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Veterinary sites

  • A sheep brain dissection
    A sheep brain dissection tutorial with images and discussion.
  • Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
    Livestock diseases and parasites.
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
    The American Association of Bovine Practitioners is an international association of veterinarians organized to enhance the professional lives of its members through relevant continuing education that will improve the well-being of cattle and the economic success of their owners, increase awareness and promote leadership for issues critical to cattle industries, and improve opportunities for careers in bovine medicine.
  • American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
  • Animal Disease Information
    Animal disease factsheets, image database, power points, zoonotic fast facts, disease wall charts, etc.
  • Biological Risk Management For Veterinarians
    Improved infection/disease control in animal production facilities and in veterinary clinics in increasingly recognized as the new standard of care. This not only prevents the spread of endemic diseases, but zoonotic and foreign animal diseases as well. The CFSPH has designed an on-line resource that focuses on routes of disease transmission and provides practical disease management strategies for use in beef, dairy or equine operation or in the veterinary clinic.
  • Bovine Reproduction
    Great pictures and information concerning bovine reproduction. The topics (and subheadings) are at the left. There are picture buttons at the bottom. Some of the Back/Forward arrows jump to the end, instead of moving to the next photo, but the designer has been informed.
  • Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication: Uniform Methods and Rules
    (PDF) These Uniform Methods and Rules (UM&R) are the minimum standards adopted and approved by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). They were established for the maintenance of tuberculosis-free accredited herds of cattle and bison and the maintenance of State or zone status in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) tuberculosis eradication program. These minimum standards do not preclude the adoption of more stringent standards by any State or zone.
  • Cattle Diseases
    University of Nebraska - NU Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Behavior
    Within the field of applied animal ethology, there are widely differing views of what actions constitute a given behavior. This encyclopedia will provide a standard for what actions compose a given behavior. The Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Behavior is being undertaken by the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service (USDA-ARS).
  • Food Animal Production Medicine
    This helpful website contains a wide variety of resources for food animal veterinarians. Click on the forms and info link to be connected to PDF files, photos, and videos covering nutrition, milk quality, husbandry (stalls, ventilation, hygiene), software, and lameness. Click on goal form for a detailed plan to improve dairy production medicine goals. The publication link includes refereed journals, proceedings, abstracts, book chapters, links to popular press, and posters.
  • Goat Veterinary Society
  • Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center
  • Infectious Disease In Food Animals
    Proceedings of the USDA's National Animal Disease Center virtual conference on infectious diseases of food animals. Topics include respiratory disease, TSE, mycobacterium, salmonella, e. coli Infections, and spirochete diseases.
  • Large Animal Cardiology
    Tutorial sessions presented by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Large Animal Veterinary Rounds
    Rounds transcripts presented at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (University of Saskatchewan) Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences. The transcripts are available in .pdf format and are searchable by year.
  • National Mastitis Council
    The NMC is a not-for-profit professional organization devoted to reducing mastitis and enhancing milk quality. The NMC promotes research and provides information to the dairy industry relative to udder health, milking management, and milk quality. Some proceedings are for members only, but clicking on information and resources opens a large variety of links for dairy practitioners and producers.
  • Nitrate Poisoning And Feeding Nitrate Feeds To Livestock
    The possibility of nitrate toxicity in our forages becomes an issue in the fall season each year. This fact sheet provides background on what nitrate poisoning is and how to handle feeds with high nitrate levels.

Human sites

  • Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
    Information about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy by the University of Illinois. In depth coverage of this topic includes the history of the disease, discussion of prions, and human and animal Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSEs). This site is designed for the education of the general public regarding the risk, cause, concerns, and problems associated with prion diseases.
  • Human Fatality After Accidental Injection Of Micotil
    Veterinarians and animal health distributors, prior to dispensing Micotil, should require the purchaser to sign a product information fact sheet that indicates Micotil can be fatal in humans, and that there is no antidote for this antibiotic.
  • The Beef Industry Food Safety Council (BIFSCO)
    This website contains links to a whole range of issues of food safety (Bio-Security, Consumer Info, Pathogens, Foreign Matter, Chemical Residues, Animal Health And Quality Assurance, Food Safety Management, and Best Processing Practices).

General sites

A Friendly Reminder: You are ultimately responsible for the care of your patients. Recommendations and discussions of cases should be considered as recommendations by colleagues for you to consider in your case management decisions. Dosages should be confirmed prior to dispensing medications.
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