teams of a sample collector, a medical monitor, a head restrainer, and a body restrainer. We worked quickly to measure weight and body measurements, to take fur samples for genetic tests, nasal and oral swabs for culture, fecal samples, and blood samples. Each sheep was tagged in each ear and fitted with a radio collar. Abdominal ultrasound was performed to assess reproductive status of the females as well as body fat stores. When we were finished, we would package the sheep back into its bag and helicopter would return it to the mountain. This was an absolutely incredible experience. Working hands with these magnificent animals to help inform successful management was the highlight of my year. When I am sleep deprived, studying for 5 finals, and running solely on coffee (as I am right now!) it is experiences like this that keep me inspired and excited for the future.
Pre–Vet Student Correspondence from Around the Country...
Here are some emails that I have received during the past year from former Stanford Pre-vets
Dr. B, I have no pictures for you (sadly images of me sitting inside a classroom 40 hours a week would probably not be inspiring, and that is all I do at the moment). My summer plans are exciting however. I am working with two other Penn students to provide pre- and post-exercise ECGs, auscultation and bloodwork on Standardbred racehorses at a very nice local racetrack. The Pennsylvania Racing Commission is funding our work (overseen by the cardiology vets at New Bolton Center), and it should be one of the first substantial studies of
Issue 2, August 2009
Pre‐Vet Club Newsletter