The International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) and Vetstream have announced a collaborative partnership to provide access to peer reviewed clinical content relating to the veterinary care of dogs, cats, rabbits, exotics (ferrets, guinea pigs and reptiles), as well as horses and cattle to the veterinary schools or to the individual students on preferential terms that depend on the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s tiered structure of countries.
The most preferential terms will be provided to veterinary schools within the Tier 1 and 2 countries, which are the least economically well-placed. They will benefit from access to Vetlexicon Canis, Felis, Lapis, Exotis, Equis and Equis and also all the Vetlexicon Learn modules on www.vetacademy.org free of charge.
Veterinary schools in Tier 3 and 4 countries (Australia is a Tier 4 country) will benefit from a 50 per cent and 20 per cent reduction in the price of subscribing to the six Vetlexicon services respectively and their students will also benefit from a 50 per cent and 20 per cent discount on the cost of Vetlexicon Learn modules.
All veterinary students in Tiers 1 and 2 countries will benefit from free access as individuals to all of the Vetlexicon services; and any students in Tiers 3 and 4 will benefit from a 95 per cent discount on the list price from subscribing to one or more of the six Vetlexicon services.
The IVSA’s Standing Committee of Veterinary Education (SCoVE) ambassadors will be coordinating this initiative around the world.
According to Viktoria Hirschhofer, external relations officer of SCoVE, online resources have gained great importance in the daily life of students. Even more so during the last year when most of the studies were moved to distance learning.
As SCoVE ambassadors are based in veterinary schools all around the globe, this new cooperation with Vetstream is especially beneficial since it enables the SCoVE team to support the new generation of veterinarians worldwide with a leading source of peer reviewed information.
Vetstream will also be working with the IVSA to support the provision of its first aid eLearning courses for all students and other members of the profession via vetacademy.org. Those that achieve the required pass mark will be awarded a certificate to demonstrate their understanding of the subject.