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Collection Development Policy Statement: Veterinary Medicine

Trends and other factors that influence collection practices

Factors Influencing Collection Policy

A. Anticipated future trends

1. Electronic availability of full-text resources.

2. Library materials to complement the new Veterinary Medicine facilities on campus:

The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory focusing on Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Endocrinology, Microbiology, Nutrition, and Toxicology. The Center for Comparative Oncology focusing on Oncology, Immunology and Radiology.

3. Collecting materials in the following subject areas:

  • Veterinary Public Health Concerns
  • Pet Nutrition
  • Pharmacology
  • Biotechnology (Genetics)

4. Adding research data is a potential step for this subject collection. For guidelines, please see MSU's Digital Research Data Collection Development Policy.

B. Relationships with other resources

On campus branch or format collections, if any

The Veterinary Medicine collection is housed at the Main Library. The emphases of the collection is research and clinical works.

The Special Collections Library has an extensive Veterinary Rare Books Collection. This non-circulating collection features over 2,000 books and manuscripts which document the history and development of veterinary science and medicine up to the mid-nineteenth century.

Regional or network resources, if any

The MSU Libraries participates in various regional medical library networks and OCLC. The MSU Libraries holdings are also listed in the Veterinary Union List of Serials, 2nd Ed.

Relationships to resources treated in other policy statements.


oncology, dermatology, nutrition, laboratory and human medicine

Animal Science livestock physiology, reproduction, diseases, welfare, behavior
Biological/Biomedical biotechnology, genetics, microbiology, physiology of animals
Zoology animal physiology, development, behavior
Special Collections Rare veterinary medicine books
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