Veterinary Technician:
Web Resources


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

Top Resources

The Merck Veterinary Manual

  • 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

  • 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.

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!

Additional Resources

Animal Health and Welfare (AVMA) 

  • Provides information on many related topics including disaster preparedness, emerging technologies, and policies.

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 / AVMA

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.

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.


  • 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.

Comparative Mammalian Brain Collections

  • Images and information from several of the world’s largest collections of well-preserved, sectioned and stained brains of mammals, principally those at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University.


Veterinary Pet Pharmacy

  • In addition to health news and information, this site covers commonly used veterinary drugs and pharmaceuticals.

Vet Specialists

  •  Online directory that allows you to search for Board-certified veterinary specialists in the six specialties of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).

American College of Veterinary Surgeons

  • Click on “Find a surgeon”.

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)

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.

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.

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.