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.


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

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.


  • 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 Proquest Central, ABI/INFORM Complete, and other medicine and science and business resources from NCLIVE. 
    • Proquest Central, for example, includes full-text (as of 10/4/17) for the following veterinary titles:
      • Advances in Animal Biosciences - Available from Apr. 2010.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Animal: an International Journal of Animal Bioscience - Available from Feb. 2007.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Animal Cognition - Available from July 1998.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Animal Health Research Reviews - Available from June 2001.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • BMC Veterinary Research - Available from 2009.
      • Case Reports in Veterinary Medicine - Available from 2012.
      • Journal of Animal Science - Available from Oct. 1997.
      • Journal of the South African Veterinary Association - Available from 2012.
      • Lab Animal - Available from Jan. 2003.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • The Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research - Available from Sep. 1998, some exceptions.
      • Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences - Available from 2009.
      • Research in Veterinary Science - Available from Feb. 2003.  Most recent 2 months not available.
      • The Thai Journal of Veterinary Medicine - Available from 2011.
      • Topics in Companion Animal Medicine - Available from 2003.  Most recent 2 months not available.
      • Tropical Animal Health and Production - Available from Feb. 1999.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Veterinary Economics - Available from 2002-Dec. 2015, some exceptions.
      • Veterinary Medicine - Available from Jan. 2002-Dec. 2015, some exceptions.
      • Veterinary Record Case Reports - Available from 2013.  Most recent 12 months not available.
      • Veterinary Research Week - Available from Jan. 2008.
  • 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.

Page updated 10/4/2017.