Online Vet Study Tools

Zuku's Top 4 Most Useful Vet Sites


Shelter Health Resources | Koret Shelter Medicine Program, UC Davis       

Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) Zoonotics disease resources and Animal Disease Listing, A-Z       

CFSPH in depth materials and images of key reportable conditions: Classical swine feverAvian influenzaFoot and mouth       

National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) recommendations for key zoonotic disease issues       

2015 Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel, NASPHV Veterinary Infection Control Committee PDF icon2015_compendium-veterinary-standard-precautions_javma-2015-1201-v247i11.pdf 

Diseases of Research Animals (DORA): Excellent source for key diseases of rodents, rabbits and other research animals.       

Equine:  Key Equine Guidelines courtesy of of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), including: Equine Vaccination Guidelines       

Basic summaries on key equine issues, U Florida Extension       

Pigs:  Iowa State University Swine Disease Manual       

Poultry: For Avian pathology, the Cornell Atlas of Avian Diseases is excellent.

The Merck Vet Manual has good summaries, especially Environmental Diseases in Aquatic Systems       

Also good:       
Key Fish Parasites       
Bacterial Diseases of Fish       
Viral Diseases of Fish       

University of Florida's excellent IFAS Extension website Fish Health Management topics       
Key Fish Diseases       
Key Fish Parasites       

Guide to Seahorse (Syngnathid) Husbandry and Disease Control, courtesy of Project Seahorse [ PDF iconDownload PDF ]       
General overview on seahorse biology       

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center (SRAC) Fact Sheets, hosted by Texas A&M       
Major Fish Diseases       
Alligators, Crawfish and Everything Else

Cornell's eClinPath site is excellent-very visual       
Particularly good: Hematology, Blood Chemistry, Urinalysis       

Clin Path Case Studies courtesy of the University of Montreal       

Image Database       


Anesthesia GuidelinesAmerican Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).       
A goldmine: Everything from pre-op to meds to post op.       

American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia (ACVAA) Guidelines       
Veterinary Anesthesia & Analgesia Support Group 

The Ohio State Veterinary Radiology Course      
Normal Imaging Anatomy Tutorial      
 Contrast Studies      

Imaging case-studies: (More NAVLE level)  Kansas State Veterinary Radiology      

The whole Veterinary Radiology site by UC Davis professor Allison Zwingenberger is excellent.      

CT-imaging and other modalities for vets:      
One place to start might be to simply practice with real cases on Dr. Allison Zwingenberger's excellent Veterinary Radiology website.      

See also the American College of Veterinary Radiology online resources:      

The ACVS site is a good start to skim about key/common surgical procedures (ie: ovariohysterectomy, ACL repair, cystotomy, femoral head and neck excision, GDV, fracture repair, etc)      

Small Animal      
Large Animal      

The U. of Saskatchewan's Basic Surgical Concepts site is excellent-very visual. Particularly good:      
Commonly-used instruments      
Needles and sutures      
Suture patterns      
Surgical prep      
Surgical approaches and incision Closure      

Suture types and sizes: What do you use for what surgery      
Auburn University  Suture Materials      
Surgical instruments: University of Guelph      

Guelph also has some nice overviews of common surgeries. Here is a C-section, for one example      

Sometimes an instrument catalog is a good way to see pictures of common instruments      

Imaging Anatomy, courtesy University of Illinois: Absolutely excellent. You can click on different tabs to highlight what piece of anatomy is where on a radiograph.        

Canine, feline pictorial anatomy, courtesy of WSU      

UMinn has a good overall Anatomy site      

For reproductive anatomy, we recommend the Drost Project's Visual Guides of Animal Reproduction (VISGAR)      

Veterinary Anatomy Resources (UPenn)       

Hill's Atlas of Veterinary Clinical Anatomy      

Imaging Anatomy, Dog, Cat, Horse, Cow (U Illinois)       

Veterinary Anatomy Courses and Quizzes (UMinn)       

Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Dog (Cornell)       

Neuroanatomy (UMinn)       

Rooney's Guide to the Dissection of the Horse, Image Collection (Cornell)       


Ethics, animal welfare and client communications: common sense and best judgement       

Be guided by AVMA guidelines when looking for answers to things about client communications and ethics.      
In general if its not clear there, you need to use your common sense and best judgement choose to "do the right thing" based on the options the question shows you.      
Be honest and forthright about options and costs. Be sensitive and caring about bad news with a prognosis.      
The AVMA has guidelines on veterinary ethics and veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR).      
All AVMA policies      

Behavior and client communication: American College of Veterinary Behaviorist's website has a recommended reading list and some online resources      

NC State's vet school has a good reference list.      

For client communications, check out these articles:      
How to Improve Veterinary-Client Communication at Your Practice      
Why good communication is key to good veterinary practice      

Animal welfare: from AVMA.      
AVMA animal welfare principles      
Principles of veterinary medical ethics of the AVMA      

Here are some specifics as well:      
Animal Welfare: What Is It?      
Animal Welfare Act      
USDA Animal Welfare      


Visual Guides of Animal Reproduction (VISGAR) web pages      
Caprine (goats)      
Ovine (sheep)      

American Heartworm Society Guidelines, Current heartworm prevention and treatment guidelines, dog and cat      
Vaccination Guidelines      
American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Guidelines      
American Assoc. of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) Feline Vaccination GuidelinesSpecific Disease Factsheets       
Shelter Vaccination Considerations, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program      
Infection Control      
AAFP feline retrovirus testing and management guidelines, 2020       
Canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC, kennel cough), UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program      
Feline calicivirus & virulent systemic feline calicivirus (VS-FCV), UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program      
Canine Parvovirus (CPV), UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program      
Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, 2010 Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV)      
Anesthesia Guidelines - AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats      
Rabies Compendium - Animal rabies prevention and control (see p.8, Postexposure Mgt) , 2011 (web page) or PDF version      
Human psittacosis and avian chlamydiosis compendium      
Measures to control Chlamydophila psittaci infection among humans (psittacosis) and pet birds (avian chlamydiosis), 2010      
Animals in Public Settings Compendium      
Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2011 (web page) or PDF version      
Veterinary Ethics - AVMA Guidelines on Veterinary Ethics      
Browse all AVMA policies (i.e.: declawing, tail-docking, pasteurized milk ordinance, etc.)      
Euthanasia Guidelines - AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia      
Reportable Diseases      
Reportable Diseases in Canada      
The U.S. does not yet have a true, nationally reportable, disease list of its own for animals, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) is working on a U.S. National List of Reportable Diseases (NLRAD).      
Here is a link to the proposed US reportables list (scroll down to page 12).      
Don't stress out over this - on the NAVLE®, you will NOT be asked any question that requires you to know state or provincial or country-specific regulations.      
Think of major diseases such as FMD, for example, or anthrax, BSE, HPAI, hog cholera, scrapie, brucellosis, etc.      
American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Consensus Statements      
Diagnosis, Treatment, Control, and Prevention of Infections Caused by Rhodococcus equi in Foals, 2011      
Leptospirosis: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, Treatment, and Prevention, 2010      
Control of bovine viral diarrhea virus in ruminants, 2010      
Equine metabolic disease(obesity + insulin resisitance + lLaminitis), 2010      
2015 Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel, NASPHV Veterinary Infection Control CommitteePDF icon2015_compendium-veterinary-standard-precautions_javma-2015-1201-v247i11.pdf