The user needs of the entire College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and beyond are supported by the collection of the Veterinary Medical Library (VML). This includes:
- Approximately 587 students in the 4-year professional curriculum leading to the DVM degree;
- Approximately 100 graduate students enrolled in an MS or PhD degree program in the College; CVM faculty and staff in the five academic departments: Biomedical Sciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, and Veterinary Pathology;
- Faculty and staff in other CVM units, including the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Laboratory Animal Resources, Veterinary Administration, Office of Academic and Student affairs, and IT and Educational Support;
- Interns and residents who come to the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center to complete an internship/residency through the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians Matching Program. Residency training through the level of board certification is available. More information: http://vetmed.iastate.edu/vcs/academics/residencies
- Iowa State University students, faculty and staff not affiliated with CVM (a limited group of users due to VML's specialized subject focus on the veterinary sciences and closely related disciplines);
- Off-campus users of the library: CVM alumni, retired CVM faculty, veterinary and related organizations; veterinary practitioners and clinics, other veterinary businesses, pet/animal owners, and the non-ISU affiliated public at large.
The emphasis in collecting activity is in supporting the professional (DVM) and veterinary graduate programs (MS and PhD), and CVM research. General interest and popular materials are selectively purchased in subjects such as pet health and care, breed books (dog and cat), and animal-people relationships. Due to limited shelf space, retention limits have been set on most journal titles, and monographs are routinely reviewed and weeded.