Over the summer, I had a tremendous experience shadowing ophthalmology surgeries. It’s really amazing and inspiring to think about some of the technology employed in medicine. To think, in little more than one hundred years, medicine has advanced from Pasteur’s culture of bacteria in nutrient broths to the present understanding of the molecular mechanisms of antibiotics. This wealth of knowledge allows doctors to perform incredibly precise techniques that advance the health of human and animal patients.
One of the most unique procedures I observed was a phacoemulsification. Basically, this is a big word for a surgery performed under a microscope to shred and remove the diseased lens in the eye of a dog. A new lens was then implanted. Overall, the goal was to reestablish vision in an otherwise blind animal.
While the surgery was extremely interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the procedure, I could not help but feel inspired. As a future vet, there is so much opportunity to truly promote the well-being of animals. Al;though this surgery was not necessarily a routine procedure, it did make me realize that there are going to be times when I’ll have the opportunity to contribute my training and knowledge to make a fundamental difference.
Experiences like these give me great satisfaction with the big picture. Becoming a vet means that one day I will have the chance to dedicate my skills for the benefit of others. We can gain so much from helping others, no matter the complexity of our deeds.