anonymous asked:

Poor doctor! This blog was supposed to be your escape from work but look at how that turned out. )-: Love learning but hate to burden you. What's your favorite breakfast food? And how do you take your coffee or tea?

I have a fairly bad relationship with breakfast, but pancakes are my favorite. I don’t drink either coffee or tea, but will drink hot chocolate.

I feel like I have sold my soul to veterinary medicine, and that it doesn’t matter what I try to do now I will always be a vet wherever and whatever I do. It will always have hooks into me somehow, so I might as well accept it. I have it, it has me, and it’s unlikely to ever let me go.

Thing is, I probably would have sold my soul to become a veterinarian. No questions asked. This is why I so frequently encourage people not  to be come vets if animals are the only thing they like in their lives, and to maintain hobbies that aren’t veterinary related. 

It consumes you.

anonymous asked:

Why didn't you become an art student instead of a medical student? Does a part of you ever long for that art atmosphere? I ask this because I'm also studying medicine, but art is rlly my first love, and I'm kind of having this internal battle of my happiness in medicine. Do you feel that sometimes?

OH this is a really interesting ask, thanks for the msg!

I’m actually a veterinary medicine student so for short, we’ll just say that I’m a medical student. The thing is I really did want to go to school for art. But my parents gave that whole ‘you’ll never find a good job’ or the ‘you won’t make enough money, won’t be that successful’ talk that basically locked that dream up in the basement. My whole fam basically studied/works w/ medicine and clearly they wanted me to study that too but I just… really didn’t want to be a nurse or a doctor. But I did love animals, so I chose the veterinary medicine path in college and that was that. 

The thing is, even if I become a veterinarian, or a tech, or some job that gets me to work with animals, years down the road when I’m on my death bed my biggest and maybe only regret would be not giving art school a chance. I get jealous seeing others working on final art projects, or getting internships at big animation studios. The saying that “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life” may be cliche but it is so true. My advice for you is, if even a piece of you likes studying medicine, likes helping sick/injured people, enjoys learning about whatever it is you are learning right now, then stick with it. But if you just really hate it, or maybe you’re doing it for someone else and not yourself, get out of it. If you force yourself to study something you hate, then I feel like theres not point in doing it. It may just be 4 or 8 years in school, but just imagine working a 9-5, or 12hr job that you dislike, when you would rather be pursuing something else you enjoy much more but you don’t have the time/energy for it anymore. Doesn’t seem like a happy life.

It is your life after all, do what you love and you can make a career out of it! If you love it, you’ll work hard, challenge yourself, and improve yourself. And it won’t seem agonizing at all, because you’re doing what YOU love. 

I’m sorry this was so long, but I hope this is maybe something what you were looking for?

Old cattle vets

One of my favourite lecturers at vet school was an old cattle vet. Retired from practice long ago, his demeanour was best described as “jolly but practical” and he had seen many years of students pass before him.

Many years. It used to be he would be teaching bovine obstetrics to a room full of strapping Aussie blokes, each more than capable of lugging a 40kg jersey calf around on their shoulders. Nowadays most of our class were women, and a fair chunk of those were petite international students, barely bigger than the aforementioned 40kg jersey calf themselves.

He knew very well that most of these smaller women were likely to end up in small animal practice, but that wasn’t going to stop him from trying to convert them to the joys of cattle medicine.

I remember him very clearly in the bovine obstetrics lectures,pulling a calf is a seriously physical task. Cattle are BIG and they are all muscle. When a cow decides she is going to push a 40kg calf at you the simple fact is that you cannot push against her. That uterus of hers is stronger than your forearms, and she’s prepared to push all day. Fortunately, there are drugs for that.

Our lecturer would merrily tell us some very colourful stories about pulling calves and the sorts of farmers he had encountered, including their unfortunate tendency to try to pull a calf first, using a tractor if need be.

