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.
- Veterinary Information Resources: the National Library of Medicine maintains this list of free veterinary resources, including databases, veterinary libraries, animal health organizations, and consumer health resources.
- Animal & Veterinary Drug Information: The FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine provides drug and recall information for veterinarians and consumers, including:
- Agricola | PubAg (full-text journal articles)
- International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS) provides online books, proceedings, association news, course and research materials to registered users.
- Open Access and Ad-Supported Journals: Many useful journals are free to veterinarians, including:
- Trade magazines and newsletters (print, web, or e-mail versions)
- If there are particular journal articles or book chapters you know you will want to refer back to, you can save citations and attachments for these resources in online web based citation managers like RefWorks, Mendeley, or Zotero.
- Fee-Based Resources:
- Some databases like VetMed Resource (veterinary content from CAB Abstracts) offer individual subscriptions. If there are databases you like to use, check their website for individual pricing information.
- Veterinary Information Network (VIN) - Includes discussion groups, conference proceedings, some full text books and journals, lots of abstracts. Student subscriptions are generally subsidized by sponsors. There are discounted rates for new graduates in their first two years.
- VetFolio - continuous educational material and review articles from North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
- Plumb's Veterinary Drugs
- Educational institutions in LMIC (Low and Middle Income Countries) may have access to free or low cost biomedical information resources through the World Health Organization's Hinari Access to Research for Health program.
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. Check with your professional organization to see what services they provide.
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.
- 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.
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.