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Expert veterinary advice online

A new website has been launched which provides in-depth veterinary reference information ideal for professionals and students

Vets, practitioners and students now have access to expert veterinary information via a click of a mouse button at www.merckvetmanual.com 24 hours a day.

This online version of the Merck Veterinary Manual, first published in 1955, is a comprehensivereference guide to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a diverse range of animal diseases, including those affecting horses and dogs.

Designed for professionals including vets, scientists, researchers and students, visitors can search the site to find extensive information on their preferred topic either via a generic table of contents or through the advanced search facility, which includes a search by species option.

The search by species enables users to beextremely specific about the information they require cutting down on time involved in searching the sites thousands of pages of useful information.

The manual also includes sections on diverse topics from emergency medicine and critical care, to nutrition and disorders.

The site was launched by Merck Publishing Group, in co-operation with animal health company Merial, at this year’s British Equine Veterinary Association by Merial Equine last month at the ScottishExhibition and Conference Centre conference centre in Glasgow.

Ronnie Leggat, head of Merial Equine Health UK and Ireland, said: “The powerful search engine means users will be able to quickly sort through more than 12,000 indexed topics, with capabilities to look up information by species, disease, organ system and countless related key words or subjects.”

The site also includes sections devoted to exotic animals and chapters on diseases of the spinal column, food allergy, respiratory diseases, lameness, and wound management.

For more information visit www.merckvetmanual.com

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