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.

Browzine app for scholarly journals

Browzine vet titlesBrowzine is an app for tablets and iPhone* that can simplify online reading of scholarly journals. Once installed with your Penn credentials, it provides the full text of journals in a browsable table-of-contents format.

Journals are arranged on virtual bookshelves by subject matter. Find veterinary journals under Biomedical and Health Sciences –>Veterinary Medicine (currently 70 journals listed). Within the subject they are ‘shelved’ in categories — from Comparative and Laboratory Animal Medicine to Veterinary Toxicology and Pharmacology.  Thousands of biomedical journals like Nature, Cell, Science, etc. can also be found in Penn’s Browzine library.

Tap to add your favorite journals to your Bookshelf.  When you open the app you’ll see notifications of the number of articles that you’ve not seen.  You can save up to 500 articles for reading offline and download citations to Zotero, Mendeley, or RefWorks.  Note that saving articles can take a while so don’t leave the app until you are sure the file is downloaded, or save it to Evernote, iBooks or another program to read when not on a wifi connection.

As its name implies, Browzine is built for browsing and can only search journal titles – not article titles or full texBrowzine save featurest.

Supported devices: *iPhone [update 6/27/14], Android Smartphones [update 10/14/14], iPad (2 or later); Google Nexus; Samsung Galaxy; Kindle Fire HD
Watch an Introduction to BrowZine video to learn more.

Penn users, log in here to download and begin using Browzine.

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.

Farrier gathering at New Bolton Center Library

Farrier gathering at New Bolton Center Library

Farriers listen to Pat Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center and Lee Liles, owner/curator of the National Museum of Horse Shoeing Tools and Hall of Honor in the New Bolton Center Library. Specimens from Liles’ museum and Penn Vet’s Podological Museum (housed in the library) are on display. Jean Austin DuPont Library, September 27, 2013

Hola! New ebooks from the Vet Library, including Spanish for Veterinarians

The Vet library has subscribed to several dozen more online books from ebrary, ScienceDirect and Wiley, including:

    Practice Guide to Equine Colic - cover

  • Practical Guide to Equine Colic by Penn Vet’s own Dr. Louise Southwood
  • Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine (2nd ed) co-authored by Penn Vet’s Dr. Kenneth Drobatz

The new titles include:

  • 2 equine books, Handbook of Equine Parasite Control and Practical Guide to Equine Colic
  • 8 large/food animal books, including Diseases of Swine, Bovine Genomics and Veterinary Treatment of Llamas and Alpacas
  • 10 small animal books, including Genetics of the Dog, and Management of Pregnant and Neonatal Dogs, Cats, and Exotic Pets
  • 13 general books, including Saunders Handbook of Veterinary Drugs: Small and Large Animal and Spanish for Veterinarians

Browse a list of titles at: http://tinyurl.com/pvebooks11-12

Links to the books can be found in Franklin and the vet library’s ebook page.

ScienceDirect and Wiley ebooks can be viewed by any number of simultaneous Penn readers. The contents are presented in PDF chapters that can be downloaded to your desktop or ereader.

Ebrary books generally allow only one reader at a time. When finished reading, please click the Release This Title button to make the book available to the next reader.

Questions? Please contact Margy Lindem

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