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Veterinary Medicine

Some useful resources for Veterinary Medicine are listed below.



Access information: Access on and off campus
Description: Agricultural Census data for England, Scotland and Wales downloadable or visualised as grid square estimates at 2km, 5km and 10km level of resolution.

Maps can be viewed, annotated and printed, and data can be downloaded for use in GIS or CAD software.

Coverage: 1969 to present.



Access information: Freely available access on and off-campus.
Description: Open access, searchable, full-text repository of author-submitted unpublished preprints across the agricultural sciences, including agribusiness, aquaculture, crop science, environmental science, forestry, plant science, livestock science, soil science.
Coverage: 2017-present.



Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Data from 500 international health care journals held by the British Library supplemented by relevant records from Medline. Subjects covered include: acupuncture, homeopathy, palliative care, occupational therapy and holistic treatments.
Coverage: 1885-present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


BioMed Central

Access information: Free access on and off-campus from
Description: An independent publishing house committed to providing open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. The University of Edinburgh is a member.
Coverage: Portfolio of 291 journals.


Access information: Access on and off campus. The link above defaults to search in the Web of Science Core Colletion. Please select BIOSIS Citation Index from the dropdown menu. 
Description: The electronic version of Biological Abstracts for information about contents of journals, meetings, patents, and books in the life sciences and biomedical research. Covers pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies.
Coverage: 1926 to present.
Additional Information: Detailed information about BIOSIS Citation Index


BSAVA Library

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Description: The British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) publishes resources covering small animal clinical practice. The BSAVA Library is much more than a collection of their manuals - it provides a resource enabling users to discover the content, including book chapters, hundreds of hours of lecture recordings from the annual Congress, articles from Companion, drug dosages from the BSAVA Small Animal Formulary and much more, in one place. The BSAVA Library provides online access to  BSAVA’s publications at the granularity of chapter, article, drug entry, client leaflet, congress lecture summary etc.  A search will show everything that is relevant to your enquiry – whether from a manual, a Companion article or a Congress lecture.


CAB Abstracts

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Description: CAB Abstracts is the world's leading agricultural database. Find journals, books, conferences and reports. It covers significant research and development literature in the fields of animal and crop husbandry, animal and plant breeding, plant protection, genetics, forestry, veterinary medicine, aspects of human health, human nutrition, rural development, leisure and tourism and the management and conservation of natural resources.
Coverage: 1910-present.

8 concurrent users.


CSH (Cold Spring Harbour) Protocols

Access information: Access on and off campus

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols is an interdisciplinary journal providing a definitive source of research methods in cell, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, computational biology, immunology, neuroscience and imaging.

Each monthly issue details multiple essential methods-a mix of cutting-edge and well-established techniques. Newly commissioned protocols and unsolicited submissions are supplemented with articles based on Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s renowned courses and manuals.

All protocols are up-to-date and presented in a consistent, easy-to-follow format.

Coverage: 2006-present


Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Contains over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) published during the 18th Century, covering a range of subjects including history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science. The full text of the collection is searchable, from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements.
Coverage: 18th Century.



Access information: Access on and off-campus.

The Excerpta Medica database, a major pharmacological and biomedical literature database covering about 3,300 journals from110 countries. Covers mainly journal literature (plus some book reviews and conference proceedings) with strong coverage of European journals.

Detailed information about EMBASE

Coverage: From 1980 to date.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


Global Health (CABI)

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description: Covers human health and disease, including communicable diseases, tropical diseases, parasitic diseases and parasitology, nutrition, community and public health, and medicinal and poisonous plants, from more than 16,000 journals as well as books and grey literature (dissertations, conferences, patents, standards, annual reports, etc.) from more than 130 countries.
Coverage: 1910 to present.


Henry Stewart Talks - Biomedical and Life Sciences

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Description: Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection of over 2,800 seminar style talks by leading world experts. All of the seminars have been specially commissioned from leading scientists and are presented in a user-friendly format of animated slides with synchronized narration.



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US National Library of Medicine database, covering worldwide medical literature including research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues and health care services. Corresponds to three printed indexes - Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature and International Nursing Index. Covers 3,200 journals published in the USA and about 70 other countries.

