Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library


Flower-Sprecher Veterinary Library

College of Veterinary Medicine
Cornell University
S2 160 Veterinary Education Center
Ithaca, NY 14853-6401

Phone: 607-253-3510
Fax: 607-253-3080
vetcirc@cornell.edu

Reference
vetref@cornell.edu

Interlibrary Loan
vetill@cornell.edu

Free Animal Health Resources Web Sites

Look here for free Internet resources providing quality-animal-health-related information.

As always, please remember that your veterinarian is the very best person to consult with questions regarding your animal's health, especially if your animal is ill.  If your concern is urgent, please be sure to contact him or her immediately.

Animal Welfare Genetics
Behavior & Training Guide Sites
Bibliographic Databases Integrative Medicine
(Alternative & Complementary)
Diagnostic Database Nutrition
Disaster Preparedness  
Diseases, Conditions & Treatments Oncology
Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Toxicology & Poisoning
Finding Veterinarians & Clinics Zoonoses (human/animal diseases)


Hints for searching the Web for more information

Choosing Web Sites CAREFULLY!

 

NOTE: The following Web sites are listed for your information only and are not endorsed by Cornell University.  Finding information on the Internet is not a substitute for good professional veterinary care, experience, and judgment.  For help in finding additional information from the published literature, consider using VetAccess, our fee-based library research and document delivery service.

 

Animal Welfare

Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) (U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library)

Provides links to various publications, resources and other useful site related to animal welfare.

Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Animal Production and Health Division)


Behavior & Training

Animal Behavior Clinic, Cornell University Hospital for Animals

The Animal Behavior Clinic provides checklists useful for identifying behavior problems in cats, dogs and horses.

Animal Behavior Resources Institute, American Humane Association

The goal of the Animal Behavior Resources Institute is "To enhance human animal relationships and improve quality of life for people and animals by providing education and animal behavior resources." Includes short instructional videoclips, "Behavior Talk" podcasts, news, articles, and much more.

The Indoor Pet Initiative (Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine)

Provides a "resource checklist" with helpful suggestions regarding enriching the lives of indoor cats..

 

Bibliographic Databases

Bibliographic databases lead you to journal articles on specific topics of your interest. Copies of articles that are held by the Veterinary Library can be supplied through our VetAccess service or from other sources, such as your local public library.

PubMed MEDLINE

PubMed MEDLINE is available to the public.  Cornell users should access it through the Cornell Access to PubMed MEDLINE.
Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, this extensive database includes over 20 million citations to journal article citations back to the 1940s.  The citations have been indexed from over 4,900 human medical, nursing, dentistry, veterinary, and related biomedical journals.  It is a major resource that may be helpful to you now or in the future.

- - - Hints for using PubMed:  While the PubMed interface is relatively easy to use, we recommend that you go through the training tutorial if you are having difficulty or would like to increase your searching skills. Click "Tutorial" on the left sidebar on the PubMed home page. Simply enter one or more keywords, such as "diabetes therapy dogs" [without quote marks], and click Go.  Review the list of citations. Click the authors' name line to see an abstract if it is available.  Some examples of possible searches are: diabetes therapy dogs; feline infectious peritonitis diagnosis cats; lameness surgery horses

For guidance on limiting your search to clinical veterinary articles only, use the PubMed Searching Guide.

 

Diagnostic Databases

Consultant, Cornell's Veterinary Diagnostic Database

Consultant is a database designed to link over 500 clinical signs and symptoms to nearly 7,000 possible diagnoses or disease conditions.  Thus, it can help you find summary information about animal diseases.  In addition, it can assist in compiling lists of diseases with certain clinical signs, such as all of the dog diseases that have "diarrhea" as one of the clinical signs. Consultant also contains a selected list of up-to-date journal articles on each diagnosis.

- - -Hints for using Consultant: For a known disease or condition, click "Search by Diagnosis".  Then choose the "Species" from the pull-down menu, and enter one or more disease terms.  From there, click on your choice of diagnosis to see a brief description of the disease, its clinical signs, species affected, and some recent journal article citations and/or web page links of potential interest.  For identifying possible diseases with one or more clinical signs, click "Search by Signs".  Then, choose the "Species" from the pull-down menu, and enter the first clinical sign, such as "vomiting".  Additional clinical signs can be added before searching the database to obtain a list of diagnoses exhibiting those particular signs.

Copies of the cited articles can be ordered through the Veterinary Library's VetAccess service.

