Veterinary Library COVID-19 Update

The Veterinary Library is closed until further notice. Veterinary Library staff will provide virtual reference assistance, fill online requests, while working remotely.

Many of our resources are online. Electronic resources, such as journals and databases are available 24/7 through the library catalog, Canvas, and other University web pages. For information about accessing resources off campus, please visit our Remote Access to Library Resources page.

Document Delivery will continue, although there may be a delay in getting articles and book chapters scanned and delivered to you. Please use ILLiad to send us your article and book chapter requests. You can also request scans through JumboSearch by looking up the item you need and clicking Request Scanned Chapter or Pages, which will take you to the ILLiad request form.

Books ordering will continue. If possible, we will order the book as an e-book unless you tell us you prefer the print version. Not all books are available for purchase by libraries in an electronic format (e.g. textbooks, popular fiction on Kindle), but we will do our best.

Librarians will be available for consultations and assistance email. Please send email to or contact library staff directly.


posted March 18, 2020

Food for Thought

To celebrate Wellness Week, the Library Staff have created a food-themed display. The display, ‘Food for Thought’, acknowledges various ways in which food is vital to our health and well-being. We have books about eating food, raising food, supplements and herbs. Through the end of February, we’ll have a ‘Recipe of the Day’. For those of you who can’t make it into the library every day, the recipes will be posted on this page. If you would like to contribute a recipe (for humans or animals), please send it to or one of the library staff.


Spaghetti with Roasted Zucchini (vegetarian)
Vegan Carrot Ginger Soup (vegan, gluten free)
Kitty Cupcakes
Locro de Papa (Ecuadorian Potato Soup) (vegetarian, gluten free)
Warm Apple Gingerbread
Broccoli Salad (gluten free)
Hamburger Quiche
Puppy Chow
Quinoa Black Bean Salad (vegan, gluten free)
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread
Arroz Con Pollo (gluten free)
Squash Curry with Chard (vegan, gluten free)
Apple-Cheddar Quiche (vegetarian)
Mexican Lasagna
Corn Bread Casserole Recipe (vegetarian)
Lentil Mushroom Sheperds Pie (vegan, gluten free)
Mediterranean Rice (vegan, gluten free)
Pumpkin Lasagna (vegetarian)
Kitty Litter Cake
Crunchy Granola

posted February 10, 2020

Abundance of Anatomy

Search our library catalog for “anatomy” and you’ll find hundreds of books, journals, software and AV materials. Some things are online and some are in the library. There are lots of species represented… small, large, domestic, ruminant, lab, exotic, avian, amphibian, reptile, primate, chordate and vertebrate. The topics range from basic anatomy to clinical, neurological, radiographic, surgical, developmental, functional, art and nomenclature. On our PBL Resources web page, we have links to online resources from VIN, Digital Morphology, University of Minnesota, University of Illinois and the Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum.

Come see our new display.

posted 12/2/2019

E-Book Update 2019 (revised)

It’s been two years since the last e-book update and we have added some interesting books to the library’s collection. All of these (and many more) are in the Tufts Library Catalog. It’s not a lot of books, but there are some classics!

Published in 2019

Published in 2018

Published in 2017

Older Publication Dates

posted 11/13/2019

MA Library of Things Map

Check out the Library of Things Scatter Map that the Massachusetts Library System has compiled for things like museum passes, cookware, garden seeds and home tools.

As a resident of Massachusetts, you can get a local public library and a Boston Public Library card. Your local library and Boston Public Library have lots of online and physical materials that aren’t at Tufts.

Hopefully you have all visited our campus library and know that we are also about more than just books and journals on shelves. As a member of Tufts University, you have access to thousands of physical and online resources: books, journals, databases, movies, music, language tools, games & puzzles and much more. Take a study break and check out our puzzle table or help yourself to a cup of tea (mugs, tea and sweeteners provided).


posted 09/20/2019


Farmers Market Resumes

The Farmers’ Market has started back up for the 2019 season. We had some beautiful donations of cucumbers, peppers, squash and eggplant. All of the money collected is donated to the Travis Fund for Needy Animals. The market is located just inside the Library entrance, in Loew Medical Education Center.


posted 07/26/2019

One Health

Almost every topic in the news today has a One Health component. The Library has created a display to show some of the One Health topics and issues that are of concern: public health, veterinary medicine, human medicine, wildlife management, environmental health, climate change… the list goes on.

National One Health Day is November 3rd. Save the date!

posted 6/6/2019

Library Suggestion Box

We have gotten some comments in our suggestion box in the past year. I have decided to interpret ‘Library’ as the entire Loew Medical Education Center building when answering the suggestions.

  • Could we please replace the old ticking clocks with silent (potentially digital) ones? — Yes, we are ordering a new (hopefully) ‘silent’ clock.
  • There should be a microwave in the library. — There is a microwave in the Student Lounge in the basement.
  • Water jug in the Library. — There are water jugs near the library entrance. We are also installing a water bottle filling station in the Student Lounge in the basement this summer.
  • Couches, please. People with bad knees can’t sit or bend knees for that long. Also, the chairs have no back support. — This is difficult to address for financial, spatial and physical reasons. Couches are expensive (unless someone gives them to us); new couches will have to replace existing furniture (Where should we put them? What do we get rid of?); comfort is a highly individual opinion. If you have thoughts on where to place couches, please let me know. We can work with Lynn Roy, Barbara Berman and our Advancement Office to see if we can find some solutions.
  • Tissue boxes on the tables. — Yes, we will put tissue boxes on the tables.
  • Notecards for use… blank, colorful. — We don’t usually supply office supplies, but if you ask, we can probably find some that you can have.

posted 5/10/2019

Celebrate Diversity

To celebrate Diversity Month, the library asked for input on four statements. Here is what we heard and this is what it looked like.

