You want to work in the UK but you’ve never been to the UK to see how they work, or you’ve spent time at university hospitals… and you know that “real life” isn’t quite like a hospital. So you may be wondering how different is clinical practice in the UK compared to other countries and how you can better prepare for it.
Well, keep reading, because on this article I’m going to share some online resources that have useful information for you to better prepare 🙂
Merck Veterinary Manual
Although literature is written in American English, the Merck Veterinary Manual is a comprehensive resource for everything clinically relevant. It is a great source of reliable information when you have a tricky case and need to read up about it and it has some useful calculators too, such as a chocolate toxicity calculator. Overall, it can provide you with very good and reliable advice, and it’s completely free!
Online Pathology Atlas
When it comes to pathology, bloodwork, biochemistry, urinalysis, FNAs, cytologies and so on, there is no better resource than the virtual online atlas eClinPath. So you have access to a huge range of labeled images of all sorts, as well as explanations on laboratory result changes and what could cause artifacts. It also covers all domestic species. Need to see what a mast cell tumor looks like on a slide? What different urinary crystals look like? What changes you may find on blood smears? You can find this and much more on the atlas section! It also covers laboratory testing, common artifacts and even has a section on exotic species.
I LOVE this website! So, although you will find limited technical information about imaging, you actually do have access to a series of articles focusing on it, especially Radiology and Ultrasound. The best part, though, is to subscribe to the newsletter and/or go through the different cases available on the website to learn how to read your x-rays and CT images! Since you can choose the information that you want to see, you can start simply by getting your signalment and look at the images, then record your findings and see if they match, and finally see if you got the diagnosis right!
There is a similar website here, but harder to navigate – however, I love both of them since I love the challenge of looking into the pictures and figuring out if I got it right or not!
Just like the name suggests, WikiVet is a Wikipedia made by and for vets. There’s a wide variety of topics to learn about, but also useful tools, such as quizzes and flashcards that you can use to test your knowledge. You have to register to be able to some of the resources, but doing so is completely free. The resources available will cover all areas of veterinary medicine, although you have to pay attention to the fact that the terminology uses American English.
I Love Veterinary Website
Although this website has a much lighter tone and you can actually find a great veterinary gift for your friend’s birthday, there is a very useful video section that contains several procedures and also surgeries. They have been curated mostly from YouTube videos (which is also an amazing resource), but since they are all categorised, it’s easier to find them. For instance, you can watch a video on “How to perform a gastropexy” or how to read dental radiographs to detect resorption lesions in cats without needing to sift through all of the different videos that show up on a YouTube search. You will also be able to find videos from vet cases from their followers that you can share with the veterinary community in order to raise discussions and inform people.
*shameless self-promotion time!* UK VetMove
Alright, so there are not a lot of clinical articles on the website (but you can find some on common toxicities in dogs and cats, common consultations and more), however you can find a free downloadable guide with a series of resources (including others such as podcasts, books and apps). You can access it after registering or logging in from the “Resources” page on your account dashboard. I’m also always working on more content and plan on creating a live webinar series on UK clinical practice, so stay tuned 🙂