Week 2 at Rakuno Gakuen University

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13th June

Our second week is done and was full of some new adventures and experiences in the animal clinic at Rakuno Gakuen University. While working in the clinic, I was able to see two eye surgeries — one where the dog had glaucoma in the eye and was getting a prosthetic eye. It was so cool! The next day we got to see a spinal cord surgery. The dog was an old Dachshund that was showing lameness in its hind legs. After several X-rays and an MRI, the veterinarian saw many compressions of the spine. There was one really bad compression of the spinal cord, so the veterinarian decided to do surgery to remove the compression.

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An appetite for adventure!

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3rd June

(Editor’s Note: Madison is on a summer study tour for pre-veterinary medicine students at Rakuno Gakuen University in Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan. The University of Findlay established a partnership for cultural and academic exchange experiences with Rakuno Gakuen University in 2008.)

Hello from Japan!

After a thirteen hour flight from a six hour layover in Chicago, my colleagues and I made it safely to Japan. Once out of the airport, our adventures began along with a busy schedule. We have begun to attend classes at the Rakuno Gakuen University. Among our great experiences so far: we witnessed a bear necropsy, saw dolphins and milked the school’s dairy cows early in the morning. This week our activities include doing clinicals in the school’s animal hospital. Yesterday we got to see two eye surgeries and do x-rays — I’m learning so much!

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