Week’s Itinerary= Canine Neuter, Small Animal (SA) Digestive Quiz 1, Theriogenology Exam 1, Large Animal (LA) Digestive Exam 2, Surgery Quiz #3, and Radiology Quiz #4
This week has been crazy, and not just for me. No matter what room I entered, I could feel the tension and stress from my classmates. I am so drained, but I have to keep pushing forward.
On Monday, we had our small animal digestive quiz, which covered supplemental reading about gastric dilatation volvulus (which vets call GDV). Because I have limited experience with working at a small animal practice, this stomach issue for dogs is new to me. It affects primarily large, deep-chested breeds where there is more room for their stomach to twist and turn on itself causing bloating and other problems. I was relieved when we were able to answer the questions twice, individually and then in groups. This made it one of the week’s few stress-free experiences.
Later on that same day, my surgery team did a canine neuter. If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know that I love performing surgery but cringe at being an anesthetist. But this was my assignment on Monday.
The beginning got my heart pumping because as we were going to the operation room, our patient began to wake up. A common pre-anesthetic drug, propofol, had already been given to make him unconscious. After giving more propofol and a maintenance gaseous drug, we successfully got him in for surgery. The only other complication was hypotension (low blood pressure), so I gave the patient more fluids to bring his blood pressure back to a normal systolic reading of > 90mmHg. Thank you so much lab partners and doctors for helping me settle down and do my part during surgery.
I applaud to those who do anesthesiology as a career — in animal or human medicine — because it is a high-stakes game.
I really needed a long nap after surgery, but I had to prepare for our next task, our first theriogenology exam of the semester. Before I started vet school, I didn’t even know what “theriogenology” meant. This is what we call reproductive medicine for animals. The first test covered the reproductive systems of male and female cows, and I got a B+ even though some questions were specific and tricky
One more test and 2 more quizzes to go! On Friday, we took our second large animal digestive exam, which covered cow and swine digestive concerns. I was feeling really great in one section of the test, and then I got to questions written by a different professor. It was brutal. We have not received our grades back, but I’m hoping it went well. (Update: Got it back. I can do better…)
Studying for so many quizzes and exams in the same week was a challenge for me and I did not do as well as I had hoped. A difficult radiology quiz was a wake-up call for me, and afterwards I bolted for the science library to get a radiology book. I’m going to study hard before our second exam comes up next Monday. Since I was struggling, I had to seek extra assistance by getting this textbook.
I have two exams next week! Before I tackle that, my body needs to rest. When I’m not studying this weekend, you can bet that I’ll be sleeping.
Psalm 119:114-115 “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!”