When I graduated from veterinary school in 2006, acupuncture was still relatively uncommon in veterinary medicine. I received some exposure to it during vet school (Dr. Xie of Chi University was a professor at the University of Florida), but it wasn’t discussed very often and I knew of few vets who were offering the service to their clients. In recent years, however, that has changed. Acupuncture services have gradually become more widespread and more accessible to pet owners.1,2
Have you ever assisted with an equine lameness exam? If so, you are probably well aware of how complex these exams can be! In many cases, a physical exam alone is insufficient to localize the cause of a horse’s lameness.
An exam may allow you to localize the lameness to a particular limb but, unlike in small animal medicine, you can’t image an entire limb in a single radiographic view.
Topics: Nerve Blocks
When you think about small animal preventive care, what topics come to mind?
If you’re like most vet students, your list probably looks something like this:
- Physical exam
- Core vaccines
- Non-core vaccines (depending on lifestyle)
- Fecal parasite exam
- Feline infectious disease testing (FeLV/FIV)
- Canine heartworm and tick-borne disease testing
- Parasite preventatives
- Wellness laboratory testing (CBC/Chem, urinalysis)
While all of these things are certainly important, I’d like to encourage you to broaden your definition a bit.
Topics: Preventive Care
Depending on what sort of practice you enter after vet school, you may find yourself performing as many as 30 physical exams per day. While that may seem daunting, I promise you will adjust.
Topics: Physical Exam