New Lay Book Explains Cat Behavior

Are you a catperson or just interested in learning more about these enigmatic yet adorable creatures? Penn Vet Library now offers in print and online* the award-winning book: Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet.
Cat Sense by John BradshawAnthrozoologist Dr. John Bradshaw takes the reader on a vivid journey into the mind of the domesticated cat and provides insights into the lives of our furry friends. This highly praised book is a New York Times Bestseller and an NPR 2013 Book of the Year.

*The E-Book allows one reader at a time online.

Do you have what it takes to be a veterinarian?

Find out through The University of Edinburgh’s new massive open online course (MOOC) – EDIVET.

The University of Edinburgh's MOOC EDIVET

The University of Edinburgh’s MOOC EDIVET

The course is FREE and open to the public. Online classes start May 19th, 2014, and last for 5 weeks with an estimated workload of 3-5 hours per week.

Topics covered:

  • The past, present and future of veterinary medicine
  • An introduction to Body Systems
  • Basic Animal Care
  • Veterinary Professional Skills
  • An Introduction to Clinical Skills

“This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Veterinary Medicine, giving a ‘taster’ of courses covered in the first year of a veterinary degree and an idea of what it is like to study Veterinary Medicine.”

Visit the EDIVET homepage to learn more.

NEW: 2014 Animal-Related Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Veterinary Sports Medicine has arrived — as a subject heading, that is.

Every year as new concepts emerge the National Library of Medicine (NLM) updates the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used to index MEDLINE/PubMed articles.

Of the new terms for 2014, Microbiota may be of interest to Penn Vet’s new Center for Host Microbial Interactions, denoting the “full collection of microbes (bacteria, fungi, virus, etc.) that naturally exist within a particular biological niche such as an organism, soil, a body of water, etc.”

Kris Alpi, Director of the NCSU Library of Veterinary Medicine, identified these other terms:

VETERINARY SPORTS MEDICINE
“The field of veterinary medicine concerned with PHYSICAL FITNESS of animals in sports (horse racing, dog racing, etc.) and the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries in animals.”

Equine Sports Medicine

A horse on the treadmill at New Bolton’s Equine Sports Medicine Program.

TICK BITES
“The effects, both local and systemic, caused by the bites of TICKS.”

DIAPAUSE, INSECT
“Seasonal suspension of insect growth development. It can be either induced by environmental cues (e.g., PHOTOPERIOD) or as a facultative part of the life cycle in order to time development with seasonal changes.”

TORPOR
“A state of decreased activity in animals characterized by depressed metabolism, reduced body temperature, and low sensitivity to external stimuli.”

Sad Lucy

“Sad Lucy” ©2010 by Tim Dawson Photography.

DANDER
“Microscopic particles comprising dead skin, dried salivary proteins, hair, SEBUM and microorganisms, shed by animals which causes allergic reactions in atopic persons.”

CEPHALOCHORDATA
“A subphylum of chordates intermediate between the invertebrates and the true vertebrates. It includes the LANCELETS. Its members are characterized by a NOTOCHORD which extends into the adult stage head.”

To browse the full list of new MeSH for 2014, visit the NLM website.

Vet Apps!

In conjunction with our new website design (coming soon!), the library has been developing exciting new resources for Penn Vet faculty and students.

Check out our new Veterinary Apps page to browse vet-related mobile apps covering a wide range of topics, including:

SMALL ANIMAL APPS
TARGET (Vet) TARGET (Vet)
“The Veterinary Antimicrobial Reference Guide to Effective Treatment. For treating microbial infections in small animals.”
Available for: iPhone/iPad | Android

EQUINE APPS
Horse Anatomy: Equine 3D Horse Anatomy: Equine 3D
“Explore the anatomy of the horse in 3D space. This app covers superficial landmarks, most muscles, the bones, and the organs.”
Available for: iPhone/iPad | Android

FOOD ANIMAL APPS
Poultry International Magazine Poultry International Magazine
“Covers the trends, news, interactive features, and products from Poultry International magazine. Discover the latest poultry advances, technology and trends.”
Available for: iPhone/iPad | Android

EXOTIC ANIMAL APPS
Exotic Pet Vet Exotic Pet Vet
“Covers husbandry, nutrition and handling, common diseases, treatments, and formulary for commonly presented birds, reptiles, and small mammals.”
Available for: Android

GENERAL VETERINARY REFERENCE APPS
Merck Veterinary Manual The Merck Veterinary Manual
“Contains authoritative guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal disorders and diseases. For companion, production, exotic, and laboratory animals.”
Available for: iPhone/iPad | Android

VETERINARY TEST PREP APPS
Veterinary Board Exam Review Veterinary Board Exam Review
“To prepare for the NAVLE®, BCSE, PAVE QE, and regional vet board licensing exams.”
Available for: iPhone/iPad | Android

To learn more about these and many other apps, including how to download to your smartphone or tablet, visit our Veterinary Apps page. You can also email us to suggest other helpful vet apps.

John Baxter Taylor (VMD 1908)

Track (men's), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Photo courtesy University of Pennsylvania Archives

Track (men’s), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Courtesy Penn Archives

John Baxter Taylor, a Penn Vet alumnus, graduated in 1908 and went on to make Olympic history that same year. He and his teammates (pictured above) placed first in the 1600 meter relay, making Taylor the first African American to win Olympic gold.

Learn more about Taylor, his time at Penn and the Olympics, and his tragic early death, at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

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