Today is the end of the semester, it is scary how fast it has come, and more scary that in a little over a month I will start my state exams.
As off today my education from university in exotic pets, poultry, wildlife, and zoo animals is complete. I know everything I need to know to treat these animals, and on the 13th June I will be tested by a panel to confirm that I can do this. This is scary. I feel I have barely scratched the surface, when it comes to exotics I am lucky to have a lot of extra education through my work with education rabbit owners on proper care.
For zoo animals, I have been extremely fortunate to learn from some of the best zoo vets in the world, gained valuable knowledge and experience that I will treasure. I’ve worked with dolphins, tigers, orangutans, camels, sea lions, seals, penguins, coyotes and birds. Being allowed into a world that few ever see I am more confident on this part of the state exam than any other.
Then there is poultry, I dread this part of the exam. Personally I believe that whilst we need meat, just by spending a few extra pennies we can improve the conditions that these chickens are raised in. Unfortunately poultry medicine is focused on the population. With each bird worth just over a euro there is no money for treating individuals. These animals are here for the single purpose of feeding humans. My education here allows me to optimise the conditions for this to happen, for me to determine the best way to get the highest production. Is this an education I really want? No, however it has to be done. I just dread the day when this becomes an even more intensive process.
It is no longer random subjects which faintly tie into medicine, now it is a case of actual medicine – where what I know, or don’t know will affect patients. These state exams are the ones that count, and I really hope that I don’t mess up.
Tonight finished with a BBQ up on the hills looking over the city that I am proud to call home for at least one more year…