11th Jun 2015
Today was a very busy day. I got to sit in on another dog castration in which I learnt another approach of doing the surgery in which only a single tie was used. Following on from the castration was a paw inspection on the same dog where a lump of skin was removed and a pre-existing wound cleaned.
There was an MRI on another dog after this operation and it was amazing to see how clear it was and how easy it was to identify the issue with the images taken.
I got to see blood be taken from a cat and a dog for analysis and after this, a tightrope procedure was performed on the knee of a dog. This procedure involved using a fibre to give more support to the joint and act as a ligament. It was interesting to listen to the vet as he went through the procedure, describing his actions but it was quite difficult to see due to the large amount of people in the theatre at the time.
Whilst the next dog was being prepared for a knee surgery, I got to watch a heart scan using the ultrasound on a cat. It was difficult to know what to look for, especially with the heartbeat being so fast.
The final operation of the day was a TPLO (tibial plateau leveling osteotomy) and this was very interesting to watch. This surgery involved repositioning of the tibial plateau and the securing of this new angle using a metal plate. It was a long surgery but great to watch.