Describe yourself with one word.

  • life-enriching
  • positivity
  • one-of-a-kind
  • resourceful
  • driven
  • sensitive
  • creative (twice)
  • unapologetically me
  • I’m a doer
  • private
  • awkward
  • introvert
What is a part of your identity that you hide?

  • accent
  • fear of failure
  • mental illness
  • my suburban upbringing
  • my quirks
  • loneliness
  • my socioeconomic status / financial struggles
  • sexuality
  • immaturity / child-like qualities
  • my accents
What is a part of your identity that you are proud of?

  • my independence
  • Columbian
  • Pakistan
  • daughter
  • Swedish
  • the strong women in my family
  • St. Eustatius
  • my blackness
  • food motivated
  • empathy
  • Southern
  • heritage
  • my mixed heritage
  • my ability to forgive
  • my sense of humor
  • I look like my grandmother
  • friendliness
  • being a badass woman raised by a badass woman!(thx mom)
What makes you feel powerful?

  • heels
  • gratitude
  • achieving
  • the things I work hard for
  • connection with others
  • smiling (even when I don’t want to)
  • staying organized
  • rice (yes, the food)
  • love
  • my friends
  • knowledge
  • doing good work
  • crampons
  • knowing something
  • compliments



posted 4/29/2019

MLK Display

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?
Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

The library has created a display to honor Dr. King. We chose the theme of ‘service’. The display has stories about Cummings students, faculty, staff and our volunteers.

  • Rescuing wildlife trapped in oil spills
  • A volunteer in the Wildlife Clinic
  • A free veterinary clinic at St. John’s Church food pantry
  • Helping earthquake victims in Haiti
  • Civic engagement at Cummings School
  • Creating an urban dog park
  • 2018 Tufts Honos Civicus Inductees

These are all great stories!

posted 01/17/2019

Students’ JumboCash Print Subsidy

A $10 print subsidy has already appeared in students’ JumboCash accounts. The money can be used to pay for printing on any of the Tufts campuses. And another piece of good news… if you do not use your print subsidy by the end of the academic year, it will roll over into the new academic year! Our thanks go to the Medford students for lobbying for this benefit, TTS  and Tufts Libraries for making it happen, and the University for their support.

posted 09/05/2018

Summer Travel Tips

The summer library display features local travel tips. The suggestions include places in Grafton, the Worcester area and farther afield. There are numerous zoos, aquariums, animal sanctuaries and other fun activities in our area. And did you know… the MBTA has a special $10 summer weekend commuter rail fare from June 9th-September 2nd. The fare is valid for unlimited travel through all zones on Saturdays and Sundays.


posted July 11, 2018

Humor in the Library

With all of the stress that surrounds the end of an academic year and finals, we decided to have a display of humorous books. Surprisingly enough, we have quite a few funny books in our collection.

We also have a “joke of the day.” Have you seen them? They are all about animals (naturally)… we have some real groaners!

Here are some examples…

  • What does an evil chicken lay? Deviled eggs.
  • Why do cows go to NYC? To see the moosicals!
  • Knock, knock. Who’s there? Owls say. Owls say who? Yes, they do.
  • Where did the sheep go on vacation? The baaaahamas.

posted May 4, 2018

EBVM & EBM Databases

Essential Evidence Plus is the latest addition to the Tufts Libraries’ collection of tools for finding evidence-based medicine literature. It includes some veterinary topics. For a more complete search of the EBVM/EBM literature, try some of the other tools listed below.

  • BestBets for Vets: Begun by the University of Nottingham, BETs are reviews of the current best evidence available to answer simple, common and specific clinical questions. They are designed to be a quick and achievable method of enabling the incorporation of evidence into clinical practice.  BETs can be used to help vets stay up to date on what the current evidence suggests on a specific topic. They can also be used as a discussion point for practice meetings, journal clubs and teaching.
  • CAB Abstracts: Indexes research and development literature in the fields of agriculture, forestry, aspects of human health, human nutrition, animal health, and the management and conservation of natural resources.
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Regularly updated systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare with implications for clinical practice. The database also contains protocols for reviews in development. Ovid MEDLINE links from articles reviewed by these systematic reviews via its EBM Topic Review links.
  • DynaMed Plus: An evidence-based clinical decision support tool for physicians and other medical professionals for use primarily at the ‘point-of-care’. It contains overviews, recommendations, specialty topics, drug information, graphics & images, direct links to article references in full text, and mobile access. It is updated multiple times daily to insure currency. Integrated Micromedex content provides resources to help better inform prescription decisions, medication management strategies and treatment decisions as a result of lab tests in the course of patient care.
  • Essential Evidence Plus: An evidence-based medicine clinical decision support tool. EE+ features over 13,000 topics, guidelines, abstracts, tools, images, and summaries covering the common conditions, diseases, and procedures. Every recommendation has a
    strength-of-evidence rating. EE+ links extensively to abstracts of Cochrane Systematic Reviews.
  • Medline (OVID Medline or PubMed): Contains journal citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, healthcare systems and pre-clinical sciences. Ovid’s version links from citations to its evidence-based-medicine databases, articles available full text @Tufts, and ILLiad.
  • VetSRev: A database of veterinary systematic reviews produced by the Centre for Evidence-based Veterinary Medicine (CEVM). It is a public database of citations for systematic reviews of relevance to veterinary medicine and science. The systematic reviews in VetSRev are found by searches of the PubMed and CAB Abstracts databases using specialised search filters, as well as through alerts and contact with systematic review authors.

posted March 1, 2018

Wellness & Mindfulness Display

Cummings Thrives, Office of Student Affairs and the Veterinary Library collaborated to create a wellness display in the library.


