In studying for the NAVLE, I have come across hundreds, if not thousands, of questions related to medicine, surgery, anatomy, pharmacology, animal husbandry, biosecurity, and a host of other topics. The online study tool I am using allows students to choose a species or specialty section to practice questions, as well as a random category. The latter is useful in that it likely will imitate the actual NAVLE, but it does feel strange having to switch gears from thinking about what suture types are absorbable or not to a question that involves higher order problems like those involving management of a diabetic patient and whether or not to change insulin type and dose, or keep the management the same based on the prompt. My brain may have a hard time shifting gears after every question.
A question that recently appeared in the potpourri of questions involved equine dentition. Specifically, the question was testing me on knowing which surfaces of both the maxillary arcade (upper jaw) and mandibular arcade (lower jaw) are to be “floated.” Floating teeth consists of filing them down such that sharp surfaces are curbed and do not cause ulcerations and pain in the mouth, a procedure that is aided with sedation of the horse and sometimes a device called a speculum to keep the mouth open. Immediately my mind drifted to my first time floating teeth with Dr. Max on several police horses in New Orleans. Remembering that we floated the buccal (cheek) surface of the top teeth and the lingual (tongue) side of the lower teeth helped me a lot. So thank you, Dr. Max, for helping me answer the question and the good memories!