Mixed practice” is a term used to describe a clinic that works with large and small animals. This type of practice Isn’t as popular as it was back in James Harriot days (if you don’t know who that is, we highly recommend “All Creatures Great and Small”), because commercial production farms have become bigger for efficiency, and small animals are treated more as family members.
It is important for every pre-vet student to gain sufficient practical exposure to veterinary medicine before applying to vet school. Understanding the basics at an early stage not only helps them get into vet school, but also makes them more confident vet students and highly competent veterinarians.
Animals are involved in many different activities which we carry out daily. They are responsible for maintaining the ecological cycle in a stable manner. Many students lack sufficient veterinary experience both in undergrad and in vet school. Students may gain insight through our programs to boost their career and also get to know the common issues that affect animals.
Safari4u, in combination with WCCVC Chintsa Dogs and Wild Coast Vet, have been assisting Mlungu in the past few days. His owners brought him to the student house to ask for help because his “eye looked funny.” It was immediately obvious that the eye was not salvageable and would need to come out.
EXCITING NEWS! We have teamed up with a SPAY AND NEUTER Center in PANAMA! Calling all pre-vets, vet students and vet technicians! As one of our team members, you will be able to assist the vet, perform pre-op clinical exams, inject antibiotics & pain relief, observe surgery, place ET tubes, place IV catheters, monitor anesthesia, blood sampling, inject sedation, administer medication, calculate drug dosages, set up IV fluids, calculate IV fluid rates, give vaccinations, provide wound care (cleaning, stabilizing, bandaging,
Snares are horrible things! Temeza’s owner asked us to help as he cut a snare off him and the wound smelled funny. Poor Temeza had his penis sheath cut through by the snare so his penis essentially had no skin. WCCVC Chinta Dogs has sponsored the surgery to repair his genitals and clean the other (maggot filled) wound caused by this illegal hunting practice. This surgery is happening now so updates will come on his progress post-op.
Scud was rescued by Safari4u students and originally named “Muffin.” He was covered in mange and the only surviving member of his litter. Students treated his parasite burden (internal and external) and cleaned up his ears which had stuck together due to the injuries caused by the mange. Once he was better, he was formally adopted by Mark, who lives on the Safari4u property.
Meet the Safari4u pets! Squigs was born in Kwa-Zulu Natal, and given to Alex by her previous owner. Squigs has always been around lots of people and is happiest when someone is throwing the ball for her because “ball is life” to Squigs.
Our final Veterinary Student Course for 2018 has finished! We have had so much fun with this year’s lot and hope to see them again next year. We love to give our students a fun and exciting adventure while learning about wildlife, livestock and small animals.
ALL HANDS ON DECK! This week our Vet Student course had an emergency cesarean section (aka C-Section). After a game capture for a reserve owner, we were asked to assist us for advice on his dog. Cesarean sections can be common in practice but they are used as an emergency procedure to help in whelping (dog giving birth) or with certain breeds who are known to have dystocia (difficulty giving birth).