Week’s Itinerary: LA Digestive Exam 1, Radiology Quiz # 2 & 3, Surgery and Quiz #2 regarding Feline Neutering
As you may remember, back in January we lost a vet student by the name of Zachary Cowart from Class of 2017. On Wednesday of this week, we sadly lost another student from Class of 2018. Here is a message from the Dean:
It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that we have lost a treasured member of our CVM community. Sina Shayegan, class of 2018, passed away Wednesday August 27 of unknown cause. Sina is from Cumming Georgia. His family is understandably in shock from this tragic loss. I ask that you keep Sina and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Here is the Dean and Sina Shayegan during Class of 2018 White Coat Ceremony in August
He will be greatly missed by all his classmates here at the vet school. I pray that his family will receive comfort during their time of grief.
On the academic front, professors bombarded 3rd years with quizzes and exams this week. The first quiz was on radiology, which focused on bone diseases that affect young, large-breed dogs. For example, Panosteitis is a common cause of lameness, mostly in young German shepherds. Fortunately, it usually goes away when they mature. We also were tested on Osteochondrosis (OC) and Osteochondritis dessicans (OCD), conditions that cause pain in the shoulders, elbows, tarsus (heel area), and stifle (knee area) of large and giant breeds. We had to identify X-rays for other diseases as well.
The second quiz focused on diseases of the axial skeleton, which consists of the skull and spine of an animal. So far, the format for all the radiology quizzes has been the same: we’re shown 10 X-rays we have already seen and discussed during lab and asked multiple-choice questions about them. I managed to do very well in both quizzes this week, so I am very thankful.
Neutering my cat for surgery class was a fun experience. Here are the surgical procedures:
A closed castration was performed on the right testicle. The right testicle was incised ventrodorsally and the spermatic cord was tied off with a single throw. The scrotum was left open.
An open castration was performed on the left testicle. Using the blade, the testicle was incised ventrodorsally. The testicle was pushed through the opening. Then another ventrodorsal incision was made through the parietal tunic covering the testicle and the testicle was pushed through the incision. After the testicle was free from the scrotum and the tunic, a hemostat was used to pull the ligament of the tail of the epididymis from the epididymis. A hemostat was used to pull the epididymis away from the testicle and remaining spermatic cord. Two square knots were created by tying the epididymis to the remaining spermatic cord. After ligation was complete, the spermatic cord was incised at its distal end and the stub was placed back within the scrotum. Excess tunic was also transected and removed. The surgical opening in the skin was left open.
The LA (large animal) Digestive Exam 1 was challenging, but I was ready to conquer it. The test consisted of 20 multiple-choice questions, 10 written by each of our two professors. One professor’s section much harder than the other’s, but I still managed to get an A. I was so excited that I called my parents to let them know how well I am doing so far.
Now, I promised I would share with you how Dragon Con went this weekend. I had a BLAST. It was a huge costume party of nerds — plus people-watchers like me who’d come to observe tens of thousands of people dressed up like characters from science fiction and fantasy. It was hard to move around sometimes because the five hotels hosting the conference were so crowded. My friend (who goes every year) said this was the largest, most crowded Dragon Con ever held. It was a very enjoyable experience regardless. It was funny to be waiting in line for food between a centurion from the movie “300” and some strange alien from Star Wars.
It felt so surreal walking past costumes like this
I got the wonderful opportunity of taking a picture with a character from my favorite childhood movie, (Rufio in ”Hook”). RIP Robin Williams.
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the LORD said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.'”