ACCESS: http://netvet.wustl.edu

NetVet, a rapidly expanding WWW server, originates from and is provided courtesy of Ken Boschert, DVM and Associate Director, Washington University, Division of Comparative Medicine (KEN@WUDCM.WUSTL.EDU). NetVet developed in early 1993 from the Electronic Zoo (E-ZOO), a gopher file which began in 1992 as a textual listing of veterinary and animal-related computer resources. In mid-1993 Dr. Boschert turned the E-ZOO into a simultaneous WWW site. E-Zoo now includes many of the resources referred to in its text, with pointers to other major Internet resources in veterinary medicine and related fields, as well as animal-related WWW and gopher sites, FTP archives, telnet sites and electronic publications.

NetVet, consisting of textual and graphical veterinary and animal resources, is thorough in scope, well-organized in structure, and informative in content. Currently it provides access to most of the Net's resources related to the veterinary medical profession. Additionally it provides an expansive collection of information about most animal species. In addition to homing the E-Zoo, NetVet provides pointers to veterinary and animal resources, including colleges, publications, laws and regulations, and pointers to organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association's Network of Animal Health (NOAH), the Vetrinary Information Network (VIN), and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). NetVet also serves as the Gopher and WWW home for the USDA's National Agricultural Library's Animal Welfare Information Center, one of NAL's numerous information centers, as well as the Archive site for a multitude of veterinary and animal-related Net mailing lists. Finally, NetVet is the Gopher and Web home for the topic of veterinary informatics and general information about Washington University's Division of Comparative Medicine.

Part of NetVet's appeal is that it provides useful information to veterinarians and related health professionals, as well as to animal laypersons and hobbyists. Through NetVet, one can find professional information such as the Veterinarian's Oath, scientific publicatinos, including books, journals and conference proceedings, and, recreational information such as David Letterman's "Top 10 Signs You've Gone to a Bad Veterinarian" and various animal games and sounds. Some files, such as the Equestrian Web Pages of horse resources, might interest the professional and hobbyist alike. Through NetVet's virtual library, net surfers may utilize interactive graphics capabilities to link to Jose Perez's oil painting "The Veterianarian," from the National Library of Medicine collection. They may click through the veterinary images file to view the latest in computerized assisted instruction. The NetVet Web also allows linkage to related areas of the WWW virtual library, such as those for agriculture, bioscience, biotechnology and medicine. Finally, Net surfers may browse the animal resources on the E-Zoo, including its excellent animal images collection.

For veterinarians, librarians, animal researchers, related agricultrual and medical professionals, as well as other interestd animal-philes, this is an innovative and useful site -- worth visiting again and again.

Tamera P. Lee
Auburn University
March 6th, 1995

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