Emphasis is on current research and trends in veterinary medicine. Here at Michigan State University those subjects include General Internal Medicine, Diseases of Companion and Food Animals, Surgery, Anatomy and Physiology, Pathology/Pathobiology, and Ophthalmology.
The predominant language is English. German is collected as needed.
The primary emphasis is on the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. International coverage is also highly desired, therefore, English-language publications may be purchased regardless of country of origin or geographic treatment.
Resources collected include: Research and trade journals, monographs, conference proceedings, etc. Print, electronic, DVD’s and CD-Rom formats are collected, with emphasis placed on electronic. Fewer veterinary books are published electronically at the clinical and research level but this number is increasing.
Research data - particularly data that is not already openly available or that cannot/will not be placed in existing research data repositories - may be collected. For additional guidelines, please see MSU's Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy.
Generally materials published in the last five years are collected, unless they are acquired to fill in gaps. Older materials are collected as appropriate for the history of veterinary medicine collection, the Catalogue of Rare Veterinary Books & Allied Subjects in Animal Husbandry.