It is hard to believe it, but fourth-year is almost over. I’m on my last rotation now, which means less than three weeks left until I am finished with vet school. Fourth-year has gone by in the blink of an eye, and I’m sure these next three weeks will go even faster.
My last rotation here at the AVC is small animal surgery. While I’m not interested in specializing in surgery, and I’ll certainly never be performing total hip replacements in general practice, it is useful to learn about these complicated procedures so that if a patient of mine ever needs to be referred, I’ll be able to speak with an owner about the surgery.
My first day was quite the introduction to the rotation. I took over a case that went to surgery the first day. I think I quickly learned why I would never be a surgeon, and that’s my inability to stand in surgery for five hours without becoming a miserable person. It takes a large amount of patience and fine attention to detail to be a surgeon, and I respect anybody who can do that. I will happily refer complicated surgery cases in the future!
Over the next three weeks, I’m hoping to absorb all of the information I can about orthopedic and neurologic examinations, as those make up a large majority of surgical cases at the AVC. I’m excited to see some cool surgeries while I’m here, and I’m so excited that after this I will be done!