Chair of Congress committee, Graeme Eckford, describes how the recently launched BSAVA Library has been a cost effective and positive influence on practice life.
“I’ve grown up with BSAVA manuals from seeing practice as a schoolboy, through undergraduate studies and into my working life. ‘The manuals’ have been a constant companion for reference and support. Their clear and concise layout lends them to being the ‘go to’ quick reference during a busy consulting session.
In my role within practice, I was asked to appraise the practice library which revealed titles that were often dog-eared, out-of-date or missing in action. As a growing practice with nine sites, purchasing a new set of physical BSAVA manuals was cost prohibitive. Add to this the issue that only one person can use a book at one time and books having the habit of growing legs and wandering off, a better solution was sought.
Through my BSAVA volunteering role, I was aware of the digitisation of the manuals. When the BSAVA Library went live, my first feeling was that this could be a replacement for our paper resources in the practice.
I consulted the practice team on the range of titles that we wanted and liaised with the BSAVA team in Woodrow House. Once we had supplied the practice IP addresses we were up-and-running with the minimum of fuss. Now the entire team has 24 hour access from our sites to the manual series via our web browsers. The titles are fully searchable and it is really easy to quickly pull together information on a specific subject from across a number of titles.
From an administrative point of view, I can generate reports that allow me to see which titles staff are requesting that we don’t currently have. This allows me to see demand within the clinic teams and which titles to purchase next. Feedback has been extremely positive with all staff that have used the resource and it has proven to be an extremely cost effective way to provide reference materials for the practice.
One of our recent practice graduates gave me the following feedback on the BSAVA Library:
"The BSAVA Library has been very beneficial to me in small animal practice. The library allows me to search for manual chapters, articles and podcasts for specific conditions or procedures, ensuring that I have the latest information available at the click of a button. By having online access, I am able to access these resources regardless of which branch I am located. I can quickly use search functions to find specific information chapters rather than having to scan pages, saving me time in practice. The ease of searching by species or topic ensures that I can target my searches to my clinical cases or my interests. On the whole, I find the BSAVA Library ensures I can access a wider range of resources with more ease in busy clinics." "
Visit the BSAVA Library to find out more about how this online resource can enhance your practice.
Don’t forget, BSAVA members get access to five free manual chapter downloads when they log in for the first time.