VML: Keeping Up With Veterinary Knowledge

The information resources and services that you use now may not be freely available once you leave academia.  Here are some information resources for practicing veterinarians that you may choose to access, plus strategies for getting access to additional resources.

Information Resources

Strategies

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.
Many professional organizations (AAEP, AABP, etc.) now offer their members interlibrary loan article requests and other services as part of their membership benefits.  See organizations served by the Texas A&M Libraries.

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:

  • Look into Alumni or Friends of the Library relationships with the academic institutions you have attended. The NCSU Veterinary Medicine Library offers document delivery services to veterinarians and services for our alumni. NCSU also offers our alumni other Friends of the Library membership benefits.
  • Public library subscriptions and services may include remote access to collections of full-text journals and newspaper articles, and interlibrary loan may be available at no charge or a minimal cost. If you are a North Carolina resident, you can contact your local library to find out about accessing NC Live, which includes full-text access to a number of veterinary journals and other online resources. 
  • Depending on your home state, state university or state agency libraries may also be open to those living or working within that state.
  • Arrangements may also be made with a medical or veterinary library to provide specific materials you request for a pre-arranged, per-item fee through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Loansome Doc service.

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.

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.
 

Page updated 4/11/2018.