Discover Vet School 2018
By: Lauren Sayers
On Saturday Jan 13th, Hanna Reid and I traveled to the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph to attend Discover Vet School Day 1. This is a 1 or 2 day program organized and run by a team of vet students and professors in support of Global Vets. More information on what Global Vets is and what they do can be found here: http://ovc.uoguelph.ca/globalvets/
Our day started with registration at 8:30 where we picked up goodie bags full of information and pens and notepads for use during the day. We were welcomed and the Global Vet students introduced the guest speakers to us and they told us that in true vet school fashion, it was going to be a very long day!! There were about 80 or so people attending the event, ranging from my age (12) to college age and even a few parents! We attended lectures covering topics such as Haematology, Parasitic Zoonoses, and Misconceptions in Medical Literature (meaning, just because an article tells you that chocolate isn’t bad for you, doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good for you either!). We also participated in labs. One lab was on learning how to suture and we were shown how to do two types including simple interrupted and simple continuous sutures and we each got to try our hand at it! We used the curved suturing needles with needle drivers and real suture thread and practised on leather wrapped foam with mock incisions! The other lab we did was diagnosing a colic case in a hypothetical horse. We went around to different stations and learned the symptoms. One station was learning what you would feel inside upon rectal palpation. Another station was listening to heartbeats and counting to determine if in normal range (normal range is 28-40 beats per minute; the horse we were diagnosing had 20 beats in 10 seconds = 120bpm and had tachycardia (rapid heartbeat).) Lastly, we learned how to pass a stomach tube known as a naso-gastric tube and it goes in the horse’s nose and they have to swallow the tube into their esophagus (make sure it doesn’t go in the trachea as then it will end up in the lungs!) and end up in their stomach. We then attempted “refluxing” the horse by pouring a known volume of water into the hose and creating a siphon by tipping the hose down into a bucket and measuring how much came out. If what we measured was more than what we put in then we successfully removed the excess liquid! Horses cannot vomit so excess liquid in their stomach can cause pain and even rupture if not removed in time! Our last 2 sessions were a time of Q & A with the current DVM students. They enlightened us to how much work it is, like how a single class can last from 8-5 and tests every Monday, to telling us to make sure we still have a life while in school by doing extracurricular activities and joining clubs so we don’t become loners and stressed out. The last thing we got to do was tour OVC. We saw all the barns, animal hospital, the medical labs, outdoor paddocks (they told us that they have even had elephants stay overnight there from zoos!), the rooms with all the preserved specimens and skeletons (one of the coolest things was a preserved nervous system of a cat displayed in a glass case complete with eyeballs and brain!) and they even have a giant horse treadmill that is used as a diagnosing tool.
We were provided lunch and had the opportunity to purchase shirts, calendars and hoodies to support Global Vets. I got a great T-Shirt! It was an awesome day and I recommend it for anyone interested in animal medicine as well as those wishing to (hopefully) become a vet one day. This is the 9th year that they have run this program and I hope to return next year to learn more! Information on the program can be found here: http://ovc.uoguelph.ca/globalvets/discover-vet-school