Nutrition and some Clinical Diagnostics (Day 379)

Sheep and Goat Clinical Diagnostics

Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Pet Hooligans

Well today is again long with my 8am lecture then practical finishing at 7pm however at least we get to be hands on with (grumpy and tired) animals during this practical. Last week we looked at basic restraint and this week we looked at taking vital signs. I’m ok on horses and small animals but trying to count the respiration(breathing) rate of a sheep and goat caused me a little difficulty. These animals are all ruminants so they have stomach movements which are easy to get confused and you have to be able to count this rate before touching the animal. This is because when you start to touch an animal the stress rate increases which in turn causes the respiratory rate to increase as well.

Sheep and Goat Clinical Diagnostics

In between the clinical diagnostics lecture and practical we have our animal nutrition practical. Like I spoke about last week this semester it is more applied and so focused on what and how much to feed different animals at different life stages. Next week we’ll be moving onto computer software that does the calculations part for us, however we’ve been warned its in Slovak and so it’s something that we’ll probably never use again in our lives once this module is over.

Anyways I am finding the tables pretty interesting as you break the calculations down into stages of what the animal needs, then what the animal can get from forages (grasses) and then how to make up the excess from concentrates. It’s definitely a very useful skill to have and one I believe will come in very handy in future once I reach practice (very scary that is is just 3 years away!).

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