Animal Care

This animal care page contains links to animal nutrition and animal health resources. Government sites have been selected preferentially to ensure reliable and objective non-commercial information. If you are looking for animal care supplies, please refer to our Supplies page.

General Veterinary Health
Cattle
Goats
Sheep
Horses
Pigs
Poultry
Rabbits
Dogs
Cats
Abbreviations


General Veterinary Health

USDA – Animals and Livestock – Animal Health and Veterinary Medicine
“This page provides links to resources on all aspects of animal health including animal diseases and disorders, veterinary biologics, animal health inspection, and veterinary practice.”

The Merck Veterinary Manual
“The Merck Veterinary Manual is the single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information. It is brought to you as a service of Merck & Co., Inc., providing quality medical information on a not-for-profit basis for more than 100 years.”

BANR – Animal Nutrition Program
“Since the early 1900s, the National Academies National Research Council has led continuous improvements in our understanding of the scientific basis for feeding of animals. For many years, this work was overseen by the Committee on Animal Nutrition. Currently, the responsibility for continuing this tradition rests with the Animal Nutrition Program of BANR.

“The primary focus of the Animal Nutrition Program is The Nutrient Requirements of Domestic Animals series, which covers approximately 30 species of economically important farm animals, laboratory species, wildlife, and companion animals. Reports in this series are used as a standard worldwide by government agencies for research and regulatory purposes, by universities for teaching and research, by extension personnel, by food and feed industries, and by veterinarians, livestock producers, and pet owners.”


Cattle

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle: Seventh Revised Edition: Update 2000 (2000)

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle: Seventh Revised Edition, 2001 (2001)

General

USDA – Animals and Livestock – Beef Cattle and Meat


Goats

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants: Sheep, Goats, Cervids, and New World Camelids (2007)

Health

USDA – Animal Health – Animal Diseases – Scrapie Disease Information

General

USDA – Animals and Livestock – Sheep and Goats


Sheep

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Small Ruminants: Sheep, Goats, Cervids, and New World Camelids (2007)

Health

USDA – Animal Health – Animal Diseases – Scrapie Disease Information

General

USDA – Animals and Livestock – Sheep and Goats

American Sheep Industry Association


Horses

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Horses: Sixth Revised Edition (2007)

Health

AAEP – Vaccination Guidelines from the American Association of Equine Practitioners

Equisearch – Deworming and Parasite Control

AAEP – Internal Parasites: Strategies for Effective Parasite Control

Grooming

Equisearch – Horse Care – Health – Grooming

General

USDA – Animals and Livestock – Horses


Pigs

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Swine: 10th Revised Edition (1998)

General

USDA – Animals and Livestock – Swine and Pork


Poultry

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Poultry: Ninth Revised Edition, 1994 (1994)

Breeds

Oklahoma State University – Department of Animal Science – Poultry Breeds

General

USDA – Animals and Livestock – Poultry and Eggs


Rabbits

General

USDA – Companion Animals – Pet Species – Small Mammals


Dogs

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (2006)

General

USDA – Companion Animals – Pet Species – Dogs


Cats

Nutrition

NAP – BANR – Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats (2006)

General

USDA – Companion Animals – Pet Species – Cats


Abbreviations

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) develops and implements policies on farming, agriculture and food.

NAP – The National Academies Press
The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes authoritative reports issued by The National Academies. Publications address key issues in science, engineering, social sciences, medicine and health. Topics range from space science to animal nutrition to medical ethics.

BANR – Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources
The Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) is the major program unit of the National Research Council responsible for organizing and overseeing studies on agriculture, forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and the use of land, water, and other natural resources.

AAEP – American Association of Equine Practitioners
The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, represents an educated group of men and women who cover a broad range of equine disciplines, breeds and associations. Over 10,000 veterinarians and veterinary students in 57 countries are members of the AAEP.