Veterinary Medical Informatics Projects

Sponsored Projects


  • We provide terminological expertise, terminology maintenance and web service-facilitated access to the terminologies required for laboratory participation in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
  • We assist the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) of Veterinary Services in standardization of terminology for VS programs.


  • We assisted the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Health Record Task Force (EHRTF) in creating the AAHA Diagnostic Terms Subset (AAHA DT).
  • We maintain currency of the AAHA DT by processing user requests for new content and by integrating each SNOMED CT release with the subset.



  • We created and maintain an online browser the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT). Developed primarily as a tool to educate stakeholders, the browser has accessed a current version of SNOMED since 2000.
  • We provide expertise to the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO) for evaluation of relative to its coverage of veterinary nomenclature and for the addition of new concepts that relate specifically to veterinary medicine.
  • We created and maintain an integrated Veterinary Extension of the SNOMED CT (VetSCT). Created in 2005, the extension is maintained by veterinarians and adds content needed by veterinary applications of SNOMED CT.
  • IHTSDO transferred the content of the SNOMED CT "Non-human subset" from SNOMED CT core to the VetSCT. A "complete" veterinary edition of SNOMED CT necessarily includes core and extension content.
  • VetSCT was added as a knowledge source of the National Library of Medicine's Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). This content is integrated with SNOMED CT core for veterinary and public health information systems.
  • We maintain a repository of educational materials related to veterinary implementation of terminology standards.

Legacy Projects


We developed a SNOMED CT® based diagnostic terms list for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) for use in electronic veterinary medical records systems. The AAEP diagnostic terms are still available for download and remain current with each SNOMED CT update.


  • We evaluated the suitability of Structured Product Label (SPL) to digitally represent animal drug labels.
  • We analyzed SPL in the preapproval environment for animal drugs.
  • We created and maintained the Database of Approved Animal Drug products. Since 2008 FDACVM has hosted this database as AnimalDrugs@FDA.
  • We published the FDACVM list of approved animal drug products (a.k.a. the Green Book) from its inception in 1989 through 2008.
  • We developed the Veterinary Antimicrobial Decision Support system (VADS) to facilitate therapeutic decision-making.

Integrated Species Information System

We developed a terminology for Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) developed by the Integrated Species Information System.


We provided terminology expertise to the USGS Integrated Wild Bird Surveillance Database USGS in the expansion of an existing wildlife database to enable integration with surveillance data being collected from multiple institutions.