Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Production Animal Health

3D Skeletons and Skulls

A collection of 3D CT scans of a variety of wild and domestic animal skeletons and skulls.

Licence: CC BY

Animals & Ethics 101: Thinking Critically about Animal Rights

This open textbook helps readers identify and evaluate the arguments for and against various uses of animals.

Licence: CC BY-SA

Clinical Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

This book is aimed to guide the pre-clinical veterinary student through basic patient-side diagnostic testing procedures that accompany the in-person laboratory course.

Licence: CC BY-NC

A Guide to the Principles of Animal Nutrition

In this introductory text, six fundamental nutrients, their structure, digestion, and metabolism are covered. A brief introduction to bioenergetics, feed additives, nutrient analysis, digestive organs and processes in monogastric and ruminant animals, and methods for assessing nutrient utilization are also included.

Licence: CC BY-NC

IntechOpen Book Series: Veterinary Medicine and Science

This book series collection from IntechOpen on scientific topics in veterinary medicine and science has some open access publications on equine science, reproduction, farm animals, genetics, and more that may be relevant for courses in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.

Licence: These open access publications and chapters within are largely licensed under a CC BY-NC-ND licence which restricts remixing and adaptations.

Introductory Animal Physiology, 2nd Edition

This book is an introduction to the diversity of structure and function in animals at the tissue and organ system level. The focus of this book is on principles and mechanisms that sustain life and maintain homeostasis, including water balance, gas exchange, acquisition and transport of oxygen and nutrients, temperature regulation, electrical and chemical signal transmission, sensory processing, and locomotion. The content in this open textbook was adapted from other open textbooks.

Includes: Self-check questions, discussion concepts, activities, multimedia content

Licence: CC BY

Judging and Evaluating Dairy Cattle

These materials have been put together to help students and youth to learn the basics of judging and evaluating dairy cattle using various methods. There are numerous 4-H, Cooperative Extension and Breed Association booklets freely available, referred to in the document. However, this resource differs as it is intentionally full of visual examples and videos. The objective is to provide educators with additional resources to help beginning cattle judges understand visual evaluation and comparative judging techniques, as well as breed standards, linear scoring, oral reasons and the basics of fitting and showmanship.

Licence: CC BY-NC-SA

Large Animal Surgery – Supplemental Notes

This textbook includes basic principles of large animal surgery and anesthesia, how to apply those principles to cases and situations, and discover ways of finding answers when you don’t remember the information, are presented with cases that aren’t “textbook” and/or things don’t go as planned.

Licence: CC BY-NC

Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM)

Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM) was established to promote free sharing of peer reviewed content. It became apparent that there was a real enthusiasm from project partners to collaborate and new partners also requested to join. As a result, the museum now hosts digital assets from over 15 institutions including all the UK veterinary school and vet schools in the rest of Europe, India and Australasia (Description from resource).

Licence: CC BY-NC-ND applied to main site (Note: this is an open access resources that restricts remixing and adaptation). Note that individual resources may have a different licence applied.

Swine Diseases

This textbook was written as a support for the course CVM 6969: Large Animal Medicine III at the University of Minnesota. Its structure follows the organization of the course sessions and may be confusing for an external audience.

Licence: CC BY-NC

Vet Med: Applied GI Physiology- Supplemental Notes

This book is an attempt to connect the principles of veterinary physiology to the clinical presentation of disorders, particularly diagnostic tests and test interpretation.

Licence: CC BY-NC

Veterinary Epidemiology: Principles and Methods

The purpose of this textbook is to provide 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.

Licence: CC BY-NC-ND (Note: this is an open access resource that does not allow for remixing and adaptation)

Veterinary Preventive Medicine

This textbook covers preventive approaches in veterinary medicine.

Licence: CC BY-NC

Well-being Handbook

This book is a resource for veterinary students.

Licence: CC BY-NC


A free online encyclopedia for veterinary medicine.

Licence: CC BY-NC-ND applied to WikiVet site (Note: this is an open access resource that restricts remixing and adaptation), note that individual resources may have a different licence applied.

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