Attaching a calf to a tractor and then driving away from the cow does not, in fact, make it any easier for her to give birth. If it’s stuck, it’s stuck, and no tractor is substitute for a lot of lube and some intra-uterine calf leg Tetris.

So what do you do, he specifically asked the international girls huddled down the front, when you show up at a farm, and the farmer, built like a brick house, and his son, also built like a brick house, have already tried and failed to pull this calf?

You walk up there, and you show them how it’s done.

You have a veterinary a science education and ten litres of lube. You can get the calf out. Use your brain, then give them the ropes to pull and use their muscles. Take control. Tell them what to do. Climb onto a box if you have to. If you’re particularly little, you can get both hands up there. You CAN pull that calf.

Up until that point, I don’t think those students actually expected to be able to really do it. But he expected them to.

And if all else fails, he continued, do a Caesarian. They won’t be judgemental if you didn’t pull a calf if they’re already tried anyway.

And you know, I personally know at least one of those petite little students ended up in cattle practice.

You can do it.

Since it’s almost “new puppy” season, I thought I’d pass this along.  For those of us in “Heartworm Central“ where moxidectin (and not the dirt-cheap ivermectin) is the prevention of choice, the difference is more like four years’ worth of prevention.

Immiticide (heartworm treatment) can cost anywhere from $500 to $1000, not including other drugs used in the protocol, like doxycycline, prednisone, heartworm prevention, and pain relief.

In the U.S., only Diroban and Immiticide are approved for use in canine heartworm treatment.

Single most important thing for a veterinarian to remember about the species they are treating

As vets we have to retain an awful lot of knowledge about a bunch of different species in our brain, but I could only impart one factoid onto a new vet for each species, these would be it.

Dog: Everything that can go wrong will go wrong, in a German Shepherd

Cat: Species most likely to send you to the hospital.

Horse: Species most likely to send you to the morgue.

Cattle:  Hygiene and lube.

Sheep: Not little cows!

Goats: Not funny sheep!

Deer: Don’t. Just shoot them.

Birds: No diaphragm, if you squeeze them they will die.

Raptors(eg eagles) : Much easier to handle with a sock over their head.

Chickens: If it’s egg bound there is no such thing as too much lube.

Water birds: Projectile feces. Aim with care.

Rabbits:  Drug sensitivities

Guinea Pigs: Lethal penicillin

Rats & Mice: It’s going to be a tumor.

Snakes: Don’t leave them in a cage. They get out.

Lizards: 90% of the time it’s a husbandry problem

Aussie mammals: Don’t wrestle wombats, you can’t win.

Fish: You can MacGuyver an anesthetic rig from two buckets, some tubing, a straw, a clean cat litter tray and some alfaxan. Do not use electro-cautery on a wet fish.

Ferrets: Most of their problems are from the same area; the kidneys, adrenals and ovaries seem to be part of a club to cause havoc for this species.

Pigs: Wear ear muffs, because they scream like you wouldn’t believe, and remember that they’re bred for meat, which is muscle and they know how to use it.

This is not an attempt to condense veterinary medicine into a few dozen sentences. But if you can only remember one thing, make it a useful one.


PLEASE make sure to regularly check your pet’s toenails! This dog’s owner had not realized that the dewclaw was curling around and growing into the paw pad. It embedded a full centimeter into the pad, causing an abscess and severe pain in the area. It would have taken weeks to get to that point. Antibiotics and pain medication are the mainstays of therapy.

Nail trims are especially important in any dog with dewclaws, cats with extra toes, and senior pets whose nails do not get worn down as quickly anymore. I see this problem most often in ancient cats.

Beak Trims Are Not Normal

Parrot beaks are composed of bone covered in a layer of keratin, the same substance our hair and fingernails are made of. The keratin layer of the beak continues to grow throughout the life of the bird to replace parts that become worn down. Unlike fingernails, parrots should not ever need their beaks trimmed, this is not a normal grooming requirement.

