# Life of a Pre-Vet Student

Drug Calculations…

Scary and annoying is what i refer to drug calculations as. Mainly because if you mess it up you could overdose a patient and well it maths…and who really likes maths?!?

The triangle above, literally was the sole purpose i passed my pharmacology module, it was actually the first thing i wrote down on my paper before i even looked at the questions.

To use the triangle, all you have to do is cover up the thing you are trying to find and then follow the rest of the instructions…

Working out the weight of a drug…

To get the formula needed, cover up the weight section on the triangle. This shows you that the formula is:

Weight(g) = Volume(ml) x Solution (%) / 100

(I forgot to add the / 100 bit to the side of the triangle sorry)

Q) Calculate the amount of thiopentone required to produce 20ml of a 2.5% solution.

Step One) Apply the numbers in the question to the formula…

2.5% x 20ml = 50 / 100 = 0.5g

Final Answer: 0.5g of thiopentone is needed.

(Old photo, sorry for the poor quality)

This dog came in with the hook-end of a bungee cord stuck in his gums. The story is that the kids thought it was a fun game to put food in the end of the bungee cord hook and play “doggie fishing”. They also said that it had happened an hour before they brought him in but judging by the swelling in his face and the pus already starting to ooze from the wound, it was clear that this was not a recent injury.

Unfortunatly this is something seen too often in veterinary medicine. “He’s been this way since yesterday” often translates to “He’s been sick for about two weeks and our at-home remedies weren’t working so we decided to finally bring him in”. What these people don’t realize is that the veterinarian and staff can almost ALWAYS tell when the owner is lying. Another thing they don’t realize is that if they bring in a pet when the problem first they will probably save more money than waiting until the pet looks like it’s on death’s doorstep. A small lump can be removed at a much lower cost than a huge, dangling tumor and a little diarrhea can often be cured with some medication before the dog is severely dehydrated and miserable.

In the end this terrier mix went home with a sore mouth and antibiotics, the owner went home with some advice on why next time he should come immediately, and the kids went home with a lesson learned.

Always so frustrating when the “vomiting for 2 weeks” or “hasn’t eaten in 10 days” pet is “rushed” into the hospital 20 minutes to closing, and the owners aren’t willing to spend any money but by that point the pet is so ill that conservative treatment is out of the question….

Here are my 5 top tips for getting through an interview to get into Vet Science.

It’s my first vlog-type video, so have a watch and let me know what you think!

These are great tips! Good job mate

Awesome job Zach! For my followers asking for tips on interviews, this will be super helpful for you!

vibexvx asked: Are you going to go vegan in order to truly be loving to animals?

Okay,

I don’t spend 6 years of my life in a degree that:

- Causes me stress

- Makes me cry and have breakdowns often

- Takes away my social life meaning I lose friends who don’t understand why I can’t go out with them

- Will leave me in a LOT of debt.

- Has lead to the development of health problems from the stress associated with assessments, tests, exams and assignments.

because I do not truly love animals.

I want to make a difference in the animal community, both small and large, and I believe that by studying hard, getting the education and qualifications to become a vet, will allow me to do so.

My diet choices don’t reflect my love of animals and you will find a lot of the vet students on tumblr are not vegans (bar Jess at theyoungvet of course).

I have absolutely nothing against vegans and it takes a lot of dedication and persistence to be one, and I respect that.

The wording of your question suggests that I cannot truly love animals unless I go vegan. I am sorry friend, but you are very wrong in that sense.

"Nut to nut, clamp then cut."

- This is Dr.Karner’s(the vet at my school) saying about castrating a horse.

Hehehe

Veterinary School Guide

Vet Tech Humor

Utopia Vet Clinic

Press 01 to schedule an appointment for your pet.

Press 02 to have your pet seen immediately.

Press 03 to speak directly to the veterinarian.

Press 04 to obtain the veterinarian's home telephone number.

Press 05 to tell a receptionist or technician your life history, as well as your pet's.

Press 06 to yell at a receptionist or technician.

Press 07 to yell at the veterinarian.

Press 08 to disagree with the veterinarian's diagnosis or treatment plan because you read something different on the Internet.

Press 09 to ask the same question 30 times just in case the answer might change.

Press 10 if you feel your pet's condition is more important than the emergency patient the veterinarian is currently seeing.

Press 11 if your pet's condition has persisted 6 months but has suddenly become an emergency and needs to seen this evening because you are going on vacation tomorrow.

Press 12 if your pet hasn't eaten in 10 days and you've only just become concerned.

Press 13 if you are angry because you declined all treatments and your pet is now declining rapidly.

Press 14 to determine if your pet's condition is serious enough to be seen immediately. If it is after midnight, our team of experts will be standing by to debate the issue with you for as long as it takes to agree it can wait until tomorrow.

Press 15 if your dog hasn't had a bowel movement in more than 8 days, you've only just become concerned, have no money and you just want free advice over the phone.

