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NLM ALTBIB portal for alternatives for research and testing

September 28th, 2012 by Mary Wood

Resources for Alternatives to the Use of Live Vertebrates in Biomedical Research and Testing

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) ALTBIB portal has been updated.

ALTBIB provides access to PubMed/MEDLINE citations relevant to alternatives to the use of live vertebrates in biomedical research and testing.

The site’s topics and subtopics are aligned with current approaches. For example, information is provided on in silico, in vitro, and improved (refined) animal testing methods. Strategies which incorporate validated methods and other approaches are also covered.

In addition to the topic area PubMed searches, the ALTBIB portal includes a searchable bibliographic collection on alternatives to animal testing. This collection provides citations from published articles, books, book chapters, and technical reports published from 1980 to 2000. The bibliography features citations concerning methods, tests, assays, and procedures that may prove useful in establishing alternatives to the use of intact vertebrates.

ALTBIB portal fact sheet

BioMed Central Requesting Public Consultation on Open Data

September 26th, 2012 by Deanna Johnson

BioMed Central is proposing to change the copyright license in their open access journals to make published data available for sharing, integration and reuse without legal restrictions, for the benefit of science. Implementation would mean that authors would apply a Creative Commons CC0 public domain waiver to data that is submitted for publication, and a Creative Commons attribution license to the remainder of their article. BioMed Central provides additional information on the BioMed Central blog and the full proposal is published in BMC Research Notes.

If you would like to comment to BioMed Central about their proposal send your feedback by 10th November 2012. You can also add a comment to the BioMed Central Blog.

Student Health / Counseling Services

September 25th, 2012 by Mary Wood





UC Davis Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS)

Links to written information about health topics, such as stress & anxiety, depression, self-injurious behaviors

Hours of operation for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and options for receiving help after hours, including 24/7 mental health consultation by phone

CAPS Mental Health Services includes links to scheduling drop-in appointments for individual counseling and other types of services, plus special counseling services for medical students and veterinary medicine students.

Information booklet on student mental health issues:  “Responding to Distressed or Distressing Students” written by UC Davis CAPS


Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP)

Academic & Staff Assistance Program offers counseling services, cost free and confidential (for employees of either UC Davis Health System or UC Davis).  The website also offers written information about various mental health topics.


General Public

Sutter Davis Hospital Emergency Room Davis

Free or low cost mental health services are offered through CommuniCare Clinic Davis.

Yolo County: Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services has a Davis Clinic and a 24 hour crisis and access line.

Community Resources listed on page 22, CAPS booklet (pdf)

Student CAT Competition is under way!

September 21st, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

Banfield Pet Hospital® and the Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association (EBVMA) is inviting veterinary students to join in an international student writing competition this fall. Students will be asked to write a Critically Appraised Topic (CAT) — a synthesis of published evidence to answer a clinical question, aimed at helping veterinary professionals make the best possible medical decisions for their patients.

Four winning submissions will be selected each year for publication in the peer-reviewed Banfield Journal, a quarterly clinical publication focused on disease prevention, clinical diagnosis and treatment, and client education. Each winner will also receive a $500 honorarium. Runners-up will be posted at and Submissions will be accepted starting Sept. 1.

To view rules, submission guidelines and reviewer grading criteria, visit Deadline for submission is Jan. 15, 2013.

For additional information, please write to

Reading Enlightens Us

September 18th, 2012 by Mary Wood

From Alice’s blog on My Modern Metropolis, her post on
Massive River of 10,000 Discarded Books Rages Through Melbourne
is worth highlighting


..The Light in Winter : Reading Enlightens Us

..Federation Square, Melbourne , Australia
..1 June – 1 July 2012
..Program 7mb



For The Light in Winter festival 2012, Fed Square commissioned a work from Spanish collective, Luzinterruptus.   Donated by public libraries and collected by the Salvation Army, an installation 10,000 illuminated re-claimed books were  arranged to look like a massive river overtaking the city: Literature Versus Traffic.    Luzinterruptus website

Road Closure – 9/15-16

September 14th, 2012 by Ferguson Mitchell

Due to construction, a portion of the access road/walkway which runs from parking lot VP50 to Valley Hall and Med Sci 1-B East side parking lots with be temporarily closed this weekend. A portion the Med Sci 1-B (Scrubs) south side parking lot will also be closed. Though these closures will be disruptive for travel to and from the Carlson Health Sciences Library, it allows the Vet Med 3B Contractor to undertake the roadway/walkway resurfacing process. Please refer to the following figure:

Planned Road Closures

If you are still looking to use the Med Sci 1-B parking lot, you can access it via the access road from lot VP56.