A parrot with an overgrown or misshapen beak has a health problem or a lack of proper environmental enrichment. There are numerous causes of beak overgrowth including:

Liver Disease
Improper Diet
Lack of Proper Toys
Birth Defect
Low Vitamin A

Diets composed mainly of seeds are high in fat which can affect the liver and low in vitamins which directly impacts how the beak grows. Parrots on seed diets should be slowly switched over to pelleted diets supplemented with fresh vegetables.

Proper diets also help parrots because they must manipulate the food with their beaks which helps keep them worn down. This is also why having lots of toys and other environmental enrichment activities is important. Birds that simply reach into a dish to eat and don’t have to work for their food become bored and the beaks overgrow from lack of use.

Some parrots are on wonderful diets and have lots of toys and other activities and still have beak problems. Often these are due to bird defects like an over or underbite or trauma. X-rays are often needed to diagnose this and these birds do need frequent beak trims but this is not common.

Trimming a beak is not a simple task like trimming a nail. The entire beak has to be assessed and it must be correctly shaped. Simply trimming it short in one spot will change how pressure is applied to other portions of the beak which will cause even more malformation. An understanding of the physics of the beak and how even a small change will impact the entire organ is very important. Sometimes we have to make very small changes over several trims to slowly force the beak to grow correctly.
Because there are so many reasons the beak may be in need of a corrective trim it is very important to do a complete medical work up and find the cause. The concern is that if there is a medical problem not only should we address it and fix it, but the stress of a beak trim on top of an illness can actually be fatal in some birds.

DONT ask Vetblrs for emergency and time sensitive veterinary advice

I mean it, seriously DONT. I don’t care what your reason is, if you need emergency or urgent veterinary advice then you pick up the phone and CALL someone.

You are potentially endangering your pets life by delaying treatment.

Veterinarians are only licensed and registered to provide veterinary advice in the state or country they practice in. On the internet you don’t know where someone lives, you don’t know where we live, and so we’re not legally covered if we give you specific veterinary medical advice.

We also might not be online. If you’ve got a situation where your animal needs emergency treatment within the hour and we’re not online, who’s fault is that if your pet suffers or dies? Yours, realistically, because you thought messaging someone you don’t know online is a substitute for calling a clinic. But morally, we will feel partially responsible for not being online at the right time to stop you being a bloody idiot.

And we can’t do anything for you. We can’t write you a prescription to have medication delivered by drone. We physically can’t do anything to help your pet.

CALL A CLINIC. I don’t care if you think ‘vets are expensive’, a phone call is not.

CALL A CLINIC. I don’t care if you think they’re closed, more and more clinics are open late and most clinics either divert the practice phone to a vet’s mobile overnight, or give you the contact number of clinics that are still open.

CALL A CLINIC. I don’t care if you’re shy. It’s always fine to call a clinic, especially if you think your pet is at any risk at all.

Don’t think Google is a substitute either. Googling wastes precious time, and there’s a plethora of false information out there. You can’t be certain of anyone’s qualifications online. CALL A CLINIC.

Don’t shift responsibility off yourself by thinking messaging a Vetblr here is adequate care. We have enough mental health rubbish to deal with without the guilt of knowing that your animal might die because you chose to message us.


Call a vet clinic.

Study Motivation for VET and MD Students


  1. You’ll be using a stethoscope everyday
  2. You’ll be wearing a white coat with your name on it
  3. You’ll be called “Doctor”
  4. You’ll be wearing pajamas for work
  5. You’ll be standing in a beautiful OR
  6. You’ll be able to use amazing instruments and machines
  7. You’ll be the bridge between life and death
  8. You’ll be solving puzzles for a living
  9. You’ll be saving lives
  10. You’ll make someone happy
  11. You’ll see lots of puppies and kittens and all sorts of animals
  12. You’ll be happy
  13. You’ll be conquering your dream
  14. You’ll be even more amazing
  15. For all you know you could be the future of medicine

Originally posted by gajanoncensure