Saturday, 5 July 2014

Veterinary stepping stones #4

Today was another quiet day, with many nurses going home much earlier on. At this moment I am thinking that first opinion clinics, dealing mainly only with dogs and cats- are not for me. Over the course of this placement, I have come to a (sort of) conclusion that I would like to broaden my horizons a bit more. It's not like I do not like dogs and cats, of course I do, it's just that I think I would be better suited to specialising else where. Over the course of the week, we haven't had much in terms of 'exotics' (one rabbit, one hamster and one parrot.) Mind you, I may go on my next placement and change my mind completely- who knows.

Today consisted of:

  • A multitude of ear problems, the hot weather really brings them out. That, and fleas. *shudder*
  • A poor little dog that had to have a mammary gland tumor removed.
  • A parrot (!) that needed a quick beak and claw trim. Before this could happen, he flew around the room and caused everyone to quickly duck their heads.
  • Around half an hour before I was due to leave, a stray cat was rushed in. He had hardly any fur around his neck and a definite skin problem. We found he was micro chipped but could not contact the previous owner. He was quite feisty, and the head nurse got a long scratch down her arm. But, once he had calmed down, he was a very sweet boy. He was very hungry and went to sleep almost straight away- I think he must have been relived to have food and a warm place to sleep.