Wikipedia:WikiProject Veterinary medicine

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Welcome to the Veterinary medicine WikiProject. We are a group dedicated to improving Wikipedia's coverage of articles related to veterinary medicine.

  • The goal of this WikiProject is to create, improve, and maintain articles and content relating to the subject of medicine as it relates to non-human animals, with particular attention paid to companion, domestic, exotic, wildlife, and production animals.
Recent changes
  • Recent changes in articles within the scope of the project can be seen here.


We shall try to follow the guidelines of the Manual of Style in construction of articles. A more specific guideline for medical articles can be found at Wikipedia:Manual of Style (medicine-related articles).

Open tasks[edit]

This list is incomplete.

  • Stub expansion - A list of stubs can be found at Category:Veterinary medicine stubs.
  • Assessing importance and quality - Guidelines can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Veterinary medicine/Assessment.
  • General clean up and improvement of existing articles, especially the ones rated as important.
  • Adding quality references to unreferenced or under-referenced articles
  • Images - Many articles are missing images. See below under resources for suggestions of image sources.
  • A symbol for this Wikiproject - Image:Esclapius stick.svg could be modified by adding a V to it, if anyone has talent in that direction. Otherwise, any appropriate free image would be good.

Naming guidelines and other considerations[edit]

Right now there are a variety of ways that vet med pages are named. Some do not indicate that they are specifically animal related. This is fine for diseases that only occur in animals, such as Foot-and-mouth disease or Pseudorabies, but it may not be appropriate for diseases that occur also in humans (but currently lack human information), such as Hip dysplasia or Chronic superficial keratitis. Also, some diseases are disambiguated differently, such as Bladder stone (animal) or Cerebellar hypoplasia (non-human). Others begin with the specific breed, such as Canine ehrlichiosis or Feline lower urinary tract disease. Some uniformity should be decided on.

Related to this, there are quite a few medical articles that contain both human and animal information. Should they always be separated into different articles, or can they be kept together? Obviously, once the information on animals is long enough, it can be split off. However, even for articles with only a short paragraph on the disease in animals, there has been suggestions that it is inappropriate for articles about the "human" disease. Please discuss on the talk page.


See also Wikipedia:Reliable sources (medicine-related articles), a good guideline for what to use for sources.

  • PubMed - Good search tool for journal articles related to specific vet med topics. Full articles are sometimes available, especially from the Canadian Veterinary Journal, Veterinary Pathology, and The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science (Japan).
  • Other online journals that are free with membership in the respective associations include the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (back to 2000) and the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association (back to 1998).
  • International Veterinary Information Service - Free for veterinary professionals, it has some textbooks and conference proceedings (WSAVA, NAVC, AAEP, SCIVAC, and others) online.
  • Merck Veterinary Manual [1] - Good online resource for background information.
  • Veterinary Information Network - A non-free site, but it has a great number of veterinary journals (abstracts only) and conference notes (WVC, ACVIM, IVECCS, etc.) online. This site is free for Veterinary Medicine students.
  • Wikivet WikiVet is a collaboratively edited veterinary encyclopedia. A log-in is required.
  • Veterinary college websites can usually be considered to be reliable.
  • A Google search will often reveal reliable resources.
  • Non-online resources such as textbooks and vet med-related periodicals


Any decent digital camera is probably our best source for images. Pictures of pets or patients can be very helpful (generally with the owner's permission). Barring a self made image being available, there are some possible public domain or otherwise free sources available at various sites. If an image on a federal government website does not have a Used by permission tag or a photo credit to a private institution or university, it is probably PD.

  • The Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal [2] often has vet med related images. It is published by the CDC and therefore in the public domain.
  • The Public Health Image Library is also a good source for PD medical images.
  • The CDC also has a page dedicated to parasite identification with good images.
  • USGS National Wildlife Health Center's Field Manual of Wildlife Disease — General Field Procedures and Diseases of Birds [3]. Unless otherwise stated, the images in these PDF files are taken by USGS employees and therefore PD. These are not searchable through google, so it is a good place to check for images of bird diseases.
  • USDA's outreach publications, for agricultural health issues [4] - also PDF and not google searchable.
  • USDA's Agricultural Research Service Agricultural Research journal [5]. Some files are PDF and have different images than the html pages.
  • A google image search with the modifier will turn up images on federal government websites which may or may not be public domain. Please note that state government websites are not PD.
  • Wikimedia Commons has a Category:Veterinary medicine that has many free images, and all new images should ideally be uploaded there for use among different wikis.


Please feel free to add yourself here, and to indicate any areas of particular interest.

