Saralyn K.

January 7th – January 14th (13 hours) –  One meaningful experience that I have gained in this last reflection log cycle is how dangerous having a job in this field can be. Over winter break I continued to go in and while I was there the intern that was there last year, who go hired on, was also working. One day we had 2 feral cats come in to be spayed and neutered. Kayden went back with two techs to get the cats into a box so that we could put them under anesthetics. One got out and attacked Kayden. After they got the cat back into the container Kayden has to go to Urgent Care to get antibiotics since these cats were feral. Kayden is okay but where the cat got her this is bruising all around. I am not the best with handling cats at the moment but I have been working with my mentor to get better at is so that this is less likely to happen to me.

One soft skill that I have developed since being at my internship site is how to talk with people who don’t really know what they are trying to say. A lot of times we have people who come in and really have no idea how to explain to us what is going on with their animal. So we have to find a way to explain to the vet what is going on by using the bits and pieces that they give to us. A lot of times I talk to whoever I am in a room with to help us both understand what they were saying or even so that we can bounce some ideas on what might be going on from what we saw while getting vitals. I am still working on getting better at this skill however I have been starting to be in the room with these types of people which allows be to practice this skill.

This skill will allow me to better understand what people are trying to say whether it is in an emergency setting when animals are brought in or if it is just around my friends who are trying to explain something to me. At this point I believe that I would like to work at an emergency clinic because I like fast pace type things and some days we have maybe 5 animals to see all spaced out so in an emergency clinic when people come in panicking I will have an easier time figuring out what is going on with the animal which will be beneficial to both me and animal who needs help. Another thing that this skill can help me with is in college is I get a professor who is not explaining something well then I can take out bits and pieces to be able to go back online and get a better explanation. This could also help me if I am trying to explain something because I will be able to figure out what bits and pieces I need to say so that they can figure out what is going on.

One industry specific vocabulary words is feral. The word feral is used in terms of both cats and dogs, however we only really see it in cats where I am at. Feral is talking about an animal who is not domesticated so they will be aggressive and not very social with its own species. This word has been coming up more and more frequently with people bring in feral animals asking us to give them vaccines.

January 15th – January 28th (16 hours) –  One meaningful experience that I have had in this last reflection cycle is how close everyone who works in the clinic I am at means to each other. One of our Vet Assistance put in her two weeks almost 3 weeks ago and Saturday we all went out bowling as a going away party. I never knew if this assistant liked me or not, at least not while she was still working with us. A lot of people came including doctors and even people who didn’t work there anymore. Many jobs that I have heard about the workers don’t really have a bond like this. It meant a lot to me that not only was I invited but that when I went not only did I have a great time but that everyone was glad to see that I came. I am very sad to see her go but she seems really excited about where she is going to work now.

Congestive Heart failure is when the heart does not pump the blood through the body as well as it should be. I learned this when we had a dog come in to be euthanized. This dog had congestive heart failure. One symptom of having this is that the abdomen fills with fluid which is what made me curious in Congestive Heart Failure because this dog, was full of fluid. After the dog was gone my mentor showed me the fluid by pulling out 12 ml of fluid from the abdomen.

January 29th – February 11th (16 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have had in this most recent reflection log cycle is how knowing people can help project you really far. More recently we have had to start keeping better track of professional contacts. I plan on going up to NAU for college and while I am up there because I will not be studying what I really what to study I plan on being able to get a job at a Vet clinic. Being able to put down not just one vet but 3 vets for references as well as 3 vet techs and many vet assistance’s will help to make my application to stand out a lot more than others. I do my best to make it so that the people at the clinic now will want to write me recommendation letters and part of that has been being able to complete my SMART goals. This helped me to learn how important it is to make a good impression on the people that you work with.

When I started to intern at Pantano Animal Clinic I had low expectations of what I would be able to do because I would be in the medical field and I knew that since I didn’t have a degree I probably wouldn’t be able to do the things that I really wanted to do such as give injections and draw blood. After being in the program for about 4 months my mentor started to let me do more and more that in the beginning. By the time that my site visit came around I had been able to start doing things such as injections. One of the goals that my mentor and I decided to do is being able to do more Sub Q injections. A Sub Q injection, or a subcutaneous injection, is an injection that is given under the skin. All vaccines are Sub Q as well as many medications. I asked to do this goal because it interested me a good amount to be able to have the skill to be able to do things such as start Sub Q fluids or be able to quickly give an injection on a day where everyone is running around from appointment to appointment. I would have taken more time for the animal to be passed off to me and me to have to re-restrain it instead of me being able to give the injection and continue the appointment.
The first Sub Q injection that I ever gave was over fall break when I was able to go in at early times. During those times I was able to be there while there were surgeries going on. We had a young male black cat who had been found roaming a school campus. The lady who brought the cat in was a teacher at the school who decided to keep the cat but the cat needed to be neutered as well as get all the needed vaccines. Neuters for cats are very easy and quick. After the veterinarian quickly neutered the cat he still needed all of his vaccines. My mentor then looked at me and asked if I wanted to give one of the vaccines. After she showed me how to give the vaccine I attempted to give the vaccine but was unsuccessful. The needle went through one side and out the other. After that I was very nervous to give vaccines which is why I chose to have this goal so that I could gain more confidence in giving Sub Q injections. The next injection I gave went a lot better. It was when we had to give Sub Q fluids to a very dehydrated dog. It was a slower day so I asked if I could insert the needle and start the fluids. This time the needle was bigger and the dog was awake but very tired and didn’t really care a whole bunch. I was really worried about doing this because of the bigger needle and that this was going in a different spot than where the vaccine went when I first tried to give a Sub Q injection. This time everything went great. When I first started to be able to give Sub Q injections I was only able to give one ever so often. Currently I am able to give a Sub Q injection any time that I am there if I ask or if they ask me to go start Sub Q fluids on a patient so that they could get the medication ready as well as being able to go talk to the owners about what is going on. I am very glad that I am able to do this because as I continue in this field I will need to be able to do this so that I can give medications that have to go in Sub Q.

