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NEW! The AVMA Animal Health Studies Database

July 1st, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment. It will encompass all fields of veterinary medicine, all species of animals, and will extend beyond the United States to Canada and the United Kingdom. Ahead of the launch, the Veterinary Cancer Society transferred all the studies from its Veterinary Cancer Trials website—about 100—into the AVMA database; and the AVMA has been soliciting studies from veterinary colleges. So far, 153 studies are represented.

The AVMA Aniaml Health Studies Database is at, and additional information can be read at in JAVMA News.

Access to Global Unique Device Identification Database

May 6th, 2015 by Mary Wood

NLM and FDA Launch Public Access to Global Unique Device Identification Databaseindex

The FDA and the National Library of Medicine announced that data submitted to FDA’s

Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID)

is now publicly available through a website called AccessGUDID

Search / download information that device labelers have submitted to the GUDID about their medical devices.

Because the UDI system is being phased in over the next several years, labelers are currently submitting data on only the highest risk medical devices, a small subset of marketed devices. But as the system is implemented according to the UDI compliance timeline, the records of all medical devices required to have a UDI will be included.

This is a beta version of AccessGUDID; after exploring its contents and assessing its functionality, please provide feedback in order to shape future enhancements, including advanced search and web services.  Submit feedback through the Contact Us link at the bottom of the AccessGUDID landing page or the FDA UDI Help Desk.

Vetstream Clinical Reference

November 18th, 2014 by Mary Wood


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Updated weekly, Vetstream is an online, point-of-care veterinary clinical reference source, currently covering dogs, cats, rabbits and horses. Content is provided in text, picture, video and audio formats, and submitted by veterinary clinicians with editorial board oversight and peer review.  Additionally, the provided references may be cross-linked to PubMed or VetMed Resource records.


Vetstream Ltd is a Cambridge, UK company and offers a range of digital services to the veterinary profession in addition to this clinical reference source.

LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease

June 20th, 2014 by Mary Wood


As reviewed in Lab Animal  43, 236 (2014)
19 June 2014 | doi:10.1038/laban.564i

LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease
is designed to accelerate the research process by providing biomedical researchers with a simple, comprehensive web-based resource to find the best animal models for their research. A stated goal is “to allow researchers to share information about and access to animal models so they can refine research and testing, and reduce or replace the use of animal models where possible.”

The site is provided by NIH National Center for Research Resources.

LAMHDI Database Search is a search of data from partners, currently including MGI, Mouse Genome Informatics;  ZFIN, Zebrafish Model Organism Database; RGD, Rat Genome Database; SGD, Saccharomyces Genome Database; and FlyBase, Database of Drosophila Genes & Genomes. Additional options include a web-search and an extensive list of Featured Resources.

Pain Research Database

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Federal pain research database launched




NIH news release 5.27.14: Multi-agency effort combines pain research information in easy-to-use database


The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies.


.The database was developed by NIH staff and members of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC is a federal advisory committee formed to increase understanding of pain and improve treatment strategies by expanding pain research efforts and encouraging collaboration across the government.


The database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy at NINDS
To access the IPRP database
For information about the IPRCC
For general information about pain

SCOPUS…database by Elsevier

May 12th, 2014 by Mary Wood

UC Davis 2000-2013 documents by subject area



The California Digital Library has purchased a one-year trial to Scopus : a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with tools to track, analyze and visualize research.


Scopus is an Elsevier product that helps to see which articles are citing which other articles, how they are being cited, how they are being used in other ways (online mentions, social media mentions), how they relate to the author’s body of work, how the journals in which they are published match up with the field as a whole, and more.


Scopus also integrates with Embase:
Records in Embase with citing articles will have a link to open Scopus so one can view the citing articles.

Also, Scopus is considered an essential database to search when conducting systematic reviews

See the Facts and Figures flyer or Content Overview page for more information about Scopus.

Diseases of Research Animals : DORA

June 13th, 2013 by Mary Wood

The Diseases of Research Animals (DORA)

… is a tool primarily designed to benefit veterinarians, veterinary students and residents involved in the care of animal species commonly used in research…  This site includes relevant information, such as incidence, transmission, clinical signs, pathology and diagnosis.  Figures illustrating clinical presentation and pathology are provided whenever possible to augment descriptions…  it is meant to serve as a basic, solid and readily accessible reference, highlighting some of the most important aspects of the most common diseases of research animals.


developed by University of Missouri, Comparative Medicine Program

Open Access Theses and Dissertations

April 9th, 2013 by Mary Wood




OATD currently indexes over 1.5 million open access international graduate theses and dissertations

Metadata from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions.


Many of these schools’ records come from their own repositories. Others come from regional or national ETD consortia, or from a set of ETD catalog records provided by OCLC Worldcat. With few exceptions, records are harvested from these sites using a standard called the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH).

Additional resources to find theses:

    Proquest Dissertations and Theses, dissertations and theses published electronically or in print.

    Google Scholar

    NDLTD, Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, electronic theses and dissertations, both open access and not.

    REAXYS: registered users (only) must back-up before Aug 1, 2012

    July 27th, 2012 by Deanna Johnson

    Users of the REAXYS chemistry database who have ALSO registered for a REAXYS username and password (necessary to use the auto alerts, saved settings, etc.) should have received this notice from REAXYS (see also URL below). Registration within the REAXYS database is optional, not required, it allows use of certain customization features.

    This applies to registered users of REAXYS only:
    You will lose your alerts and hitsets IF you fail to back them up prior to August 1st, 2012.
    The procedure to back-up and restore is given here:

    Full Notice — Sent to Registered REAXYS Users:

    Article: Literature Review to Comply with IACUC

    December 16th, 2011 by Mary Wood
    J Vet Med Educ. 2011 Summer;38(2):150-6.

    Literature search strategies to comply with institutional animal care and use committee review requirements.

    Nesdill D, Adams KM.
    J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, SAlt Lake City, UT 84115-0860, USA.


    Under the US Animal Welfare Act, principal investigators who propose to use animals in their research must demonstrate that they have considered alternatives to potentially painful or distressful procedures when submitting applications to Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs). IACUCs requires that applicants conduct a current literature search to determine if alternatives are available to substitute the proposed animal use and, if the proposed study involves pain or distress, that more humane procedures, as they are described in the literature, be considered. This paper suggests literature search strategies that can be considered for use in order to comply with this IACUC requirement.   PMID: 22023923

    Simple and useful table excerpted from paper follows, edited to include links.
    DATABASE          subject                         publisher
    Agricola Agriculture, aquaculture, veterinary  medicine US National Agricultural Library
    Biosis Biological sciences Thomson Reuters
    CAB Agriculture, aquaculture, veterinary medicine CABI
    Inspec Bioengineering Inst Engineering and Technology
    Medline / PubMed Health, medicine, pharmacy US National Library of Medicine
    Zoological Record Zoology Thomson Reuters


    organization description
    Altbib US National Library Medicine Resources for alternatives to toxicity testing
    Altweb Johns Hopkins University Guide to conducting a literature search for the 3Rs
    Animal Welfare Information Center USDA National Agricultural Library Resources about alternatives and humane animal care in research, teaching, testing, and exhibition
    Blood Sampling Microsite NC3Rs Information on different blood sampling techniques for many common lab animal species
    EURCA European Resources Centre for Alternatives in Higher Education Database searchable by category, supplier, or type; review of alternatives by others who have used them
    Go3R Transinsight & BfR A beta site for specialized searches into the 3Rs
    ICCVAM NTP NICEATM Summaries of alternative test method evaluation projects
    NORINA Norecopa Database indexing alternatives and supplements to the use of animals in teaching and training