Hello from Japan again!
During our first week at Rakuno Gakuen University, we started at the small animal veterinary clinic, where we shadowed veterinarians and vet students during clinical hours and surgeries. I saw ultrasounds, x-rays, MRI’s, and CT’s on Monday as I tracked with the internal medicine students. On Tuesday, I switched to shadowing the surgery students. The first case was a cat that severely broke its leg jumping off a sofa. The surgery was long and complex because the bone broke in September and was cast improperly – the bone was also totally rotated.
Veterinary medicine differs greatly between Japan and the States. This cat was 16 years old, and had numerous other medical issues. The easiest and cheapest thing to do would be to amputate the leg, however, that is … Read More »
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 â€” 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.
In the middle of the week, we got to take a break from the clinic and spend some time outside at the Maruyama Zoo in western … Read More »