  • Adelle Frank access to good sources, trained as a librarian and not a veterinarian, mainly interested in basic health info for dogs and cats. I've already performed major updates to articles on: Vaccination of dogs and Feline vaccination, and created Adverse vaccine reactions in pets article.
  • User:Atsme many years as a professional breeder in the equine industry/horse show competitor; also raised cattle/stock show competition, various breeds of dogs/AKC competition; extensive research and documentation of several large species of ancestral fishes, dabbled in pot bellied pigs, raised raccoons and a variety of other small animals, including peafowl, guineas and chickens - old MacDonald had a farm....eeeowwww....have probably forgotten most of whatever it was I learned.
  • BajutsuRegistered Veterinary Technician with over 25 years experience (mostly small animal and wildlife rehab).
  • Badbilltucker - Regretably not the brightest bulb in the world, particularly in matters relating to medicine. Will probably focus primarily on formatting of content and other "administrative" functions as time and circumstances permit.
  • Carlo Banez - Interested in adding drugboxes to each article regarding veterinary drugs.
  • Joelmills - I don't mind doing grunt work on article creation and improvement, and I have a general interest in all aspects of vet med. However, I definitely lack the ability to organize things like this. Tell me what goes where, and I'll help out here and I'll continue to create articles.
  • Smooth_O
  • Lamaglama
  • DL Harris - Most interested in Equine medicine side of the project (that's my job, after all...)
  • Flukeboy - interested in Veterinary Parasitology and Immunology
  • Ohadaloni - Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome.
  • NotThatKat - Small animal medicine and surgery NotThatKat 06:38, 8 September 2007 (UTC)
  • Doug.(talk contribs) 21:54, 18 October 2007 (UTC) Farrier and Ag lawyer, interested in coordinating between this project and WikiProject Agriculture.
  • Montanabw(talk) 04:04, 24 October 2007 (UTC) Oh all right, I'm in! What the heck. All things equine, particularly interested in genetic stuff and lameness issues.
  • Bishor
  • SaritaMackita I guess I've gotten into pathogens, particularly dog pathogens.
  • —CynRN I'm not a vet, but I breed miniature schnauzers and recently got interested in CAM topics in veterinary medicine. I am a skeptic.
  • Wyatt915I'm not a vet, but I have very close relatives who are.
  • Getwood - Equine medicine
  • Lisa.Cinciripini - Canine Leishmania, breed specific research, vaccine related research, and more...
  • Alsiola_Vet - Equine medicine, especially colic and cardiology
  • Mausdoc - currently doing diagnostic pathology in the Midwest, along with running a clinical pathology service lab and teaching developmental genetics; past training and experience in lab animal and exotic medicine
  • benjicharlton (talk) 04:46, 23 August 2008 (UTC) - Small Animal Internal Medicine - Member of the Australian College
  • Jlehman23 (talk) 03:17, 23 August 2009 (UTC) All equine articles. Not a health professional, reasonable editing skills, need to get up to speed on style, legal issues (copyright/fair use), and Wikipedia in general.
  • o.bangash (talk) 03:17, 23 August 2009 (UTC) A veterinarian by profession, will try to contribute something positive.
  • EquiVet (talk) 22:07, 3 November 2010 (UTC) Equine veterinarian, will focus on respiratory issues.
  • Kleopatra (talk) 15:59, 27 November 2010 (UTC) - Pathogen researcher, animal microbes is a hobby.
  • Kerani (talk) 00:45, 21 February 2011 (UTC) - DVM, food animal/international vet med focus
  • Keetanii (talk) Dog diseases
  • Fernquestjon (talk) Zoonoses & public health, veterinary epidemiology & pathology, one health & history of human-animal health interrelationships, rabbits
  • SiriusDVM: Geneticist and veterinary student. Will primarily contribute to pages concerning small animal genetic disorders.
  • Strongyle: Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Kholhring Lalchhandama: A zoologist by profession, research on poultry parasites and pharmacology
  • Mblack03: MPH and Veterinary student. Interested in Veterinary Public Health and One Health.
  • Kingofaces43: Entomologist with veterinary background. General interest in articles discussing research on animal health.
  • PeachSauce: Veterinary student, interested in dairy production, equine medicine, and theriogenology
  • Fahdq: Veterinary Surgeon, Masters Degree in Healthcare Biotechnology, Currently a PhD candidate in Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Miami. Intrests include but not restricted to: Pancreatic development, Cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, translational science, Companion animal surgery.
  • Connorlong90: I'm a first year veterinary student at UC Davis in California, and have worked for the past 2.5 years as a lab tech and science writer for the UC Davis Medical School. I can help edit articles if requested.
  • JarrahTree history of vet med in general, interested in vet med as taught 1900 - 1950 JarrahTree 00:25, 31 August 2016 (UTC)
  • User:DrChrissy Animal behaviour (ethology) and the scientific study of animal welfare. DrChrissy (talk) 18:30, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

All members should feel free to add {{User WikiProject Veterinary Medicine}} to their userpages to identify themselves as members of the project.

Veterinary Surgeon.jpg This user is a member of the
Veterinary Medicine WikiProject.


FA Featured articles[edit]

Articles on Veterinary medicine-related subjects, not necessarily improved to Featured Status by this WikiProject.

FAC Peer review/Featured article candidates (FAC)[edit]

The following articles are in review as Featured article candidates:
None at this time.

GA Good articles (GA)[edit]

The following articles have either been recognized as good articles or are currently under review for good article status:

New articles[edit]

Please feel free to list your new veterinary medicine-related articles here (newer articles at the top, please). Any new articles that have an interesting or unusual fact in them should be suggested for the Did you know? box on the Main Page. Please also make sure that each new article created is put into one of the categories for veterinary medicine, so that the articles will appear there. Also please add each new article to the page Wikipedia:WikiProject Veterinary medicine/Articles or to the appropriate subpage so that they can be viewed for recent changes.

Requested and missing articles[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Veterinary medicine/Articles and its subpages also contain a list of important missing articles. Please add any requested articles to those pages.

Did you know (DYK?)[edit]

The following articles have been featured on the main page under Did you know.... This list may be incomplete.

Formerly recognized content[edit]

Former featured articles Former featured articles
Delisted Good Articles Delisted Good Articles



See Wikipedia:WikiProject Veterinary medicine/Assessment.

Collaboration and review[edit]

Canine parvovirus

Peer review[edit]

Veterinary technician



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