Mental Breaks - Take Them

March 2018

Greetings folks!

It has come to that time of the semester when us vet students can take a sigh of relief and embrace spring break.

After two months of non-stop midterm exams, I decided to take a mental break and venture out to Chicago for some sight -seeing, as well as to experience the infamous Chicago deep-dish pizza! Chicago is about a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Ames.

Summer Break is Here

May 2018

Hello everyone!

After a week-long of sleepless nights and eating Maruchan ramen soups, finals week is now over! It is incredible to think that the first two years of vet school are over; and there are only two more years of vet school to go. I am currently on the road back to Los Angeles, with my cat Maddy by my side. We stopped in Denver, Colorado for the night and we’re on our way to spend the night in Mesquite, Nevada.

Pathogen: 
Senecavirus A - SVA (Seneca Valley virus)
Species: 
Porcine
Section: 
Molecular
Test: 
PCR - Quantitative
Standard Fee: 
$75.00
Best Practice Fee: 
$67.50
Days Tested: 
M-F
Turn-Around: 
same day
Specimen: 
serum, tissue (vesicles), oral fluids, vesicular fluid, and vesicular swabs
Additional Comments: 
$75.00 1st sample; $30.00 each additional samples. Contact your state health official first if lesions suggest a foreign animal disease. Appropriate swabs to use for SVA PCR are synthetic (Dacron or Rayon) tipped swabs on plastic shafts. Swabs should be placed in 1 ml of PBS in a falcon snap cap tube and the shaft broken low enough to allow the cap to be securely snapped tightly and avoid leakage. Do not send swabs in agar or gel-type media. Avoid using any calcium-alginate-tipped swabs or bleach. Also avoid cotton swabs with wooden shafts. Ship swabs overnight to the diagnostic laboratory. Acceptable swabs: Star Swab II, Copan swabs, Other swabs are also available.
Pathogen: 
Porcine circovirus type 3 - PCV3^
Species: 
Porcine
Section: 
Molecular
Test: 
Sequencing (R&D)
Standard Fee: 
$100.00
Best Practice Fee: 
$90.00
Days Tested: 
M, Th
Turn-Around: 
3-5 days
Specimen: 
lung, lymph node, oral fluid, serum, processing fluid
Pathogen: 
Porcine circovirus type 3 - PCV3^
Species: 
Porcine
Section: 
Molecular
Test: 
PCR - ORF2 (R&D)
Standard Fee: 
$50.00
Best Practice Fee: 
$45.00
Days Tested: 
M, Th
Turn-Around: 
3-5 days
Specimen: 
lung, lymph node, oral fluid, serum, processing fluid
Pathogen: 
Ureaplasma
Species: 
Bovine
Section: 
Molecular
Test: 
PCR
Standard Fee: 
$35.00
Best Practice Fee: 
$31.50
Days Tested: 
M, Th
Turn-Around: 
same day
Specimen: 
lung, placenta, vulvovaginal swab

Two weeks left till graduation!

April 2018

We’re well into spring, although it certainly doesn’t feel like it. I don’t know about you, but personally, I am sick of the cold and snow. Fortunately, during my travels I missed most of the bad weather and just dealt with the aftermath.

The last month has been a lot of fun. I had four weeks of externships which took me to Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, and Nebraska. It was especially nice because these were vacation blocks for me, so I just got to hang out with vets and didn’t have to write any reports or log skills as I did for previous externships.

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