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Veterinary Science

Web Sites of Relevance to Veterinary Science - UK and Ireland 

Animal & Plant Health Association (APHA)
Representative body for manufacturers and sole distributors of animal and plant health products in Ireland

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
Professional body promoting excellence in small animal practice through education and science

British Veterinary Association (BVA)
UK representative body for the veterinary profession

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Ireland’s government department

Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)
Northern Ireland’s government department

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
UK government department

Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC)
Independent advisory body to the Government.  Access to its activities, advice & publications

Institute for Animal Health (IAH)
Research institute on infectious diseases of farm animals

International Equine Institute (IEI)
Based at the University of Limerick to support the development of the Irish horse industry

Irish Medicines Board
Regulatory agency for human and veterinary medical products in Ireland

National Office of Animal Health (NOAH)
Represents the UK animal medicines industry

Pirbright Institute (formerly Institute for Animal Health)
Research institute on infectious diseases of farm animals

Roslin Institute
Research institute focused on health and welfare of animals and applications of basic animal sciences

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)
Regulatory body for veterinary surgeons in the United Kingdom

Agriculture and food development authority in Ireland to support science-based innovation

University College Dublin.  Veterinary Medicine
School of veterinary medicine in Ireland

Veterinary Council of Ireland
Statutory body to regulate and manage the practice of veterinary medicine and nursing in the public interest

Veterinary Ireland
Representative body for veterinary surgeons in Ireland

Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA)
Executive Agency of DEFRA delivering research, surveillance and laboratory services for animal and public health

Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
Executive Agency of DEFRA responsible for veterinary drugs

Veterinary Northern Ireland (VetNI)
Single permanent point of contact for the veterinary profession in NI


Web sites of Relevance to Veterinary Science – Europe

ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
EU agency to identify, assess and communicate current and emerging threats to human health posed by infectious diseases

Gateway to the European Union

European Society of Veterinary Pathology (ESVP)
Promoting the scientific work of veterinary surgeons and physicians active in the areas of functional and morphologic pathology of animals

Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)
Umbrella organisation of veterinary organisations from 38 European countries

European network of excellence for zoonoses research


Web sites of Relevance to Veterinary Science – International

American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP)
Access to information on professional training and education, meetings, events etc

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Professional body providing a collection of resources for veterinarians and the public

Diagnostic support system for veterinary medicine from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations (FAO)
Access to FAO’s Animal Production and Health Division programmes, resources, publications etc

International Veterinary Information Service (IVIS)
Professional information website providing access to veterinary books and proceedings.  Registration is free but required

Martindale’s Virtual Veterinary Center
Annotated links to many veterinary science resources

OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health)
The intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide

US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Access to USDA news, activities, publications, agencies etc.  The agency for the health and care of animals is the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) (  The public health agency is the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) (

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
The premier US government consumer protection and health agency – links to centers on Biologics, Food etc.  Its Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM)  is responsible for regulating drugs, devices and food additives for animals

World Health Organization (WHO)
Access to global public health data, statistics, disease outbreak information etc

World Veterinary Association (WVA)
Federation of national veterinary medical associations throughout the world