Veterinary Technician:
Web Resources


Here are some top free resources selected by our Vet. Tech Faculty.

Ask-a-Librarian if you need help finding something specific or request a resource be added to our collection if you notice something we don’t have.

Top Resources

The Merck Veterinary Manual

  • For over 50 years, “The Merck Veterinary Manual” has been a trusted source of animal health information for students and practicing veterinarians. It contains authoritative guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of animal disorders and diseases. More than 1100 full-color images, audio examples, videos, and links to related information enhance the expansive coverage of companion, production, exotic, and laboratory animals.

DVM 360

  • For is a comprehensive veterinary web magazine that includes animal news, treatment techniques, career information, continuing education materials, small business tips, and a job board. It’s a great place to connect with and get advice from others in the veterinary community.

Veterinary Calculators

  • A variety of veterinary calculators in a single, easy location. Includes calculators for emergency drugs, anesthetic drugs, IV fluid therapy, CRI calculators, chocolate toxicity, unit conversion, calorie calculators, lab test reference, and much more. Great for us as a student or on-the-job!

Merck Self-Quizzes

  • Written by veterinary professionals, Merck’s quizzes will challenge your clinical thinking skills. Not only will you discover whether you’re correct, you’ll find out why the right answer is the best answer, for a comprehensive learning experience.

Today’s Veterinary Nurse

  • “Today’s Veterinary Technician” is an official peer-reviewed journal of the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC). This bi-monthly publication is free to veterinary professionals and provides information on a wide variety of clinical topics and industry information important to the veterinary practice today.

Merck Clinical Signs Videos

  • These videos provide a visual perspective of disease states you may have only read about. From classic presentations of heaves to clinical signs of avian encephalomyelitis, our videos can enrich your practical understanding of diseases. Videos are fully embeddable in course materials!

Veterinary Team Brief

  • “Veterinary Team Brief” delivers practical skills for team-based medicine—with clinical strategies for team training, peer-reviewed credibility, concise content, essential training modules, and easy-to-implement protocols. From the publisher of Clinician’s Brief.

Clinician’s Brief

  • “Clinician’s Brief” provides relevant diagnostic and treatment information for small animal practitioners. It has been ranked the #1 most essential publication by small animal veterinarians for 9 years.

Plumb’s Therapeutics Brief

  • “Plumb’s Therapeutics Brief” is a new publication in the Brief catalog focused solely on drugs and therapeutics in small animal settings. It is a straightforward, concise set of articles meant to supplement practitioner treatment knowledge. Short, novel formats are its hallmark, including polypharmacy cases that require choice and interaction from clinicians, along with treatment/management algorithms and key case presentations.

Additional Resources

Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) (U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library)

  • Provides links to various publications, resources and other useful site related to animal welfare.

Gateway to Farm Animal Welfare (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Animal Production and Health Division)

The Indoor Pet Initiative (Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine)

  • Provides a “resource checklist” with helpful suggestions regarding enriching the lives of indoor cats.

Animals in Disasters / U.S. DHHS Disaster Information Management Research Center

Animals in Disasters / Animal Welfare Information Center, APHIS, USDA

Caring for Animals / FEMA

Disaster Preparedness / ASPCA

Preparación en Caso de Desastres / Disaster Preparedness (In Spanish) / ASPCA

Pets and Disasters / American Veterinary Medical Association

Protect Your Pets in an Emergency / U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

More information on disaster medicine and public health preparedness can be found on the Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) website

Canine Epilepsy Resource Center

  • “All you ever wanted to know about canine epilepsy.”

Canine Health Foundation (American Kennel Club)

  • Lists ongoing research projects on canine diseases.

Canine Health Information Center

  • “Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs” including a CHIC DNA Repository database.

Care for Animals (American Veterinary Medical Association)

  • AVMA provides a wealth of information on caring for animals, including help for new owners, brochures, and many FAQs.

Doctors Foster and Smith Pet Education

  • This site provides expert information for all types of pets. It contains “Informative articles on pet healthcare, written by veterinary experts.” To look up specific diseases and conditions, go to Pet Education Popular Searches.

Exotic Pet Vet.Net (Margaret A. Wissman DVM)

  • Provides health information related to birds, reptiles and other exotic pets.

Merck Veterinary Manual Online

  • “The single most comprehensive electronic reference for animal care information. Includes over 12,000 indexed topics and over 1200 illustrations. Rapidly search by topic, species, specialty, disease, and keyword..” The 2,305-page printed volume of the 8th edition (1998) can also be purchased for quick reference. Note: “This online text has now been superseded by publication of the 10th edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual in September 2010 and may contain inaccurate or outdated information.”

