This guide is designed to help veterinary students, faculty, and others in the research community find the information they need from government publication sources.

There are a wide variety of government produced resources and information for veterinarians and biomedical researchers, such as:

  • Statistical information (i.e. from the National Agriculture Statistics Service)
  • Regulatory information (i.e. from the Department of Transportation)
  • Pet care information (i.e. from the U.S. FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine)

Note that many government reports and reports done by private agencies on government contract are issued by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

    In addition, feel free to ask a librarian for help at any time as you use the library and search for government publications.



    General Government Documents

    • These websites offer databases that search across government agencies and subject areas.
    • They are good for finding general resources or bringing you to the proper agency.
    • You may need to search again within that agency to find the specific information you need.

    GPO Access Services This service of the U.S. Government Printing Office provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government that can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. The information provided on this site is the official, published version.

    Code of Federal Regulations CFR This website, also part of GPO Access, allows you to search all general and permanent rules published in the federal register. This is a jumping off point for a general search. For a more specific search, see the links below in the regulatory section.

    USA.Gov Government Made Easy This site offers a single location for searching across U.S. government information, and for keeping up to date on government news. You can choose to search for content located on either U.S. federal, state and local government websites or the entire Web -- from the same search box.

    USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service This site is mainly a central resource for land grant university systems and state extension services.




    What kind of statistical information does the government provide?

    • Results of BSE testing in cattle by the National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS).
    • National statistics on fatigued pig syndrome and a new study on the ethology of food producing animals from the Agricultural Research Service.
    • Animal movement statistics collected by the US Geological survey allow detailed analysis of animal behavior and health in the wild.
    • A statistical overview of dairy operations identification and control of bovine paratuberculosis (Johne's disease) in dairy cattle, selected years 1991-2002 by the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS).
    • In most cases, you will find this information available electronically, but there are also some printed data reports available in the library.


    Datanet is an online system consisting of summarized statistical information designed to serve Minnesota's governments, businesses, schools, nonprofit agencies and citizens. The system contains statistics about social, economic and demographic conditions in Minnesota. Datanet delivers 200,000 reports, maps and data downloads annually.

    American Statistics from Lexis Nexis - An important resource for statistical information is American Statistics Index (ASI), available through LexisNexis Government Periodicals. You can use this database to search by keyword, subject, name of periodical, SuDoc number or using the statistical search form. Your search results often include a link to the full text including detailed listings of tables and charts, as well as the title, bibliographic, subject information, and an abstract to the contents of each statistical publication

    FedStats - A good jumping off point to find statistical information is FedStats. This site organizes the statistical information produced by more than 100 federal agencies in several different ways.

    UNdata - Use this link for a University Libraries Guide to UNdata and access UNdata from the U of MN Libraries webpage for IP authentification. The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has launched a new internet-based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System.

    National Animal Health Monitoring System - The USDA initiated the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) in 1983 to collect, analyze, and disseminate data on animal health, management, and productivity across the United States. The NAHMS team conducts national studies on the health and health management of America's domestic livestock populations to meet the information needs of the industries associated with these commodities. This site includes sections on animal health, biotechnology, and animal welfare.

    USDA CEAH Disease Events - The Centers for epidemiology and animal health includes surveillance and risk analysis with a yearly national animal health report and a summary of selected disease events publication quarterly.

    U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - This list of statistical sites available on the web is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.  It includes US federal and state sites, as well as many international sites.

    U.S. Census Bureau Statistical Abstract - This enormous federal website is the statistical reference for data collected by the US government. This website is useful as a reference volume and a guide to more sources of information. This is also a portal for the state and metropolitan databook and the county and city databook.




    Selected Library Resources for Statistics


    United States animal health report
    U. S. Dept. of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, [2005]-
    TC Veterinary Medical Library Gov Pub (US Docs) A 1.75/5: or electronic version

    Veterinary demographic data reports./American Veterinary Medical Association, 1999
    TC Veterinary Medical Library Reference Quarto SF611 .V47x Same Day Loan

    World animal health No. 1, List A disease outbreaks, statistics.
    Office international des epizooties, c1989-
    TC Veterinary Medical Periodicals One day loan



    Selected Library Resources for Regulatory Information

    To answer regulatory questions such as:

    • How a new proposal to the virus-serum-toxin act might affect veterinary biologics licensees?
    • What information are you required to collect from clients to remain in accordance with the paperwork reduction act of 1995?
    • What are the latest poultry testing and sampling procedures?
    • Which states are approved to receive stallions imported from regions infected with contagious equine metritis?


    Start by consulting these sources:

    Code of federal regulations 9, Animals and animal products

    Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services

    TC Veterinary Medical Library Gov Pub AE 2.106/3:9/ or electronic version


    International animal health code: mammals, birds and bees.

    TC Veterinary Medical Library Quarto SF740 .I585x 2000 Regular Loan


    Terrestrial animal health code / World Organisation for Animal Health.

    TC Veterinary Medical Library Reference Quarto SF740 .I585 2005 Same Day Loan or

    Electronic version



    Internet Resources for Regulatory Information


    Federal Register via GPO Access - Published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), this is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. Search by keyword or agency or browse the daily table of contents, which is archived from 1998 forward.

    Minnesota Board of Animal Health - As the official animal disease control and eradication agency of the State of Minnesota, the Board was created to protect the health of the state's domestic animals. Includes information on animal species, disease topics, board publications, import and export regulations, carcass disposal, reportable diseases, exotic animal law, and animal exhibition rules.

    Minnesota North Star This local government webpage provides links to city, township, county, association and special districts government websites for local policies and news.

    National Animal Identification System (NAIS) This is a link from the Minnesota board of animal health to a fact sheet describing the NAIS process and how to get an identification number. - This site is a source for all regulations (or rulemakings) issued by U.S. government agencies. On this site, you can find all Federal regulations that are open for public comment and closed for comment as published in the Federal Register, many Federal agency notices published in the Federal Register, and additional supporting materials.

    USDA APHIS Animal Health - APHIS works in a variety of ways to protect and improve the health, quality, and marketability of our nation's animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics.  This site provides information on animal diseases by species, animal health report, emergency management, laboratory information & services, veterinary biologics, veterinary services process streamlining, veterinarian accreditation, monitoring & surveillance, and professional development training

    APHIS Center for Veterinary Biologics - The APHIS regulates veterinary biologics (vaccines, bacterins, antisera, diagnostic kits, and other products of biological origin) to ensure that the veterinary biologics available for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of animal diseases are pure, safe, potent, and effective.  Provides information on licensing & marketing, adverse events, regulations & guidance, biologics forms, importing & exporting, public meetings, biologics activities, and other biologics links.



    Animal Drug product information


    Federal Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine - This webpage is the main access to FDA information link for veterinarians. It includes links to laws that apply to veterinarian and guidance documents pertaining to drug use, instructions for reporting adverse drug reactions, and compliance information and contacts.  The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. These include animals from which human foods are derived, as well as food additives and drugs for pet (or companion) animals.

    FDA Database of Approved Animal Drug Products - The FDA Approved Animal Drug Products, (aka Green Book), is updated monthly by FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine.  The Generic Animal Drug and Patent Restoration act requires that each sponsor of an approved animal drug must submit to the FDA certain information regarding patents held for the animal drug or its method of use. The Act requires that this information, as well as a list of all animal drug products approved for safety and effectiveness, be made available to the public.