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History of The Merck Veterinary Manual

Content last modified Aug 2023

In 1899, the American drug manufacturer Merck & Co. first published a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists titled Merck's Manual of the Materia Medica. Compact in size, easy to use, and comprehensive, The Merck Manual (as it was later known) became a favorite of those involved in medical care and has grown to become one of the world's most widely used comprehensive medical resources.  

With the ever-important role of animals in our society and the growth of veterinary medicine, Merck extended its commitment of providing medical information to all those involved in animal health and well-being with publication of The Merck Veterinary Manual (MVM). Although the content has grown substantially from its first edition in 1955, the print edition can still fit in the glove compartment of a mobile veterinary vehicle, and its availability in electronic forms offers additional multimedia capabilities to enhance quick access to needed information. Regardless of format, the MVM remains true to its original objective: a concise, easy-to-use, comprehensive reference that covers the diversity of species and animal diseases worldwide.

Over the years, the MVM has been translated into 7 languages. The current English print edition is the 11th, released in July 2016. Additional outlets for content now include this website, an app, multiple social media sites, and various partnerships.

Versions of The Merck Veterinary Manual outside of the US and Canada are titled the MSD Veterinary Manual.