Get you some free!


I love me some free stuff.

Although numerous professors remind us that we are rich with knowledge and education, I understand that this is a statement of distraction. The statement is meant to distract us from reality that the vast majority of us are financial poor. As a financial poor veterinary student, I relish in the discovery of legitimately free things. Especially those things that usually cost large sums of money. And why not share the free?



Several months ago, I received an e-mail that was announcing the new Plumb’s website. I remember scanning through the website, and seeing subscription fees, I wasn’t in the market for subscriptions, so I dismissed the site.

Yesterday, I received what I thought was another marketing attempt to catch my precious dollars. I’ve never been much of a window shopper. I prefer to focus on items I can afford, and avoid daydreaming on those that don’t fit my veterinary debt stricken budget . I know the days of top Ramen are not behind me. Only 15 years years to go.

And although I’ve moved roughly 15 times in the last 27 years, I seemed to have overlooked the fact that the completion of Vet School also means some major expenses. Although the first year out of school is free, the dues and fees will arrive soon enough…the AVMA, AAEP, licensing exam ($500 bucks!), licensing renewal, CE credits and convention attendance. Just moving from one state to another can be quite the endeavor.

Anticipating I’ll be at least moving 1,200 miles from my current location, I generated some quotes for moving expenses. I called three moving companies, and the average quote I was given for emptying a 2 bedroom apartment was:

  • 2 movers, 1 moderate sized commercial moving truck: $5,000

  • Temporary holding of possessions for 2 weeks: $1,500

As a DIY competent individual, I could relocate myself for:

  • Trailer rental from point a —1200 miles–> point b: $600

  • Associated fees: up to $400

  • Estimated cost of gas: $500

  • Hotels/camping/food along the way: $300….(side note: having two dog and a cat does not leave me any bargaining room on hotels It complicates the process and increases the per night costs since few places are this pet friendly)
  • New residence lease deposit: $1,500

  • Pet deposit: $400

I dont need to know the exact sum of money in order to raise my blood dpressure.  Then the additional fees and dues…AVMA, AAEP, the state licensing exam (over $500!).All this money going out…and no job yet!

That’s a rather long winded way of basically saying I love me some free stuff.

Screenshot_2015-07-26-08-48-50I ended up taking a forelonging stroll through the Plumb’s website…which is when I discovered the fine print.

Vet students receive one free year-long subscription.


Right under the various other plans, in relatively small text…the website explains that students can sign up via the website and apply for validation of their status. I used my school e-mail address, and after they confirmed my enrollment (not sure how), I received an e-mailed with a promo code.

I logged back in, placed the one year subscription in cart and entered the promo code at checkout. They do require you to enter the information for a credit card, but they don’t charge or hold any amount on your card. I double checked my accounts again today, and there are no pending charges. In one year, they will use this card to auto-renew or you can disable this option.

Example of drug information profile for Xylazine

Since I gained access, I haven’t spent too much time on the site. It’s extremely mobile friendly and well, it’s Plumb’s…need I say more? Below are a couple of print screens I took with my tablet. Not only do you gain access to the online Plumb’s, but you also have access to Therapeutics Brief.

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Appendix of useful topics

This is an amazing resource for pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals and the like. Each issue also features articles with questions that test your prior knowledge and newly acquired knowledge.

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