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"I can now confidently perform them and administer injections, tablets and most things in-between, not to mention placing catheters, giving IV injections and intubating animals." Annie Kaden
Coming from the neighbouring town of Cowell and having met Andrew numerous times when he comes down to the Cowell clinic and sees our hypochondriac family Labrador I already knew that I was going to a place with friendly staff and vets that are willing to teach students. However having only completed my third year and having few practical skills beyond basic clinical examinations and suturing techniques I wasn’t expecting to be able to do so much.
I was extremely excited when I got to do my first solo surgery at Roxby Downs, a dog castration and hind dew claw removal. From there it keeps getting better with more castrations, dog and cat spays, stitch ups, dentals and teeth removal, tail amputation and even a hind leg amputation. I also got the opportunity to do a cat post mortem which was great compared to the formalin fixed animals we get to see at uni.
From only having done clinical exams a few times I can now confidently perform them and administer injections, tablets and most things in-between, not to mention placing catheters, giving IV injections and intubating animals. Whilst I was a the clinic I was fortunate to be there at the same time as a lovely vet nurse student Susan, we were quite impressed with our selves the first time the students induced and intubated a dog all by ourselves.
The trips down to Roxby were great (and not just because I did my first surgery there). The girls at the clinic are wonderful and patient with students, not to mention skilled, doing stitch ups and Skype consults with Whyalla when a vet isn’t there.
I was also fortunate enough to stay with Sandie during my visit, a lovely lady who fed and looked after me, which was especially handy on those busy nights when I got home from work late.
Every one at the clinics are lovely, patient, willing to help and allow you to do an enormous amount of stuff and thanks to everyone I have had an amazing time during my three weeks at Whyalla (and Roxby Downs and Cowell) Veterinary Clinic.