Latest Gift to Penn Vet Libraries from Dr. Steven W. Atwood

The Steven W. Atwood, VMD (V'80), M.D. Book Collection

The Steven W. Atwood, VMD (V’80), M.D. Book Collection

 A collection of historical veterinary books housed in a custom display case is the most recent addition to the Steven W. Atwood Library and Information Commons, thanks to Dr. Atwood’s ongoing generosity.

Dr. Atwood donated the textbook collection, which includes several works formerly owned by Gerry B. Schnelle, V’26.  Among these is the first English-language textbook of veterinary radiology, Radiology in Canine Practice (1945), written by Dr. Schnelle.

The display case, built to archival standards, was purchased largely with funds donated by Dr. Atwood’s grateful clients, Frances and Ralph Dweck.

The case faces a portrait that Dr. Atwood commissioned from artist Leslie Baker. Dr. Atwood donated the painting to the library and it was dedicated in May 2014 . Nearby is a grandfather clock given by the Atwood family in 2011.

Dr. Steven W. and Sandy Atwood with his portrait

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.

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.

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.

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