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Compendium March 2007 (Vol 29, No 3)

Web Sights (March 2007)

    For the Birds


    If you enjoy looking at beautiful photographs and illustrations of animals when you're not treating pets, this is a lovely site to "take a walk" through. Although the emphasis is on birds, there's plenty of information on other wildlife, including extinct species. For do-it-yourselfers, there are free plans for birdhouses and feeders. If you want to attract birds to your yard, there's a lot of information on which feeders, housing, and food different species prefer. If you have ever wandered past a nest and wondered which species of bird built it, you can look it up in an extensive gallery of photographs and illustrations that identify both the nest and the "architect." To keep the kids busy, vintage-style coloring books can be downloaded for free, and there's a kids' page that links to fun animal-related sites.

    Bone Appetit


    This is a great canine and feline nutrition site created by board-certified veterinary nutritionists and sanctioned by the American Academy of Veterinary Nutrition and American College of Veterinary Nutrition. It has two major sections: one for veterinary professionals, and one for pet owners. The veterinary site has access to a database of more than 10,000 foods and can instantly formulate homemade diets and create feeding instructions for commercial foods to give to clients. This software accounts for the signalment, weight, and concurrent diseases of each patient. The site also has a calorie content database searcher, a guaranteed analysis converter, a food intake calculator, and an abridged diet evaluator, all of which can be very helpful when trying to quickly determine exactly what a pet is being fed.

    The pet-lover site pertains only to healthy adult pets. In an easy three-step process, users can create customized home-cooked recipes for their dog or cat. Although users must pay for the recipes, a lot of good information can be obtained for free. The site also sells its own brand of supplements to ensure a balanced diet.

    Online CE for Busy Schedules


    Since fall 2004, the University of Illinois School of Veterinary Medicine has offered online courses for veterinarians. Geared toward small animal practitioners, the site offers seven areas of study: cytology, diagnostic imaging, parasitology, emerging diseases, dentistry, pain management, and ophthalmology. When you pay for a course, you get 60 days to complete the tutorial. Tests can be taken multiple times. CE credits are provided by the university. The program is AVMA-approved. Additional courses are expected to be added at the end of this year and in 2008. If you need CE for licensure requirements, remember to check with your state's rules concerning applicability.

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