I think that if you walk into any clinic or hospital setting of any kind and say the word “quiet,” you’re guaranteed to get shunned faster than you can blink. Doctors and technicians knock on wood and cross fingers, have lucky scrub caps and practice all sorts of rituals. What I’m saying is, a large majority of the people I have worked with at AVC are superstitious folk, myself included.
Now that I’ve said that, when I say that I have the on-call curse, I’m not joking. I was paired with another student during my large animal medicine and surgery rotation, so when she was in the barn I was on call and vice versa. It almost never failed that we got called in almost every single time (I think we were spared for two shifts out of the entire rotation). It got to the point where the doctors would groan when they were on call with us!
We did get to see some really interesting cases, things we’re way less likely to see in general practice. We did a fetotomy on a mare, saw a horse with a tongue laceration, and a horse with syncope. We also saw a few cases of the typical colics, lamenesses, cows with a displaced abomasum, and other miscellaneous disorders. It was always interesting, that’s for sure, though I did start to scream at my phone every time it rang. I’m hoping that the curse doesn’t continue in my next rotation, small animal surgery (and you can bet I’m knocking on wood right now).