To stay on top of their profession, veterinarians need to keep up with constantly evolving medical standards. This means embracing innovative techniques, understanding new drugs, and staying up to date with confusing terminology and recordkeeping hassles. Modern vets are expected to diagnose and treat their patients more quickly than ever before. Without the help of cutting-edge veterinary apps, this is far easier said than done.
Luckily, some apps help veterinarians and pet owners get fast access to expert knowledge and the latest trends. When properly applied, this software will allow veterinarians to avoid stressful burnout when treating small, exotic and large animals. These apps can also help pet owners manage some animal healthcare treatments on their own. Gone are the days of paper and clipboards, where diagnostics were at risk of being lost and had to be painstakingly written by hand.
Whether it’s tracking the treatment of their furry friends or keeping the flow of patient data under control, these apps help veterinarians achieve more in less time. Consult a veterinarian app when next dealing with any of these issues:
- Calculating dosage
- Diagnosing illnesses
- Understanding animal anatomy
- Finding normal testing parameters
- Providing injections
- Educating clients about pet first aid
Are you looking for specific advice on a particular species? Do you need a set of general tools to streamline your job?
Take a look at the following options that can help you provide better animal healthcare than ever before. We have shortlisted and defined 29 of the best veterinary apps, both free and paid, specific and general, for Apple and Android devices, to help you make your vet practice a breeze.
|General Reference Vet Apps|
|MSD Vet Manual||4.7||Jun 26, 2020||–||–||Free|
|VetPDA Calcs||–||–||4.8||Apr 26, 2018||$4.99|
|Compendium of Veterinary Products||3.2||Jun 12, 2015||4.2||Sep 22, 2017||Free|
|Vet Blood Tests Guide||n/a||Aug 21, 2012||–||–||$10.00|
|Animal & Veterinary Drugs||–||–||2.9||Nov 14, 2017||$0.99|
|Timeless Vet Drug Index||3.6||Feb 2, 2015||3||Oct 10, 2014||Free|
|Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs||3.4||Aug 5, 2020||2.6||Jun 15, 2020||$95.84/year|
|Vetivex Flow Rate Calculator||4.3||Jul 30, 2018||4.8||2018||Free|
|ImproView||n/a||May 9, 2019||2||May 9, 2019||Free|
|Vet Nurse Quick Reference||4.5||Nov. 9, 2020||–||–||$2.99|
|Vet-Anatomy||3.8||Oct 27, 2020||4.3||Jun 22, 2020||$12.99|
|ViralVet — Veterinary Cases||4.3||Aug 31, 2019||4.9||Apr 25, 2019||Free|
|Small Animal Vet Apps|
|Target (Vet)||4.4||Jan 2, 2019||4.9||Aug 18, 2016||Free|
|Vet Calculator||4.6||Oct 13, 2019||–||–||Free|
|Vet Calculator Plus||4.7||Dec 2, 2019||–||–||$2.99|
|Feline Ophthalmology||–||–||5||Dec 8, 2019||$24.99|
|Dog Anatomy: Canine 3D||3.7||Jan 29, 2019||3.9||Jan 14, 2016||$4.99|
|Pet First Aid — American Red Cross||4.4||Oct 26, 2020||4.4||Oct 26, 2020||Free|
|DVM Calc||–||–||3.1||Apr 5, 2018||$5.99|
|MN Urolith||–||–||5||Apr 13, 2020||Free|
|Equine Vet Apps|
|Foal CPR||–||–||5||Nov 16, 2019||$24.99|
|Equine Drugs||3.3||Dec 5, 2018||4||Sep 7, 2020||Free|
|Equine Reproductive Ultrasound||–||–||5||Feb 20, 2020||$19.99|
|Advanced Equine Reproductive Ultrasound||–||–||n/a||Feb 18, 2020||$29.99|
|Equine Joint Injections||–||–||2||Sep 11, 2017||$24.99|
|Equine Lab||–||–||n/a||May 4, 2020||$29.99|
|Equine Techniques||–||–||5||Sep 11, 2017||$24.99|
|Horse Anatomy: Equine 3D||3.5||Feb 13, 2019||2.9||Oct 17, 2019||$9.99|
|Food Animal Vet Apps|
|Vet’s Guide to Residue Avoidance Management (VetGRAM)||4.8||Jun 19, 2020||4||Jun 20, 2020||Free|
General Reference Vet Apps
MSD Vet Manual
This free veterinary app by Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., is a well-respected, complete database of disorders and treatments authored by over 400 experts from 20 countries. Apart from a robust collection of photos, videos, and tables, the app also features some entertaining quizzes, handy clinical calculators, and an Interactive Case Simulations tool. MSD Vet Manual will be especially useful for practicing vets, students, and pet owners looking to improve their knowledge.
