When it comes to being sick, cows choose life…while horses choose death.
As part of the Exotics group we give students lots of opportunity to volunteer and get some hands on experience at events such as ferret vaccination days. The vet who runs these days has plenty of experience and knowledge about these little squirmy critters and is in credibly helpful and a great teacher.
This particular Sunday we vaccinated 100+ ferrets for distemper and had a fantastic time playing with the animals and meeting the owners.
Vet school is full of opportunities to do really cool things you would probably never do else where. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the state for some fantastic pracs, to Africa to work with vets and wild life over there and over the summer I went to Sydney for the Australian Veterinary Student conference.
This is a fantastic experience and something I don’t think a lot of students know about. The week is quite full on with lectures each morning, practical classes in the afternoons and social events each night. There is also a day left free for tourist activities and a day of large animal work shops. This year there were workshops from wild life to dentistry to surgical skills. Every year and experience level is well catered for and if you ever have the chance to go I sightly recommend it.
If you still aren’t convinced by all the cool vet stuff then maybe you will be by all the fantastic people you get to meet. It’s a rare opportunity to meet so many vet students from all the different vet schools, and we all know vet students are the best kind of people.
The student conference is a great opportunity to learn some new skills, get some hands on experience and make some great new friends!
So this was the AVSC which I’ve talked so much about. Jordan definitely missed one of the best parts though - we finally got to meet after nearly two years (?I forget?) of friendship, letters and blogging!
Here’s my wrap-up of the week from our student Newsletter:
The Australasian Veterinary Student’s Conference (AVSC) is an annual gathering of vet students from across Australia and New Zealand. This year the University of Sydney was the host and they put on a great week full of learning and socialising.
Students from every stage of their degrees attended lectures covering topics such as emergency medicine, dairy robotics, diagnostic imaging, and even specialty cat practice! There were also practical workshops covering a whole range of skills. Plastic surgery, forensic pathology, clinical skills, and wildlife workshops were some of the many options available to students. There was also a day-long trip out to Campden (where USyd students get their hands-on animal experience) to practice and learn some skills with either horses, cows, or cadavers for surgery.
The week was also packed full of social events, with those attending making full use of the generous bar-tabs at the Scav Hunt, Farmers Party, Trivia Night, Rubiks Cube Pub Crawl, Miss Vet, and the Gala Dinner to wrap the week up.
The week was surely one to remember with strong bonds formed with students from every university, and enough in-jokes to make sure that next year at UQ is definitely a #girthy experience.
If you’re a Vet Student from Australia or New Zealand I encourage you to make attending this conference a priority while you’re studying. You will not regret it.
Also, if you aren’t already, follow Jordan, she also has a photography blog which is incredible!
Horses are born on earth with two thoughts: homicide or suicide.
A new study has raised cautious optimism that an effective vaccine might finally become available… The vaccine — called PfSPZ because it is made from sporozoites (SPZ), a stage in the life cycle of the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) — uses a weakened form of the whole parasite to invoke an immune response… The trial now needs to be repeated and extended in regions where malaria is rampant to test whether it provides protection against different strains of the parasite.
This has the potential to change the world. But a sample size of five is just not good enough. I will be watching this story very closely.
New pet! I’m super excited about this little guy. He doesn’t have a name yet any suggestions?
veterinaryrambles answered: I always named mine after various fandoms… Captain Jack Ancalagon (a dragon in the Silmarillion) Sparrow, for example. So I vote fandom!
There were lots of good ideas but this one won in the end and the fish is named Glen :) bonus points for anyone who knows which show this comes from!