Historical veterinary books online

While the Penn Libraries are digitizing books from the Fairman Rogers Collection on the Horse and Equitation, vifavetother veterinary schools have been busy with digitization efforts of their own.

A recent informal survey of veterinary librarians disclosed two other projects of interest to veterinarians, historians and bibliophiles.

A project called ViFaVet at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany (Stiftung Tierärztliche Hochschule Hannover) includes nearly 1400 digitized monographs published before 1890.  Most of the books are in German, as is the search interface.  To download the PDFs, choose Inhaltsverzeichnis “Contents”.   The Google Translate version may be easier for English speakers.

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA has digitized over 1400 books, including over 1200 from their John A. Seaverns Equine Collection. The collection includes Sisson’s “A text-book of veterinary anatomy” (1911) and Muller’s “Diseases of the dog and their treatment” (1911). The books are available through the Internet Archive.

The Fairman Rogers digitization project at Penn is now up to 617 titles, with another 149 titles from an earlier digitization project available in the Internet Archive.  The digital collection has been made possible through a grant from the Laurie Landeau Foundation.

Equine Veterinary Journal App for iPads


Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) now offers an app for iPads that allows you to download recent journal issues (Sept 2013-2014) to your Apple Newsstand.

Penn faculty, staff, and students can download the EVJ app through Penn’s subscription by following the Institutional Access instructions:EVJ

  1. Register for a Wiley Online Library account
  2. Access the Wiley Online Library from Penn’s network, and log in.
  3. Visit the roaming access section of “My Profile” and click “Activate Roaming Access.”
  4. Download the app from the iTune Apps store.
  5. Use your Wiley Online Library account to “Log In” to the app (see Logging in to the App section for instructions)

Once your account is set up and the app is downloaded, you will be able to access EVJ for 3 months.  However, you will need to re-activate your roaming access from Penn’s network every 3 months to continue accessing EVJ content.

The app includes “Early View” articles but currently provides access to back issues of the journal only from 2013-2014.   You can save articles or entire issues for offline reading.  Each article presents its figures and any supplementary information in the sidebar, but supplementary files are not labeled so each must be opened to determine its content.  The search function is limited to searching within an article rather than across issues.  

Although the app has some limitations, users that rely heavily on this journal will find the app useful.

Compatibility to date: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; optimized for iPhone 5.

View this and other vet-related mobile apps on the library’s Vet Apps webpage.

Real-Time Audience Participation App


Poll Everywhere is a free online tool that allows you to poll your audience in real-time and get instant results. Ask a question during a presentation or lecture and your audience can respond via text message, via Twitter, or on their tablet or smart phone. The results of your poll are downloadable and can be shown instantly on the web or uploaded live into your PowerPoint presentation. Poll options include:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Open-Ended
  • Clickable Images
  • Discourse

The basic account (free) allows for unlimited polling and up to 40 votes per poll. If you have a larger audience or want more advanced polling options, you can sign up for an upgraded account. Check out the WIC LibGuide to learn more. Happy polling!

Thanks to VMD Technology for introducing us to this great resource.

NEW: Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum

Image Credit: Online Veterinary Anatomy MuseumThe Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM) is a free, online collection of veterinary anatomy resources. Led by the Royal Veterinary College, the museum was created “to promote free sharing of peer reviewed content” that would enable students to avoid the often dubious content found through an internet search.

Using a wide variety of digital resources from participating vet schools in the United Kingdom, Europe, India, Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand, the collection was built with the help of student e-curators working under the supervision of academic experts. Visitors to the museum can browse the collection by:

  • Body Region: abdomen, head, neck, pelvic limb, pelvis, spine and tail, thoracic limb, and thorax
  • Body System: alimentary, cardiovascular, endocrine, integumentary, lymphoreticular, musculoskeletal, nervous, reproductive, respiratory, urinary, and special senses
  • Species: cat, dog, bird, horse, cattle, and other

Visit OVAM’s website to learn more.  You can also visit their sister project, WikiVet, to view more learning resources or to find out how you can contribute to the museum’s growing collection. Android users can also download the WikiVet app onto your smartphone.

Free Online Course – IT for Health Professionals

Are you a health professional who is interested in learning more about Information Technology (IT)? The Oregon Health & Science University has created a free online course for health professionals called Introduction to Information and Computer Science.

Doctor Working on Computer Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, the course is intended for professionals with little or no IT experience. The course is comprised of 37 online lectures requiring approximately 50 hours total to complete.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic Computing Concepts, Including History
  • Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Software
  • Computer Programming
  • Databases and SQL
  • Networks
  • Security
  • Information Systems
  • Future of Computing

Visit the course website to learn more.

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