When I was doing my clinical rotations as a fourth year veterinary student at Virginia-Maryland, the Internal Medicine Service admitted a very sick Golden Retriever. This poor dog was so ill he couldn’t stand and he wouldn’t eat. His abdomen was bloated. His gums, skin and the whites of his eyes were as yellow as a banana peel. This is called jaundice, and in this dog’s case, it was due to severe liver disease. He wasn’t my patient but I heard from other students and … [Read more...] about What Future Veterinarians Should Know About Being a Veterinarian.
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I’ve mentioned in the On Being a Veterinarian book series that virtually every time I tell a stranger I’m a vet, they transform into giddy little kids right before my eyes. I swear, it’s almost like I have an invisible magic wand. I can tap a stranger’s head with this wand and - “poof!” - they turn into smiling, happy people who like me very much. We become instant friends. Their eyes get big and they lean in closer to me while saying something like, “Really, that‘s so great! I wanted to be a … [Read more...] about Don’t Hate Me Because I’m a Veterinarian