Under the skin when things go wrong in marine mammals

Vet summer school with dolphins

So this morning we did our anaesthesia and immobilisation workshop, unfortunately there were no procedures required in the marine mammals so we got a wild horse instead that needed x-rays and hoof trimming. Slightly disappointed but a great speaker and I’ve taken away pages full of tips and tricks that will help me with future anaesthesia in different species. So after lunch with these guys…

Vet summer school with dolphinsWe started with the pathology of marine mammals, this is a pretty special area and we had one of the top vets in the world taking the afternoon. We covered so many disorders including diseases and parasites not seen in normal animals that I finished with a headache, and a ton of notes to go over. Then we got to try our hands at histology of marine mammals as well, this was interesting especially as I have not finished veterinary pathological anatomy yet biut was well worth it to get a good explaination of just what was going on as well as a demonstration of just what can be achieved using simple histological stains.

The evening then went to scientific writting, with us being given blood data for the past few years for all the dolphins here to look at which was pretty interesting. Before we finished for the day we decided to check out the directors claim on Monday that night boxes were not used here and animals were left outside at night – he was telling the truth and it was interesting to be able to see how some animals sleep at night.

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