Orthopedic Surgery

Performing surgeries on bones are so different from soft tissue surgeries, but it was still really fun to watch. I can picture men flocking for this specialty because there are so many hardware tools to work with (nails, pins, screws, hammers, saws, wires, etc.). I was very bias though with this thought before starting this rotation because I was with two female veterinarians who were on FIRE and were powerhouses with these surgeries! They could do everything effortlessly an sometimes even better than some male veterinarians I worked with. These surgeries were not as diverse as soft tissue surgeries were though. The majority of cases were TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) operations to help stabilize the knees of a pet and fracture repairs. Other occasionally performed surgeries included patella or “knee cap” stabilization and repairs of tendon tears. Overall, it was a very interesting rotation but with very long hours.

Here’s what other people had to say about this rotation:
What was Orientation Day like?
-Very short orientation
-Super short orientation, went straight to work!

Average Daily Hours on Duty?
-expect 7-7 depending on which clinician it is
-6:45AM-8PM for our clinician, we had long patient and topic rounds

What is the attire? (When do you change into scrubs?)
-scrubs or dressy for receiving patients (tues and thur). scrubs (will change into clean scrubs immediately before surgery, so bring extra pairs) on surgery days, mon, wed, and fri
-Scrubs or dress clothing – I wore scrubs for sx (surgery) days and dress clothing for receiving days

What do doctors/residents/techs constantly harp on?
-Use slings, write clear notes on treatment sheets so others know they must use a sling/ cart patient!

What are some struggles to watch out for?
-Physically demanding

Words of encouragement (positive comments/stories during your time in this rotation)
-may get to use some power tools in surgery, placing screws!!
-Placing screws and drilling holes was so awesome! Made all the work well worth it!

Difficulty Level (1-3)? 1= It’s a breeze/ 3= really difficult workload
-2 out of 3
-3 – had few people on block (the less people, the more work!)

Through Him,
Matthew 11:28= “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Freedom Awaits! (Week 11)

Week’s Itinerary= Musculoskeletal Final, SA Digestive Final, and Radiology

Guess where I am now . . .


 Yep! I am at the beach with friends!

I am so thrilled that my core classes are finally over.  This week consisted of no sleep and eating delicious junk food as I took my last three final exams.  Monday was Musculoskeletal, and I was a little nervous for this one.  For one, it was the only final out of all the classes to be cumulative, and this final is 50% of our grade (hate this!).  It was all multiple choice between three professors with three different personalities.  You could tell which professor was kinder than the others based on their questions.

SA Digestive Final (not cumulative) was challenging,, but I surprisingly enjoyed taking it.  It made me feel like a doctor where I had to read a case and make very important decisions that will best help the patient.  It can be tricky because some of the questions can be subjective, but the professors are trying to prepare us to make decisions for ourselves instead of just memorizing information on slides.  I really appreciate that type of learning.

My last final, Radiology (not cumulative), was the day right after taking SA Digestive.  I was determined to learn all of that information before taking the exam.  I did not fail!  I managed to get a B (will take it in a heartbeat).

I feel so at peace now that I am done with everything.  Thank you for listening to my struggles and triumphs this semester.  Next is electives, so you won’t hear from me until December.  Can’t wait to share my adventures with you all soon!

Here are more pictures from my trip!


Fish chowder by the campfire followed by smores and jacuzzi action!


Uh oh!!  Yeah. . . on our way back from our trip, I experienced another freak accident that involved another animal.  We hit a deer!  It was quite a scary experience, but I am so glad none of us got hurt except for my friend’s totaled car 😦  Why do these animals keep wanting to hurt me!?  Honestly and surprisingly, my pit bull attack was way scarier than this because this car crash happened so quickly, and I didn’t see anything (just the impact, smoke from the blown airbags, and not knowing where we would stop and end up at was the only scary thing).


Through Him,


Psalm 34:17-20

“When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”

Talk About Overload (Week 6)

Week’s Itinerary= Musculoskeletal Midterm, Theriogenology Exam 2


This is the second weekend of “studying overload” before my two exams and quizzes this week.  I had to prepare myself for our musculoskeletal midterm on Monday.  It consisted of multiple choice and short answer questions that covered 12 lectures, which was a lot to review over the weekend.

My research this summer with Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program (GVSP) greatly prepared me for the material in this class.  I am very grateful I had the wonderful opportunity of working with bone fractures and using mesenchymal stem cells in order to aid in the bone repair.

My last exam this Friday was theriogenology (animal reproduction studies).  It was brutal.  I usually love when we’re given two hours to take an exam because more time means less stress and pressure.  I was wary, though, when I saw only 25 multiple-choice questions in a two-hour exam period. Most of the questions were straightforward, but a handful involved specific data about what happens and when during gestation. For example, we were asked about the details of dosing regimens for specific drugs,  exactly when twinning in horses can be detected before it becomes detrimental to the health of the mother, percent of sperm used to increase fertility, and so on.  The material we had to review for this exam was just so dense that having to memorize details can be frustrating, but those details matter to our patients.

Through Him,


Romans 8:31= “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”