  • Guess the number of jelly beans in the jar. The person with the best guess takes home the jar.
  • Write your feelings on a piece of paper… Cummings Thrives is polling how our students are doing.
  • What really happens during a therapy session? Get information about what a therapy session entails.
  • Come browse our display of wellness and mindfulness books.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the amaryllis plants. One is already flowering and another one will be flowering soon.

The display will stay up through the end of February.

Thank you Cummings Thrives for the poster, jelly beans, feelings jar and amaryllis plants!


posted 01/18/2018

Fun things to do over winter break

Did you know that Tufts Libraries have online movie and music collections, in addition to the thousands of online books, journals, databases and podcasts? Find any of the things in the list by searching the Tufts University web site or the Tufts Library Catalog.

Streaming video collections

Streaming music collections

Online Journal Browsing Tools

If you are a more “hands-on” person, the Veterinary Library also has a leisure reading collection and games you can borrow.

Come see the library’s December display for fun suggestions of things to try over winter break.

posted 12/5/2017

Dr Dodman Translated

Dr. Dodman’s books have been translated into many languages. When he retired, he cleaned out his office and sent us two boxes of books in Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Dutch, Chinese and Japanese.

  • Dog who loved too much… in Italian, Finnish, Dutch and Chinese
  • Cat who cried for help… in  Italian, German, Chinese and Japanese
  • If only they could speak… in Italian and Portuguese
  • Psychopharmacology of animal behavior disorders… in Italian and Spanish

We don’t need all of these books in all of these languages, so I’ve offered them to libraries in Massachusetts. Four libraries immediately asked for books.

  • New Bedford Public Library
  • Ludlow Public Library
  • Jones Library (Amherst)
  • Westfield State University

I’m hoping the other books will also find good homes.


posted August 8, 2017

TL-011 Renovation

The Loew Medical Education Center Teaching Lab is getting a much needed renovation this summer. After a delayed start, work on the renovation finally began last week. The space was gutted. This week they are doing the layout; framing; saw cutting the slab (noisy!); rough installation of the electrical, plumbing and ducts. They will try to do the really noisy stuff early in the morning, before any of us are here.

Pre-construction (left to right: looking West; looking South West)

Gutted space (left to right: looking West; looking South; beneath: looking East)

posted 06/28/2017


We now have four ways to a print at Tufts:

  • [NEW] Upload your print job by logging on to with your Tufts username and password.
  • [NEW] Email or with your print job as an attachment. You will need to register your Tufts or non-Tufts email the first time you submit a print job via email.
  • [NEW] Install the free Android or iOS Pharos Print app on your mobile device. Please see instructions on on how to submit a print job from an iPhone or iPad.
  • Public computers and personal computers with print packages installed will still be able to print as before.

In the Android or iOS App Store:

  • download and install the Pharos Print app
  • Server:     Port: 443
  • Enter your Tufts Username and password to log in

What else can you do at

  1. Check the status of your print job
  2. Change attributes – black & white vs. color, single vs. double-sided
  3. Reprint all or some of your print job (6-hour window)
  4. Get a history of all your print jobs

And in case you missed the announcement earlier this year, $10 was automatically added to all Tufts students’ JumboCash accounts in January 2017. The money can only be used for printing; it cannot be used for food purchases. The subsidy was requested by Tufts undergraduate students and is a service provided by the Tufts Libraries.


posted 04/07/2017

E-Book Update 2017

The library has some new ebooks and is waiting for some others to be published:

Books coming in 2017

  • Rebhun’s Diseases of dairy cattle, 3rd ed.(Divers)
  • Equine Internal Medicine, 4th ed (Reed)
  • Exotic Animal Formulary, 5th ed. (Carpenter)
  • Small Animal Medical Differential Diagnosis 3rd ed. (Thompson)
  • Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 7th ed. (Thrall)


posted 03/10/2017

Journal-Specific Mobile Apps

Tufts Libraries have two journal-specific mobile apps. Browzine and Read by QxMD let you view and browse journals from your tablet or mobile device. Browzine is designed for Apple and Android devices, but also has a web browser version. Read by QxMD is similar to Browzine, but specifically for medical and scientific research. Go to the Hirsh Library Mobile App Research Guide for links to download the app(s).

BrowZine is available free to Tufts University users.

  • Browse and read journals by subject
  • Download full articles
  • Create your own bookshelf
  • Be notified when new articles are published (iOS and Android)
  • Save articles for off-line reading
  • Export to services such as DropBox, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Papers and more.

Read by QxMD is a free app that shares some information about users.

