Monday, 29 August 2011

A Challenge: Stay awake all night!

So this weekend I've been trying to switch my sleep schedule in order to prepare for my Equine Out of Hours rotation. I've managed to stay up till 3 am and then stay in bed until noon the next day -- not good enough! So I'm writing this now from our tea room at the college as I'm in between checks. So far so good. Cross your fingers no emergencies come in this week and that all will be smooth sailing! I'll keep you posted on how it goes, as I imagine I will some spare moments each night.

This weekend was pretty chill -- Jamie and Sam came over on Friday for some dinner and to just relax. Last night I went out with Emily and a couple of her friends. We went to the {Porterhouse} in Covent Garden. They always have a wide selection of brews and on the few occasions I've been there, they've had some good looking patrons too! While searching for Emily's friends, she and I had some random people come and start chatting with us. Turns out a few of them were from Canada -- Brampton to be specific. We Canadians must have some sort of radar in order to seek each other out. Hopefully we'll be able to keep in touch, as it's always nice to hear a familiar accent!

Alright.. time to head out for midnight checks! Wish me luck!

My train ride in to rainy London King's Cross

The Porterhouse, Covent Garden (source:
One of the several bars at the Porterhouse (source:

Emily at one of the restaurants in China Town

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Our Week on Path Holiday

So this past week we were on our Pathology Rotation. This involves mornings looking through microscopes doing hematology and cytology. We also worked through a couple of biochemistry reports. Our afternoons were comprised of post mortem examinations. For these we had to don paper biohazard suits, plastic aprons, yellow wellies, and latex gloves (sexy outfits, I know). We then had to cut into various animals, both pets and farm animals, to investigate their possible cause of death. Each one of us had to then take on a case, which we were to present at the end of our rotation. My dog ended up having dilated cardiomyopathy, Erin's cat had a meningioma, Lauren's calf had hydrocephalous, Hannah's cat had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and Jamie's calf had septicemia. All in all we had some pretty interesting cases and great staff working with us, making this rotation a pretty enjoyable one!! Next up... Equine Out of Hours.... 

A little cytology- Hannah  

Lauren & I in our super amazing biohazard suits

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

It was fun while it lasted...

Leslie's classmate needed someone to pet sit her cat, Oliver, while she was away for a couple months, so he came to stay with us. Both Leslie and I had never lived with a cat before, and needless to say, I was shocked at how much this cat would eat, poop, sleep, and meow. He is probably the most neediest cat in the world too. Good thing he's cute! This little guy definitely loved attention and would let you know it if he didn't feel that you gave him enough. It was a nice change to have an animal in the house, but at the same time, I'm glad to see him go ;)
The stare down

Sleeping on my bed
Being cute

Monday, 22 August 2011

Happy 30th Erin!

On August 16th my room mate Erin, turned the big 3-0!!! To celebrate this special occasion, Leslie (my other room mate) made reservations for a group of us at {Quaglino's Restaurant} in Mayfair, London. To make it a special evening, we decided to make it a surprise and invite 10 of Erin's other friends to join in the dinner. To keep it a surprise, Leslie took Erin out shopping for the afternoon while I went to "work" (I actually went to Costa for an hour), and then according to Erin, her and Les were going to dinner alone. In the mean time I added some decorations to our living room and got some munchies for later, as after dinner we were going to head back to our place. 

Unfortunately, since Erin did not anticipate our plans, she made plans of her own to meet up with her cousin Tim who was here for work from America. Leslie and I had to try and sneek around to get his contact info to let him know that we were going to be running late due to our plans. Anywho, the lot of us got to the restaurant a few minutes before Erin and Leslie arrived and we were able to shout surprise just as Erin came to the table. Dinner was amazing (see photos below), which we followed up with a stop at a pub and then returned to our place for some late night snacks and drinks. All in all a good night!
The guests & guest of honour

My appetizer: avocado salad

My main: chicken breast and gnocchi

My dessert: Lavender ice cream & chocolate fondant

My wine

Friday, 19 August 2011

Back To The Daily Grind

So after only having about 24hrs to readjust to the time difference, I'm off to my next rotation -- the {Blue Cross}. At the Blue Cross, we as students, are responsible for doing day to day consultations for things such as itchy dogs, regular check ups, neurological animals, and wounds and swellings. One of the differences between working at the Blue Cross and at our school's referral hospital is that you have to learn to work up cases using as little money as possible. When it comes to referral hospitals, most of the clients are willing and able to spend large amounts of money on their pet, or they are lucky enough to have pet insurance. At the Blue Cross that isn't always the case, as their clients are often on benefits and can only afford the basics. It's a great learning experience because in life there are many instances where you will come across clients that want the best care for their pet, but will be unable to afford the latest and greatest treatments, so you have to know what your other diagnostic/treatment options are.

"That's not how you clean a table Jamie... This is how it's done!"

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Back to London Town!

So August 13th I boarded yet another plane to head back to London yet again. I HATE flying -- not because I'm afraid of it, or that it makes me ill, but I'm just sooooo sick of it 'cause it wastes so much of my time! Yes, one could argue that it saves times compared to a boat, for example, but it's just such a pain to have to be at the airport 3 hours before the flight, then take the 5-6 hour flight (almost 8 when heading back home) and then make my way across London and finally reach Potters Bar. I usually fly Air Transat, which, I must say, is the most affordable of the airlines, but I really dislike it. Food and entertainment are crap. The guys in the row next to mine (young, fit 20 year olds) were complaining that the seats were too small -- imagine how a curvy girl feels -- and the fact that you have to pay for headphones (if you don't bring your own), a blanket, and a pillow is ridiculous. However, as a student, money is what matters most, so you forgo all these pleasantries for a more affordable flight. Thankfully, YYZ has free wireless (Heathrow take note!) and once on the plane, I slept for almost the entire journey!

So even though I often do not enjoy my flights on Air Transat, I'm pretty sure I will still book my few remaining London-Toronto flights with them just because I'm such a poor student :(

Friday, 12 August 2011

A Short Visit Home

So this summer I was able to visit home for what seemed to be a VERY short 3 weeks. It wasn't a proper holiday or anything, as I was doing my EMS placements while there. I had the opportunity to work at two great local vet clinics: {Wingrove Veterinary Services} and {Campus Estates Animal Hospital}. Both places had super amazing staff and great learning opportunities! For any vet students looking to get some experience at a clinic in the Guelph area, I definitely recommend either of those, or both!

In the evenings and during the weekend days that I had off, I tried my best to visit with friends and family. My parents and my nonna received most of my attention, but I thankfully had several opportunities to hang with a bunch of the other important people in my life: Shannon, Carli (& Mike & Brooklyn), Carlie (& Stella), James, Jamie, MA, Angela, Christy, Kara, Laura, Danielle, Mel, and Julie -- Thanks for making my time at home so wonderful!

Alas, come Aug 13 it's back to the grindstone -- Rotations at {RVC}! Just one more year!

Girls' Night!

Monday, 1 August 2011

Canada Day In London

I know it's super late, but HAPPY CANADA DAY! I was lucky enough to be in a country that celebrates Canada and its greatness. Each year, Trafalgar Square in London is filled with Canadians and those that love us. There were great Canadian foods/beverages, such as Molson Canadian and Sleeman beers, Tim Horton's, and poutine!! I forgo-ed the poutine, as I heard it was made with shredded cheese and not cheese curds (how wrong!), but made sure to partake in some ice cold Canadian beverages. It was a nice little reminder of home!