The 3rd year class at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine started surgery labs this week! A wonderful part of the program is that students perform the surgeries on shelter dogs, which gives us experience and helps the dogs get adopted.
On the day of surgery we are responsible for performing physical exams, running complete blood work, inducing anesthesia, performing the surgery, and recovering our patients. We work in teams of three, one being the surgeon, one being the assistant surgeon, and one being the anesthetist. Throughout the induction, surgery, and recovery we are supervised by multiple veterinarians from the Teaching Hospital to ensure that we are learning the most safe and medically appropriate practices. These labs are by far the best part of vet school, as we get to apply classroom knowledge to real patients.
Dell, a sweet one-year-old male pitty with a huge smile and even bigger heart, was my patient this week. He has been at Stockton Animal Services since April waiting for his forever home. Now that he is neutered he is one step closer to getting a forever family.
Please check out Dell on Petfinder!