  • Get full text PDFs with one tap
  • Keep up with the latest new research that will impact your practice
  • Browse through 1000s of outstanding topic reviews
  • Search millions of articles from PubMed and our database of outstanding topic reviews
  • Read your favorite journals or browse article collections
  • Access full text through Tufts University or via open access publishers
  • Organize and review your personal collection of articles


posted 02/28/2017

Print subsidy for students

At long last, the print subsidy has arrived. $10 was automatically added to all Tufts students’ JumboCash accounts in January. The $10 can only be used for printing; it cannot be used for food purchases. The subsidy was requested by Tufts undergraduate students and is a service provided by the Tufts Libraries.


reposted 2/21/2017; originally posted 1/27/2017

Art Gallery Exhibit

A book from the Veterinary Library’s John A. Seaverns Equine Collection is on display at the Directed Looking Gallery at the Tufts University Art Gallery, part of their Spring 2017 exhibits.

Ordini di cavalcare, et modi di conoscere le nature de’ caualli, di emendare i lor vitij, & d’ammaestrargli per l’uso della guerra, & giouamento de gli huomini (1571) by Federico Grisone.

Ordini di cavalcare is sharing the exhibit case with 5 books from Tisch Library Special Collections:

  • Imagines mortis: his accesserunt epigrammata (1573) by Hans Holbein (1497-1543) [German]
  • De humani corporis fabrica (1555) Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) [Flemish]
  • Le scienze matematiche ridotte in tauole (1577) dal Reu. P. Maestro Egnatio Danti (1536-1586) [Italian]
  • Almagestum nouum (1651) by Giovanni Battista Riccioli (1598-1671) [Italian]
  • Flagello militare, diuiso in quattro parti (1676) by Giovanni Battista Martena (1610-?) [Italian]

Ordini di cavalcare has been scanned and is available online to the public through the Internet Archive. As of January 2017, the online book has been viewed 797 times. The Veterinary Library has a modern, English translation of this book, Federico Grisone’s The rules of riding: an edited translation of the first Renaissance treatise on classical horsemanship (2014) translated by Elizabeth M. Tobey and Federica Deigan

The Directed Looking Gallery is dedicated to innovative teaching and experiential learning. The space fosters the observation of art objects for the purposes of education and research. The gallery is located in the Aidekman Arts Center on the Medford Campus at 40 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA.


posted 1/27/2017

E-Book Update 2016 #2

The library got 12 ebooks this summer:


posted 08/31/2016


Do you need to have some fun? Run around a little? Clear your mind? The library has some games you can check out. We have a football, soccer ball, volley ball, paddle ball, hacky sack, frisbee, Twister, Backgammon and a deck of cards. Take a study break and check out one of our “toys”.

posted 8/30/2016

Tomato Plant Give-Away

We gave away tomato plants in the Library this week and spawned a feeding frenzy. John Mapel of Mapel Nurseries and Steve Libuda gave us 56 tomato seedling 4-packs on Thursday. They were all claimed within 45 minutes of the email broadcast to the campus! So on Friday, John and Steve brought us another 50 or so seedling 4-packs. These were all claimed within one hour of the email broadcast to the campus and we could have given away even more. John got the seeds from Johnny’s Selected Seeds; they were organically grown. He planted way too many seeds, but thought to offer them to us before tossing them onto his compost pile.

The varieties included:
• Black Cherry
• German Johnson
• Green Zebra
• Nepal
• Orange Valencia
• Prudens Purple
• Speckled Roman
• Supersweet 100
• Yellow Brandywine
• Yellow Taxi

The table in the library when the email announcement was sent out.

tomato table_full

The table half an hour later.

tomato table_30

The table 45 minutes later.

tomato table_45

Thank you everyone who responded so enthusiastically and quickly. The tomato plants were all claimed. And, if anyone finds they have too many tomatoes this summer, feel free to donate some to the Travis Fund Farmer’s Market. The Market will start whenever the garden begins producing in abundance.

posted 6/24/2016

E-Book Update for 2016

I would like to highlight our newest electronic books, plus some that will be coming in 2016. In addition to the books the Veterinary Library buys, the Tufts Libraries buy thousands of electronic books each year, too many to list here. Links to our electronic books are in the Tufts Library Catalog and in JumboSearch.

Books coming in 2016:

  • Atlas of normal radiographic anatomy and anatomic variants in the dog and cat, 2nd ed. (Thrall)
  • Avian medicine, 3rd ed. (Samour)
  • Brinker, Piermattei and Flo’s Handbook of small animal orthopedics and fracture repair, 5th ed.
  • Clinical equine oncology by Derek Knottenbelt
  • Rebhun’s Diseases of dairy cattle, 3rd ed.
  • Small animal dermatology, 4th ed. (Hnilica)
  • Veterinary medicine, 11th ed. (Radostits)

posted February 10, 2016

Client Communications

Library staff and our student workers have created a display about client communications. It’s a combination of books and journal articles in our collection. It’s just inside our door. Here is what the library student workers picked out…

  • Beyond customer service: keeping clients for life by Richard F. Gerson
  • Client satisfaction pays: quality service for practice success by Carin A Smith, et al.
  • Client satisfaction: the other half of your job by Dru Scott
  • Clients, pets, and vets: communication and management by Carl Gorman
  • Communicating complex medical information: can we do better? : proceedings from a forum sponsored by Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development and Emerson-Tufts Program in Health Communication
  • Communication case studies: building interpersonal skills in the veterinary practice by Carolyn Shadle and John Meyer
  • Educating your clients from A to Z: what to say and how to say it by Nan Boss
  • Effective communication in veterinary practice (Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice 37(1) 2007)
  • Exam room communication for veterinarians: the science and art of conversing with clients by Jon Klingborg
  • Messages, meaning, and symbols: the communication of information by Charles Meadow
  • People skills: how to assert yourself, listen to others, and resolve conflicts by Robert Bolton
  • Small animal emergency and critical care: case studies in client communication, morbidity, and mortality by Lisa Powell, Elizabeth Rozanski, John  Rush
  • Spanish for veterinarians: a practical introduction by Bonnie Frederick and Juan Mosqueda
  • Telephone courtesy & client service by Lloyd Finch
  • The practical guide to client grief: support techniques for 15 common situations by Laurel Lagoni

In addition to the books, the library student workers also found some articles they think are interesting.

