Hello Vet Med Enthusiasts!
The month of October has brought beautiful red and orange trees, as well as nice chilly mornings and evenings. I was pleasantly surprised by the early kiss of snow we received in the beginning of the month. It’s time to take out the warm coats and scarves!
Along with the change in weather, this month has proven to be extremely busy. I know I say that every month is busy, but this month is especially the busiest of them all. The reason being is because us VM3s have 8 exams this month! We’ve survived 6 exams so far, and there are only 2 more exams left this month, and I can’t wait until the end of the month to take a study break! On the same note, November is right around the corner, and it always makes me happy to think that in less than 3.5 weeks, I’ll be on a flight to visit my family for Thanksgiving. This thought just gives me motivation to get though these tough weeks and get a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel.
One of the most exciting opportunity I had the privilege of performing this month was to spay my very first dog through the college's Junior Surgery Program. It was very rewarding to spend time and be with my patient from the time she was admitted to the day she is discharged. I will be honest with you, I was very nervous and slightly frightened to perform my first spay.The thought of opening the abdomen and searching around for an ovaries and uterine horns seemed like a daunting task to me. But through steady practice at the clinical skills lab, and practicing my suture skills and ligation patterns on pieces of masking tape, I felt comfortable performing the task at hand. After what seemed like the longest surgery time ever, I was relieved once my last suture was placed to close my patient’s skin. It was amazing to see how my patient recovered throughout the weekend from a major surgery. I saw my patient progress through different stages of recovery; from being recumbent and unwilling to walk much after surgery, to being so energetic and her happy self just two days after surgery. It was satisfying to see how well my patient recovered.
I am also looking forward to receiving my 4th year schedule, which will be released this upcoming Friday! Now that my patient has been discharged, and after completing the swine reproduction exam yesterday, it is now time to start focusing on my next exam… small animal medicine! Stay warm out there and I can’t wait to share with you my vet med adventures next month.
Until next time,
“It always seems impossible until it’s done”- Nelson Mandela