In preparation for our junior surgeries and clinical rotations, we began our Clinical Foundations block a few weeks ago. This block has given me an amazing opportunity to synthesize everything we have learned in the past two years of vet school and apply it directly in a more clinically minded fashion.
This block has also exposed us to suturing techniques and surgery. One of our cadaver dogs was injected with a putty to create a subdermal mass so that we could practice mass removal skills. I have been fortunate enough to see mass removal surgeries in practice, but being able to practice being the surgeon was a great experience.
I was able to determine and mark my margins around the mass, create my incision, remove the mass, and then suture each of the body layers practicing my suture patterns, stitch by stitch.
We were first able to use different suturing patterns earlier in the week on pig hooves. I know that my simple interrupted, simple continuous, ford interlocking and cruciate sutures are definitely not the most perfect-looking sutures in the world. However, with each knot and stitch, I get more confident and proficient in my skills. For now, I’ll continue to practice my sutures in labs, on bananas, and finally sewing up the tears in my clothes that I have been neglecting. After all, practice makes perfect.