This Monday I started a ten week internship for my college course at my local vet. I will be there once a week until April, but I will be asking them if I can fill in my college break and do a whole week during February. We’ll see.
On the first day I already felt like a fish in the water even if it was a very quiet day.
I do have to say though, I will never forget my first vet case ever. I came in and in one of the kennels was a young Jack Russell. She looked awfully upset and uncomfortable, and kept her front paw slightly raised. When I asked the vet what happened to her, she said it was a road traffic accident over the weekend. We took her out of the kennel to examine her movement since the nurse said that she couldn’t stand up. Thankfully, she walked around, although she did drag her back legs sideways a lot. It’s most likely neurological trauma after being hit by the car and two of the other interns were thinking she may have to be put to sleep. I honestly felt so bad for her that for the entire morning, I just stood there petting her and telling her how my own dog had an RTA and came out of it very well and that she can do it too. The good news, though, is that her owner came to pick her up shortly after, so hopefully no euthanasia was needed!
Two Labradors came in – one for neutering, and another one came in with some mystery issues and needed to stay for tests. His owners said he has been vomiting and lost a lot of weight quite rapidly. He had lots of extra skin just dangling off his neck which showed that he must have been ridiculously overweight before losing all this weight. The vet suspected hyperthyroidism, but it turned out not to be so. He had a blood test, urine test and an x-ray done, all of which showed nothing, so we also did an ultrasound on him… and again, nothing. No idea what’s up with him.
A cat came in for a spay in the evening, and there were three consultations: a dog with possible pyometra, a dog that (most likely) ate something in a field and had an upset stomach, and a cat named Hungry Horace – a fine name, ha.
In general, my first day was lovely and the atmosphere of the practice is very easy going. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks, and I’ll document them here as I go along. No pictures today, but maybe next week, if I can!