Costa Rica Veterinary Experience

Horsein' Around

Friday, July 5, 2019

Hola! My name is Ava and I got the chance to experience being a leader for the day. In my opinion it was a great experience that everyone should get the chance to have. I was the go-to person if anyone had questions, and I had the opportunity to create or choose activities to do in spare time. One of these activities that I chose was swimming in the pool after lunch. This was a lot of fun.

In the morning around 7, my roomates and I got to practice milking cows and collecting eggs, which was a great experience. After that the whole group met up to do morning activities before breakfast. Before breakfast we stretch, read the quote the leader of the day had chosen, and then put on hand sanitizer. The quote I had picked for the day was by Vince Lombardi who said “ It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up again”. I thought that this quote was a good quote to live by because not everything in life will go your way and it is human nature to make mistakes, so you must get back up and try again no matter what it takes or you will never learn and grow as a person.

After breakfast we split into two groups. Each group worked with a different veterinarian. Then, after lunch the two groups switched vets and got to do different things than we did in the morning. One of the veterinarians talked about the contents of blood and showed us how to make a blood smear which allows us to see blood cells under the microscope. In addition, we also got to draw blood from a horse which we then used to make the blood smears. The other veterinarian taught us about the different bones in the hoof, and what position they should be in. He also taught us different ways they resolve certain issues involved with improper position of the coffins bone or P3, which is the bone in the hoof. Then, we got to do many different things to help the horses. We got to clean out cuts, put boots on, sedate a horse to clean out ducts that connect the eyes to the nose, and practice drawing blood from the veins.

Today was our first of many days working with horses and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that today was one of the best days yet and that we got to learn so much in just one day. I can't wait for the next few days when we get to go horseback riding and work with one of the equine vets more. Have a great night and make sure to read the trip update tomorrow!