 

Disaster Preparedness for Pets and Other Animals

Animals in Disasters / U.S. DHHS Disaster Information Management Research Center

Animals in Disasters / Animal Welfare Information Center, APHIS, USDA

Caring for Animals / FEMA

Disaster Preparedness  / ASPCA

Preparación en Caso de Desastres / Disaster Preparedness (In Spanish) / ASPCA

Pets and Disasters / American Veterinary Medical Association

Protect Your Pets in an Emergency / U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More information on disaster medicine and public health preparedness can be found on the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) website

 

Diseases, Conditions & Treatments

Canine Epilepsy Resource Center

"All you ever wanted to know about canine epilepsy."

Canine Health Foundation (American Kennel Club)

Lists ongoing research projects on canine diseases.

Canine Health Information Center

“Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs” including a CHIC DNA Repository database.

Care for Animals (American Veterinary Medical Association.)

AVMA provides a wealth of information on caring for animals, including help for new owners, brochures, and many FAQs.

Cornell Feline Health Center Client Information Brochures

Provides a series of online brochures describing topics from general cat care to infectious diseases. Also, consider the Cornell Feline Health Center's Dr. Louis J. Camuti Memorial Feline Consultation and Diagnostic Service. 1-800-KITTY DR (1-800-548-8937) It is available Monday & Friday from 9am-12noon and 2-4pm EST.  There is a nominal charge for answers to any cat health-related question.

Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Education

This site provides expert information for all types of pets. It contains "Informative articles on pet healthcare, written by veterinary experts."

To look up specific diseases and conditions, go to Pet Education Popular Searches.

Exotic Pet Vet.Net (Margaret A. Wissman DVM)

Provides health information related to birds, reptiles and other exotic pets.

HealthyPet.com (American Animal Hospital Association)

"AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards for hospitals and pet health care." Features of this site include: Locate an accredited animal hospital near you, find answers to your pet health questions via their Pet Care Library, or their FAQ link, and browse their recommended reading list.

Merck Veterinary Manual Online

"The single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information. Includes over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations.  Rapidly search by topic, species, specialty, disease, and keyword.."  The 2,305-page printed volume of the 8th edition (1998) can also be purchased for quick reference. 

Note: "This online text has now been superceded by publication of the 10th edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual in September 2010 and may contain inaccurate or outdated information."

Pet Health Topics (Washington State University. College of Veterinary Medicine)

A variety of topics related to dog and cat health are arranged into 4 major categories-Procedures, Common Problems, Diseases and Miscellaneous Health Care Topics.

PetPlace.Com: We Are Crazy About Pets!

Founded by Dr. Jon Rappaport to provide "an unbiased, authoritative, user-friendly website where pet owners worldwide could go for complete, up-to-date information on all pet issues". It features over 5,000 articles in "libraries" on dogs, cats, fish, small mammals, reptiles, birds and horses.

Veterinary Partner.com

Maintained by veterinarians, this a very useful site loaded with health news and information about behavior, health, diseases, and drugs related to dogs, cats, birds, horses, and other pets.

Vetinfo: A Veterinary Information Service (Michael Richards DVM)

Ask a question or find articles on diseases and conditions of cats and dogs.

Johne's Information Center (University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine)

"Your definitive source for information on Johne's disease"---the infectious disease of cattle, also known as paratuberculosis.

 

Drugs and Pharmaceuticals

Veterinary Partner.com: Pet Pharmacy

In addition to health news and information, this site covers commonly used veterinary drugs and pharmaceuticals.

 

Finding Veterinarians & Clinics

AltVetMed.com [Complementary and Alternative Medicine]

Also provides lists of veterinarians who practice various forms of complementary and alternative medicine therapy.

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Click on "Search for a Specialist" for help in “Locating an ACVIM-Board certified veterinary specialist in your area.”

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Click on "Find a surgeon".

HealthyPet.com (American Animal Hospital Association)

"AAHA is well known among veterinarians and pet owners for its standards for hospitals and pet health care." Includes "How to locate an accredited animal hospital near you".

VetQuest: The premier veterinary search & referral service

Includes over 25,000 veterinary hospitals and clinics in the U.S., Canada and Europe. [being updated and revised as of 13-April-2010]

 

Genetics

Guide to Congenital and Heritable Disorders in Dogs (Association for Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR); available from Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association)

Revised in May 2011, lists congenital disorders of dogs originally compiled by the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR)

Medical, Genetic and Breed Problems Known in Dogs (Dog and Cat Health)

Guide Sites

NetVet & Electronic Zoo (Ken Boschert DVM, Washington Univ.)

Lists over 18,000 international Web sites on veterinary & animal topics. There is no quality evaluation; older but still helpful for locating useful Web sites.

About.com: Veterinary Medicine (Janet Tobiassen Crosby DVM)

"This site is for both the veterinarian and pet owner to ask questions, learn new things about animal health and care, and meet new people."