  • Little, G. The write stuff – improving client communication. In Pract. 1994, 16(1):42-43,45. article PDF
  • Kurtz S. Teaching and learning communication in veterinary medicine. J Vet Med Educ. 2006, 33(1):11-9. article PDF
  • Martin EA. Managing client communication for effective practice: what skills should veterinary graduates have acquired for success? J Vet Med Educ. 2006, 33(1):45-9. article PDF
  • Shaw JR, Bonnett BN, Adams CL, Roter DL. Veterinarian-client-patient communication patterns used during clinical appointments in companion animal practice. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2006, 228(5):714-21. article PDF
  • Coe JB, Adams CL, Bonnett BN. A focus group study of veterinarians’ and pet owners’ perceptions of veterinarian-client communication in companion animal practice. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2008, 233(7):1072-80. article PDF
  • Hafen M, Drake AA, Rush BR, Nelson SC. Using authentic client interactions in communication skills training: predictors of proficiency. J Vet Med Educ. 2013, 40(4):318-26. article PDF
  • Garrett, LD. How to break bad news to clients. Vet Med. 2013, 108(12):524, 526. article PDF
  • Meehan MP, Menniti MF. Final-year veterinary students’ perceptions of their communication competencies and a communication skills training program delivered in a primary care setting and based on Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory. J Vet Med Educ. 2014, 41(4):371-83. article PDF and supplementary material
  • Milani, M. New options in client communication. Can Vet J. 2014, 55(12):1207-8. article PDF

Come take a look!


posted 01/27/2016

Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs

Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs is a wonderful online resource to have. It is one of the places to look up veterinary drugs. You can search by drug, class name, alias, or browse alphabetically. You have to be on campus, using VPN or VDI to access it. Register your computer and then bookmark PVD. Plumb’s is also available through the VIN Library.

Looking for other animal drug resources? Try some of these resources:

The Veterinary Library also has veterinary pharmacology and veterinary toxicology books, journals and databases.

posted 09/01/2015

Ready for the new academic year

The construction workers are gone for now (they’ll be back later to work on the roof) and the various spaces in Loew are (almost) back to normal. Thank you Timberline Construction for getting the work done and cleaning up afterwards. We are ready for the new academic year.

The microscopes are back in the Teaching Lab. There is a new fridge in the Student Lounge. The air conditioning was turned back on in the Library on Monday, for the first time since mid-June. We have new chillers and boilers. The ramp to the basement level and railings are all new, and up to code. The exterior bricks have been cleaned and repointed. The building looks very nice.

The Library staff would like to thank Dom, Tom, Rob and David for helping us get the library furniture and equipment back in place. We took the opportunity to do a little rearranging! The printers have been moved to the first floor open area. There are now computers on the Rt. 30 side and parking lot side of the first floor. The wall between Rooms 106 and 107 was removed to make one larger seminar room. We still need to get the white boards and projection screens rehung, but the room is ready to be used.

The first official use of the new Room 106 was today… Giles Siddons, V18 gave a presentation to IDGH.

Loew 106_b Loew 106_a

posted 08/21/2015

Online Treats @ Tufts

Tufts Libraries have all kinds of things in our collections. In addition to the thousands of electronic journals, books and databases, here are a few of our other online resources that you might enjoy checking out.

Mango Languages

Designed to give users comprehensive conversational language and grammar skills. The basic course (10 lessons) focuses on polite greetings and small talk and is perfect for patrons who are planning a short trip to a foreign country, or for those who want to get a taste of a foreign language and culture. The complete course (100 lessons) is designed for patrons who already know the basics of a culture and a language, and want to increase their vocabulary, improve grammar and speak more fluently. Choose Quick Start to use the web interface as a guest, or create your own personal profile.

PBS Video Collection

The PBS video collection assembles hundreds of documentary films and series from the Public Broadcasting Service, including Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, as well as films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Naxos Music Library

Collection of classical music available online. Includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Da Capo catalogues of over 170,000 tracks, including Classical music, Historical recordings, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. Whilst listening, users can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists in Naxos’s extensive database.

Popular Music Library

A wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.


posted 7/15/2015

Loew Maintenance Update – End of June

The work is progressing. I don’t have any details to share, but here are some more pictures (thank you Keith). I know it looks bad, but for any of you looking for a quiet study space, the construction folks leave at 2pm. Luckily the weather has been pretty nice, so the lack of air conditioning hasn’t been a problem – we have open windows and fans.

They’ve cut a trench along the west wall in the Loew basement lab.

loew lab-06-26

Duct work waiting to be installed on the first floor of the library.

library 1st floor-06-26

New duct work on the second floor… the view is looking from the library towards Hamilburg Lecture Hall.

loew duct work 06-26

Construction people working on the ceiling in the library. I don’t know what they are doing, but the ladders are tall, so I’m glad they are using safety straps.

library 2nd floor 06-26library 2nd floor2 06-26


posted 6/26/2015

Loew Maintenance: Demolition in the Library

We are open and we can get to most of our journals and books, but… the demolition has begun, HVAC is turned off and it’s a little bit noisy for short periods of time. Here are some pictures.

