I've applied for a scholarship to travel to Guatemala or Mexico to provide veterinary care to animals at the end of this year, and I am now on the short list!
I would greatly appreciate your vote on this website to help me win the scholarship.
You will have to connect through Facebook to verify that a real person is voting. You can vote once every 24 hours for the next two weeks!
Voting closes October 4th.
Thank you for all of your help!
September 14th is R U OK? Day.
The veterinary profession has higher suicide rates than the adult population and other health professions.
R U OK Day Day aims to make it easier for people to talk about what is bothering them and get the help they need.
There is often a discrepancy between how people feel on the inside and what they are presenting on the outside. By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.
If they say they are not ok, you can show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load. If they are ok, that person will know you’re someone who cares enough to ask.
For more information on the R U OK? movement, please visit their website by clicking here.
By Marlena Lopez & Dr. James Greenwood
On 4th of July, when it comes to your pets, remember P.A.T.S.!
Dr. James Greenwood is a small animal vet in SW England and the star of CBBC’s ‘The Pets Factor’. The Pets Factor is a TV show which follows 4 vets as they treat various animals. The documentary series is aimed at young teens to illustrate the responsibility of pet ownership in the next generation.
The Pet’s Factor airs on Tuesdays at 5.25pm on CBBC or on BBC iPlayer.
I've been practicing my suturing skills and found that PennVet has some wonderful 'how to' videos on their Instructional Technology You tube page (link here).
In the image above, I was practicing the Simple Continuous Suture Pattern (left) and the Ford Interlocking Suture Pattern (middle).
Suturing is an important skill to master in veterinary medicine, plus it is fun to learn so why not get as much practice as you can get now? The videos below demonstrate the suture patterns I have performed above and I have also added the link to other patterns that I have been practicing below.
Cushing & Connell Suture Patterns (link here)
Cruciate Suture Pattern (link here)
Horizontal Mattress Suture Pattern (link here)
Burying the Knot (link here)
This semester, I had to complete another Veterinary Oral Communications Exercise (VOCE) video for a class assignment. The aim of these exercises is to develop an appreciation of the importance of communication in veterinary practice and to practice verbal communication skills.
In this review, I aim to explain the rationale for the use of benazepril in the treatment of chronic renal failure in cats, and critically evaluate the evidence for its efficacy.
You can click on the link below to view an article on the Werribee Zoo's Website about my participation in this very special vet assignment.
Each semester, we are required to complete a Veterinary Oral Communication Exercise (VOCE) video to practice conveying information to clients about their pet's health. My topic this semester involved a dog that was brought in because the owner noticed that he had been losing weight and was sleeping a lot. Upon auscultation with a stethoscope a continuous heart murmur was heard.
A heart murmur indicates turbulent blood flow. Heart murmurs are generally categorised by timing and are defined as being either systolic or diastolic heart murmurs. However, continuous murmurs cannot be directly placed into either category. Continuous murmurs are due to blood flow from a high-pressure chamber or vessel to a lower-pressure system and the main causes are:
During my first semester in vet school, I had to complete a Veterinary Oral Communications Exercise (VOCE) video for a class assignment. The aim of these exercises is to develop an appreciation of the importance of communication in veterinary practice and to practice verbal communication skills. My assigned topic was Periodontal Disease in Dogs.
My video can be viewed below.
Six months after completing my REU at La Selva Biological Station in Costa Rica, I can now reflect on my experiences in the jungle and appreciate all that the program has done for me. I am now a first year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine student at the University of Melbourne, and I know that my research experience last summer strengthened my graduate school applications and contributed to my acceptance into one of the best universities in the world.
What is an REU? REU stands for Research Experiences for Undergraduates, and they are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). My program in particular was also supported by Duke University and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). These programs occur during the summer and are aimed at students who are interested in conducting scientific research at a graduate level.
REU Programs are offered around the United States, and in some cases (like mine) institutions will fund research outside the country. Each institution that hosts an REU program has the freedom to make the experience unique, however, there are many similarities across all of them. Each student works under the guidance of an advisor on a project that can be finished by the end of the summer (most programs last about 10 weeks).
My Experience: My REU project was titled Social organization in day and night roosts of the Proboscis Bat (Rhynchonycteris naso). I was given the opportunity to spend a summer in the tropical rainforest of Costa Rica studying Bat behavior. Leaving the city of Los Angeles where buildings and cement surrounded me, and spending the summer in the forests of Costa Rica where you can see beautiful animals and plants everywhere you look made this a dream internship for a young zoologist like myself. This internship taught me so much about how to be a successful researcher and carry out a scientific experiment.
Benefits of an REU: Not only do REU Programs give you the chance to get to know students with similar interests from across the nation while living in a new city for a couple of months, they also give you insight into the life of graduate school. You will strengthen your research, team working, writing, and presentation skills. After completing the project, I presented our research at four national and regional conferences, providing me with further networking opportunities.
In summary, participating in a summer research program was a blast! I made memories and friendships with my fellow interns that I will forever cherish. Plus I strengthened my academic and research skills, as well as my resume and graduate school application. For anyone looking for research experience in the field of ecology, I would highly recommend the REU through the Organisation for Tropical Studies at La Selva Biological Station. Field projects cover a wide range of topics including botany, invertebrate and vertebrate zoology, and behavioral ecology. The program is run incredibly well with mentors and a coordinator whom are passionate about helping students reach their full potential within the program.
As I prepare to embark on a journey to complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, it is encouraging to see the increasing respect of veterinarians in the medical community, as well as future collaborative opportunities.
What do you call a veterinarian that can only take care of one species? A physician. In a fascinating talk, Barbara Natterson-Horowitz shares how a species-spanning approach to health can improve medical care of the human animal — particularly when it comes to mental health.
Source: TED talk