2020 Summer Resources
Stay at Home Veterinary Learning Experiences
Hey Future Vets!
Due to the current pandemic, we know that many of you may not be able to participate in the veterinary volunteering or job opportunities that you had planned on doing this summer. We understand how disappointing this is, as we too are in the same situation! In order to make sure that we are not losing this whole summer as a way of learning, we have made a master list of various online opportunities that you can take to educate yourselves on various topics regarding veterinary medicine! We hope that you explore this list throughout the summer and try to make the best of this situation!
*FVC does not endorse or support any of these channels in particular but are offering them as educational resources*
Informative Youtube Channels
Free Online Coursera Courses
1. Informative Youtube Channels
Check out OVC’s YouTube channel where you can tune into actual lectures that have taken place during symposiums and seminars!
Vet Ranch provides medical treatment to homeless animals in an effort to decrease the number of dogs euthanized in overcrowded pounds. They post Youtube videos on the various cases they receive to give viewers an insight on how they diagnose and treat animals in their clinic.
This channel is all about poultry disease, farming, housing systems and more!
PEER at TAMU offers a wide range of videos that dive into tons of different important topics. On this channel you can find a lot of useful information including how to perform a physical examination and learn more about pet overpopulation!
The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Medicine has its own YouTube channel where it posts informative videos ranging from: “A Day in the Life of a First Year Vet Student” to “Scalpel Safety” and “How to Hand Wash.”
The University of California Davis also has many informative videos on how to perform various physical procedures as well as tips for aspiring veterinarians.
Cornell has also posted videos on various veterinary topics.
This podcast discusses some of the most difficult issues surrounding veterinary medicine and is hosted by veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward and veterinary technician Beckie Mossor.
Vet School Unleashed is a podcast hosted by Dr. Seth Williams and discusses various vet school topics such as burnout, finance management, and impostor syndrome.
Each episode of this podcast interviews a different veterinarian to discover their everyday duties, challenges, and why they chose to enter this field.
This podcast covers veterinary medicine and surgery through current news, case reports, and personal anecdotes from the hosts!
That Vet Life is hosted by Moriah McCauley, a veterinary student at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Moriah speaks about her experiences as a vet student and also has veterinarians as special guests to discuss important topics.
This podcast is perfect for all cat lovers! Join Dr. Susan Little and Dr. Jolle Kirpensteijn as they discuss everything feline!
3. Free Online Coursera Courses
“Animal welfare has been described as a complex, multi-faceted public policy issue which includes important scientific, ethical, and other dimensions. Improving our understanding of animal welfare, involves the fascinating study of animal behavior as well as the challenge of accessing the emotions of animals.”
“From our beloved pets to street dogs, shelter dogs/cats and welfare challenges, we explore the world from their perspective and examine how their genetic make-up may influence their behavioural responses and choices. We dispel common behavioural myths by looking through a scientific lens, asking questions about the function and development of their behaviour.. We explore how their senses help them to interact with their world and how they communicate with each other and us!”
“This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Veterinary Medicine, giving a “taster” of courses covered in the first year of a veterinary degree and an idea of what it is like to study Veterinary Medicine.”
“This course explains the general principles of chicken behaviour and welfare, and the behavioural and physiological indicators that can be used to assess welfare in chickens kept in hobby flocks through to commercial farms. The focus is primarily on laying hens and meat chickens (broilers) although many of the principles are relevant to other types of poultry. The course is likely to be of interest to people who own chickens as pets or keep a small hobby flock, commercial egg and chicken meat producers, veterinarians and vet nurses.”
“There are over 100 million horses, donkeys and mules in the world today and owners of these animals can be found on almost every continent and in almost every society. The Horse Course will cover many unique aspects of equine ownership and touch upon the science behind many of today’s management practices.”
“The course will address horsemanship from a welfare perspective, within the context of “The Five Freedoms” of animal welfare. We’ll explore equine physiology, behavior and basic needs including housing, nutrition, hygiene and disease management. You’ll learn how to perform basic tasks to assess the overall condition of the horse and identify problem areas. We’ll also examine the specialized needs of the equine athlete and the major responsibilities we as owners, handlers or competitors must assume in order to ensure the health and welfare of our equine companions.”
“Dog Emotion and Cognition will introduce you to the exciting new study of dog psychology, what the latest discoveries tell us about how dogs think and feel about us, and how we can use this new knowledge to further strengthen our relationship with our best friends.”