Week 2 at Rakuno Gakuen University
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 Sapporo, (the oldest zoo in Hokkaido.) A Japanese zoo is just like America’s zoos, nothing too special or different. While there, we took a behind the scenes tour of the reptile and amphibian building. I confirmed my dislike for reptiles, amphibians and insects while there. In one room, there was an alligator, and it all of a sudden snapped at me when I was in the process of taking a picture of it. My heart was racing so fast after that! I have never been more scared than at that moment. Wow! Although I was scared worse than ever, I still managed to laugh about it. After the zoo, we got to see the Okura Ski Jump Stadium that was the location of the Winter Olympics in Sapporo.
Later in the week, I had my large animal day. On large animal day, we get to follow around a veterinarian to any farm calls they receive and join in on a reproduction class in the morning. On my day, there were no farm calls, so I got to attend the reproduction class and then spend the rest of the day in the clinic.
We have had some really fun times this past week, and all of us have mixed feelings about it being our last week here in Japan. We will miss our new friends and friends we had already made back in March that we won’t be able to see until we know don’t when. At the same, time we are excited to be back home in America and enjoy a little bit of summer!