First floor reference area

1st floor reference area

First floor south wall (Rt. 30 side)

1st floor south wall

Second floor journal stacks

2nd floor journal stacks

Second floor, new ducts waiting to be installed

2nd floor new ducts

Thank you Keith, for taking pictures for me.

posted 6/12/2015

Loew maintenance has begun

The maintenance work finally really got started this week with power washing the exterior of the building. It’s relatively quiet today, but will probably be noisy next Friday 6/12. The work scheduled for the next couple of weeks includes: power washing the building in preparation to repairing the bricks and mortar, HVAC work, some demolition on the first floor of the library.

The Library is open, but we have rearranged furniture and computers in preparation for the work to come. Here is a quick summary of what is happening:

  • Tables and chairs are being stored in Room 106 and 107.
  • Printers and computers are being stored in Room 108. If you need a computer, we’ll check out a laptop for you to use.
  • The black & white printer in the Student Lounge in the basement is still operational.
  • The scanner has moved to the other side of the new book display and is operational.
  • The book and journal stacks will be covered with plastic next week. We hope to still use them, but we will try to minimize going in and out of the areas.
  • Power washing the exterior of the building will continue through Wednesday next week. Brick and mortar repair will follow, taking about 1.5 weeks.
  • On 6/12-6/15, drywall on the first floor of the Library will be removed – the bottom 3 feet of the north and HVAC will be turned off 6/12-6/17.


posted 6/5/2015

Loew Deferred Maintenance Project

Loew Medical Education Center will be undergoing a deferred maintenance project this summer. The work will include replacing the roof, chillers and boilers, repointing bricks, replacing windows and addressing moisture problems. There will be days when there is no air conditioning and there will be some power outages. Please call and ask us what work is being done, 508-839-7957 or x87957. You may want to work elsewhere or ask us to send you articles or books.


posted 5/28/2015

Celebrate spring

The Veterinary Library is celebrating spring! The Cummings Community Garden had a seed planting workshop on March 25. Approximately 20 people joined together to plant seeds, learn about growing seeds, ask questions and share expertise. Some of these seedlings are now “living” in the library, enjoying the beautiful, abundant light we get through our windows. Almost everything has sprouted; the peas are particularly vigorous growers.  Please cheer them on when you’re in the library!



In addition to the seedlings, we have a display of art work created by Nancy Meyer and plant-related books from our collection. Come take a look. There are some interesting books about alternative agriculture, medicinal herbs, toxic and poisonous plants.


posted 4/3/2015

New E-Books (some of which are newer than others)

Happy New Year! I would like to highlight the 16 electronic books we just bought, plus some that will be coming in 2015. In addition to the books the Veterinary Library buys, the Tufts Libraries buy thousands of electronic books each year, too many to list here. Links to our electronic books are in the Tufts Library Catalog and in JumboSearch.

Books coming in 2015

  • August’s consultations in feline internal medicine, v.7, edited by S. Little
  • Canine and feline cytology by R. Raskin
  • Canine and feline endocrinology by E. Feldman
  • Clinical echocardiography of the dog and cat by E. de Madron
  • Feline behavioral medicine by I. Rodan
  • Joint disease in the horse by C.W. McIlwraith
  • Saunders handbook of veterinary drugs by M. Papich

posted 12/31/2014

Cummings Authors on Display

Cummings staff have authored publications on many subjects over the years. Come see the book display in the library. The topics include:

  • anatomy
  • anesthesia
  • animal welfare
  • behavior
  • equine neonatal medicine
  • ethics
  • exotics & birds
  • genetics
  • goat medicine
  • hematology
  • international veterinary medicine
  • neurobiology
  • oncology
  • physiological chemistry
  • physiology
  • practice management
  • radiography
  • surgery
  • ultrasonography.


posted 11/17/2014

Field Guide to Predatory Publishers

Signs a journal or publisher might be “predatory” or that it might not be a good fit.

  1. The journal is not listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  2. The journal is not listed in Ulrichs (Tufts login required).  It is not widely available on major databases.
  3. The publisher is not a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).
  4. The publisher is listed on Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2014.

Visit the website for the journal.  You might have concerns if…

  1. You don’t regularly read this journal.
  2. You don’t recognize previously published authors.  You don’t recognize the members of the editorial board.
  3. It does not appear to be affiliated with a university or scholarly organization you are familiar with.
  4. You cannot easily identify if they have author processing fees and/or how much they cost.
  5. The journal does not appear professional – look for an impact factor, an ISSN, DOIs for individual articles, easy to find contact information.

For more information about predatory publishers, check out the complete Field Guide to Predatory Publishers Research Guide created by the Hirsh Health Sciences librarians.


posted 10/23/2014

Open Access Week, Oct. 20-24, 2014

The Tufts Scholarly Communication Team is celebrating Open Access Week with seminars about research data management and scientific publishing. They have information about OA Week on their website and a full list of events.

