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Student Information - First Year Information



Welcome and congratulations on being accepted into one of the best veterinary schools in the country! Because V.E.T.S. is a student– run organization, we all remember what it was like to begin the first semester of veterinary school. Here we have compiled a list of recommendations on what books and supplies you should order during your first year. (See the Books page for more detailed descriptions of each of these items.)

First Semester Statistics
Second Semester Statistics
Comments from Upperclassmen
Other Comments
Supply Ordering

For the more mathematically minded, here are some statistics on who bought what and who actually used it. In Spring of 2014, we surveyed the students about which books they found most helpful.

First, the required books of first semester:

“Guide to the Dissection of the Dog” (AKA Little Millers):
- 84% said they use it all of the time, and 16% said they use it sometimes

“Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog” (AKA Big Millers):
- 25% said they use it sometimes, and 75% said they use it rarely

“The Immune System” by Parham:
- 23% said they use it all of the time, and 77% said they use it sometimes

Recommended books of first semester:

“Atlas of Feline Anatomy” by Hudson:
- 34% use it sometimes, and 66% use it rarely

Second semester statistics: 

“The Immune System” by Parham:
- 23% said they use it all of the time, and 77% said they use it sometimes

Large Animal Dissection Guide by Smallwood:
- 63% use it all of the time, and 29% use it sometimes

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Comments from Upperclassmen

Here are some comments that students made about books:

“Guide to the Dissection of the Dog” (AKA Little Millers):

Consider it as necessary as wearing pants.

The only absolutely necessary book first semester is the Guide to Dissection of the Dog. The entire anatomy class is based around this book so without it you’ll be lost.

For the most part in the first semester of anatomy you only need the dissection guide and notes. Remember the other books are in the library for consult, but not often do you need them.


Miller’s Anatomy of the Dog” (AKA Big Millers) by Evans:

Big Millers is helpful, but again not necessary unless you like to look up further information to understand anatomy principles. The little miller’s is sufficient to get you through the course.

Occasionally handy.

Parham Immunology Book:

...good, nice diagrams; definitely can get away without it (and/or borrow from library) if you’ve had an immuno course before, since tests cover lectures/powerpoints.

I purchased the Immunology book and found it very helpful to understand topics in Immunology that I did not feel were completely explained during lecture, but were necessary to understand for the course.

I didn’t purchase the immunology book but REALLY REALLY SHOULD HAVE!!!!!!!

Immuno – you often need the book just to look up the figures.

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Other Comments

A medical dictionary is a wonderful thing to have, however, I also survived on a budget by looking up words in online versions.

The course packs are really good, so most of the time the books weren’t needed.

I would consider getting the anatomy color atlases because some of the drawings in our anatomy books aren’t that clear.

I know books are expensive, but they make great references for the rest of our careers so it is worth it in the long term.

If you’re someone who has always used textbooks a lot, than more textbooks would be useful. If you tend to make do with classnotes and other resources, than buy fewer books. There is already PLENTY of material to go through and the stuff in the books is really just to help you understand, if you learn that way.

The 5-minute consult is a must have if you plan on going into small animal private practice. It nicely outlines the steps for diagnosis, treatment, as well as gives a great description of clinical signs, breed/age/sex predispositions for each disease. I have not used it as often as I would like this year but I think it will be useful later on in my career.

Paquini’s anatomy book was very helpful too.

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Supply Ordering

Aside from books, here is a recommended list of supplies that you should get for first semester:

- 2 lab coats
- 1 pair of scrubs
- 1 dissection kit
- 1 extra probe
- 1 stethoscope
- 2 boxes of gloves
- 1 pack (25) of scalpel blades
- 1 long sleeve coveralls
- 1 short sleeve coveralls (many people survive with 2 short sleeve coveralls and wear a long sleeve shirt under them in the winter.)
- 1 pair of TAU boots
- locker shelves

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