As a veterinary student, I must learn an enormous amount of material in a very short period of time. And sometimes I might get a little tired of reading books and PowerPoints so this summer I used a few online veterinary resources to review what I have learned in vet school so far. I wanted to share with you my favorite online study sites for anatomy, neuroanatomy clinical and general pathology.
The first online resource is IVALA 3D Anatomy, this a great tool provided by VIN, Veterinary Information Network, that is free for vet students. It allows you to learn the anatomy of the dog, cat, horse and farm animals in a visually interactive way. You will be able to turn the virtual specimens, peel away important structures, learn the innervation of nerves like the radial nerve, sciatic nerve, facial nerve and more. You can also get inside the limb vasculature system or the abdominal cavity to learn the major arteries, veins, and hepatic portal circulation. Even more, you can do practice test of multiple choices or fill the blank. In this website, you will find all the body systems arranged in an easy way to study.
The second online resource is the Veterinary Neurobiology Courseware offered by the University of Minnesota. This website has tons of information ranging from neuroembryology development to the internal brain. Other resources available are the brain gross anatomy images, the brain anatomy lab and cerebellum lab which are great sources to learn or review important regions of the brains and their functions. But, my two favorite sections are cranial nerves and diagnose neurological lesions. In the cranial nerves sections, you will find a cranial nerve summary table with the name of the cranial nerves, fibers, and innervation. There are many quizzes available under cranial nerves animated quizzes but the best one is the quiz named “associate the cranial nerve with their innervation targets.” In this quiz, you will match each structure or function with the cranial nerves, it is an easy and fun way to review cranial nerves. Furthermore, you have access to a list of twelve cases under the diagnose neurological lesion tab. Each case provides the patient information, neuro, and physical exam results. Then, you will be able to score the mental status, posture, and gait based on the info provided.
The third online tool is the Veterinary Urinalysis Interpretation Quiz, and it was developed by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine as well. This website will help you to interpret better urinalysis results and it allows you to review clinical cases of both canine and feline. All clinical cases provide you the patient history, urinalysis results, canine and feline normal values. Then, you can select the case that you want and interpret the urinalysis values by answering a few multiple-choice questions.
The last resource is offered by The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and it is a pathology resource divided into 3 sections: necropsy, general pathology, and systemic pathology. The general pathology session has four main lessons: disturbances of circulations, cell injury and necrosis, and inflammation and disturbances of growth. Those main lessons are arranged by week and they contain good examples with brief descriptions, plus some case problem questions. Furthermore, the systemic pathology session is organized by each body system (cardio, respiratory, reproductive, and more). For instance, the cardiovascular pathology session has five units that help to understand heart conditions, abnormalities, vascular lesions and it also provides short quizzes.