Adulting in Veterinary School: you will never be caught up

September 2018

In undergraduate, you may have had time to finish your studying or projects each night, watch a little TV or read a book (for fun!), and get up each morning to go for a run.  Maybe you went dancing every Thursday night, spent weekends at a friend's place, and only ever didn't receive a full 8 hours of sleep by choice.

In veterinary school, you enter this Twilight Zone where I swear there are only like 6 hours in the day -where did the other 18 go!? 

ICU Overnights

September 2018

 I write to you this month during one of my ICU overnight shifts. Prior to ICU, I was on the Food Animal and Camelid Medicine and Surgery rotation. I really enjoyed the food animal rotation and got to see a variety of species for appointments and overnight hospitalization, including beef cattle, sheep, goats, and alpacas. The rotation started off steady with mostly beef lameness cases, but quickly turned into assisting with several goat blood transfusions. I learned a lot and enjoyed working with the interns, residents, and clinicians.

Adulting in Veterinary School: being a morning person! 

September 2018

Veterinary school demands long hours: long hours of class, long hours of studying.  It can be incredibly difficult to wake up for those 8:00 AM classes or 7:00 AM extra-curriculars -especially during Iowa Winters where you will commonly get to school, and leave school, without ever seeing the fleeting sun.

On that dreary note, I would love to share some ways to trick your body into being a morning person.

Pathogen: 
Bordetella Avium E
Species: 
Avian
Section: 
Serology
Test: 
ELISA
Standard Fee: 
$2.50
Best Practice Fee: 
$2.25
Days Tested: 
M
Turn-Around: 
Same day
Specimen: 
Serum
Additional Comments: 
Turkey only
Pathogen: 
Hemorrhagic Enteritis Virus
Species: 
Avian
Section: 
Serology
Test: 
ELISA
Standard Fee: 
$2.50
Best Practice Fee: 
$2.25
Days Tested: 
M
Turn-Around: 
Same day
Specimen: 
Serum
Additional Comments: 
Turkey only
Pathogen: 
Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome virus - PRRSV
Species: 
Porcine
Section: 
Analytical Services
Test: 
PCR - PrimePac-like
Standard Fee: 
$35.00
Best Practice Fee: 
$31.50
Days Tested: 
M-F
Turn-Around: 
Same day
Specimen: 
Lung, serum, blood swab, processing fluid, oral fluid
Additional Comments: 
This assay tests for the presence of vaccine virus in the samples but is not a differential assay in that is does not exclude a potential co-infection with a wild-type PRRSV.
Pathogen: 
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
Species: 
Porcine
Section: 
Bacteriology
Test: 
Titration
Standard Fee: 
$100.00
Days Tested: 
M-F
Turn-Around: 
4 weeks
Specimen: 
Culture, challenge material
Additional Comments: 
$50.00 for each additional specimen beyond the first
Pathogen: 
Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome virus - PRRSV
Species: 
Porcine
Section: 
Molecular
Test: 
PCR - Zoetis Fostera-like
Standard Fee: 
$35.00
Best Practice Fee: 
$31.50
Days Tested: 
M-F
Turn-Around: 
Same day
Specimen: 
Lung, serum, blood swab, processing fluid, oral fluid
Additional Comments: 
This assay tests for the presence of the vaccine virus in the sample but it is not a differential assay in that it does not exclude a potential co-infection with a wild-type PRRSV.
Pathogen: 
Porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome virus - PRRSV
Species: 
Porcine
Section: 
Molecular
Test: 
PCR - BIVI Ingelvac ATP-like
Standard Fee: 
$35.00
Best Practice Fee: 
$31.50
Days Tested: 
M-F
Turn-Around: 
Same day
Specimen: 
Lung, serum, blood swab, processing fluid, oral fluid
Additional Comments: 
This assay tests for the presence of vaccine virus in the samples but it is not a differential assay and does not exclude a potential co-infection with a wild-type PRRSV.

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