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Animal and Veterinary Sciences


The following is a brief, selected guide to animal and veterinary sciences information resources available in Fogler Library, through the Fogler Library home page, and the World Wide Web.

Indexes and Databases | Instruction for Authors | Bibliographies | Dictionaries, Glossaries, Encyclopedias | Directories | Handbooks and Manuals | Associations and Societies | Statistical Resources | Other Resources | Virtual Libraries

New Resources since 4/1/2014

Agricultural and food scientist technicians. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD). USDA

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caregivers . U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.  

Veterinary technologists and technicians. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. 


URSUS - the online catalogue of the University of Maine System, contains a wealth of information of agriculture and related topics.  Searching is by author, title, keyword, subject, and call number.  Through URSUS you can find books, conference, symposium, and workshop proceeding volumes, University of Maine theses and dissertations, and state, federal, Canadian, and other international documents. Material is catalogued by Library of Congress Subject Headings.  The following subject headings may get you started in your search:

animal culture, animal nutrition, animal welfare, dairy cattle, domestic animals, horses breeding, livestock, veterinary anatomy, veterinary parasitology, veterinary physiology

A good way to search URSUS is by Keyword.   Using the keyword search option you can combine various keywords together using AND, OR, and parentheses.  If you wanted to find information on livestock food or nutrition your search might look like this:

(livestock or cattle) and (feed or feeding or food or nutrition*)

Once you have found something of interest note the subject headings and use these in your search.

Indexes and Databases

Agricola 1970-present online
Bibliography of Agriculture Sci Index S1.U52. 1942-1996 (1980-1996 in Annex). If you are connecting to this database off the University of Maine campus but within the State of Maine, please connect through Maine's Science, Technology & Business Library.
Index to materials acquired by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and cooperating institutions. Includes journal articles, monographs, series, and materials in many non-print formats covering a broad range of agricultural topics. Bibliography of Agriculture (print form of Agricola) can be searched by subject, author, and geographic location.  The Web version can be searched in a variety of ways including author, title and abstract keyword, and CAB descriptors. From 1979-1985 international in scope. From 1985+ focuses on U.S. related publications. Note that the National Agricultural Library provides its own Web interface to Agricola from 1970 to present. There is an online thesaurus.  Updated monthly.

AGRIS- 1975-present
This database is one of the three main agricultural databases along with Agricola and CAB.   It is produced and maintained by FAO. It contains over 2.7 million references. Searching is by keyword or by individual fields within a record. Agris indexes journals and books as well as gray literature, such as reports and theses. The records have been divided into two parts: references from 1975 to 1996 and from 1996 to present. Updated monthly.

ALTBIB: Bibliography on alternatives to the use of live vertebrates in biomedical research and testing
A searchable database of references to the animal research and testing literature, 1992-2001. Detailed abstract provided.  Developed by the Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine.

BIOSIS Previews 1926-present online
BIOSIS Previews, worldwide in scope, indexes the literature of the biological and biomedical sciences. The premier database in the biological sciences, subject coverage includes agriculture, biochemistry, bioengineering, botany, ecology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, and zoology. Approximately 5,500 serial publications (see Biosis Previews serials list) as well as books, proceedings and meeting abstracts, technical reports, review papers, and patents are indexed. There are 58 separate data fields that can be searched including author, title, publication source, organism, concepts, super taxa, publication type, author affiliation, and abstract keyword. Searches can be limited to review articles.

Current Research Information System
A searchable database of U.S. Department of Agriculture funded research.  Search by keyword, investigator, agency, institution, state, and project status and type.  Many records include a list of publications resulting from the research.

Medline - 1947-present online. If you are connecting to this database off the University of Maine campus but within the State of Maine, please connect through Maine's Science, Technology & Business Library Indexes over 3,600 journals in the medical sciences.  Search in a variety of ways including by medical subject heading, author, title, abstract keyword, and journal name.  Medline is available at a number of sites on the Internet including the National Library of Medicine's PubMed. PubMed contains pre-1947 publications.

National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature
A fully searchable database including journal articles, books, reports, and bills and laws on bioethics. Georgetown University, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Library * Information Services.

Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Other Animals
Search by common or scientific name of plant, primary poisons, or species most often affected. Results includes photograph of plant. Department of Animal Science, Cornell University.

Veterinary Bulletin and Index Veterinarius (CABDirect) - 1973-present
These databases can be searched in a variety of ways including author, title and abstract keywords, and CAB descriptor.   

Web of Science. 1899-present online
Science Citation Index
Sci Index Q1.A1S36
Web of Science includes Science Citation Index from 1900-present.  Search by word in the title, keyword, and abstract.  Perform cited reference searches from 1900 to present. Limit by author affiliation and document type.   See the master journal list.

Zoological Record. 1978-present online
Sci Index QL1.Z58 1864-2003. 
This index is published annually. Each annual edition is divided into 20 sections, with 18 of these sections representing various animal groups. The remaining 2 sections cover the general zoological literature and the new generic and sub-generic names indexed. Coverage is the worldwide zoological literature, indexing over 6,000 journals (see Zoological Record serials list). Each section has 5 indexes: author, subject, geographic, paleontological, and systematic. 

Instruction for Authors

Veterinary medicine library. Instruction for authors. Virginia -Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Maintained by Vicki Kok.


Alternative farming systems: A bibliography + various parts
 Animal Welfare Institute

Bibliographies and resource guides. USDA, National Agricultural Library, Animal Welfare Information Center.

Ho, J. 2/2005. Information resources on veterinary history at the National Agricultural Library. Beltsville, MD: USDA, ARS, National Agricultural Library, Animal Welfare Information Center. Resource Series No. 29.

Information resources on avian influenza. 10/2005. Beltsville, MD: USDA, ARS, National Agricultural Library, Animal Welfare Information Center. Resource Series No. 23.

Larson, J. 1/2004. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and other animal related transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. Beltsville, MD: USDA, ARS, National Agricultural Library, Animal Welfare Information Center. 

Larson, J. 2009. Horses in history: A bibliography. Beltsville, MD: USDA, ARS, National Agricultural Library, Animal Welfare Information Center. AWIC Resource Series No. 44.


Abutarbush, S.M. 2009. Illustrated guide to equine diseases. Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell. 692p.
Sci Ref SF951.I45 2009

Beaver, B.V.G. 1994. The veterinarian's encyclopedia of animal behavior. Ames: Iowa State University Press. 307p.
Sci Ref SF756.7 .B43 1994

Beef cattle glossary. Cooperative Extension System.

Bekoff, M. and Meaney, C. A. 1998. Encyclopedia of animal rights and animal welfare. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press. 446p.
ORO Ref HV4708 .E53 1998

Black's veterinary dictionary. 1995. London: Black. 618p.
Sci Ref SF609 .B53 1995

Blood, D.C., Studdert, V.P., and Gay, C.C. 2007. Saunders comprehensive veterinary dictionary. 3rd. ed. Edinburgh: Elsevier/Saunders. 2166p.
Sci Ref SF609 .B566 2007

Dairy glossary. 6/27/2012. EPA's Ag Center.

Definitions & abbreviations of veterinary terms. 2/19/2004. Washington State University

Dictionary of animal health terminology : in English, French, Spanish, German, and Latin. 1992. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier. 426p.
Sci Ref SF609 .D55 1992

Dictionary of animal production terminology : in English, French, Spanish, German, and Latin. 1985. Amsterdam; New York: Elsevier. 683p.
Sci Ref SF1 .E8 no.30

Dictionary of veterinary epidemiology. 1999. Ames: Iowa State University Press. 284p.
ORO Stks SF780.9 .G5813 1999 

Dohner, J.V. 2001. The encyclopedia of historic and endangered livestock and poultry breeds. New Haven: Yale University Press. 514p.
Sci Ref SF105.275.U6D65 2001

Hurnik, J. F. 1995. Dictionary of farm animal behavior. 2nd ed. Ames: Iowa State University Press. 200p.
Sci Ref SF756.7 .H87 1995

Lipton, K.L. 1995. Dictionary of agriculture: From abaca to zoonosis. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 345p.
Sci Ref S411.L55 1995

Mahy, B.W.J. and Van Regenmortel, M.H.V. 2010. Desk encyclopedia of animal and bacterial virology. Oxford: Academic. 617p.

