My last mini-rotation experience was with the Equine Internal Medicine service. It’s always a busy day when I’m in the clinic, but I love the fast-paced environment. You never know what’s going to happen next.
During my clinic day, we conducted a neurologic examination of a horse with a potential equine herpes infection and cared for a young foal that was found abandoned in a ravine with a pelvic fracture. Then, we examined a horse that had a deep corneal ulcer. We conducted diagnostic tests to determine any infectious agents present. After swabs were taken for bacterial and fungal cultures, the resident placed a subpalpebral lavage system in the eyelid to allow for administration of topical medications. I had never seen the placement of one of those tubes, so it was extremely interesting to watch the technique of placement and drug administration. I was also able to help prepare the medications that were to be administered via the lavage system.
It was a great experience for me to interact with fourth-year students, residents, and faculty on the rotation. It helped me to realize how much information I have learned over the past year and a half. Sometimes, I feel like I don’t really know that much, so being able to apply my knowlege in a clinical setting helps to excite me for my own clinical experiences that will be here before I know it!