Often in vet school, we get so lost in our conversations that when we stop to think about we’re saying, sometimes we’re shocked/embarrassed/can’t help but burst out laughing. It might be a group of us sitting in a crowded restaurant talking about diarrhea or lancing an abscess. It might be getting really excited to look at the histopathology of a “crusty hairless mass” rather than a blood smear of immune-mediated hemolytic anemia. A favorite conversation happened while studying with my friends for an exam on clinical practices, mainly focusing on animal handling and restraint.
We were talking about different methods of restraint and started to think about how this would be related to human medicine. The conversation only got more ridiculous as we started talking about how to cast cows and restrain birds. Generally, humans frown upon being put in a burlap sack to get a look at their limbs without injuring the body, such as you would do for some larger birds. Casting cows involves putting ropes around the body in such a way to bring the cow to the ground and immobilize them to perform a procedure, something that also would be frowned upon in human medicine.
Anyway, these are just a few ridiculous anecdotes from the ramblings of some very tired vet students trying to fight their way through the last month and a half of their first year of vet school. A sense of humor is a very helpful tool to carry around with you in veterinary medicine, along with some rope and a burlap sack!