Imagine that… free (or heavily discounted) stuff for veterinary students! After spending tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars on your veterinary education, it’s nice to see some companies offering their services to veterinary students for little or no cost. Check out these freebies and take advantage while you’re in school!
- Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Formulary
One of the staples of veterinary references, the Plumb’s Drug Formulary is a book that, if you’re not familiar with it yet, will likely become a dear friend of yours. Of course, the formulary is available in print, but what is a great aspect of Plumb’s is that they have a mobile app version that is constantly being updated. It makes a great reference for all things pharmacology, available right out of your pocket. The subscription to access the app for veterinarians is $85 per year. But for veterinary students you get full access for only $5 per year. Sign up here.
2. VIN: Veterinary Information Network
VIN has been around for a while now and the site is definitely one of the first-stop-shops for information. VIN is a great site for getting quick answers about diseases, how to work up a patient, and more. They also have a bustling discussion board where veterinarians around the world collaborate with each other. Membership to VIN is a whopping $840 per year for individual memberships. But VIN offers their service free to students. Sign up here.
3. Pet Food Discounts
Pet food companies want to get on your good side while you’re a veterinary student. That’s why some of them offer big discounts on their products. As of now Purina and Hill’s offer significant discounts on all their food products. Check out their sites for more information.
4. AVMA PLIT Liability Insurance
We hope we never have to use it but it’s one of those things we have to have just in case: liability, aka malpractice, insurance. AVMA PLIT (Professional Liability Insurance Trust) makes it a priority to support veterinary students in any way they can. Currently AVMA PLIT offers complimentary coverage for veterinary students that goes with you wherever you go during your veterinary school career (externships, preceptorships, etc). Their coverage protects you for up to $2,000,000 per year. Sign up here.
5. Local and Regional Veterinary Association Membership and Conventions
Check in with your local or state veterinary medical association to see what membership perks you get for being a veterinary student! Most state VMAs will offer complimentary membership which can serve you well as you start networking and getting to know other area doctors (and getting jobs!). You’ll likely be eligible to attend their conventions and continuing education events for free, too.
Take advantage of these great services!