Veterinary Medicine Collection Library Subject Collection uri icon

subject description and guidelines

  • “Veterinary medicine is the branch of science that deals with the application of medical, surgical, public health, dental, diagnostic, and therapeutic principles to non-human animals, including wildlife and domesticated animals, including livestock, working animals, and companion animals.”

    The Library seeks to support the research, instruction, and clinical service missions of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  The major specialty areas include: behavior, anesthesiology, cardiology, clinical pathology, dermatology, dentistry, emergency medicine and critical care, endocrinology, farriery (therapeutic horseshoeing), genetic and inherited disorders, imaging (radiology) and radiation therapy, infectious (bacterial and viral) diseases and immunology, internal medicine, neurology, nutritional diseases, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, parasitic diseases, pathology, pharmacy, production medicine, public health and epidemiology, theriogenology (obstetrics and reproduction), and surgery.

    All species are included:

    • Companion animals, e.g., dogs, cats, pocket pets, ferrets
    • Livestock and food-producing animals, e.g., cattle, horses, sheep, goats, poultry, swine
    • Wildlife, exotic, and captive zoo animals
    • Caged and wild birds, raptors, waterfowl
    • Reptiles, amphibians
    • Fish and aquatic mammals
    • Laboratory animals, e.g., rats, mice, guinea pigs, primates

    Under the “one health” concept, veterinary medicine interfaces with human medicine, especially as related to pathology and public health through the monitoring and control of zoonotic diseases (e.g., infectious diseases transmitted from non-human animals to humans).


  • The collection is used by veterinary clinical and biomedical research faculty, research associates, Cornell University Hospital for Animals (CUHA) residents and interns, veterinary technicians, technical and support staff, Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students directly affiliated with the College of Veterinary Medicine and its centers, including the James A. Baker Institute for Animal Health located on Snyder Hill.

    The collection also supports alumni and practicing veterinarians in New York State and elsewhere, including back-up support for the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists: 24-hour & Critical Care, a university-affiliated private veterinary referral center in Stamford, Connecticut.

    Materials related to animal disease processes and control associated with nutrition, husbandry, infection, and parasites are of potential interest to faculty and graduate students in other University departments, including CALS Department of Animal Science, CALS Department of Entomology, Laboratory of Ornithology, Division of Nutritional Sciences, and Cornell Center for Animal Resources and Education (CARE).

    Because of the College’s land-grant mission and SUNY-affiliation, the collection is also open to pet owners and others outside the University seeking animal health-related information for in-house use on site and remotely via a fee-based research service.