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So today started badly as because of the Norwegian program my Falconry and Wildlife Rehab lecture was cancelled leaving me with just patho physiology and parasitology lectures followed by my general surgery practical. Well so though I have seen plenty placed, I’ve never actually got to place a cannula into a cat before. Something about my first ever attempt being in front of a owner, on a sick (and very stressed) cat, with the associated pressure always kinda gave me pause. Not to mention the claws and teeth that cats possess!
Today’s general surgery class was all about how and where to give different injections using various techniques (on cadavers). A few of the group were then allowed to attempt cannulation – basically inserting a port into the vein which is then kept there as long as needed. Now someone in my group tried the vein lower down and failed, which caused a hematoma (bruise). So my attempt was a little higher than I would normally like – you are supposed to try to avoid joints etc – however as no one else jumped forward I decided to give it a go.
Now I found blood straight away (meaning I found the vein), however trying to get the cannula into place I lost it. Basically this part is really fiddly as a cannula is basically a silicone tube over a metal stylet, once you are in the vein you need to push the tube in further whilst taking out the stylet… This is a lot more difficult then it sounds one handed. So after going a little wonky beside the vein with some fiddling I managed to get it into the vein properly. Now this meant I then had to fix it in, so using the sticky tape I had prepared I attempted to do this, so I found that this is also more difficult than I expected – added to the fact I think I cut the tape strips too long – so it didn’t look as pretty as it could have, however it worked.
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So today started with a pathophysiology lecture on myopathies which are diseases and disorders of the muscles. Now when thinking about muscles the last thing that pops into most people’s brain is the heart, the intestines, the esophagus or the other systems which rely on muscle to make them work. Whilst very interesting it’s too bigger a field to try to explain in a single post so I will break it down later.
Now onto my next class today it is back to Falconry and Wildlife Rehabilitation, today we spoke a little about the UNESCO application to protect Falconry, looked at the special anatomy of bird wings and the complications this caused with repairing fractures before we got to the wildlife rehabilitation section of the class.
Today was an amazing (at least for me) topic. Brown bears. Now I am coming to realise that my real passion lies with exotics and wildlife as there is just so much that we do not know. Anyways back to the brown bears, now here in Slovakia we are lucky to have some in the wild, and recently a lot of work is being done in conservation of these animals.
Now like most wild animals bears have a bad name as being scary and dangerous, personally my opinion is that we the humans are the scary ones that are gradually taking over all the space in the world in our greed. Anyways, in Slovakia there is a not a direct motorway between the two big cities Kosice in the west and Bratislava in the east as between here is bear country. So the zoologists are currently doing research into the paths that animals use for migration, and part of this involves monitoring the bears movements by satellite using gps transmitters.
Sounds simple right? Well first off all you have to capture the bears… Sneaking up on a bear is pretty dangerous, using snare traps is dangerous for random hikers/hunters that come across a caught (and very angry) bear, and so it was decided to use massive iron box traps. Once in the traps the bears are anesthetized with material collected for DNA analysis of the population and fitting of radio tracking collars. Now these collars are pretty special because as well as having GPS devices they have a autodropoff mechanism to break and fall off in 2 years (or on demand).
Lastly today we had our general surgery practical where we were basically shown round the surgical building, told it looks like crap but they are building a new one to open after we leave. And then two people in the group were shown how to gown up for surgery.
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The first chance I got this morning I rushed into clinic to check on yesterdays guinea pig patient. Now when I left after surgery last night the prognosis was pretty poor, this was a patient with a reoccurring prolapse of the uterus. It initially presented and was replaced after the guinea pig gave birth (it was a rescue animal so pregnancy and birth was unexpected). This is what a guinea pig prolapse looks like (and requires immediate veterinary attention)…
Unfortunately in guinea pigs (as in many animals) a prolapse once it occurs is likely to occur again. In the case of guinea pigs the recommended solution is to neuter the guinea pig to remove the organs involved and so prevent the prolapse happening again. This is what last nights surgery last night did, in addition the cervix was also fixed to the abdominal wall to help prevent the remaining stump of the uterus prolapsing again. After the surgery I was pretty pessimistic as to the outcome, however arriving today I found the guinea pig alive, and with an appetite which was a much better outcome than I ever imagined so put me in a very good mood for the rest of the day.
After this quick break it was time for pathological anatomy with today being our first lecture after last weeks was cancelled. This is something I enjoy as its very practical and todays lecture was around the post-mortem changes within the body. The practical after was then basically a post-mortem of what I believe was a victim from a RTA (Road Traffic Accident) with severe internal injuries. After last week we were expected to be able to carry out the procedure ourselves with only assistance in identifying the pathology which we did pretty well. To be honest I find this pretty interesting, I am not sure where I heard it but the saying this is where the dead speak is pretty true as if you know what you are looking at you can piece together a story.
After this I had another short break so popped back to check the guinea pig, and also saw another very interesting case of a rat with skin that had a jelly feel. Still not entirely sure what this was but was very interesting to see…