Recently I had the opportunity to go and work in a new veterinary hospital. Having not worked in a small animal clinic in quite some time, I knew it would be a good refresher and I would probably learn a couple new things.
Coming from a small town, it was my first time going into a multidoctor practice. With multiple patients and procedures going on at once, it was quite an exhilarating experience. I helped remove a liter of fluid from a cat’s abdomen, and then watched while the doctor examined the cat’s abdomen via ultrasound. Surprisingly, I was able to recognize most of the organs as the doctor found them. At another treatment table, techs had taken radiographs (with a portable X ray machine) of a dog’s teeth. Plus I watched a neuter and a spay throughout the day.
It’s hard to believe that all of this happened in one day. Back home, I would be lucky to see this much stuff in a month. Another major difference I noticed is equipment. Back home I was used to patients often being sent out for referrals, but these bigger hospitals have a much bigger caseload and thus better equipment. The hospital had digital radiographs, ultrasound, lasers, multiple operating tables, and more.
After such an eye opening day, I know I need to start working in bigger hospitals or maybe do something entirely new in the near future. There are bigger and better things out there that I have yet to see! But looking toward the future, I need to figure out how I’m going to proceed. Do I stay in Virginia next summer, head back to Vermont, or find some other amazing opportunity elsewhere? Regardless of where I go, it will be for something vet related, and I know it will be a huge step forward for my veterinary career.