Vetbook:About

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Vetbook is an undergraduate teaching tool, written and edited by veterinarians and veterinary undergraduates.

Vetbook is a registered Australian company (ACN 139 766 199) maintained as a non-commercial free-to-use knowledge-based website.

Every effort is employed to maintain a high standard in all areas of veterinary knowledge but no responsibility is taken for inaccurate, missing or misleading information uploaded by visitors to this site. To this end, our volunteer (honorary) contributors attempt to ensure that any scientific material correctly cites peer-refereed journals. All information on this site strives to present an unbiased format on veterinary medicine and surgery for general readership, in order to meet the general reader's particular veterinary needs, on a free-to-all basis.

Vetbook holds no copyright on any information collected on this site and allows unlimited access and download of said information. Also, Vetbook:

  • does not attempt to be a textbook on veterinary medicine
  • is not a personal website, blog or webspace for individual opinions on veterinary matters
  • discourages personal experiential opinions on clinical methodology not reputed by evidence-based medicine
  • encourages annual health checks for the ongoing wellness of pets and triannual vaccination with core vaccines only
  • encourages the ethical treatment of animals

The information and advice contained on this website is intended for general information purposes only. The information appearing on this website is not a substitute for proper veterinary consultation, evaluation, or treatment. Nothing contained in this website should be construed as medical advice or diagnosis. Visitors to this site should not act upon the content or information without first seeking appropriate professional advice.

Content

Vetbook operates on the five pillars, tenets based on highest standards of information content that is contemporaneously modifiable. Content should be clear, avoid esoteric or quasi-scientific terms or dumbed-down language. New ideas can be submitted at the Ideas lab.

Vetbook attempts to appeal to general practitioners with direct, unambiguous, and specific terminology. Vetbook attempts to be as concise as possible—but no more concise. Verbosity is not a reliable defense against misinterpretation. Omit needless words. Direct, concise writing may be more clear than rambling examples. Footnotes and links to other pages may be used for further clarification. See the Help section for further information on how to create and edit content.

Vetbook attempts to maintain scope of disease coverage and avoid redundancy. When the scope of one advice page overlaps with the scope of another, minimize redundancy. Vetbook contributors should attempt to avoid overlinking. Links to policies, guidelines, essays, and articles should be used only when clarification or context is needed. Links to other advice pages may inadvertently or intentionally defer authority to them. Make it clear when links defer, and when they do not.

Vetbook contributors should attempt to not contradict each other. The community's view cannot simultaneously be "A" and "not A". When apparent discrepancies arise between pages, editors at all the affected pages should discuss how they can most accurately represent the community's current position, and correct all of the pages to reflect the community's view. This discussion should be on one talk page, with invitations to that page at the talk pages of the various affected pages; otherwise the corrections may still contradict each other.

Contributors

Honorary contributors are nominated non-financial veterinary users who provide intellectual input within their specialty field. There are three types of honorary contributors:

  • Scientific (Corporate) contributors - non-financial, non-sponsoring companies who contribute intellectual content within their corporate market of veterinary pharmaceuticals
  • Scientific (Individual) contributors - individual scientists who monitor and update intellectual content in line with Vetbook's ethics of validity, suitability and waiver of copyright. Scientific contributors hold no legal copyright on any material they have contributed to this site, however, copyrighted material used or cited within this website remains the property of the original author(s).

Should you wish to be an honorary contributor, please contact us.

  • Technical contributors - WikiSysop technicians who facilitate Vetbook's internet exposure, monitor site changes, update software and veto content deemed inappropriate to the general policies of Vetbook (e.g. advertising, graffiti, inappropriate uploads, malware).

Please note that certain non-resource pages (links, chapter headings, tables of content, etc) are protected from editing by the general readership.


Scientific (Corporate) Field of interest
ASAP Laboratory (Aust) Laboratory medicine
B. Braun, Australia Pty Ltd (Aust) Surgery
Scientific (Individual) Field of Interest
Dr Jim Euclid WikiSysop
Technical
Huebner, Ms. Cherie, RVN (Aust) Technical
Mr Andy Wyte (Aust) Software development
Rui Jie Chow (Aust) Software development
Tabongphet, Mrs. Laddawan (Thailand) Webmaster