Pond, W.G. and Bell, Alan W. (eds.) 2005. Encyclopedia of animal science. New York: Marcel Dekker. 926p.
Sci Ref SF61.E18 2005

Porter, V (reviser). 2002. Mason's world dictionary of livestock breeds, types and varieties. 5th ed. Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing. 380p.
Sci Ref SF105.M34 2002

Rice, R.P. 1993. Thomson's Spanish-English English-Spanish illustrated agricultural dictionary. Fresno, CA: Thomson Publications, 160p.
Sci Ref S411.R48 1993

Roginski, H., Fuquay, J.W., and Fox, P.F. (eds.) 2003. Encyclopedia of dairy sciences. 4 volumes. Amsterdam: Academic Press. 
Sci Ref SF229.E52 2003

Stephens, A. 1998. Dictionary of agriculture. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 277p.
Sci Ref S493.S7 1998

Ullrey, D.E., Baer, C.K., and Pond, W.G. 2011. Encyclopedia of animal science. 2 vols. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. 1131p.
Sci Ref SF61.E496 2011

Veterinary Abbreviations and Acronyms 7/2/2008
From the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Veterinary Medicine Library


Agricultural (and related) conferences, meetings, seminars, calendar. Maintained by the Agricultural Network Information Center (AgNIC)

American Veterinary Medical Association Directory (AVMA). 2004. Schaumburg, IL: Division of Membership and Field Services, American Veterinary Medical Association. 
Sci Ref SF 611 A53 2004

Armstrong, C.J. (ed.) 1996. World databases in agriculture. London: Bowker Saur. 1130p.
Sci Ref S494.5.D3W67 1996

Breeds of Livestock
Information on and images of livestock breeds from around the world. Compiled by the Department of Animal Science, Oklahoma State University 

DeVille, K.C. 1998. Directory of farmer cooperatives [microform]. Washington, D.C.:U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Business and Cooperative Development Service. 124p.
ORO Gov Doc: Fiche A109.9:22

Find a veterinarian. Maine Veterinary Medical Association.

Maine Veterinary Medical Association. 2001. Directory, 2001 : Special interests, member veterinarians, honorary members, veterinary facilities. Rumford Center, ME: The Association, 2001. 
Sci Ref SF611 .M35 2001

NetVet Organizations
Links to hundreds veterinary and animal science organizations.

Plants Toxic to Animals. Database maintained by the Veterinary Medical Library, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Programs in Veterinary Technology - Distance Learning. Maintained by the American Veterinary Medical Association

State Animal Health Officials. 2012-2013. United States Animal Health Association

State Veterinary Medical Associations. Maintained by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Veterinary Colleges Accredited by the AVMA

Veterinary Medical and Related Libraries - An International Directory. 2/7/2012. Veterinary Medical Libraries Section. 

Handbooks and Manuals

Allen, D.G. 1993. Handbook of veterinary drugs. Philadelphia: Lippincott. 678p.
Sci Ref SF917 .A44 1993

Agricultural and food scientists. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. 

Agricultural and food scientist technicians. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook

American Veterinary Medical Association. Reports, background information, and guidelines.

Animal Diseases and Resources by Species. Iowa State University, The Center for Food Security & Public Health

Animal health & Animal welfare. Fact sheets, USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

Atlas of avian diseases. College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University.

Bistner, S.I. 1995. Kirk and Bistner's Handbook of veterinary procedures & emergency treatment. 6th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co. 1006p.
Sci Ref SF748 .B57 1995

Blowey, R.W. and Weaver, A.D. 2011. Color atlas of diseases and disorders of cattle. 3rd ed. Edinburgh: Mosby Elsevier. 267p. Sci Ref SF961.B57 2011

Boulocher, C. 2005. Virtual radiography of the horse. University of Edinburgh.

Brown, C.M. and Bertone, J.J. 2002. The 5-minute veterinary consult equine. Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 1154p.
Sci Ref SF951.B867 2002

Burrows, G.E. and Tyrl, R.J. 2006. Handbook of toxic plants of North America. Ames, IA: Blackwell Publishing. 307p.
SciRef SF757.5.B87 2006

Calculators. Oklahoma State Beef Extension.