The Tufts Scholarly Communications Team’s goal is to provide information for faculty, staff, and students about all aspects of the process used by scholars to share and use the results of their and others’ research, including author’s rights, copyright, fair use, open access and Tufts policies. Tufts Scholarly Communications Team website.

posted 10/20/2014


Banned Books Week, Sep 21-27

Celebrate the Freedom to Read

September 21−27, 2014

Banned Books Week is an annual event, highlighting the value of free and open access to information and drawing attention to the harms of censorship. Check out this article posted by the American Library Association which includes a link to frequently challenged books. For more information on Banned Books Week, see ALA’s Banned Books Week site or contact the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4220, or

Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Booksellers Association; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; the American Library Association; American Society of Journalists and Authors; Association of American PublishersComic Book Legal Defense Fund; the Freedom to Read FoundationNational Coalition Against Censorship; National Council of Teachers of English; National Association of College Stores; PEN American Center and and Project Censored.  It is endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

posted 9/18/2014

Library Web Site Updates

The Library’s web site has been updated to include a link to veterinary specialty board reading lists for our residents and a search tool called JumboSearch.

  • A link to the Resident Reading Lists is on the left side of our web page. At the request of some of our residents, we’ve created pages that integrate veterinary specialty board reading lists with library information and links to our ejournals and ebooks. The specialty boards included are: ABVO, ACVA, ACVB, ACVD, ACVECC, ACVIM, ACVN, ACVP and ACVS.
  • A search box for JumboSearch is on the right side of our web page. JumboSearch is a “discovery” tool, purchased by the Tufts University libraries. The goal is to make it easier for the Tufts community to find and access local and web resources.

JumboSearch is good for:

  • providing a single starting place for exploratory (“what’s out there?”) kinds of searches
  • doing a “one-stop” keyword search of the library catalog, databases, journal articles, theses, newspapers and much more
  • interdisciplinary topics at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, and faculty)
  • making some of the “hidden” Tufts resources more visible (such as theses or, resources outside of your specialty)
  • providing quick access to full text journal articles and electronic books

JumboSearch is less good for:

  • systematic literature surveys
  • topics and users which fit comfortably into a single disciplinary index (CAB Abstracts, Medline, etc.)

If you have questions or suggestions, please send them to Betsy Like.

posted 6/11/2014

Travis Fund Farmer’s Market

The library hopes to once again host a Farmer’s Market this summer with produce donations from the Cummings community. All money collected will be given to the Travis Fund for Needy Animals so, think of the Travis Fund when planning your garden. Look for email notices on market days and contact Betsy Like at x87925 with any questions or to donate produce or flowers.

posted 5/19/2014

One Health Display in the Library

What does ‘One Health’ mean to you? Come see the display in the Veterinary Library.  We are proud to feature posters created by our students, articles written by our faculty, a local newspaper article featuring one of our students, in addition to other materials.

  • Tufts at Tech Education and Partnerships in One Health by Dr. Katherine Holmes, Dr. Greg Wolfus, Dr. Emily McCobb, Dr. Liz Rozanski, and Dr. John Rush [poster]
  • Welcome to One Health Day – a poster created by DVM students for the SCAVMA One Health Day, held on April 5, 2014
  • Articles
    • Curriculum asset mapping for one health education by S.M. Mor, A.H. Robbins, L. Jarvin, G.E. Kaufman, J.M. Lindenmayer in Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 40(4) 2013, 363-9.
    • A global veterinary medical perspective on the concept of one health- focus on livestock by D.M. Sherman in ILAR Journal 51(3) 2010, 281-7.
    • Health, environment link species by Susan Spencer in Telegram & Gazette, Thursday April 3, 2014, B8.
  • A selection of books, conference proceedings and journals


posted 4/29/2014


Free (former) library books

The library has lots of books to give away! Unfortunately we are running out of space and can’t keep the second copies of non-current editions of popular books such as Smith’s Large animal internal medicine, Pavletic’s Atlas of small animal reconstructive surgery, and many others. Come browse our shelves of free books and take as many as you like.


posted 3/24/2014

Information prescription?

Have you ever thought about giving your clients an information prescription? Directing them to some web sites where they can learn more about their pet’s disease or treatment? Here is an interesting article to read.

Kogan LR, Schoenfeld-Tacher R, Gould L, Viera AR, Hellyer PW.  Providing an information prescription in veterinary medical clinics: a pilot study.  J Med Libr Assoc. 2014 Jan;102(1):41-6. (full text of the article)


The study assesses the impact on client behavior and attitudes toward receiving an information prescription as part of a veterinary office visit.

A random sample of veterinary clinics from a Western US metropolitan area was asked to distribute an information prescription in addition to their customary veterinary services. All clients, regardless of the reason for their visit, were presented with an information prescription: a handout that included the uniform resource locator (URL) to a general veterinary medicine website and several tips to help their clients make more informed choices about where to seek pet health information online.

Nearly 40% of clients who reported that they remembered receiving the information prescription accessed the website at least once. Of the clients who reported accessing the suggested website, 86.3% reported finding it “very helpful” or “somewhat helpful.” Nearly all the clients (87.9%) reported feeling the information on the site helped them make better decisions for their pets. Most clients reported that it helped them talk to their veterinarians (89.9%) and added to the information they received during their veterinary visits (83.5%).

Clients appreciate and utilize veterinary prescriptions, suggesting that this is a tool that both veterinarians and librarians can use to improve animal health and client relations.

The value placed on reliable Internet information by veterinary clients suggests several opportunities for librarians to become more proactive in partnering with veterinarians to facilitate the education of pet owners.


posted 1/16/2014

E-Book Update

Here  is a list of the recent Veterinary Library electronic book purchases. Some of them aren’t very new, but they were requested by faculty for their courses, or strongly recommended. We can’t buy all of the books we would like,  but we welcome all suggestions!

posted 11/19/2013

International Open Access Week

October 21-27 is International Open Access Week !

