Platform: iOS 4.0 or later (also available on Android)
Value for money: **
Overall Rating: ***
Quite a simple concept but well put together. Provided you purchase the full “bundle”, this app brings you basic canine anatomy as well as information on “conformation” such as terms used to describe different tail or ear shapes. It features three different areas: “Learn”, “Recall”, “Vet Talk”.
- “Vet Talk” allows you to look up terms by clicking on an area of the diagram.
- “Learn” features a multiple choice test. You need to get above a certain threshold in each section to progress onto the next.
- “Recall” asks you to select the appropriate area of the diagram for a given label. I particularly like this feature as a lot of revision type apps only feature multiple choice tests and I tend to find it’s easy enough to get a good score without really taking the information in, whereas this does require a little more thought and understanding.
Things to note
It is worth noting that the iPad and iPhone/iPod versions for the app are sold separately. Having used this app on an iPhone, I would recommend the iPad version if you have to choose as it is difficult to place the pins for the “Recall” test accurately on the iPhone version. Also available is Horse 360.
It is an app aimed at owners to increase their understanding of anatomical terminology so it isn’t exceptionally detailed for the price and some of the terminology is non Nomina Anatomica Veterinaria (this is more prevalent in the equine version) which is a little frustrating but it is still of value to students new to veterinary sciences seeking a nice interactive revision tool.