Committee on foreign animal diseases. United States animal health association. 2008. Foreign animal diseases. 7th ed.

Consultant: A diagnostic support system for veterinary medicine. Dr. M.E. White. Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
Search by diagnosis or signs

Davidson, G. and Plumb, D.C. 2003. Veterinary drug handbook - client information edition. Stockholm, WI: Pharma Vet Publishing. 177p.
Sci Ref SF917.D38 2003

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD). USDA

Greenbook - 2008
Animal drug products list maintained by the Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA.

Higgins, A. and Wright, I.M. 1995. The equine manual. London; Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co. 1134p.
ORO Stacks SF951 .E65 1995

Huxtable, C., Summers, B.A., and deLahunta, A. 2002. Atlas of veterinary neuropathology. Cornell University.

King, C. 1999. Manual of equine medicine and surgery. St. Louis, MO: Mosby. 590p.
ORO Stacks SF951 .M36 1999 

Krieger, R. (ed.) 2001. Handbook of pesticide toxicology. V. 1: Principles, V2: Agents. 2nd ed. San Diego: Academic Press. 1908p.
Sci Ref RA 1270.P4H36 2001.

The Merck veterinary manual. 10th ed. 2010 Rahway, N.J. : Merck and Co. 
Sci Ref SF748 .M47 10th ed.

Murphy, M.J. 1996. A field guide to common animal poisons. Ames:  Distributed by Iowa State University Press. 330p.
Sci Ref SF757.5 .M87 1996 

Papich, M.G. 2007. Saunders handbook of veterinary drugs. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders. 740p.
Sci Ref SF917.P37 2007

Plumb, D.C. 2011. Plumb's veterinary drug handbook. 7th ed. Stockholm, WI: PharmaVet. Distributed by John Wiley. 1187p.
Sci Ref SF917 .P58 2011

Rose, R. J. 2000. Manual of equine practice. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co. 818p.
ORO Stacks SF951 .R688 2000 

Rooney's guide to the dissection of the horse. Supplement to Rooney's guide to the dissection of the horse, 7th ed. Orsini and Sack. Cornell University.

Smith, B.P. 2002. Large animal internal medicine. 3rd ed. St. Louis: Mosby. 1735p.
Sci Ref SF 745 L37 2002 

Sponenberg, D.P. 1995. A conservation breeding handbook. Pittsboro, North Carolina : The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. 136p.
ORO Stacks SF105 .S66 1995 

Technical disease cards.  World Organization for Animal Health.
Includes detailed information on such diseases as Bluetongue, Newcastle Disease Swine Influenza plus others.

Veterinarians. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. 

Veterinary anatomical illustrations. University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caregivers . U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook.  

Veterinary technologists and technicians. U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. 

Yearly milk enquiry on-line database. World Association of Animal Production.

Associations and Societies

American Association of Bovine Practitioners
American Association of Veterinary State Boards
American Dairy Science Association
American Society of Animal Science
American Veterinary Medical Association
Canadian Society of Animal Science
World Veterinary Association

Statistical Resources

Agricultural prices monthly (PAP-BB)
From the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, USDA and provided through the USDA Economics and Statistics System, Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University.

Census of agriculture: 1840-2007
National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

FAOSTAT Agriculture data
Includes worldwide information on agricultural production and agricultural trade. Some data are more current than others.

Other Resources

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Virtual Libraries

Agricultural Network Information Center
developed by the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and maintained by NAL, land-grant universities, and others.

Alt Web - the Global Clearinghouse for Information on Alternatives to Animal Testing. The Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing

American Veterinary Medical Association

Farm Animals
Animal Welfare Information Center, USDA, ARS, National Agricultural Library

NetVet Veterinary Resources
Developed and maintained by Ken Boschert, DVM, Washington University

Veterinary Information Portal. University of Sydney

The "Virtual" Veterinary Center
Martindale's Health Science Guide - 1994-2007.  Developed and maintained by Jim Martindale with Frank Potter. 

World Wide Web virtual library - Agriculture

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