The last module in this semester is upon us, and that means five weeks until third year is over. We’ve already completed one week of this module, and it has flown by. My new classes for this module are advanced large animal anesthesia and topics in advanced equine medicine. I’m also auditing for small ruminants. My lab for this module is evaluation of equine musculoskeletal disease.
Both of my courses this semester are largely discussion based. Large animal anesthesia is spent briefly going over the basic principles of the topic for the day, then afterward we go through cases and talk about specific anesthetic considerations for that patient. Equine medicine is similar to a class we did in first year called structure and function. Each class starts out by getting a brief patient history. From this, we have to come up with our plan for what we want next in terms of diagnostics. With each piece of information we obtain, we start to create a plan for our patient. It revolves around group work and is a similar set-up to how we’ll be receiving cases in clinics during fourth year.
Lastly, my lab for this module will be an intense five weeks learning the complexity that is the equine limb. My first lab was very interesting. We all had cadaver limbs to practice on. We performed joint injections and practiced nerve blocks. I’m looking forward to doing some lameness evaluations and learning about how to perform diagnostic procedures to determine causes of lameness.