Detailed information about Medline

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Coverage: From 1966 to date.
Help: For user guides applicable to all Ovid databases click on the Help icon in the 'Choose a database' screen. For more detailed descriptions of all searchable fields in Medline, along with sample searches, click on the Information icon next to Medline in the Choose a database screen.
NHS staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


Plumb's Veterinary Drugs (secured)

Access information: Access requires use of library link as listed on password page (secured).
Description: Plumb's Veterinary Drugs is a highly trusted veterinary drug resource providing access to up-to-date veterinary drug information. It includes information on dose, dosage forms, drug interactions and adverse effects.  There is also information about pharmacokinetics, and storage/stability.
Notes: The app is only for individual subscribers not library users.  To access on a mobile device, use this link in your browser.


Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.  Contains over 16 million author profiles, 70,000 institutional profiles, 5000 publishers, 70 million records, 1.4 billion cited references, covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from 1788 onwards.  
User guide:
Note: The University of Edinburgh's Affiliation ID is 60027272 (used for configuring Papers 3 for Mac to work with Scopus).
Note: If you would like to register to receive personalised searches, alerts etc then select "Other Institution login", then add "Edinburgh" to the search box to find the University of Edinburgh log in link, select the Shibboleth option if requested.


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Stockley’s Drug Interactions gives you access to drug interaction information.  It provides expertly authored advice on managing drug interactions, with over 4,500 detailed records, giving information on interactions, including to drug to drug, drug to herb, drug to food, and more.

Each record has a concise summary of clinical evidence, mechanism, importance and management of each interaction

Stockley’s Drug Interactions contains detailed, fully referenced and international information.


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Stockley’s Interactions Checker is an interactions checking tool, providing quick and easy access to interactions between drugs, foods and more.  The tool provides a simple snapshot of the severity, description and management guidance – whilst also linking you to the full record in Stockley’s Drug Interactions.

Stockley’s Interactions Checker allows an unlimited number of drugs to be searched at the same time and provides clear ratings on action, severity and evidence per interaction.  It searches and links to Stockley’s Drug Interactions, providing the guidance required to safely manage the selection of drugs.


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Description: VetMed Resource includes CAB Abstracts bibliographic database covering over 3000 veterinary and bioscience journals, full text proceedings from major conferences worldwide, 'in brief and in depth' news articles on recent interest topics, specially commissioned and peer-reviewed review articles and 'Ask a CABI expert' which helps users search for the information they need. There's also access to CABI's Animal Health and Production Compendium which has information on animal diseases, their pathogens and vectors, genetics and nutrition of livestock and poultry species and breeds, an international drugs database, food safety etc. There are over 2000 images which can also be used for teaching and demos.


Vetstream Vetlexicon

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Vetstream’s Vetlexicon Canis, Felis, Lapis, Exotis, Equis and Bovis (dogs, cats, rabbits, exotics, horses and cattle) services are subscription based online encyclopaedias of point-of-care clinical veterinary information.  The content is provided by 900 of the world's leading veterinary clinicians and includes more than 19,000 peer reviewed articles on diseases and their pathogens, diagnostic tests, medical and surgical treatments as well as breeds and owner factsheets and images, videos and heart sounds.  The content is categorised into 30 body systems and disciplines and cross-linked to each other. This allows the veterinarian to move between all the relevant information relating to a particular case, enabling them to diagnose, treat and effectively communicate all the relevant information to the owner.  Updated weekly.


Web of Science Core Collection

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Access on and off campus.

  Russian Science Citation Index is not presently included in the Web of Science.

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Cited reference searching, Impact Factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.


Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (both 1900 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards).

Also: Book Citation Indexes in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1985 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Change "Search in:" to use: BIOSIS Citation Index (1926 onwards), Data Citation Index (1990 onwards), KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (2002 onwards), Zoological Record (1864 onwards).


Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports (JCR): 

Journal Impact Factors and other measures on JCR (pdf)


Zoological Record

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Zoological Record is the world's oldest continuing database of animal biology. Records cover every aspect of zoology, including biochemistry, behaviour, ecology evolution, genetics, biodiversity and veterinary sciences. It indexes over 4,500 international serials plus other publications including monographs, books, reviews, and conference proceedings.


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