I’m a millennial, which means that along with having been born between the years of 1981-1996, I also really love having handy apps right at my fingertips. And that’s exactly what I get with the Merck Vet Manual App on my smartphone. And now, I’m going to list just a few of the handy functions this app has to offer for all the tech-savvy vets, vet students, and future vet students out there!
- Chocolate Toxicity Calculator. Getting calls from frantic owners because their dog had eaten some sort of chocolate was a very common call at several of the general practices I have worked/shadowed at. And for good reason, too; pet owners realize that chocolate can be very dangerous to their dogs and want to keep them safe! Thankfully, the Merck Vet Manual app has its own chocolate toxicity calculator. You can enter the dog’s weight in pounds or kilograms, and you can specify what type of chocolate the dog ingested. This is such a handy reference to quickly help a pet owner determine if we need to see their pet!
- Video Resources. The app has multiple videos covering diseases in several species, and you can limit your search by different organ systems within the body. One thing that has helped me as a first-year veterinary student are the videos on respiratory alkalosis and acidosis. We have been covering this in one of my physiology courses and it’s been a bit confusing, but the Merck Vet Manual app breaks down the information quite well!
- Quizzes. The app has short quizzes on lots of different topics related to veterinary medicine! These could be used as a study resource or just a fun way to learn new information. I took the musculoskeletal and respiratory quizzes (since that’s what I’ve covered so far), and I didn’t do half bad!
- Reference Guides. The app has lists for normal temperature ranges, heart rates, blood gases, and more for many species! I had previously been trying to compile lists of this type of stuff into one place, but Merck Vet Manual already has it here for me!
The Merck Vet Manual app really has a wealth of information for both students and veterinarians! It’s going to be a big help to me throughout my next few years of veterinary school and beyond!