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I chose to spend three exciting weeks at the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic as part of my clinical practical experience. There was never a boring moment as each day brings new challenges. Andrew and Yuri allowed me to participate in all aspects of being a small animal general practitioner – consulting; conducting full physical examinations; communicating with clients about diets, vaccinations, deworming, and heartworm prevention protocols; venipuncture; diagnostic tests such as taking and developing radiographs, fine needle aspirate, cytology, urinalysis, biochemistry and CBC at the in-house laboratory; therapy options for both in- and out-patients; and common drug doses. In particular, I am very grateful for the chance to further refine and develop my anaesthesia and surgical skills from routine desexings of animals to be rehoused, to lump removals, dental scaling, wound stitch ups, drainage of aural haematomas, laparotomy to find an undescended testicle, and even a kangaroo castration! It is true that practice makes perfect. I find myself becoming more confident of, and definitely enjoying, small animal veterinary work more than ever.
All these would not be possible without Andrew and Yuri being ever so willing to impart their years of experience to me, and all the nurses who are so patient with me and always helping me when I need a hand to restraint animals, help in surgeries and cleaning up, and not to mention the cups of coffee for brightening my day! The staff was a friendly and humorous bunch and easy to talk to. I would also like to thank Sandy for having me at her place, being so hospitable and generous, and I especially love her homemade quiche!
It was wonderful to see that the practice actively supports rehousing of stray animals in conjunction with RSPCA Whyalla, as this means less animals destroyed and more strays finding loving homes. The Roxby and Cowell branches help to alleviate the shortage of veterinarians in rural areas and provide veterinary care to animals in these areas, which was not possible in the past.
Most importantly, I greatly appreciate Andrew for sponsoring me to come to Whyalla all the way from Perth, and providing me with accommodation and a car to travel around. To all veterinary students who are considering doing practical work here, this placement will help smooth your transition from university to the workplace.
"I am very grateful for the chance to further refine and develop my anaesthesia and surgical skills from routine desexings of animals to be rehoused, to lump removals and even a kangaroo castration!" Kia Boon Lim
Murdoch University, Perth.
Kia Boon Lim