Press 16 to demand immediate treatment but would like us to hold your check until next month.

Press 17 if you would like to post date a previously post-dated check.

Press 18 if you need to bring in 10 unvaccinated puppies with vomiting and diarrhea and you'll only have \$20 in your pocket.

Press 19 if you plan to arrive at our surgery facility in a new Jaguar XJS but can only pay for routine vaccinations at \$5 a month.

Press 20 if you got a puppy from the shelter, it has come down with parvo, and you are extremely angry that no veterinarian will treat it for free.

Press 21 if you want to know if you can refer a friend who "rescues" elderly, sick pets from euthanasia and want to know if she will get a multi pet discount.

Press 22 if you still consider the cat you've owned for 10 years a stray because now it is sick.

Press 23 if you would like to euthanize a pet that you cannot afford to take care of.

Press 24 to find out our busiest times, so that you can ensure that when you show up without an appointment and demand to be seen, maximum chaos will ensue.

Press 25 if you are not a client but were referred by a "good friend" and you want to call the veterinarian at home in the early morning as she is trying to get ready for work and get her kid up for school as you can talk about your pet who has been seen by another veterinarian but is not getting better and you want to set up an appointment with her for a second opinion but first you want to know how much for an exam fee.

Press 26 if you would like to call the veterinarian at home after hours on his/her day off to discuss whether your pet's problem is worth bothering the veterinarian who is on call (at your normal practice).

Press 27 if you want us to trim the nails on your aggressive 100lb dog.

Press 28 if your reptilian pet has been living in an incredibly small tank in a cold dark room and has not eaten for 60 days, despite you having offered it several types of chocolate and potato chips.

Press 29 if your pet has removed its bandage because you took off the E-collar, even though we explicitly requested you leave it on.

Press 30 if you think people have been coming into your house at night and pulling out your cat's teeth (this happened!)

Press 31 if you think that your dog is suicidal. (True story.)

Press 32 if, even after three previous phone calls in which you were told that we are a Veterinary Hospital and DO NOT sell parrots, you still need clarification of the matter.

Press 33 if you are allergic to electricity and want all the electric equipment turned off while you are in the clinic. (seriously?)

Press 34 if you want to know what type of home medical care you need to give your dead rabbit when you pick it up.

Press 35 if you would like an appointment to strip in the exam room to show the veterinarian (pick one):

1) your skin rash/sores that you think are caused by your pet,

2) your current surgery incisions to see whether they are healing

properly and whether or not the veterinarian thinks that the human surgeon did the surgery properly,

3) your old surgery/battle scars so you can boast what a tough

person you are and why your pet doesn't need pain meds for its

pending surgical procedure,

4) your skin lumps to see if the veterinarian thinks they need to be removed, and whether or not the veterinarian would be willing to remove them instead of going to your human doctor.

Press 36 if your unspayed 10-year old dog has been in labor for over 2 days (when you suddenly realized she was pregnant), and you now suspect something's wrong.

Press 37 if your "rockwilder got the mange".

Press 38 if your 200lb Newfie has ingested 5 Hershey's kisses and you're worried he will die.

Press 39 if you've already given your kitten Tylenol and want to know if it was the right thing to do.

Press 40 if your dog was neutered 6 weeks ago and you are angry because the testicles were removed.

Press 41 if your dog got into your stash of pot but you don't want to admit it for fear of what we'll "think" of you.

Press 42 if you want your dog to be spayed but want the doctor to come to the house and crawl under the porch to do it because she will not come out.

Press 43 if "Cost isn't a concern!" because you don't intend on paying.

Press 45 if you're interested in having your cat "spaded".

When I started my work experience at the vets I was asked to researched the vital signs of cat, dog and rabbits to put up in the surgery room.

Information Sourced From;

Veterinary Nursing - D.R.Lane & B.C.Cooper - 2003

Practical Emergency & Critical Care Veterinary Nursing - Paul Aldridge & Louise O’Dwyer - 2013

Rabbit Medicine & Surgery For Veterinary Nurses - Mary A.Fraser & Simon J.Girling - 2009

Dear Pre-Vet World,

I just experienced the most frustrating feeling in the world.

The happy feeling of PASSING your damn class with a C- after a tough semester, but needing a C+ to move onto the next class.

Can you say bittersweet?

As punishment, I put my fall 2013 schedule as a background on my laptop so I can open my computer and feel stupid for having to retake the class just to change that - to a +.

FUCK.

This is what our animal hospital sounds like :)

My coworker’s boyfriend did an awesome job at creating an audio experience for his class project.

"I work with animals, cause people suck" TRUE THAT. What every veterinary employee feels.

How our dogs act when they see my boyfriend after a long time. :)

around dying animals all day but it really doesn’t feel the same when it’s one of your own.

RIP Poof <3

I tried.
but why does it not seem like enough.