Veterinary Medicine


SF 609 Veterinary Medicine. Dictionaries. Encyclopedias

NetVet: Veterinary Resources

NetVet: Veterinary Resources is designed to "...categorize and organize veterinary medical and animal-related information on the Internet in a relevant, easy to use format for people interested in these topics." The site's main page features fourteen major links, all subject categories or links of interest within the site: (1) what's new; (2) search; (3) career; (4) education; (5) specialities; (6) organizations; (7) meetings; (8) directory; (9) e-lists; (10) publications; (11) images; (12) government; (13) commerce; and (14) the Electronic Zoo. Users can activate a category by touching on its image or by selecting its title from the front page, In all cases, the categories reveal a comprehensive listing of WWW sites on their respective subjects; titles of sites are direct links to the WWW.
The "what's new" area offers new links for the site; users select the appropriate calendar table, along with a month, to view the listings contained therein. Included in this area are reviews of NetVet within publications. The "career" link offers employment sources in veterinary medicine. "Education" details colleges, departments, pre-vet programs, veterinary technology programs, and public health programs on the WWW. "Specialities" offers 30 topic categories; selecting a subject then reveals an alphabetical listing of matching WWW sites. "Organizations" offers veterinary and animal science organizations, science and research groups, animal welfare and humane rescue groups, conservation and wildlife organizations, and commercial organizations. The "directory" link lists WWW sites of veterinary services and the homepages of veterinarians on the WWW. "E-list" features veterinary and animal mailing lists, organized alphabetically. Publications and references are found in the "publications" area; "images" stocks animal and animal-related images. "Government" lists resources in this area, as well as within the legal field. Sources are listed into general, veterinary, and international groupings. Commercial resources are accessed via the thirteenth link; the Electronic Zoo, the companion to the Net Vet WWW site, is accessible from its link on the main page.
Below these main links are access points for the Veterinary Medicine section of the WWW Virtual Library and the AVMA's Care for Pets WWW site. At the bottom of the site's main page are service-based links for the site. Here, users can access: (1) a text version of the table of contents; (2) history and general information on the site; (3) a feedback area; (4) a report on the site's usage, compiled by WebTrends; (5) site awards and mentions within publications; and (6) the best WWW sites, as claimed by the site's creator. Users wishing to search the site should select the "search" image from the table of contents; a page then displays a link to search the Net Vet site. Below this link are comprehensive listings for veterinary search engines on the WWW, major public search engines on the WWW, minor search engines, and other links of interest. In all cases, titles of links are their direct paths to the WWW.
The site was created and is maintained by Kent Boshert, D.V.M.; Associate Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine; Washington University; St. Louis, Missouri.
To Search:
Select "search" from main menu; then select search engine of choice from listings. Titles are direct access to WWW sites, where search engines are located.

SF 757.5 Veterinary Toxicology

Plants Toxic to Animals

Plants Toxic to Animals is a database "...created in order to assist the University of Illinois veterinary students in identifying common plants that are poisonous to animals. This database brings together information available in library books, plants grown in the Poisonous Plants Garden, mounted specimens of plants, and the reference notes for a toxicology course...which is taught during the fall semester each year." The site's creator notes that "...only the species most commonly found in the midwestern states are covered in this database. Common house plants are also included as opportunities arise."
The site offers nine major links. The first, "introduction," offers general site information and details on the database. "Plant entries by common name" allows for searching; users will view an alphabetical listing of plants, by their common names, and must select a plant from the list. The first part of the complete record then appears -- a full-color image of the plant, along with links to additional images. In some cases, users will find detailed records on the plant upon accessing this page. "Plant entries by scientific name" allows for searching, using botanical names. The University of Illinois Poisonous Plant Garden is accessible via the site's fourth link; here, users will find information on the garden, its purpose, operational hours, and location. The "bibliography" links opens its respective portion of the site.
"Database structure" offers a description of a plant's detailed, final record. Links to related sources, the veterinary medicine library homepage, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library are also accessible through the main page. When operating a search, users will find that a plant's final record includes the following information: (1) image of the plant (at height of growth); (2) distribution -- geographical location and type of area commonly found; (3) conditions of poisoning -- how animals are poisoned (time of year, weather, etc.); (4) control -- information on how to control plant growth; (5) toxic principle -- chemical in plant that poisons animal; and (6) clinical signs -- signs displayed to suggest or prove than an animal has been poisoned.
The site is maintained by Mitsuko Williams, Veterinary Medicine Librarian; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To Search:
Select "common name" or "scientific name" link. Select plant of interest from listings. Scroll to view images and complete record.

