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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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BatGirl I feel as if I have reached a milestone in my veterinary training.  Last week, I successfully completed my first dog spay.  There were many classes and much training leading up to this point, including an introduction to anesthesia and surgery course last year and our current junior surgery course.  In addition to watching countless numbers of spays and neuters while previously working at an animal shelter, I had assumed this would be no big deal.  I had a team of two other classmates, one working anesthesia, and one as a surgery assistant. I also had several professors and technicians as guides during the entire procedure. I entered the surgery suite feeling totally prepared, but there is still the nervousness that comes from the life of another creature being in your hands.  This was not just any patient for me, but one I had gotten to know pretty well over the previous week.  The dogs and cats we spayed last wee... (Read More)