A blog designed to help budding vet students get into university.
As vets we have to retain an awful lot of knowledge about a bunch of different species in our brain, but I could only impart one factoid onto a new vet for each species, these would be it.
Dog: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong, in a German Shepherd
Cat: Species most likely to send you to the hospital.
Horse: Species most likely to send you to the morgue.
Cattle: Hygiene and lube.
Sheep: Not little cows!
Goats: Not funny sheep!
Deer: Don’t. Just shoot them.
Birds: No diaphragm, if you squeeze them they will die.
Raptors(eg eagles) : Much easier to handle with a sock over their head.
Chickens: If it’s egg bound there is no such thing as too much lube.
Water birds: Projectile feces. Aim with care.
Rabbits: Drug sensitivities
Guinea Pigs: Lethal penicillin
Rats & Mice: It’s going to be a tumor.
Snakes: Don’t leave them in a cage. They get out.
Lizards: 90% of the time it’s a husbandry problem
Aussie mammals: Don’t wrestle wombats, you can’t win.
Fish: You can MacGuyver an anesthetic rig from two buckets, some tubing, a straw, a clean cat litter tray and some alfaxan. Do not use electro-cautery on a wet fish.
Ferrets: Most of their problems are from the same area; the kidneys, adrenals and ovaries seem to be part of a club to cause havoc for this species.
Pigs: Wear ear muffs, because they scream like you wouldn’t believe, and remember that they’re bred for meat, which is muscle and they know how to use it.
This is not an attempt to condense veterinary medicine into a few dozen sentences. But if you can only remember one thing, make it a useful one.
I love how this seemed to start as a comedy post (but still true) then just got all super serious. Handy things though. and the GSD thing is so true.
Didn’t know whether this was of interest to any of you…
I’ve (Emily) just come back from an Army Medical Services familiarisation visit at their HQ at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and have some interesting info about being a Veterinary Officer.
- you can apply for a bursary and receive £5000 a year for the last three years of your degree, plus £5000 for the each of the two years after you graduate, and then a lump sum of £45000 when you commission from Sandhurst - it’s a 44 week course at Sandhurst - they would like you to do a year to 18months of work in a civilian (normal) vet practice before Sandhurst - the job has various different career progression paths that I can go into if you want to message me - minimum service is 4 years (including the year at Sandhurst) and you can leave if you want after that 4 years.
Message me on here or my own blog (emelemelyy.tumblr.com) if you want any more info!
Depends what you are filling it out for. Personal statements I’d just say 6 weeks pig farm, 4 weeks lambing. Some work ex questionnaires will ask for it in hours, others, like Liverpool, will say one day is 0.2 weeks so you can work it out from that :)
Most people I know use tumblr, or maybe wordpress? I’m not sure how word press works though. Sorry I can’t be more usefull :(
Most importantly a pen and paper. Make sure you take notes of things you find interesting and even the basic things like vaccinations as they’re important. Aside from that just dress smartly and appropriately. Bring enthusiasm and interest. I would say no as you’re there to learn but some basic concepts such as vaccinations and some surgeries would be useful. I would use it more as a place to learn more if it’s your first placement though.
Ask questions as many times as you can, no question is too stupid. Before a placement try and have an idea of what you want to take away from it. Do you want to know how to castrate an animal, learn the joints and diseases that go along with them. the major organ systems etc etc. and try make sure you pick up as much as you can about them.
it shouldn’t be harder per se, you just have to make sure you get enough varied experience. Try and get work with most of the main species (cows, sheep, horses, and smallies). Provided you’re organised and make the most of the experience you are at no disadvantage. :)