Counting Shades of Gray [Clinics Series]

Never get involved in a land war in Asia, and don't take radiology for your last rotation of vet school.  The sun will be shining outside, your classmates will post pictures of adorable spring-born babies, and you will be sitting in a dim room on your 100th hour of trying to decide if that small … Continue reading Counting Shades of Gray [Clinics Series]

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The Thrilling Reality in Which I Will Be A Doctor Very, Very Soon [Clinics Series]

When we were planning our clinical year, there were way more rotations I wanted to take than I could fit into 24 blocks.  Therefore, when I was looking for a small animal externship, I spent time searching for a way to make the experience fulfill multiple interests at once.  Through my membership in the Society for … Continue reading The Thrilling Reality in Which I Will Be A Doctor Very, Very Soon [Clinics Series]

A Bird’s-Eye View of the Best and the Worst of Humanity [Clinics Series]

Something I love about veterinary medicine is that it allows you to see the best of humanity.  You get to work with people who dedicate their time (sometimes their spare time and sometimes their whole lives) to the health and wellbeing of animals.  While much of the time, these individuals may reap rewards in the form … Continue reading A Bird’s-Eye View of the Best and the Worst of Humanity [Clinics Series]

How Two Weeks of Necropsy Reminded Me to be Thankful [Clinics Series]

Our necropsy block is widely recognized as an easy block during which you trade the unpleasant business of cutting open dead animals for the opportunity to be done with your responsibilities as early as 10am and as late as 3pm.  I don't really like dissecting dead bodies.  They smell, blood gets everywhere, and I have enough … Continue reading How Two Weeks of Necropsy Reminded Me to be Thankful [Clinics Series]

How To Tell If An Ocelot Is Pregnant [Clinics Series]

You know it's been a good day when letting your hair down results in the release of the fragrant aroma of ocelot feces.  The ocelot in question was artificially inseminated a month ago, and now it's time to find out if she's pregnant.  Unfortunately, there is no "pee on a stick" method for diagnosing ocelot … Continue reading How To Tell If An Ocelot Is Pregnant [Clinics Series]