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Updated Merck Vet Manual App Is Now Free

A link to The Merck Vet Manual App as well as many other veterinary apps that are useful for coursework, clinics, and studying for the NAVLE are available under the Vet Gazette's Resources tab.

The Merck Vet Manual App has been completely updated and is now free, digitally enhancing all of the information in The Merck Veterinary Manual and making it readily available anytime, anywhere.

The new app is the most comprehensive mobile resource for veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary nurses and technicians, and other animal health professionals. Conveniently accessible on multiple handheld devices, the app provides authoritative guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders and diseases in companion, exotic, laboratory, and food animals.


The mobile app offers:

  • Thousands of topics written by more than 400 veterinary experts from more than 20 countries 
  • Thousands of photos, illustrations, and videos of disorders and diseases
  • Clinical calculators
  • Numerous reference guides and hundreds of useful tables

All of this material resides on the device so accessing it does not use data, and after installation an internet connection is not needed.

For Apple devices, download the app at the App Store. For Android devices, download the app at Google Play

App and Online Reference Digitally Enhance the Book

When connected to the internet, the app can access many features found on the online reference at, including quizzes and case studies, news and commentary, and pet health content written in consumer-friendly language for sharing with clients. 

“Both the online reference and the app are based on the latest edition of the book, but the digital platforms are enhanced by multimedia content, interactive tools, and more,” said Scott Line, DVM, PhD, DACVBeditor-in-chief of The Merck Veterinary Manual. 

Provided as a public service, access to the online reference is free and there is no registration. The user experience on the website and on the app is not compromised by advertising or commercial messaging. Both digital platforms are regularly updated to reflect emerging topics in veterinary medicine.

The Merck Veterinary Manual

Nearly 400 veterinary experts from academia, government, research organizations, and specialty practices contributed to the 11th edition, which was introduced in July 2016, updating the previous edition published in 2010.

The latest edition is the first to feature a section dedicated to public health, covering public health functions and agencies, epidemiologic principles, disease outbreak investigations, food safety, and an extensive table of zoonoses.   

The Merck Veterinary Manual has been trusted by animal health professionals since 1955, when Merck & Co., Inc. first published the book. 

About Merck

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases.


Who doesn't love Christmas portraits

We start our Volume 53, Issue 1 winners with our cutest pet category.

Taylor Owens from Texas A&M sent in these Christmas cuties, Summer, Iggy, and Coco. These angels are perfect Christmas models. I bet this bunch also gives wonderful slobbery kisses. 



Volume 53, Issue 2 has just opened up for submissions. Deadline is March 4th. 

Send us your cute pet pics, your enlightening thoughts, your fun externship experiences, your interesting research projects, your beautiful photographs, and your amazing creations. Whatever your flavor, we have something for you. We want to hear from you!! Take the time to share your awesomeness with the vet community and potentially earn some cash.

Yours Truly,

Your editors (Kyndel and Meredith)


SAVMA John Pitts Award for Distinguished Service

Every year, the SAVMA President recognizes one veterinary student that has gone above and beyond in service and dedication to the veterinary profession. The award is open to ANY veterinary student who is a SAVMA member in good standing. The awardee will receive round-trip airfare as well as lodging and registration to SAVMA Symposium 2018 (March 15-18) in Philadelphia. The award will be presented to the student during the Caturday evening (March 17) closing Gala.

Just send in an essay, not more than 2 pages in length, including specific examples of the student's service and dedication contributing to the betterment of veterinary medicine. LIST at the top of the first page the name, contact information, and the veterinary school of attendance of the individual being nominated, and the name(s) and contact information of the individual(s) submitting the nomination.

Submit the nomination to by Saturday, February 10th at 11:59pm PST

Winners will be notified February 17th.


International Veterinary Experience Scholarship

The International Veterinary Experience Scholarship is funded by the International Veterinary Experience Committee (IVEC) of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA). The International Veterinary Experience Scholarship is awarded to deserving SAVMA members who demonstrate a strong desire to participate in a veterinary-related international experience.  Ten awards will be distributed this year in the amount of $600 each.

Applications must be electronically submitted NO LATER THAN January 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST. Applications will be reviewed by IVEC members from January-March, 2018. Recipients will be chosen and announced at the SAVMA Symposium in March, 2018.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

Further information and the application can be found here.

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