Now, working at the vets every Saturday on a permanent basis!
- 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.
Had a great week at Willow Vets, everyone was really helpful and full of information, and I hope to carry on some more experience with them in the summer after my exams!
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 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
- 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.
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.
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
- 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 insufficiency, Addison’s disease and related conditions
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!