You’ve probably heard people say that the veterinary industry is constantly—and quickly—changing. It seems like something new bursts onto the scene every week, from new treatment options and diagnostic tools to new applications of technology.
Feeling the pressure to keep up? You’re not alone. Between the rapid changes in our industry and the growing demand for veterinary services, veterinary professionals everywhere are finding it harder than ever to stay up to date. Fortunately, there are numerous websites and online resources designed to help you navigate these pressures, so you can keep providing the best possible care to your patients.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorites (in no particular order) for veterinary nurses and technicians—and why you might want to bookmark each one.
VETgirl offers a plethora of free online CE courses, along with a wealth of information on all sorts of topics related to veterinary medicine. The site also features a blog, webinars, podcasts, and a job board. It’s a great community to be a part of as a veterinary technician or nurse.
Staying on top of the latest developments in the veterinary field is crucial to succeeding as a veterinary professional. Luckily, the Veterinary Support Personnel Network (VSPN) has got you covered. This online community boasts a vast library of online CE courses, webinars, message boards, and other resources to help you stay up-to-date with the latest in veterinary care. Plus, with a robust network of other veterinary professionals at your fingertips, VSPN is the perfect platform for building connections, sharing knowledge, and more.
atDove offers technician-specific training in a vast library of instructional videos and webinars. The website covers a broad range of topics and offers a number of different ways to learn, from procedural videos and lectures to training kits and medical articles. Their technician-specific training includes modules on administering treatments, managing client communication, running diagnostics, and more, preparing you for anything that comes in the door.
4. Dr. Andy Roark
We can’t write a list of favorite websites without mentioning Dr. Andy Roark. (If you don’t follow him on Instagram yet, you should.) His site includes informative blog posts, his Cone of Shame podcast, and videos on various topics related to veterinary medicine. He works with experts in the industry to keep you plugged into the important conversations happening in our ever-changing industry.
Vetfolio provides accessible educational resources for every member of the veterinary team and launches new content weekly. Choose from hundreds of hours of online education, whether you prefer to watch videos, listen to podcasts, read articles, or attend live webinars. Vetfolio also offers advanced certifications in the human–animal bond, nutrition, and more.
Looking to jumpstart your career? Look no further than the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). As a professional organization, NAVTA offers an incredible array of educational resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy tools to help you succeed. Plus, their career center provides access to all the latest job openings and career resources, making it easier than ever to take your career to the next level.
7. Clinician’s Brief
Clinician's Brief provides practical peer-reviewed articles, decision trees, podcasts, and more on a variety of clinical topics, including cardiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, and surgery. In addition to a large library of free CE, they provide a daily newsletter and weekly podcasts that are free for veterinary professionals. The Clinician’s Brief website also includes the full archive of articles from Veterinary Team Brief. Even though they aren't releasing new issues anymore, the archive includes a ton of relevant resources on client communication, clinical training, professional development, and more.
VetMedTeam offers a range of online courses designed specifically for veterinary technicians, covering myriad topics related to veterinary medicine, from basic animal care and anatomy to more advanced topics like pharmacology and radiology. Their flexible, self-paced courses allow you to fit your studies around your busy work schedule. They also have interactive courses with opportunities to collaborate with other students and receive feedback from instructors.
Whether you’re the inventory nerd in your practice or you’ve noticed a need for one, you'll want to check out Nicole Clausen’s Veterinary Care Logistics. Follow her blog and podcast to get tips and strategies for leveling up your inventory system, hear amazing stories from other veterinary professionals, and get unique ideas for leveling up your practice's inventory system.
We know what you’re thinking: Haven’t you listed enough CE platforms? Stay with us! VetBloom offers RACE-approved CE courses designed to make it feel like you’re actually at a veterinary conference rather than learning remotely. Each course includes video lectures, PowerPoint presentations, proceedings, and a built-in portal for submitting questions to the experts. delivered as a mix of video lectures, interactive case studies, and more, so you can earn CE in whatever way you learn best.
11. Support groups on social media
And of course, what list of favorite websites is complete without mentioning some of our favorite corners of social media. Groups like Vet Tech Nation, Veterinary Support Staff Unleashed, The POSITIVE Vet Tech!, NOMVss (Not One More Vet Support Staff), Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds, and #vettechlife are great resources for connecting with other veterinary professionals and staying up-to-date on the latest trends and topics in veterinary medicine.
We hope this list is helpful to you! Go forth and expand your knowledge and skills so you can stay up-to-date with the constant flood of advancements in our industry.