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Veterinary Medicine - Alumni Resources: Vet Library Alumni Services

Welcome, Alumni!

The Veterinarian's Oath concludes "I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence," and the Penn Veterinary Library is committed to help you fulfill that aim. 

  • You'll always be welcome at the Vet library.  Remember that building access requires a student/staff PennCard so please time your visits for normal working hours.  Evening and weekend access may be available at the other Penn Libraries
  • The library staff is here to help.  If you are navigating new information territory and would like guidance or a refresher, don't hesitate to ask.

While license restrictions limit nearly all of our electronic subscriptions to current Penn students and staff or to on-campus use, some options are available:

  • To use the computers in the Vet Library or other Penn Libraries, alumni must have (1) an Alumni PennCard and (2) a one-day credential. Credentials are issued at Van Pelt library to the first 10 alumni requesting each day.  More information....
  • The Penn libraries have purchased alumni subscriptions to general interest online databases with some full text, including some veterinary and medical titles.  
  • Your RefWorks bibliographic management account will remain available after graduation.
  • PubMed, Agricola, Consultant and IVIS and other resources are free online. New grads may purchase a subscription to VetMed Resource (a version of CAB Abstracts limited to veterinary topics) or RCVS Library, or a discounted subscription to VIN (Veterinary Information Network).  See the E-Resources tab for more options.
  • VIN subscribers and others can order copies of articles from the UC Davis veterinary library for a fee.
  • Alumni who would like to borrow physical materials from the Library may apply for courtesy borrowing privileges at the special alumni rate of $200.00 per year. An Alumni PennCard is required. To apply, visit the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Circulation desk or call (215) 898-7555 for information.


Reference Services

  • Professional librarians are on duty between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM weekdays.  Library reference chat may be available at other times.
  • Penn Alumni may use the extensive print collections for their information needs.
  • A consultation appointment is recommended if you anticipate needing librarian assistance. For reference services, call 215-898-8895, complete our web form, or email at

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Gwen Fancy
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