In this vet calculator app by the University of California, you will find 22 useful calculators such as A-a Gradient, anesthesia drug calculator, bicarbonate dosing, equine fluids, constant rate of infusion, drip rates, as well as temperature and weight converters, to name a few. This app helps vet professionals and students tackle the daunting math and prescribe accurately. All the calculators feature responsive design (there will be no problems with adjusting to your iPhone size).
Last update: April 26, 2018
Compendium of Veterinary Products / CVP Vet (US)
This veterinary medicine app by Animalytix LLC, is a comprehensive drug guide for practicing vets. For example, if you need information about a specific medication, you can tap into a database of 5,900 biological, pharmaceutical, feed, and parasiticide products from more than 260 manufacturers and distributors. CVP Vet also features detailed information, including withdrawal time charts and biological indices. The app does not work without an internet connection.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Rating: 3.2 – Android, 4.2 – iOS
Last update: June 12, 2015 (Android), September 22, 2017 (iOS)
Vet Blood Tests Guide
As your ultimate blood test consultant, this veterinary app categorizes all possible blood tests and provides reference values for all small animals. It helps a vet to approach bloodwork in a more complex way and check out the test results according to the established parameters for a given animal. The bloodwork categories include nutrients and metabolites, electrolytes and metals, hematology, enzymes, and hormones such as cortisol, insulin, and thyroxine T4.
Last update: August 21, 2012
Animal & Veterinary Drugs
This veterinary medicine app by Kavapoint gives access to over 2,400 FDA-approved vet drug entries, which can be searched either by an animal (cat, dog, cattle, etc.) or alphabetically by brand/generic name. The app also provides details such as usage and recommended dosage for a particular animal, which facilitates prescribing.
Last update: November 14, 2017
Timeless Vet Drug Index
This app is an extremely convenient and intuitive version of the vet drug formulary written by Dr. Etienne Côté, Dr. Stephen Ettinger, and Dr. Wayne Schwark and developed by Timeless Veterinary Systems International. All the drug listings provided are backed with evidence and linked to PubMed abstracts to support the vet with expert recommendations in using a particular drug. This veterinary app also features clinical calculators, expert tips, and expected outcomes. Luckily for the international veterinary community, this app is available in seven languages.
Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs
Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs is probably the most up-to-date veterinary medicine app on the market that helps busy veterinarians quickly access drug listings from any device or offline. You can search for drugs by class, generic, or brand name and instantly see a drug dosage, interactions, contraindications, and adverse effects. The app also provides printable client drug handouts (a great thing if you want to educate your clients) and enables taking notes and bookmarking frequently-used medications.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Price: FREE to try, from $95.84 per year
Rating: 3.4 – Android, 2.6 – iOS
Last update: August 5, 2020 (Android), June 15, 2020 (iOS)
Vetivex Flow Rate Calculator
This vet calculator app by Dechra Veterinary Products, helps veterinary professionals calculate infusion rates and IV fluid needs for horses and small animals.The app contains physiologic fluid recommendations and will be helpful in addressing dehydration, hypovolemia, and other fluid-related disorders.
A ground-breaking evolving veterinary app by ImproMed, enables veterinarians to access their patients’ information (accounts receivable, contact information, medical records, etc.) from literally anywhere. Although the idea is truly revolutionary, users report issues with the name search and thus, low app ratings.
