1st June 2013


  • Again, dog having the course of Allervet injections came in for another injection.
  • Euthanasia on a dog that had been suffering for a while with multiple disease factors.
  • Puppies came in to have dew-claws removed, using silver nitrate after on the cut.
  • Various dogs throughout the morning came in with ear problems; this is likely due to the high grass pollen count and allergic reaction to this resulting in swelling of the ears.

25th May 2013

Consultations seen: 

  • Lizard came in with eye damaged, due to trying to remove skin on a branch. The vet advised the owners of the lizard to invest in a humidifier to maintain the environment for the lizard as the route of most problems with exotic animals tends to arise from a poor habitat to which they must occupy.
  • Diabetic dog came in, had been fitting throughout the night, due to its old age was put to sleep.
  • Absess on a cats paw, squeezed and cleaned. Put on a course of antibiotics to soothe any pain.

Saturday 27th April 2013

Now, working at the vets every Saturday on a permanent basis!

Consultations seen;

  • Dog undergoing Allervet injections for skin allergies. Dog is first evaluated for ectoparasites by skin scraping and diets are looked into for the causative agent.
  • Cat (aged 2) brought in for vaccinations; however the vet discovered that the cat had a serious heart mummer, this was unusual for a cat of such a young age. Heart ultra-sound was performed, the heart was discovered to be enlarged, and the cat is awaiting any medication.
  • King Charles Spaniel came in for update on medication, has a chronic heart failure but is responding well to treatment.


  • Westie puppy; fracture on left leg, pin placed in, to allow healing. Hoping to promote bone growth, around the pins. allervet

Friday 22nd February 2013


Friday 22nd February 2013

  • Bitch Spay on Rottweiler; posed a difficult surgery due to the bitch being overweight. Also had various skin tags and lumps removed, and checked for any cancerous signs, fortunately they tested to be cancer free.
  • Thyroidectomy operation on a cat; this is the surgical removal of one or both lobes of the thyroid gland they are found in both sides of the trachea, and is used for cats with hyperthyroidism. This is usually more common in older cats.

Thursday 21st February 2013

Thursday 21th February 2013

  • Cat Caesarean, first ever caesarean I have seen, it was really quite amazing. Four kittens born naturally four born by C-section. Likely to have been a double mating due to a dead kitten found in a separate placenta (died due to lack of nutrients, which may have been used up by the slightly older kittens)

  • X-rays on multiple dogs: no major findings, making it difficult to diagnose what was wrong with any of the dogs.
  • Dog recovers from Bilateral FHO surgery; the cavalier that was struggling to walk, finally urinated by himself and was able to walk short distances. 

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Wednesday 20th February 2013

  • Chest X Rays taken on a cavalier king Charles, which is thought to be suffering with heart disease. Has not yet being fully diagnosed.

-This is condition is common in Cavalier’s, often having bad heart murmurs and cases of MVD. MVD is a degeneration of the heart’s mitral valve, one of four sets of valves in a dog’s heart.

-As the mitral valve degenerates, the valve no longer fully closes after each pumping action, allowing some blood to flow backwards through them from the ventricle back into the atrium

  • Stray cat brought in, castrated and 2 diseased canines extracted from top of mouth. Much plaque was also removed, which would lead to permanent damage called Tar Tar and in some cases periodontal disease.

Work Experience: Vets Tuesday 19th February 2013

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Surgeries and observations made

  • Bilateral FHO surgery in a dog with arthritis, which was not having a hip replacement due to the young age of the dog; is a surgical procedure that removes the femoral head and neck from the femur. The muscle will eventually fuse with the bone, and relieve the dog of any pain from clashing bone. This particularly fascinated, and after being told that not many veterinary surgeries offered this surgery due to the its expense, I felt very lucky to have seen it.
  • Rabbit infected and enlarged hernia removed, this hernia had been left for a long period of time reaching a huge size of almost 10cm in diameter(half the size of the rabbit itself)
  • Great Dane recovered from his foreign body surgery, and is beginning to eat and has generally perked up in his self.
  • German Shepard with ligament tear, had splint checked and tightened.

Work Experience: Vets Monday 18th February 2013

Monday 18th February 2013

Surgeries and observations made

  • Great Dane foreign body surgery, pair of tights removed from small intestine. Ensure that intestine thoroughly cleaned to reduce risk of contamination and infection
  • Dehydrated Tortoise.
  • Various ACTH treatments on two dogs: Who were producing too much of stress hormone. ‘ACTH referred to as a stress hormone, it is produced in the pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS) and aldosterone

·         Jack Russell had all toe nails removed due to Symmetrical Lupoid Onychodystrophy;  an autoimmune disease of dogs which can cause severe claw problems in otherwise apparently healthy dogs, other symptoms include receding quicks, secondary infection (often with a strong smell), claw splitting (usually down the back of the claw), pain, distorted/twisted claws and lameness.

 -       This test is used to diagnose or exclude primary and secondary adrenal insufficiencyAddison’s disease and related conditions

Vet Medlink

Just returned from Nottingham University, where I took part in the 4 day workshop conference with Vet-Medlink. It was beyond my expectations, learning intriguing facts that are confirming my aspirations of becoming a vet, are within my grasp, and that I can do what ever it takes, to work hard, achieve and become a vet.

Lectures about anaesthesia in large animals, really has intrigued me. I am now thinking of writing a paper on the effects of anaesthesia on larger animals like horses.

In particular, the lecture on sea mammals was absolutely fantastic! the charities that spoke to us make such an impact of the welfare of animals, amazed!