My fourth and final year of vet school is in full swing! So far, I have had quite a bit of vacation time and I have been taking some time to study for the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam also known as the big scary test, but better known as the NAVLE. This test has quite a reputation with vet students. It is something that students begin talking about in their first year of school and beyond, up until they take the test in their final year. It’s an intense exam that students need to pass to gain their license that is required to practice veterinary medicine. There are two main companies that provide exam study prep with practice questions, tests, and more. I purchased Zuku Review, which is hailed as “the best visual veterinary exam prep”. I want to take some time to talk about this program, why it works for me, and how it might work for you too.
One reason why I like Zuku Review, is that it is the only tool that provides direct links to the Merck Vet Manual. Some practice questions will have a picture linked. The question may want you to either diagnose the lesion or select the best treatment option. The link will take you to the Merck page, which provides the photo. After selecting your answer, a pop-up box will come up with the right answer, and it will give a detailed explanation of the correct answer. In the explanations, there are more links provided to different sites, including Merck’s site. These pages give detailed descriptions of different diseases including clinical presentations, diagnostics, and treatments, all of which are written and reviewed by board-certified veterinarians. For me, it has been so beneficial to have a direct link to a topic that I may not remember very well (especially if we talked about it in our first year…I’m looking at you anatomy!). I don’t have to waste time looking through my notes, which gives me more time to study.
When it comes time for you to think about what study aid you want to purchase, I highly recommend Zuku Review, especially if you are a visual learner! Now, back to studying, and only 115 days until I take the NAVLE!