The month of July has flown by so quickly, and with August approaching, it is incredible to think how December is only four months away!
During the beginning of this month, I was on a Public Health rotation, which was a very intriguing rotation in which we as a group shared current topics around the world pertaining to the One Health nation, Public Health and Global Health. It was so refreshing to learn about health news going on in other parts of the United States and the world. A few of these topics included discussing neglected tropical diseases, such as Buruli’s ulcers and Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm), to name a few. We also touched topics such as climate change, chocolate and child labor, and rabies cases. As a class, we also spent some days going on field trips to various parts of Ames, which included Biolife, Heroic Ink Tattoo, Mary Greeley Medical Center, and the Ames Water Treatment Plant. Our biggest field trip entailed going to the Exotic Animal Auction in Missouri, where we met with the veterinarian in charge of the auction, and learned about his day to day duties and responsibilities with issuing health certificates for traveling animals. One of my many highlights of this auction was seeing animals you wouldn’t normally see in someone’s backyard. These animals included a wildebeest, elk, ostriches and emus, as well as camels, a bobcat cub and a Japanese macaque.
I am currently on the anesthesia rotation, and although anesthesia gives me tremendous anxiety, I have truly learned a lot and have grown more comfortable with the process of pre-medicating and inducing an animal for anesthesia. During these past two weeks, I have been gaining more experience with my catheter placement and intubation skills, as well as learning drug dosages and protocols for patients of different health statuses. Just this week, I was able to partake in anesthetizing a rabbit for dental extractions. I was overjoyed (but also immensely nervous) about having a rabbit as one of my anesthetic cases. The procedure went very well.
My final days are approaching in anesthesia, and I am on to the next new adventure in my fourth year. What is my next rotation you ask? Well, it is Food Animal Medicine and Surgery. I am not at all a large animal expert, nor have I ever worked with a large animal before. This will definitely be a learning curve for me, but I am also very interested in learning about cow, goat and sheep medicine and obtaining first-hand experience with these animals. I’ll definitely be utilizing a couple of pairs of overalls for this rotation. Well, it’s back to catching up on my NAVLE studies. Only 4 more months until the board exam!
Until next time,
“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” – John Maxwell