Let the hunger games begin.
Twenty Pre-vet Student Supporting Diversity members, divided into teams of four, made their way from station-to-station at the club’s veterinary skills workshop Nov. 14. The teams learned basic fundamentals of veterinary medicine such as restraining, suturing, bandaging, reading radiographs and palpating abdomens.
“I've never been able to [palpate abdomens] before,” PSSD member Marilyn Bognar said. “You actually need to press fairly hard on the animal but it shouldn't be painful. I was able to feel the loops of the GI tract with my fingers by slowly running them up and along the abdomen. I now have an idea of what the abdomen normally feels like as opposed to abnormal situations.”
“[One of the vet students] told us about the three S’s: symmetry, strength, and synchronization,” Chelsea Chiv said. “Symmetry is if both the femoral arteries have pulses in tandem while synchronization is if the pulse in the femoral artery is the same as the heart’s. Strength measures how strong the pulse is.”
Undergraduates also learned how to identify air, fat, water, bone and metal on radiographs. They were instructed to look at the brightness of the materials. Metals appeared to be bright white while air appeared black.
“When it comes to taking an x-ray, a doctor must take two [radiographs] instead of one,” Guadalupe Leonardo said. “By having two, the doctors can distinguish if a an object is on the inside [of organs] or on the outside [on the table].”
Members also were also challenged to examine a case of a dog that was hit by a car and determine its prognosis.
“[The dog’s] diaphragm tore causing its stomach to move and press up against its lungs,” Aiden Leong said.
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