterinary Forum, Veterinary Therapeutics, and Product Forum & Market News
  • Banfield Journal
  • DVM 360 Magazine along with Veterinary Economics and Veterinary Medicine

Association Memberships: Your professional organizations generally provide a subject-specific journal and current news as part of your membership. Related publications may be offered at discounted rates. Be sure to activate the online access for the subscriptions to which you are entitled.

Continuing Education: Continuing education instructors often provide up to date materials on the course topic. If the course is based at an academic institution, you may also be able to spend time at the library before or after the course to look at additional materials. Bring a USB drive to download online articles as many libraries have gone online-only for some veterinary journals.

Libraries:

  • Alumni or Friends of the Library relationships with the academic institutions you have attended. Example: The Veterinary Medicine Library offers document delivery services to veterinarians and services for CVM alumni. North Carolina State University offers Friends of the Library membership benefits.

  • Public library subscriptions and services may include remote access to collections of full-text journals and newspaper articles. Interlibrary loan may be available at no charge or a minimal cost.
    • Example: Durham County Public Libraries - Online Resources includes Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, and other medicine and science and business resources from NCLIVE until December 31, 2014. Note that NC LIVE content will be changing significantly in January 2015. Academic Search Complete, for example, includes full-text (as of 06/24/13) for the following veterinary titles:
      • American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine - Available from 02/01/2011.
      • Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia: Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series C - Available from 02/01/1998. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Archives of Animal Nutrition - Available from 01/01/1997. Most recent 18 months not available.
      • Equine Veterinary Education - Available from 01/01/2010. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Journal of Animal Physiology & Animal Nutrition - Available 02/01/1999. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science - Available from 01/01/1998. Most recent 18 months not available.
      • Journal of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care - Available from 03/01/2003. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Available from 01/01/2008.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series A - Available from 02/01/1998.
      • Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series B - Available from 02/01/1998.
      • Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics - Available from 02/01/1998. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Medical & Veterinary Entomology - Available from 01/01/1998. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia - Available from 01/01/2000. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Veterinary & Comparative Oncology - Available from 03/01/2003. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Veterinary Dermatology - Available from 03/01/1998. Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Veterinary Nursing Journal - Available from 01/01/2011.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Veterinary Ophthalmology - Available from 03/01/1998. Most recent 12 months not available.
    • Business Source Complete contains titles like Journal of Dairy Science - Available from 2009 to present.
  • State university or state agency libraries may be open to those living or working within that state.
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine - Loansome Doc service. Arrangements may be made with a medical or veterinary library to provide specific materials you request for a pre-arranged, per-item fee.

Stay Connected with Academia: Maintain an adjunct faculty role or offer to precept students. The students will have remote access to the university resources, and the academic institution may also be able to provide resources or services to you as a preceptor depending on their licensing arrangements.

Information Resources

Visit the VML's CVM Instruction Support page for other resource guides.

Contact Veterinary Medicine Library Staff for support with exploring any of the options and resources above or ask other questions.