Vet Nurse Quick Reference
While most vet apps are designed for veterinarians, Vet Nurse Quick References was designed with vet nurses in mind. This reference app, developed by Mark Stevens especially for vet nurses, solves this issue by providing them with all necessary normal biological parameters for 18 pets, including snakes. This app also features a note-taking tool, definitions of about 300 medical terms, and some useful calculators.
Last update: October 1, 2020
This vet anatomy app by IMAIOS is a pocket version of their interactive atlas of animal anatomy. It gives access to high-quality images that can be downloaded and used offline. The support in nine languages makes this vet anatomy app a valuable tool not only for practicing vets but also for veterinary students and paraveterinary workers across the globe.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Price: $12.99 per month, $89.99 per year
Rating: 3.8 – Android, 4.3 – iOS
Last update: October 27, 2020 (Android), June 22, 2020 (iOS)
ViralVet — Veterinary Cases
This veterinary app by XPrep Learning Solutions, is a sort of a social network for veterinary professionals. Here, you can share images and videos with your colleagues all around the world, discuss rare cases, learn new things, find solutions together, solicit opinions on difficult diagnoses, and simply have fun. Among all available vet apps, ViralVet is probably the only one that is focused on growing a vet community.
Small Animal Vet Apps
Target stands for “The Veterinary Antimicrobial Reference Guide to Effective Treatment”. This free app will be useful for veterinarians who want to stay on top of the most effective methods for treating microbial infections in small animals. Here, they can look up cost-effective medications, dosages, ratings, and efficacy of 24 antimicrobials against 13 pathogens.
Vet Calculator and Vet Calculator Plus
This free vet calculator app and its paid “Plus” version (all by VetApps) are indispensable for veterinarians, vet students, and other animal care providers who have to calculate different clinical parameters on a regular basis. With over 30 different calculations available in the premium version, it crunches the number so you don’t have to, thus freeing up more time for your furry patients.
This highly-praised veterinary app by Veterinary Advances Ltd is your ultimate feline ophthalmology guide, explaining more than 318 examples of feline eye disorders. It will be especially useful for veterinarians specializing in small animals and vet students looking to get quality up-to-date information concerning various eye diseases, their clinical signs, diagnostics, and treatment. The app also offers quizzes and many helpful illustrations that hone your ability to recognize conditions.
Dog Anatomy: Canine 3D
This veterinary anatomy 3D app by Real Bodywork, makes studying canine anatomy fun, and not just for vet students. Practicing vets may also find it very helpful as this veterinary app provides a complete overview of over 300 anatomical structures (muscles, organs, and bones), letting you rotate the model, zoom in, and even look through layers. Tapping on the labels helps you see each structure in detail.
Pet First Aid — American Red Cross
This app differs from other vet apps since it was developed for pet owners to teach them how to act in various cat and dog emergencies. Here, you can find expert step-by-step advice, how-to videos, CPR techniques, an early warning sign checker, and a tool for locating the nearest vet clinic. Vet professionals may need this app as well — as a fun and easy way to educate their clients about how to respond in emergency situations.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Rating: 4.4 – Android, 4.4 – iOS
Last update: October 26, 2020 (Android and IOS)
This comprehensive vet calculator app, developed by emergency veterinarians from WestVet will be a real asset. The app features over 50 calculators, including 15 constant rate infusion calculators and numerous toxicity calculators, which are even more than an animal doctor, vet student, or vet technician could dream of. It also enables taking notes (up to 300 words) for every patient to record symptoms and treatment.
The Minnesota Urolith Center developed this app to make it easier for vet practitioners to order quantitative analysis of their furry patients’ uroliths (bladder stones) before removal and track the analysis status. Before using this app, you need to first register at Minnesota Urolith Center’s main website and then log into your account using the app.
Equine Vet Apps
Written by Kevin Corley, a world-known expert on foal CPR, and developed by Veterinary Advances Ltd, this app is a detailed guide on at-birth foal CPR for horse owners and veterinarians. It provides step-by-step instruction with videos and even a soundtrack for correct CPR timing to make it easy for horse owners to resuscitate a foal right after birth until a veterinarian arrives. The app also features some of the latest CPR techniques that will be useful for vets, equine nurses, and students.
