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In my job working with animal populations, 12 is the “magic number.” It’s the minimum number of samples you need to submit to a lab for population surveys that result in “pass/fail” of a program. Have a herd of cows and want to know if they have an okay nutrition plan? 12 blood samples minimum. Want to know if your orphaned lambs are getting enough colostrum via your colostrum replacer program? 12 animals and 12 blood samples please.
That’s why I’m listing 12 blogs. These are some of my favorite 12 blogs about animals, vet, or medicine related that I enjoy and reblog a lot from. No particular order. Just some good blogs with nice content. Y’all should follow these guys!
Acronyms are an easy and effective way (most of the time) for doctors to take quick and efficient notes, write prescriptions, and fill in histories. Here is a list of some of the more commonly and frequently used veterinary acronyms:
WNL: Within Normal limits
NSF: No significant findings
ADR: Ain’t doing right
NDR: Not doing right
SID: Once daily- every 24 hours
BID: Twice daily- every 12 hours
TID: Three times daily- every 8 hours
QID: Four times daily- every 6 hours
PRN: As needed
QOD: Every other day
q: every (q2hrs= every two hours)
prn: as needed
qs: quantity sufficient
AD: Right ear
AS: Left ear
AU: Both ears
OD: Right eye
OS: Left eye
OU: Both eyes
PO: By mouth
NPO: Nothing by mouth
PE: Physical exam
SOAP: subjective, objective, assessment, plan
BAR: Bright, alert and responsive
QAR: Quite, alert, and responsive
BCS: Body condition score
TPR: Temperature, pulse, respiration
HR: Heart rate
RR: Respiration rate
BP: Blood pressure
PLR: Pupillary light reflex
IOP: Intraocular pressure
CRT: Capillary refill time
MM: Mucous membranes
GS: Gut sounds
BM: Bowel movement
ICP: Intracranial pressure
CPP: Cerebral perfusion pressure
F/S: Spayed female
M/N: Neutered male
CBC: Complete blood count
PCV: Packed cell volume
TP/TS: Total protein/ Total solids
CRI: Constant rate infusion
USG: Urine specific gravity
UTI: Urinary tract infection
URI: Upper respiratory infection
STT: Schirmer tear test
DIC: Disseminated intravascular coagulation, aka dead in cage
1. Googling non-specified animal medical conditions/ procedures can yield some very troubling results.
Episiotomy vs Episiotomy in cow. Thanks but no thanks. There is a reason I went into veterinary medicine, people are gross, and I don’t want to see that google. Along the same lines…
2. The best study spot in the coffee shops are the ones where no one can walk behind you.
You quickly learn to choose the tables in the public library or coffee shop that are against the wall. There is nothing more awkward than having a picture of a stallion’s priapiam displayed largely on your screen. Judgmental glances due occur.
3. You won’t learn everything you need to know in school.
Don’t get me wrong, school covers a lot of information in a very short amount of time and its amazing that semi-conscious human beings can remember as much as we do, but as much information they do cover there is more than double they don’t cover. So it’s a pretty safe course of action that when around an experienced practitioner not to act like a know-it-all.
4. You lose the ability to carry on a social conversation.
When your life consists of spending over 12 hours in one building studying and your outside hobbies are limited to walking your dog and grabbing drinks with vet med buddies, the conversations you begin to have become rather narrow. Its not that we don’t want to talk about other subjects, its just we have nothing to contribute to them besides medicine since that is our world.
5. Dinner dates with the parents can be horrifying.
While a penile amputation may be the coolest, bloodest, surgery you have seen in a while and your classmates love to hear about the story its hard to remember that out side of the vet med community those stories are no longer dinner date appropriate. Additionally, its a good thing to reserve the video of the puss volcano until you’re back around other medical professionals.
6. Your life will feel like its on hold.
During the four years of school you will have to watch while your friends and family carry on with their lives. They will meet new significant others, get married, have kids, find new jobs, and buy houses. In other words they will be functioning adults. Mean while you will be sitting in school wondering what the hell you are doing with your life still feeling like your 17 year old self trapped in high school. Which brings me to…
7. Vet school is just like High School
With average class sizes of 120 everyone will know everything about you. On average, if something “exciting” happens to/with someone in the school with the help of facebook and email it takes about 30 minutes for the whole school to know about it. Welcome to the digital age.
8. It doesn’t get easier.
While it seems like you just have to make it past first year and then its all down hill, this is just not so. Sure first year is some tough cookies, but second year lays it on rough, and by third year your struggling with senoritis plus a heavy dose of course work. By the time you make it on the clinic floor, you feel like the zombie that has half its body chopped off and only one arm is pulling its torso towards its prize.
9. You won’t make it out alive alone.
While I am as independent as the next type A vet school personality, you have to make vet friends and rely on them. They are the only people that will understand what you are going through and will be there for you when times get tough.
10. People will tell you the strangest things.
While your not an MD there is something strange that happens when people realize your in the medical profession. They open up and will tell you the strangest most personal, intimate information. I once spent a whole flight having a guy tell me about his struggle with ED after he saw my vet med tag on my bag. All I could follow up with was “you know Viagra is used to treat canine pulmonary hypertension.”
Have fun, enjoy the experience. Vet school turns you into a strong individual you just might come out a bit strange on the other side.
Foal-heat Diarrhea: occurs 4-14 days after birth, self-limiting, BAR foals, no fever present.
Clostridium perfringens and
Clostridium difficile): Most common bacterial cause of diarrhea in foals. C. perfringes affects foals <7 days; Type A most common. C. difficile causes hemorrhagic diarrhea and death in all foal age groups.
Salmonella: Second most common cause of diarrhea in foals. Usually acquired from dam.