Throughout vet school, I always used The Merck Veterinary Manual to look up disease processes that we were learning in class. My go-to was always the website because it’s easily accessible, free, and I did not have my own hard copy of The Merck Veterinary Manual at that time. After my second year, I received my own copy as an academic award, and let me tell you, this was the most useful award I’ve ever received. Forget the shiny plaques and metals, have you ever received an award that had all the answers, helped you pass tests and study for boards? Nope, I didn’t think so. Even though our society is technology-driven, there’s something so satisfying about being able to look things up in a book and highlight them. That’s how I’ve been using The Merck Veterinary Manual as I study for the NAVLE. I’ve been using VetPrep to focus on specific disease topics and I read about each in more depth in my Manual. This resource breaks everything down and highlights the important information that you need to know for each disease process. If there’s ever been a resource, I wish I would’ve used more of in my first and second years of veterinary school it’s The Merck Veterinary Manual.
I’ve been grateful to have received more manuals during vet school and I have gifted them to friends so they can also enjoy the wonders of this compact book of knowledge. So, if your relatives need ideas for future birthday or Christmas gifts you should point them in this direction. You won’t regret it.