Veterinary Medical Library


The general collection of books and journals encompasses veterinary medicine, basic biomedical sciences, and selected works in clinical medicine. The VM Library subscribes to approximately 875 journals and endeavors to subscribe to all English language veterinary medical titles. This is supplemented with core titles from human medicine, and selected subject areas representing faculty research interests, expertise, and teaching requirements. New journal issues are shelved with previous issues, alphabetically by title. All of our holdings can be searched in the K-State Libraries online catalog.

Several approaches are used to maintain a vital collection of book material. All veterinary medical books from major U.S. publishers are received automatically. In addition, the collection includes all human medical books noted as initial purchase recommendations for small medical libraries. The general collection is supplemented with books requested by faculty through the College of Veterinary Medicine Library Committee and other purchase recommendations.


Many of the textbooks, audiovisuals, and supplementary materials used in the academic program of the College of Veterinary Medicine are placed on reserve by the faculty. These materials are available for a two hour period at the Service Desk.

Animals in Society

We emphasize Animals in Society (AIS) which contains books and videotapes on topics relating to human-animal interactions and the well-being of all animal species. AIS covers a wide range of topics including alternatives, animal facilitated therapy, animal rights, cultural attitudes, ethics, farm animal welfare, pet loss, zoo/captive animal welfare, etc. There are materials appropriate for K-12 classes, general public, policy makers, and researchers.


This collection contains materials related to the history of veterinary medicine. Included are historical publications from other colleges of veterinary medicine, states, organizations, etc. Materials reflecting the history of veterinary medicine at Kansas State University are also included. The items circulate on a limited basis.


This is a small collection of unique and/or rare books related to veterinary medicine.


The Reference Collection contains most of the latest handbooks, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, etc. This collection includes basic human and veterinary medical reference books appropriate for the general public as well as health care providers. This collection does not circulate.