Wednesday, July 8, 2009

VetSim - Day 2

We stayed in student dormitories last night so after finishing lectures at 11pm we had a late night and were up at 8am for breakfast in The Atrium, a student dining room.

Clinical Sessions started at 9 o'clock. I was in group A4 with Chris and Jen from school and Lucy who I know from Lambing and we started off with suturing - the first one I did wasn't perpendicular to the wound but the instructor was pleased and I thought the rest were good.

Then we moved onto CPR which was pretty cool - they said it was rare in a vets and only 5% of patients in a vets will be successful, half of which will die in the next 48 hours!
They mentioned resuscitation in a lambing situation which I suppose I have done successfully :)
Next up was Radiography and X-Rays, we had to study them as a group and identify organs and any problems we could see, but there were no standard or healthy X-Rays to compare them against, which I think would have helped.

After a break we had an Ultra-sound session and they had a look at Chris' heart!
Ultra-sound is becoming more popular and is a good diagnostic tool but not used on its own - usually used to identify something but you can't use it to identify the lack of something in case you missed it.

Another break and then onto Laparoscopy or Keyhole Surgery which was a lot harder than it looked . We had an 'Appendix' which was a grape in a glove full of water in which we had to put two surgical loops on, to stop the blood supply and then cut between them - we did it successfully and were the first group to do it all day!! :D
Next we had a lunch break for an hour and went to Husbandry Sessions.
We started off with Alpacas, the man bought 3 males with him and just spoke through everything relating to their husbandry, diet and care - I didn't realise they needed so many vitamin supplements and regular injections.Horses were next and the Nottingham Mounted Police were there. They spoke through a bit of equine husbandry then we all auscultated to listen to their heart beats and their stomaches - one of the horses had an irregular heartbeat so they pointed that out to us.Reptiles were next - and it was a man from Proteus in Birmingham who I've been thinking about asking for work experience as I'm interested in exotics. We got to handle a few snakes and a Bearded Dragon.

After Reptiles we went onto Arachnids - it was a slideshow which was interesting and had loads of info in it and he had some shedded spider skins at the front that we could touch ...we couldn't touch any live spiders which I would have probably made it better.

Then we went outside to Small Animals, there was a dog and we talked through how to health check a dog working all the way from nose to tail. There were 2 chickens which was good and a rabbit as well but we weren't allowed to handle those.

We had a free session followed by a Birds of Prey session - also a man from Birmingham.
He spoke through a bit about the birds, their care and let us all fly a little kestrel. There was a 4 week old Snowy Owl chick there that was really cute and let us all stroke it.
He followed that with a Birds of Prey Display, where they did tricks, flew up onto the roof and back down between the man's legs and things like that.

In the evening we went to a Charity Lecture: "Liking & Sexual Attraction" which was quite interested and he made us laugh to keep us all entertained.

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