Intute: Veterinary Medicine. [Formerly: VetGate]

Although based in England, this site provides useful links to information around the world.  It can be searched by keyword or browsed by CABI subject headings.

 

Integrative Medicine

AltVetMed.com [Complementary and Alternative Medicine]

Contains information about alternative and complementary therapies.  Also provides lists of veterinarians who practice various forms of integrative medicine.

Whole Pet Vet: A Guide to Holistically Treating Your Pets (Donna Kelleher, DVM)

Provides information about acupuncture, gold bead therapy, chiropractic, diet & nutrition and herbal medicine. Also, includes information about choosing a convertional vs. holistic veterinarian.

 

Nutrition

American College of Veterinary Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions: What is a veterinary nutritionist?

This Nutrition Resources page provides links to reputable sources regarding veterinary nutrition.

Ohio University Veterinary Hospital. Nutrition Support Service

Provides a Diet Manual, Diet Search, and more.

PetDIETS.com

"A premier site for pet nutrition advice and homemade diets from veterinary nutritionists."

 

Oncology

Oncology & Acupuncture (Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, Texas)

Provides basic information about cancer and its various treatments.

Merck Veterinary Manual Online

Information about diagnosis and treatment of various types and locations of cancer (neoplasms, neoplasia) in different species is interspersed throughout this manual. Check the index for details. 

Note: "This online text has now been superceded by publication of the 10th edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual in September 2010 and may contain inaccurate or outdated information."

OncoLink: Vet - University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center

"Edited by Lili Duda, VMD, a radiation oncologist at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the OncoLink Vet section is designed as a resource for pet owners who have an animal diagnosed with cancer or are concerned about that possibility." Information is provided on some of the most common types of cancer in dogs and cats.  Information can be emailed or printed.

Toxicology & Poisoning

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center

Extensive information about poisons for animals.  Access to their fee-based emergency service.

Plant Poisoning of Livestock in Vermont [University of Vermont Extension)

Plants Poisonous to Livestock and other Animals (Cornell University, Department of Animal Science)

This is a growing reference that includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.).

Plants Toxic to Animals (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Veterinary Medicine Library)

A comprehensive database of plant by common and scientific names.

Indiana Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets (Purdue University)

Lists plants alphabetically, by toxicity rating, by species, and by botanical type along with a picture index.

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants (ASPCA)

Lists plans toxic and non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.

Zoonoses (Diseases transmitted between humans and animals)

MEDLINEplus Health Information: Pet Health

Provides articles about animal diseases that can affect human health.

Healthy Pets Healthy People

The National Center for Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides useful information about important diseases people can get from animals with lists by disease and animal species.

Merck Veterinary Manual Online

The Zoonoses page in the Merck Manual has an extensive table of diseases that affect both humans and animals around the world. 

Note: "This online text has now been superceded by publication of the 10th edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual in September 2010 and may contain inaccurate or outdated information."

Zoonotic Diseases  Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), University of California, Santa Barbara

Provides guidelines for preventing disease transmission in animal facilities, with lists of diseases and diseases by animal reservoir created by Dr. Michael S. Rand, which can be useful to the general public as well.

 

Hints For Searching For More Information

Try this to find additional animal health-related web resources:

  1. Begin with one or more known, reliable sites and follow appropriate links on those pages.
  2. Next try a guide site (e.g., http://netvet.wustl.edu) to begin or jump-start a search.
  3. Then use a general search engine, e.g. www.google.com/ or others.
    Be selective in entering terms and follow hints for effective use.

The most reliable and authoritative sites are generally from:

  1. Academic institutions and universities
  2. Government agencies
  3. Professional organizations and associations

 

Choosing Web Sites Carefully!

The information on the Internet or World Wide Web is not necessarily accurate, correct, complete, or reliable.  This issue is especially critical for both animal and human health information.

Always consider the following:

Site Ownership

Who is the site's owner or producer? Do you recognize the name? Are they reputable?

Currency

How often is the site updated or revised?

Audience

Who are the primary users or target audience?

Perspective

Is there a bias or unbalanced orientation? Is the goal to educate, sell products, or promote an opinion?

Content

Is the content informative, timely, well balanced, documented (e.g., sources of information are given), and accurate?

Authorship of Content

Are the authors' credentials known (e.g., DVM)?

Overall Quality

Are there any obvious or known errors, faults, or inconsistencies?

Style

Is the site user-friendly and attractive? Is it easy to follow?  Is there a built-in "search" feature?

Organization

Is the site well organized?

Stability

Is it a reliable and established site?

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Compiled by Susanne K. Whitaker, MSLS, AHIP
Veterinary Reference Librarian