Most of the emergency shifts are at the clinic in Antioch. Because this region has been growing very rapidly (lots of new houses/expansion) it's been especially hit hard by the economy. The demographic is full of young just-hired people that are the first to be let go. So a lot of people can’t spend money on their animals out here, which limits what we can do. What we do in Antioch, more than likely for a parvo puppy, for example is just send the puppies home with subcutaneous fluids and an injection of antibiotics and hope. I've seen many cases already where the owners can't pay for or are not interested in diagnostics. In these cases we have to treat or support a pet blindly, which is sad because simple tests like bloodwork and radiographs (tests that I used to just take for granted) would potentially give you the answer and let you give the appropriate and most beneficial care. I did my first necropsy of my intern year at 3 am on my second overnight emergency shift -- I found a giant matt of cloth (sock? scrap cloth?) and some plastic in the stomach of an 11 yo FS dog that presented for acute vomiting and proceeded to rapidly decompensate in the clinic. It was one of those cases where at first the owners didn't want to do any diagnostics and just wanted some supportive care, so we put them on the back burner while we dealt with other critical things. When the dog became acutely agonal, BP 90, shocky, horrible we could proceed w/ diagnostics but the rads and u/s of course couldn't show the sock that I found on necropsy. I spoke with the owner of the dog after the necropsy. I talked to her for 15 minutes about the findings and pathophysiology of what happened to her dog, listening to her concerns and dismay that something could kill her dog so rapidly. At the end the owner said I was so knowledgeable and she asked me for all my information because she wanted me to be the general practitioner for all her other dogs!
Anyway, I forget what all else I should tell you. I should get to go to the ACVP (pathology) meeting in December in Monterey -- that will be a lovely mini vacation. And I should get a month of "externship" time which I"ll try to use towards pathology (probably at CSU). I forget what else I should say... I think this internship thing will be okay. Hard, but okay. Hugs to you both, let me know how you are, Paula (Schaffer DVM) Stanford ’05, UT College of Veterinary Medicine ‘09
Finally – Valary Scharf DVM, Stanford ’05, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine ’09, is currently doing a 1 yr- long small animal internship at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. Congratulations Val!!
What’s Western University Like???
By Monika Gramckow, Stanford BS/MS ’05, currently in her 4th year at Western University Veterinary School
Hello Stanford pre-veterinary students! My name is Monika Gramckow and I was a Stanford ’05 Human Biology graduate. I am currently finishing my third year at Western University. In our third year, we begin our clinical rotations and it consists of 16 two- week rotations in different fields of veterinary medicine. This year I have visited many veterinary practices across California including small animal clinics around Los Angeles; equine clinics in San Diego and Chino Hills; lab animal medicine at Loma Linda; pathology at Antech Diagnostic Laboratory; and zoo animal medicine at the Los Angeles Zoo just
to name a few. Yes I have but I have been learning a
a few miles on
in the process.
Issue 2, August 2009
Pre‐Vet Club Newsletter