Hello and welcome to Vet-OP: insights from an ER veterinarian.
This is only the beginning of this ever advancing project. My goal is to “clear the smoke” with regards to ER veterinary medicine. I invite you to investigate the blog page for frequent updates on new subjects that seem to be recurring questions I get as an ER vet. Hopefully at least a few blog posts will provide some insight into my perspective when working on a critical patient.
Right now you may already have a question — “just what are my qualifications to be writing some kind of blog about ER veterinary medicine?”
I graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelors of science only to roll straight back in to the Veterinary Medicine Degree Program at the very same school. (opposite side of campus) Getting into veterinary school took two tries though, turns out it is highly competitive. I graduated with a class of about 55 highly driven students from various backgrounds.
Veterinary school starts on day one — when you begin to familiarize yourself with every protrubance, muscle attachement, and metabolic process in the body. But real doctors treat more than one species, so we repeat this learning with dogs, cats, rats, birds of prey, horses, cows, pigs, goats, llamas (osu is great with llamas) and numerous other species (thankfully the overlap is decent among the mammalian species…)
Once year one is done we jumped through pathologies, medicines and therapies that can be used to treat numerous animal illnesses. Then in year 4 you enter clinical rotations to demonstrate your proficiency and application of this knowledge to your professors whom are watching very closely…
Along the way, before you get too close to graduating (between year 3 and 4) you take the dreaded NAVLE — a grueling six hour exam with questions you didn’t even know existed. Many people then finish the clinical rotations and go out into practice.
But wait there is more!!!
Because ER medicine is so fast pace and presents some unique challenges I decided to complete extra training with an emergency and critical care internship at a busy ER practice in Portland Oregon. After treating well over 1000 ER cases with various ailments from foreign body ingestions, pericardial effusion, rotated stomachs, emergency C-sections, hit by car patients, urinary obstructed cats and numerous others –It was now time to head out into practice.
I now work as an ER overnight veterinarian. As much as I enjoy the position I do find it difficult to connect with clients on the level I would like to. This is the reason for writing a blog. My hope is that this website generates an open channel of communication between client and vet.
Although the information contained in this blog is my opinion, it is strongly fact driven/derived. Thanks for checking it out. Let me know if you have any specific questions we should cover.