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Welcome to the DCTC Library's Veterinary Technician subject guide. On this page you will find helpful information about the research and writing process, including links to help you evaluate and cite your sources.

The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.

The 3rd page is a gateway to the Library's best online resources and web sites for the Veterinary Technician program, including some tutorials for these resources.

Let's get started!

Evaluating information

Citing sources (APA style)

There are different styles for citing the sources you use in your assignments, but science and medical writing usually requires APA (American Psychological Association) style. The Purdue Online Writing Lab has an excellent guide to using APA style, with lots of examples:

You can also go straight to the source:

Our catalog and databases provide citations for the books, videos, and articles you find in them. Just look for a link that says Cite or Citation, then select APA style. It's easy to copy and paste citations into your bibliography!

Avoiding plagiarism

"Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment. It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials."

This definition of plagiarism comes from page 1 of DCTC's Student Code of Conduct. See how easy that was?

Citing your sources is an essential step in the research process. This allows others to verify your information and gives credit to previous researchers and writers for their hard work.

Writing help

The Center for Student Success offers tutoring to all DCTC students, including help with writing your paper and citing your sources. You can schedule an appointment by calling 651-423-8420 or visiting room 2-101.

In the Library



We have lots of books about veterinary medicine in our collection. If you like to browse, most of these are shelved in the SF call number range. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.

Here are just a few of these books:


JAVMA We have print issues of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) from the past five years, plus online coverage from 2000 to the present.


Course resources

Behind the circulation desk we have our Course Resources collection. These are books and videos that instructors have asked us to reserve for certain classes. Books on reserve must be used in the Library unless you have permission from your instructor to check them out overnight. Click on this image to see which books we currently have on reserve for Veterinary Technician courses:

Online Resources

Online reference

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library

LearningExpress Library is an outstanding resource for academic and career development with hundreds of online tutorials, practice tests, and ebooks.

The Career Preparation center includes an ebook and two practice tests to help you prepare for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE). You'll also find ebooks to help you with your job search, interviewing, networking, and workplace skills.

Veterinary Technician Exam


JAVMA We have online access to the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) from 2000 to the present.



There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.


EBSCO Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles.
Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles.
PubMed Search more than 30 million citations from biomedical and life science sources with PubMed. Some citations include links to full-text content.
Google Scholar Search and explore scholarly literature with Google Scholar. Some citations include links to full-text content.


You can browse veterinary journals by title with BrowZine. You can easily place interlibrary loan (ILL) requests for any articles that aren't available in full text.

Please visit the Library or e-mail if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​

Merck Veterinary Manual

Merck Veterinary Manual

Merck Veterinary Manual covers veterinary topics such as behavior, emergency medicine, and nutrition; information organized by companion animal; case studies; clinical calculators; video and images; and much more.

Selected ebooks

Here are just a few of the ebooks about veterinary medicine you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:


SF610.5 Writing Skills for VeterinariansWriting Skills for Veterinarians
Ryane Englar, 2019


SF756.28 New Vet's HandbookThe New Vet's Handbook: Information and Advice for Veterinary Graduates
Clare Tapsfield-Wright, 2018


SF760 Animal Handling and Physical RestraintAnimal Handling and Physical Restraint
C. B. Chastain, 2018


SF774.4 101 Veterinary Technician Questions Answered101 Veterinary Technician Questions Answered
Katherine Dobbs, 2009


SF778 Veterinary Technician's Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical CareVeterinary Technician's Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
Christopher L. Norkus, 2018


Client Communication

Client communication ebooks

More client communication ebooks

More communication ebooks

Here are some more ebooks about veterinary communication from our EBSCO eBook Collection:


SF610.5 A Guide to Oral Communication in Veterinary MedicineA Guide to Oral Communication in Veterinary Medicine
Ryane Englar, 2020


SF610.5 Writing Skills for VeterinariansWriting Skills for Veterinarians
Ryane Englar, 2019