The satisfaction and the pain of being a vet student

An exhausted vet student

Since last Wednesday I have barely slept, have been in surgery long past midnight on several nights, and have had the pleasure on one day of seeing the sun rise as I stumbled home to take a shower before heading back in to more surgery.

It’s been a sleep deprived rollercoaster of emotion, I’ve seen some things I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, yet have seen patients recover right from the edge of deaths door. Through a lot of the surgeries during this period I have taken the role of anaesthesiologist. When I first started in clinics one of the equine surgeons told me that I should learn anaesthesia, as without anaesthesia there cannot be surgery. This is something that I listened to and have become reasonable at, I’m capable of selecting and calculating drugs to put an animal asleep, keeping them asleep through the surgery and then waking them at the end. It’s been a very steep learning curve, however now I am looking at anaesthesia in different circumstances which is getting more interesting. However my goal is to become a great surgeon, anaesthesia has given me a way to find my way into really cool surgery which is pretty cool though.

Anyways the past 5 days have been very educational, yet have for me have pushed me to my limits both mentally and physically. One minute I was doing CPR on one dog, the next I was doing anaesthesia for emergency surgery on the next. After just getting home after food I was called back in at 11pm to run anaesthesia for an emergency surgery and arrived at the same time as another patient that had just been hit by a car that just randomly showed up.

Coffee has become my best friend, my feet and legs ache, my hands feel like lead but I still performed to the best of my ability. I like to be pushed, emergencies tend not to be a normal thing here, and I do not know why all of a sudden it went so crazy however it was an amazing experience and one that I wished repeated on a weekly basis.

From one very tired vet student, goodnight.

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