Thursday, 8 September 2011

Equine Medicine... and Botany?

As all of you know, I'm currently on my Equine Medicine rotation. It involves a 7-7ish day dealing with sick and sometimes (surprisingly) pushy horses, horsey people and other horse vets. This week I've been responsible for three horses -- One belonging to a famous person, one belonging to the school, and one very nervous gelding. Each of the horses were in for different things, which was a nice break from all of the colics we had to work up while we were on out of hours. The school has given us many opportunities to practice our practical skills, such as taking bloods, giving injections, ultrasounding, viewing endoscopies, peritoneal taps, and completing physical and neurological exams. We also got to hang out with some repro research people for a few hours this week, which gave us a nice review and some experience with uterine ultrasound. However, some days are not as interesting... for example, when we spent the afternoon traipsing around ginormous pastures looking for hepato-toxic plants that are not necessarily currently in season, using in season photos to aid identification. FUN TIMES *sarcasm*!

Anywho, I'm just 2 days and one case presentation away from starting my next block: Equine EMS!

The cows that live in the barn next to the stables


"Beauty" the teaching pony that had to stay in the hospital due to colic


The school's ostriches that live near the research stables

Jamie and Lauren -- vet student, teacher, med student AND botanist

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