Costa Rica Veterinary Experience

Once Upon A Time

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Once upon a time in San Pedro,Costa Rica, 12 future veterinarians went to a veterinary clinic to learn about spaying and neutering cats and dogs as they will be assisting in these procedures over the next couple of days. They spent the morning learning different suture stitches including the vertical and horizontal mattress stitch and the miller stitch. They also learned the proper anesthesia protocols and sterilization methods that will be used in the procedures.

Once their brains took in all of the proper procedures and protocols they had to be familiar with before they actually perform the surgeries, it was lunch time! This was very exciting as everyone was VERY hungry because all their hard work took SO much energy. Soooo, all of them got to walk to a nearby mall and order subway, this was definetly a change in their diets as they have been eating really good Costa Rican food, but definetly needed. The subway there had freshly squeezed pineapple juice which was very interesting but good. Anyway, a veterinarian-in-training’s work is never done so they headed back to the clinic to finish their lesson on anesthesia and the whole veterinary school process and career options. This interested many of the trainees as they were not aware of the countless possible pathways towards a job that had to do with animals and veterinary medicine. However, they sooned moved on to another activity...

The patients are here!! They got introduced to the 6 animals that they will be working with at the clinic. There were 2 dogs and 4 cats (our cat was one month pregnant). Half of the trainees got to do physical exams on their animals today meaning they got to weigh them, take their temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and cuddle them. The other half will continue with the physical exams and then they start surgeries! Well, we got to go study for the final, finish our last journal, and have a dance party :)

The End.

Catch you on the flippity flop.

-Jess & Taylor