SF 780.4 Veterinary Virology

Animal Virus Information System

The Animal Virus Information System (AVIS) contains data on "animal viruses, i.e. those viruses which are isolated from an animal or infecting an animal. The database also includes information on Arboviruses...a term used to describe any virus of vertebrates which is transmitted by an arthropod or shows any antigenic relationship with a known arbovirus." AVIS was established to "provide up to date and accurate information in the area of biotechnology with emphasis on virology, animal cell lines, and tissue culture." The database is primarily a tool for"... virologists, molecular biologists, clinical personnel, epidemiologists, and industrial users."
Information within the databse is coded into two different formats: (1) dBASE III plus format, and (2) an extended RKC format; coding also occurs for Oracle 6. Upon accessing the site, users will find a listing of search engines within the site: (1) data search (general); (2) EMBL search; (3) PIR search; (4) HDB search; and (5) index search (based on virus names). The first method occurs with an AVIS search utility, activated through a keyword submission. The EMBL, PIR, and HDB searches occur with the submission of an ID code, title word, or Accession number. Upon reaching the desired entry for the virus, the user will find the following items: (1) virus status and distribution; (2) original source; (3) method of isolation; (4) physichochemical properties;(5) stability of infectivity and virulence; (6) virion morphology; (7) morphogenesis; (8) hemagglutination; (9) antigenic relationship; (10) susceptibility of cell systems; (11) natural host range; (12) experimental viremia; (13) histopathology; (14) human disease; (15) links with other data banks; and (16) references.
Other links within the main menu offer access to general information on the system, an extensive description of the virus entries (including all sixteen topics within an entry), and searching hints for the user. Links to both a Brazilian and Japanense server are provided for additional searching; software applications must be compatible with these servers for data links and searching. Various methods of identifying viruses in the database are revealed; users can personalize their searches with : matching terms, clinical criteria, PIR, multiple alignments, or probablistic identification. An index is offered to locate synonyms for the focal virus of the search. Finally, a link is given for accessing other WWW sites on the topic.
The site and its database is maintained by the Animal Virus Information System (AVIS), a division of the Bioinformatics Distributed Information Center (D.I.C.); the University of Poona; Poona, India.
To Search:
Choose method of search from main menu. Follow screen commands when submitting search criteria. Results cannot be viewed unless user has access to dBASE III, RKC format, or Oracle software.

Electron Micrographs of Animal Viruses

Electron Micrographs of Animal Viruses is a presentation that has been "...compiled from the Veterinary Sciences Division's [of Queen's University of Belfast] extensive collection of electron micrographs, accumulated over many years of research and diagnostic investigation."
Upon accessing the site, the user will find links to the Veterinary Sciences Division and the Queen's University of Belfast. The main page also offers a copyright notice concerning site images, image resolution information, and a link to other Veterinary Science Division projects. The image format list allows for six search options: (1) full sized jpeg (color enhanced) image plus in-line images; (2) full sized jpeg image plus in-line images (recommended); (3) full sized gif image plus in-line images (Original); (4) Gif (color enhanced) image plus in-line images; (5) full sized gif image without in-line images; and (6) half sized gif images without in-line images.
Selecting an image format option opens the resulting images page; scrolling past general site information, the user will encounter a list of animal virus groups, each offering corresponding electron micrographs for one or more subtopics. Users should consult the site for complete virus listings; by selecting an image within the results page, users can view a full-sized version of the micrograph. Major viral catgories are: (1) poxvirus; (2) herpesvirus; (3) adenovirus; (4) papillomavirus; (5) parvovirus; (6) adenovirus and adeno-associated virus; (7) reovirus; (8) rotavirus; (9) birnavirus; (10) coronavirus; (11) influenza; (12) paramyxovirus; (13) pneumovirus; (14) picornavirus; (15) astrovirus; (16) circovirus; (17) calcivirus; and (18) torovirus.
At the bottom of the main page is a link to other WWW sources of electron micrographs. Likewise, access is given to an image format list and an acknowledgments area. The site is sponsored by the Department of Veterinary Science; Queen's University of Belfast; Northern Ireland.
To Search:
Select image format from main list; scroll to view matching images. Selecting an image reveals a full-sized version micrograph.