A message from Anonymous
Are you a lesbian?? Ewwww
A reply from why-i-am-a-vet-student

Seriously?

Seriously.

Out of all of the things you could say “ewww” about me (i.e. the fact that my display picture is me doing a rectal palpation on a cow), you decide to pick on this. 

If my sexual orientation is impacting you personally in such a life altering fashion, then I honestly think you should have a good look at yourself and reassess your priorities. 

So if you think that the fact that I am a lesbian is, as you said, “ewwww”, then let me provide you with some examples as to why your comment is small minded and bigoted and how commonly it occurs in the animal kingdom for whom I will eventually be providing medical care for. 

In a particular study with rams, researchers found that in a herd, 8% of rams exhibited a sexual preference for other rams even when presented with the opportunity to mate with females. "The development of male-orientated behaviour in rams"

On Oahu, 31% of Laysan albatross pairings were indeed female-female. These female-female pairings reared offspring together that were often genetically related to one of the females in the pairing. These female-female pairings last for many years. "Successful same-sex pairing in Laysan albatross"

There are over 450 species that exhibit homosexual behaviours including dolphins, giraffes and bonobos. So please, don’t “ewww” an aspect of my identity. Homosexuality is not unnatural or disgusting, it is you who is. 

My girl Liv serving up some hard truths.

One correction though… I don’t quite understand why doing a rectal palpation on a cow would be ‘ewwww’? Just me? ok…

Veterinary Suberstitions

A discussion on VIN recently was all about some of the superstitions that vets, vet techs and vet nurses have in the clinic, any of these sound familiar?

  • NEVER say ‘It’s been really slow lately’ because as soon as you say that an emergency will come through the door.
  • Same goes for ‘Boring’ and ‘Quiet’. In fact these words should be referred to as the ‘B word,’ ‘S word’, and ‘Q word’.
  • 'He Who Must Not Be Named' is a real curse - never mention a difficult client or they will ring or walk in the door immediately.
  • Never say how good a vein looks otherwise you will miss it a dozen times and end up having to use at least three different veins
  • ALWAYS get out more than one catheter and needle. One to use and one to appease the ‘gods of venipuncture’
  • Any animal that ‘never kicks’ or ‘never bites’ spell disaster for the entire veterinary team
  • If you label the blood tube before you get the blood you will screw up the collection and never end up using the tube
  • If you pour the exact amount of pills to fit a prescription you will have good luck for the rest of the day. 
  • If you pour the right amount of pills twice it’s a miracle and you get to go home for the day
  • If a surgery isn’t going right, just change your gloves half a size (7 to a 6.5) and the rest of the surgery will go great.

You can read more at the article here: http://www.vin.com/vetzinsight/default.aspx?pId=756&id=6377709

What are some of your favourite superstitions?

A message from Anonymous
you should do vlogs or upload more videos on YouTube! if you'd like to :)

I’ve thought about it, but I don’t know what kind of stuff YOU (that’s everyone reading this) wants to see.

I also feel a bit weird walking around with a camera but I got used to it a little bit when shooting my last video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fF_gMEDxES0 so we’ll see how that goes.

Let me know what you want to see and I’ll put something together! Actually… How about an ‘Q and A’ type video. I can put a question up and answer all of your questions?

Attention current and future Veterinary Students!The AVA has just launched a new Facebook Stage which is run especially for students. You can keep up to date with the latest science and social events happening across all of the vet courses across the country and stay informed about exciting opportunities for students.
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Attention current and future Veterinary Students!

The AVA has just launched a new Facebook Stage which is run especially for students. You can keep up to date with the latest science and social events happening across all of the vet courses across the country and stay informed about exciting opportunities for students.

Check it out on Facebook!

Why I Eat Meat

Why I Eat Meat

The question of why I eat meat is one I am asked a LOT by my vegetarian and vegan friends. “If you love animals so much, why do you eat them?” is normally how it is phrased.

Firstly. I think that the term ‘I love animals’ can be taken literally, I like animals a lot, but in my case I can’t describe that as ‘love’. My definition of love is that you value [them/it] more highly than yourself. Sure,…

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This is a shameless photo of my German Shepherd, Tate.

Cross discipline learning

mylifeismedschool:

Learning about neonatal medicine. Sitting in a small lecture hall.

Classmate beside me was in vet school before medical school.

During the break he comes to me and states.
“this really reminds me of veterinary medicine, the patients are pretty much the same.”

Shocked, I asked him to explain.

"well the patients aren’t verbal, you talk to the "parents" a lot in getting the history, you need to confide trust very quickly, and you have to be careful with putting your fingers near their mouths."

I’m just going to take his word for it.

#MLIMS

I was thinking this just the other day! It’s probably a cross between paediatrics and intensive care…

How to write an incredibly convincing scholarship application so that people will give me money and I can go on lots of exciting veterinary-related adventures

oh wait, not google…