We look forward to the beautiful addition of the Vet Med 3B Building to the Health Sciences District!

Veterinary Social Work Summit – Call for Abstracts

September 12th, 2012 by Mary Wood

3rd International Veterinary Social Work Summit

April 11 – 13, 2013

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline November 1, 2012

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
College of Veterinary Medicine

Registration Deadline March 11, 2013

Animal CPR Guidelines, Based on Evidence and Consensus, Published

September 10th, 2012 by Deanna Johnson
RECOVER evidence and knowledge gap analysis on veterinary CPR. Part 2: Preparedness and prevention.

McMichael M, Herring J, Fletcher DJ, Boller M; RECOVER Preparedness and Prevention Domain Worksheet Authors.

J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2012 Jun;22 Suppl 1:S13-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00752.x.

RECOVER evidence and knowledge gap analysis on veterinary CPR. Part 3: Basic life support.

Hopper K, Epstein SE, Fletcher DJ, Boller M; RECOVER Basic Life Support Domain Worksheet Authors.

J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2012 Jun;22 Suppl 1:S26-43. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00753.x.

RECOVER evidence and knowledge gap analysis on veterinary CPR. Part 4: Advanced life support.

Rozanski EA, Rush JE, Buckley GJ, Fletcher DJ, Boller M; RECOVER Advanced Life Support Domain Worksheet Authors.

J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2012 Jun;22 Suppl 1:S44-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00755.x. Review.

RECOVER evidence and knowledge gap analysis on veterinary CPR. Part 5: Monitoring.

Brainard BM, Boller M, Fletcher DJ; RECOVER Monitoring Domain Worksheet Authors.

J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2012 Jun;22 Suppl 1:S65-84. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00751.x.

RECOVER evidence and knowledge gap analysis on veterinary CPR. Part 6: Post-cardiac arrest care.

Smarick SD, Haskins SC, Boller M, Fletcher DJ; RECOVER Post-Cardiac Arrest Care Domain Worksheet Authors.

J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2012 Jun;22 Suppl 1:S85-101. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00754.x.

RECOVER evidence and knowledge gap analysis on veterinary CPR. Part 7: Clinical guidelines.

Fletcher DJ, Boller M, Brainard BM, Haskins SC, Hopper K, McMichael MA, Rozanski EA, Rush JE, Smarick SD; American College of Veterinary Medicine; Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.

J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio). 2012 Jun;22 Suppl 1:S102-31. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-4431.2012.00757.x.

Google Scholar: configure preferences to work with UC-eLinks & EndNote

September 4th, 2012 by or go right to the Scholar Settings:

Configure your preferences in the Firefox web browser, Internet Explorer, etc.

Configure Google Scholar to work with UC-eLinks and EndNote

Customize the Google Scholar Preferences to work with UC-eLinks and the EndNote Bibliographic Management Software.

Use the preferences links down the left side of the page:  Search Results, Language, Library Links.

Search results:

  • select 100 results per page
  • Bibliography Manager: show links to import citations into ENDNOTE (not BibTex).  Save.

Library Links:

  • By default you will see OpenWorldCat – Library Search (that is the backend to our Melvyl Catalog System)
  • Search for California Digital Library –UC-eLinks
  • Select the checkbox.
  • If University of California Davis – UC-eLinks is not already selected, then search for it and select the checkbox.
  • You should have three Library links as shown below (Open WorldCat, University of California Davis and California Digital Library).

Configure Scholar Preferences to work with UC-eLinks and EndNote

Now you should see the UC-eLinks link on the right side of your search results, and the ‘Export to EndNote’ link below each of your search results.