Vet school is on a roll!
In the last nine weeks we have covered clinical neurology, electrolyte imbalances, fluid therapy, clinical toxicology, orthopedics, infectious disease and ophthalmology. Within each subject we are taught a variety of common diseases and learn the disease pathogenesis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention.
Paired with the lecture material are labs to help us learn the correct techniques for sample collection and treatment. During our infectious disease classes we had a lab to teach us techniques for performing bone biopsies and joint taps. Indications for these procedures include sample collection for diagnostic purposes.
For example a bone biopsy may be needed to more completely understand a disease of the bone marrow, such as leukemia. During the lab we were taught the common sites for joint taps and how to do a bone marrow biopsy on the ileum (a bone of the pelvis) and the humerus (the bone between the shoulder and the elbow).
(***Most importantly no animals were harmed during the lab)