Pet Health Topics (Washington State University. College of Veterinary Medicine)

  • A variety of topics related to dog and cat health are arranged into 4 major categories-Procedures, Common Problems, Diseases and Miscellaneous Health Care Topics.

PetPlace.Com: We Are Crazy About Pets!

  • Founded by Dr. Jon Rappaport to provide “an unbiased, authoritative, user-friendly website where pet owners worldwide could go for complete, up-to-date information on all pet issues”. It features over 5,000 articles in “libraries” on dogs, cats, fish, small mammals, reptiles, birds and horses.


  • Maintained by veterinarians, this a very useful site loaded with health news and information about behavior, health, diseases, and drugs related to dogs, cats, birds, horses, and other pets.

Vetinfo: A Veterinary Information Service (Michael Richards DVM)

  • Ask a question or find articles on diseases and conditions of cats and dogs.

Johne’s Information Center (University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine)

  • “Your definitive source for information on Johne’s disease”—the infectious disease of cattle, also known as paratuberculosis.

Veterinary Pet Pharmacy

  • In addition to health news and information, this site covers commonly used veterinary drugs and pharmaceuticals. [Complementary and Alternative Medicine]

  • Also provides lists of veterinarians who practice various forms of complementary and alternative medicine therapy.

American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

  • Click on “Search for a Specialist” for help in “Locating an ACVIM-Board certified veterinary specialist in your area.”

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

  • Click on “Find a surgeon”.

VetQuest: The premier veterinary search & referral service

  • Includes over 25,000 veterinary hospitals and clinics in the U.S., Canada and Europe. [being updated and revised as of 13-April-2010]

Guide to Congenital and Heritable Disorders in Dogs (Association for Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR); available from Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association)

  • Revised in May 2011, lists congenital disorders of dogs originally compiled by the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR)

NetVet & Electronic Zoo (Ken Boschert DVM, Washington Univ.)

  • Lists over 18,000 international Web sites on veterinary & animal topics. There is no quality evaluation; older but still helpful for locating useful Web sites. [Complementary and Alternative Medicine]

  • Contains information about alternative and complementary therapies. Also provides lists of veterinarians who practice various forms of integrative medicine.

Whole Pet Vet: A Guide to Holistically Treating Your Pets (Donna Kelleher, DVM)

  • Provides information about acupuncture, gold bead therapy, chiropractic, diet & nutrition and herbal medicine. Also, includes information about choosing a convertional vs. holistic veterinarian.

American College of Veterinary Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions: What is a veterinary nutritionist?

  • This Nutrition Resources page provides links to reputable sources regarding veterinary nutrition.

Ohio University Veterinary Hospital. Nutrition Support Service

  • Provides a Diet Manual, Diet Search, and more.

  • “A premier site for pet nutrition advice and homemade diets from veterinary nutritionists.”

Oncology & Acupuncture (Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, Houston, Texas)

  • Provides basic information about cancer and its various treatments.

Merck Veterinary Manual Online

  • Information about diagnosis and treatment of various types and locations of cancer (neoplasms, neoplasia) in different species is interspersed throughout this manual. Check the index for details. Note: “This online text has now been superceded by publication of the 10th edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual in September 2010 and may contain inaccurate or outdated information.”

OncoLink: Vet – University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center

  • “Edited by Lili Duda, VMD, a radiation oncologist at the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the OncoLink Vet section is designed as a resource for pet owners who have an animal diagnosed with cancer or are concerned about that possibility.” Information is provided on some of the most common types of cancer in dogs and cats. Information can be emailed or printed.

ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center

  • Extensive information about poisons for animals. Access to their fee-based emergency service.

Plant Poisoning of Livestock in Vermont [University of Vermont Extension)

Plants Toxic to Animals (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Veterinary Medicine Library)

  • A comprehensive database of plant by common and scientific names.

Indiana Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets (Purdue University)

  • Lists plants alphabetically, by toxicity rating, by species, and by botanical type along with a picture index.

Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants (ASPCA)

  • Lists plans toxic and non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses.

MEDLINEplus Health Information: Pet Health

  • Provides articles about animal diseases that can affect human health.

Healthy Pets Healthy People

  • The National Center for Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides useful information about important diseases people can get from animals with lists by disease and animal species.

Merck Veterinary Manual Online

  • The Zoonoses page in the Merck Manual has an extensive table of diseases that affect both humans and animals around the world. Note: “This online text has now been superceded by publication of the 10th edition of the Merck Veterinary Manual in September 2010 and may contain inaccurate or outdated information.”

Zoonotic Diseases Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Provides guidelines for preventing disease transmission in animal facilities, with lists of diseases and diseases by animal reservoir created by Dr. Michael S. Rand, which can be useful to the general public as well.