There has been a lot of buzz in the news about open access with the recent “sting” article in Science by John Bohannon and Nature’s special edition on the Future of Publishing.  Two interesting commentaries about the sting article, written by people in the Harvard Office for  Scholarly Communications, include a blog posting by Peter Suber and a blog posting by Stuart Shieber.

But scholarly communications is about more than just open access and the recent buzz in the news. Take a look  at the Scholarly Communications @ Tufts web site. SCT has information about open access, copyright, authors’ rights and Tufts policies. Questions? Send them to Scholarly Communications @ Tufts.


posted 10/21/2013

Database of Data Sets

Data Citation Index is a database of data sets. Need a nutrition data set for geriatric dogs? Or maybe a data set for horses and West Nile Virus? Data Citation Index is an international repository, covering the social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, arts and humanities. It’s available on the Web of Knowledge search platform.


posted 9/17/2013



Library Summer Hours Begin

Library summer hours begin today, May 24th. Our hours during the summer are:
Monday–Thursday   8:00am–6:00pm
Friday                         8:00am–5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday     closed

We will close at 5pm on Wednesday July 3rd.

We will be closed all day on Monday May 27th (Memorial Day) and Thursday July 4th (Independence Day).

Regular library hours resume on Tuesday August 20th.


posted 5/24/2013

Search & access data respositories

Tufts has a new database that focuses on searching for and accessing data repositories. Data Citation Index allows researchers to search and assess research data from data repositories across disciplines and around the world.

  • Search for research data, including data studies, data sets from a wide range of international data repositories and connect them with the scientific literature to track data citation
  •  Search international repositories and their deposited data studies, data sets, using the Thomson Reuters value add indexing
  • Link to the repository record to access the deposited data
  • See how data connects to scientific literature published in journals, books and conference proceedings
  • Coverage of social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences and arts and humanities, 1900-present

posted 2/1/2013

Donating used journals and textbooks

The Veterinary Library loves your donations of veterinary books and journals (and other related subjects), but we can’t always keep them.

  • We may already have the book or journal in our collection.
  • We do not have enough space to keep everything.
  • The items may be older than we would like for our collection.

But, we still want them! The Library has some shelves of freebie books and journals that you are welcome to add to or take from. An alternative is to make a donation to a foreign organization. The AVMA maintains a web page with information about organizations who accept donations of veterinary books, journals and supplies


posted 1/7/2013

New Round of Open Access Publishing Awards

The Provost’s Office announced a new round of funding for open access publishing. Applications for the next round of awards are due February 7, 2013 with notification in February 2013. For more information about the Provost’s Open Access Fund, visit Scholarly Communications at Tufts University. The web site describes what open access is, some of the issues, and provides information about the Provost’s fund.

posted 12/10/2012

Open Access Publishing

Open Access Week was October 22-28, 2012. The week has past, but publishing in open access journals and the issues surrounding open access are still present. The Scholarly Communications at Tufts University web site describes “open access”, some of the issues, and provides information about the Provost’s Open Access Fund. Applications for the next round of funding are due on November 9, 2012.

posted 11/5/2012

TCSVM Authors

A new Library display features TCSVM authors. Come see Dr. Kumar’s just published clinical anatomy book and new editions of Dr. Engelking’s books. Also on display are books about animal rights, goat medicine, anesthesia, critical care, diagnostic imaging, hemoparasites, and more.

And did you know… TCSVM faculty, staff and students have published nearly 100 articles already in 2012?

posted 10/18/2012

Farmer’s Market in the Library

A small, informal Farmer’s Market is taking place every Tuesday and Friday in the Library. Some gardeners, overwhelmed by their harvest, have decided to try selling their surplus vegetables and fruit. All proceeds collected are being donated to the Travis Fund.

The first two market days were very successful. So far there have been tomatoes, apples, cucumbers, hot peppers and patty pan squash (the produce list varies!).  If you have surplus vegetables or fruit that you would like to donate, please bring it to the Library in the morning on market days… Tuesdays and Fridays.

posted 8/29/2012

New Scanner

Check out the new scanner in the Library, just inside our entrance. You can scan and send documents to email or Google Docs, save to a flash drive, or print. It’s faster and easier to use than our old scanner and it’s free! The library staff will be happy to show you how to use it… please ask!

posted 8/16/2012

Olympics and Humor

The summer Seaverns Equine Collection displays encompass the Olympics and humor. Visit the Library and lighten up your day with some humor, or read about equine Olympic events, history or personalities.

posted 7/3/2012

Dictionary and Several E-Books

The following are now available online:

posted 5/9/2012

More E-Books Available

We now have access to the following veterinary e-books:

posted 3/29/2012

New E-books

We now have access to the following veterinary e-books:

posted 10/4/2011

Springer E-books

Tufts Libraries license packages of electronic books published by Springer. Although only a few of these books are currently categorized as “Veterinary”, you might find some more titles of interest in the biological sciences. To find the e-books:

  • Go to our catalog:
  • On the bottom left-hand side, select “Electronic Resources”.
  • In the bottom of the two search boxes, select “E-Books” from the drop-down list.
  • In the top search box, type “Springer” and any topic of interest, eg. “Springer and microbiology”.

If you don’t want to limit your search to Springer, you can type in the topic word(s) alone. The resulting list will contain lots of government publications, but also some e-books from other publishers. More e-books will be added, so check back again.

The two Springer veterinary e-books are:

  • Mouse Cell Culture Methods and Protocols edited by Andrew Ward, David Tosh
  • Transgenesis Techniques: principles and protocols


posted 5/3/2011