One of the things I love most about veterinary medicine is the variety it offers. No matter what your schedule looks like one minute, the next minute it can be completely different and exciting.
That’s exactly what happened when a van with a baby wallaby pulled up in front of an equine hospital. Not exactly the usual patient, but still one in need. In central Indiana, the list of wallaby veterinarians is pretty short, or try nonexistent. The story on this little guy was that he was pulled from his mother’s pouch by a male and attacked. Apparently, adult male wallabies will pull babies out of the mother’s pouch and attack male babies while leaving the female babies unharmed. This little guy was pretty beat up.
With that in mind, it was time to dig back into all those lectures about wallaby medicine that everyone has in veterinary school….Oh wait — those lectures didn’t happen. So, it was time to pull out a variety of books and put on our thinking caps as well as make an occasional reference to Dr. Google. With all those resources, a plan was put together and treatment administered accordingly.
Unfortunately, the damage was too extensive to be repaired within the owner’s limited budget, but it was an example of one of the many exciting aspects of veterinary medicine. In veterinary medicine, there is often no right answer. You are presented with a problem and based on what you know, what resources you have, what resources the owner has, etc, you have to do what is best for your patient within your abilities and experience.