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Continuing Dr. Sophia Yin's Legacy, Nerdbook is now part of the VIN Foundation.


Continuing Dr. Sophia Yin’s legacy, the VIN Foundation is honored to be the new home of the Veterinary Nerdbook. The VIN Foundation believes a healthy animal community depends on a healthy veterinary community. Its resources help veterinarians thrive so they can help our animals and those who care for them. The Veterinary Nerdbook provides veterinarians with the critical information needed to help animals and move forward in their veterinary careers.


In 1993 while in her 3rd year of veterinary school, Dr. Sophia Yin wrote her first version of the Veterinary Nerdbook as her portable notes guidebook. Turned out many of her classmates liked her version better than theirs, so much so they wanted to buy the book. The first edition of the Veterinary Nerdbook was in binder format and contained all the critical facts, diagnoses, and drug dosages veterinary students needed to survive their senior clinical year.
With the Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook you’ll find information fast and understand concepts easily. For veterinary students, have essential information at your fingertips on clinical rotations or use the Nerdbook as a quick resource for board exam studying. The new softcover edition easily slips into your lab coat pocket, ready for action at a moment’s notice.

Over 40,000 veterinarians and vet students own the first two editions of the Veterinary Nerdbook. This 3rd edition has an updated format, and easy-to-pocket design featuring round corners, high-contrast thumb tabs, and text that is 10% larger than before. Inside, information is presented in tables, charts and diagrams for quick reference so you can find the information you need, fast.

The Small Animal Veterinary Nerdbook is available to purchase through VIN Foundation’s Nerdbook website.


Ever since she was a child, Sophia wanted to be a veterinarian, and in 1993, her dream came true. But once out in private practice, she quickly realized that more pets were euthanized due to behavior problems than medical ones. She went back to school to study animal behavior, and earned her Master’s in Animal Science in 2001 from UC Davis where she studied vocal communication in dogs and worked on behavior modification in horses, giraffes, ostriches, and chickens. During this time she was also the award-winning pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. Upon receiving her degree focused on animal behavior, Dr. Yin served for five years as a lecturer in the UC Davis Animal Science Department. Through these and an eclectic collection of other animal behavior experiences, she came to realize the true secret to successful behavior modification.
On Sept. 29, 2014, Dr. Yin passed away. News of her death elicited an outpouring of sorrow in veterinary circles and expressions of profound admiration for Dr. Yin, a superstar in the animal-behavior arena. Whether they knew her personally or only knew of her, veterinarians around the world have said Dr. Yin strongly influenced their practice.

The VIN Foundation and Dr. Sophia Yin’s family created the Dr. Sophia Yin Memorial Fund as a way to honor Dr. Yin’s memory. Your donation to the Dr. Sophia Yin Memorial Fund will help support the VIN Foundation’s Vets4Vets® program helping colleagues facing the challenges that consumed Dr. Yin. Vets4Vets® provides peer-to-peer support for veterinarians and includes Support4Support providing peer-to-peer support for support staff. If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed, Vets4Vets® is here to help.

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