Another veterinary app by Veterinary Advances Ltd,, Equine Dermatology, is a complete guide on equine skin diseases, their symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. This veterinary app explains 93 conditions with 166 illustrated examples of dermatologic diseases and will be helpful for equine practitioners looking to improve their ability to recognize skin conditions in horses.
Also developed by Veterinary Advances Ltd,, this is probably the most complete and up-to-date equine drug formulary that has ever existed. So far, equine veterinarians can access more than 700 dose regimens for more than 440 drugs, and the list is constantly updated. Each entry contains notes on pregnancy, competition, and a dose calculation feature. You need to subscribe to get access to all drug information.
Platforms: Android and iOS
Price: FREE. Offers in-app purchases
Rating: 3.3 – Android, 4.0 – iOS
Last update: December 5, 2018 (Android), September 7, 2020 (iOS)
Equine Reproductive Ultrasound and Advanced Equine Reproductive Ultrasound
Written by Dr. Marco Livini, an Italian expert on horse reproduction, this veterinary app will be helpful for equine veterinarians and vet students studying the female equine reproductive tract. The app contains extensive content on anestrus, estrus, transition, ovulation, diestrus, foal heat, pregnancy, etc., as well as videos and ultrasonographic images. The advanced version also educates on ovarian and uterus diseases, fetal sexing, and other important topics.
Websites: https://www.vetadvances.com/app-equine-reproductive-ultrasound and https://www.vetadvances.com/app-advanced-equine-reproductive-ultrasound
Platforms: iOS: Equine Reproductive Ultrasound and Advanced Equine Reproductive Ultrasound
Price: $19.99 and $29.99 accordingly
Equine Joint Injections
Another product by Veterinary Advances Ltd,, this veterinary app is a full guide to various equine infections of synovial structures (joints, bursae, and tendon sheaths), their diagnosis, and treatment. It provides lots of photos and anatomical drawings, alternative diagnostics approaches, and equipment lists to help vet surgeons, nurses, students, and interns improve their joint infection treatment mastery.
Equine vets looking for intelligence on equine tests and normal values for horses will find it in Equine Lab. One of the best veterinary apps for horse health care, it provides normal parameters for 230 various tests, including age-specific data and notes for interpreting beyond-the-norm values. Equine Lab also features a handy convertor for international units.
Vet students and equine practitioners, upon beginning their career, often ask the same question: “How?” This vet app was written by Dr. Kevin Corley, co-editor of world-renowned The Equine Hospital Manual, knows the answer. It features 37 step-by-step how-to videos, 269 photos, and 54 clinical techniques helping you hone your equine mastery, be it a trivial catheter placement or a more complex liver biopsy.
Horse Anatomy: Equine 3D
Another veterinary anatomy app by Real Bodywork, is an interactive resource for equine practitioners and students to explore equine organs, bones, muscles, and superficial landmarks in 3D. Along with a close-up view feature and audio comments that help get in-depth knowledge in horse anatomy, you can also quiz yourself on any of the 300 structures featured or even create your own quiz.
Food Animal Vet Apps
Vet’s Guide to Residue Avoidance Management (VetGRAM)
VetGRAM is a complete reference on FDA-approved drugs for food animals. It will be useful not only for veterinarians but also for farmers raising animals for meat. The app provides comprehensive information on government restrictions, drug uses, tolerances, and withdrawal times.
More apps are being released with each passing day, and veterinarians must constantly update their software to remain effective. New compendiums of products and innovative treatment guides are always emerging. Veterinary students in particular, should take care to familiarize themselves with the latest apps. Regularly checking this list will ensure that your vet practice remains at the top of a competitive industry that is rapidly digitizing.
Are you an animal health care professional with experience in the industry? Do you know of an ingenious app that can help pet owners take care of their beloved companions?
Be sure to contact us if you know of a reliable veterinarian mobile app that’s not already mentioned.