Another week gone by

Last week flew by and this rotation is proving to be one of my favorite rotations by far….undoubtedly because of all the hands on experience I have been gaining. One afternoon was spent ultrasound in the distal parts of the thoracic and pelvic limb, something I had never done before. I practiced scanning up and down the main tendons and ligaments of the leg, such as the deep digital flexor, superficial digital flexor, suspension ligament and so on. We are very fortunate, as veterinary students, to have such a wonderful and supportive network of Clinicians.

We practiced comprehensive equine ophthalmic exams, repairs palpebral lacerations, placed SPLs, performed various nerve blocks of the eye and did a review of common ophthalmic disease such as recurrent uveitis, glaucoma, ulcers and neoplasia of the tissues. In the afternoon it was comprehensive lameness exams and localization of lameness sources using nerve blocks. We played with the lameness locator and overall I am happy with my performance throughout these labs.
Friday was our day to perform laparoscopy on two horses. Both were unilateral cryptorchids…which will be a separate blog entry when I find time.

This week’s menu features:
• Wound management, laceration repair, bandaging, casting
• Dentistry
• Laparoscopic ovarioectomy
• Various other important topics currently escaping my mind

Plenty of “procedural” and technical items that I can cross off my procedures list now! Prior to graduation, there is a long (and I mean long, like 500 items) list of skills we must complete. 70-80% must be entered into a digital file and submitted before we can walk at graduation. It’s a tedious process, and I am a bit behind. Maybe only 10% filled out? In actuality, I think I’ve completed about 50% of the list so far…but with my senior project, NAVLE and all the chaos associated with graduation in May, I’m not sure where I’m going to find more time! If only I could add more hours into the day. 24 hours in a day is not enough!