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On this page you will find free online (mostly not openly licensed) resources for Veterinary Medicine.
Discipline-specific pages are not intended to be exhaustive, but to showcase content that may be of interest to faculty considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes.
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Becoming a Veterinarian
An Audio-visual Guide to Client Communication
[Free but not openly licensed] Just as suturing is an essential skill for the surgeon, communication is an essential skill for all veterinarians. These short videos capture 19 communication skills that can be effectively interwoven throughout the consultation, and incorporate good and bad points of practice. (Videos will be added to the resource until all 19 are available). As such, they are ideal training materials for young vets and vets new to practicing in the UK and US. They are also a great refresher for established vets who may want to brush up on skills that can round out their communication style.
The videos have been produced in partnership with the US-China Center for Animal Health at Kansas State University. Ryane Englar, DVM, DABVP (Canine and Feline Practice) presents each episode.
Merck Manual - Veterinary Manual
Find information on animal health topics, written for the veterinary professional. (Free online. Does not have an open license.)
@vetFOAMed FOAM stands for Free Open Access Meducation. This website has been set up to act as a register/database of veterinary free open access medical educational resources across multiple species. Shailen Jasani MA VetMB MRCVS DipACVECC www.shailenjasani.com
WikiVet is a worldwide collaborative project to develop a comprehensive online peer reviewed veterinary knowledge database. The aim is to cover the entire undergraduate curriculum. WikiVet contains a selection of learning resources like flashcards, videos, quizzes and other types of computer based learning resources.Most but not all of the content in WikiVet requires registration. Registration is free, and ensures editing and use by people related to the veterinary profession only. (CC BY NC ND)
Open Textbooks (openly licensed)
Anatomy and Physiology of Animals
Audience is Veterinary nurses. This book describes the structure of the animal body and the way in which it works. Animals encountered in normal veterinary practice are used as examples where possible. (CC BY NC SA)
Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically about Animal Rights
This book provides an overview of the current debates about the nature and extent of our moral obligations to animals. Which, if any, uses of animals are morally wrong, which are morally permissible (i.e., not wrong) and why? What, if any, moral obligations do we, individually and as a society (and a global community), have towards animals and why? How should animals be treated? Why? (CC BY SA)
Veterinary Histology is a microscopic anatomy textbook focused on domestic species, including the dog, cat, cattle, horses, swine, and camelids. This digital textbook provides comprehensive, system-specific text as well as high-resolution, annotated images along with chapter-specific glossary of terms and learning objectives. (CC BY NC)
Freely Available Textbooks
Veterinary Epidemiology / by Martin, Meek and Willeberg provides an introductory, yet comprehensive, source of information on epidemiology for veterinary students, researchers, and practitioners. There has not been a textbook that presents analytic epidemiology as a science, basic to veterinary medicine's efforts in health management (herd health) as well as in clinical medicine. [Originally published by Iowa State University Press in 1987. Rights reverted to the authors who authorized digitization by the University Libraries at Virginia Tech and release under a CC BY NC ND license with additional permission granted up front for translation and format changes.] Direct link: http://hdl.handle.net/10919/72274
InTech Open Access books on Veterinary Medicine
600+ freely available online books from InTech.
40+ veterinary textbooks (University of Georgia)
The University of Georgia offers 40+ veterinary textbooks in Apple iBook format through iTunes/ iStore. Freely downloadable but not openly licensed.
Course materials: Demonstration Videos, Interactive Simulations etc.
The Normal Canine Video Series
This series of four videos (licensed CC BY 4.0) are intended for first-year students of veterinary medicine and include the following canine exams:
- Head and neck canine exam
- Thoracic canine exam
- Abdominal canine exam
- Urogenital rectal canine exam
Transcripts for each video are available.
Video Resources for Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology, 4th edition
(c) (not under an open license)
The video clips on this web site are a component of the fourth edition of Veterinary Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology by Alexander de Lahunta, Eric Glass and Marc Kent.
Anatomy, Dissection and Necropsy
Diagnostic support systems
CONSULTANT: A Diagnostic Support System for Veterinary Medicine
CONSULTANT is a diagnostic support system used to suggest possible diagnoses or causes for clinical signs and to provide a brief synopsis of the diagnosis/cause including: 1) a general description, 2) species affected, 3) the signs associated with it, and 4) a list of recent literature references. CONSULTANT is supported by a database consisting of hundreds of signs, thousands of diagnoses/causes, and tens of thousands of literature references. The database is regularly updated with new information by its author: Dr. Maurice E. White, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University.
BestBETs for Vets
Supports veterinary clinicians in making evidence-based decisions. A BET is a simple review of the current best evidence available to answer very common and specific clinical questions. (c) University of Nottingham