If you are a vet student and you don’t already have the Merck Veterinary Manual App, please stop reading and download it now…
Okay, now that you have done that, you can start using it for so many things! I have the app and have used it for studying, research projects, and work. These are just a few of my favorite features of the app:
- Veterinary Content. Whatever your heart desires, you can search for! One of my favorite things to search under is the Exotic and Laboratory Animal section. I often have questions about my own pets and to keep myself informed, I use this trusted source. I recently adopted 2 leopard geckos for my son, and I want to make sure that we learn correct husbandry and also are aware of common diseases and illnesses that affect them. So I just click on reptiles and I can browse topics on management, bacterial and parasitic disease, and most important, environmental and metabolic diseases. I went to our local library to check out 2 books on geckos. They are more focused on the breeder and collector aspects and not on their veterinary care. I trust the app that is updated and written by exotic diplomats that are very knowledgeable in this field. Over the summer I did a research project on Heart Failure which I extensively used this app to help guide me on such a challenging and extensive topic.
- Figures and Images. Need to refresh on the anatomy of horse’s distal leg? Maybe you want to be sure what parasite egg that is from a fecal float. If you need a quick recap on a subject, then these resources are great for you! In one of my upcoming surgery labs, we will be discussing nerve blocks in horses and I can tell you that I have forgotten some of that information. No problem—I just searched for nerve block in images and 14 items are found including 9 on nerve blocks in horses. A quick refresher and I feel confident for class.
- Case Studies and Quizzes. You may see a quiz here and think, why would you possibly want to take another quiz!? These quizzes help to test your knowledge without consequences. They are short, generally, only a few questions and the best part is that they offer a brief explanation. So not only are you testing yourself, but you are learning at the same time. The quizzes also point you to articles that further discuss in more detail the topic at hand. I like to pick a topic that is a weakness for me (circulatory system, anyone else?) and use this interactive way of helping me learn outside of the classroom. The case study feature is also a great way to test your clinical skills. You are given a case with past medical history and physical exam findings with pictures and you get to decide what you would like to do next in terms of testing and diagnostics. As a student, this is a fun way to “play doctor” before we get to the real world and our clinical years.
The Merck Veterinary Manual App has so much more to offer than this, so give it a try and you can thank me later!