About Us

The Veterinary Medical Library was established in 1951 to serve not only the students, staff and faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine, but also members of other subject disciplines that interact with veterinary medicine. The library is the only one of its kind in Missouri and is one of only 28 in the United States (with 11 of those having been established since 1970). Therefore, its unique and historical resources frequently fill the needs of researchers not only in Missouri, but across the nation and around the world.

The goal of the library is to provide high quality service in fulfilling the information needs of its clientele. This is achieved through the selection, acquisition and maintenance of informational materials consistent with the teaching and research missions of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Missouri.

All aspects of veterinary medicine are collected including pet therapy, human-animal bond, animal welfare, animal law, pet bereavement, comparative medicine, and laboratory animals. There are also specialized collections in veterinary history (particularly in the state of Missouri), mules, Clydesdales, veterinary instrument catalogs, and veterinary patent medicine booklets, pamphlets, and catalogs. The Veterinary Historical Collections are housed in the Donald Silver Rare Book Room in the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library.

Learn about the CVM Distinguished Service Award Recipients. Their portraits hung in the library from 1977 – 2013.

In 2005, the library was named the Zalk Veterinary Medical Library in honor of Thelma Zalk. More about Mrs. Zalk

The library is part of the J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library and the MU Libraries.