One vocabulary word that I have learned at my internship site is intact. We will normally put this in front of male or female such as an intact male. This just means that the animal still has their reproductive organs or that they haven’t been spayed or neutered.

February 12th – February 25th (21 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have had in this most recent reflection log cycle is how many laws are in place. When I went in on Friday I was trying to help out and went to see if a patient wanted to give their dog 2 vaccines that they haven’t had before. My mentor came in and continued to talk to the person about it and I didn’t think anything else of it. About 5 minutes later or so the working Vet came back and told me that I wasn’t allowed to do that for two reasons. One being I am not 18 and two I don’t work there. I had no idea about this because there have been times before where they had me go in and ask if they wanted a specific vaccine. Because of this I now know that I am not allowed to talk about vaccines with people who come in.

When we have an animal come in who has diarrhea and has been vomiting we normally give SubQ fluids and when we are giving those fluids we also give something called Cerenia. The purpose of this drug is to help prevent future vomiting for at least 24 hours. This medication can also help with motion sickness.

February 26th – March 11th (21.83 hours) –  A meaningful experience that I have had in this reflection log cycle is how hard work always pays off. When I first started something that my mentor said that I need to be able to do before I could start doing anything was the ability to take a dog’s pulse so that I could get a heart rate without a stethoscope. I practiced on myself and my dog but had a harder time finding the pulse on dog’s. While doing this my family went to go visit someone who his helping my sister in 4H. He had a really sweet dog and I tried to find this dog’s pulse the whole time we were there but could never find it. This past weekend at a practice 4H show I saw this dog again and this time I was able to see that she had bad dental disease, a mass on her abdomen, and another mass close to her eye. I felt very proud of being able to this because I couldn’t before and it was only through hard work that I can do it now.

Part of being in the veterinary field is having to restrain animals so that we can do what we need to what we need to do without putting us or the animal in danger of getting hurt. Restraining allows for the doctors to give injections to the animals while keeping the animal in one place and to reduce the amount of struggling that is put up by that animal.
How to restrain is the first thing that I learned how to do when I started to intern at Pantano Animal Clinic. I am a hands on learner so being able to be very hands on has allowed me to get these needed skills down quickly. When I first started to restrain many of the other techs and assistants there were surprised at how well I could restrain dogs having never done it before. However we get more dogs than cats so my skills in restraining cats is not as good as it needed to be. So when my site visit came around my mentor and I agreed that I would be able to work on more restraining with cats as well as having me get more confident with restraining dogs.
Now this is a two part SMART goal so I am going to share about a whole day that consisted of me restraining both cats and dogs. Because cats are smaller in size than dogs they can be a bit harder to restrain. Cats also have a better chance of being able to wiggle and squirm so much that we can not effectively restrain them. To help this we will wrap the cats in towel so that there legs are contained in one place making it harder for them to get anywhere. One this specific day we were very busy and we had a cat come in that had a time limit so we had to work faster to get this cat looked over. We got all the vitals in the room and continued to take the animal in back to get everything needed for our Senior Wellness panel. This panel is consisted of 2 vials of blood and one vial of urine. We got the blood from the cat but still had to get the urine. For this we lay the can on it’s side and stick a 3.8cm long needle directly into the bladder. Since I was in this appointment I asked if they could show me how to restrain for this type of procedure. One of the assistance Gypsy took the time from what she was doing to show me how to do so. First she showed me that I needed to hold the scruff with my left hand while the upper part of my arm was placed against the back to keep them stable. Then I had to use my right hand to grab both of the back legs and stretch the cat out so that whoever was drawing up the urine is able to feel around for the bladder. After she showed me how to do it I tried it. She had a few tips for me on how to better what I was doing but over all said that I did will. I found that it was also a bit harder because we were restraining this cat in a room full of big dogs so the cats was a bit more tense than they would have been if the room was in calmer conditions.
This same day the last appointment of the day we had a younger German Shepherd come in who needed her ears cleaned and checked. The thing about young German Shepherd is that they are very hyper and loves the spotlight. Since this dog was on the younger side I knew that she was going to be harder to restrain but I was ready for the challenge. I was able to effectively back her up into a corner and hold her in the way needed to that the vet tech that I was with could clean her ears. I felt very proud of both of these because one was able to teach me something new as well as having it be able to let me do more while the other helped to show me how much I grew at my time being there.
Being in this field knowing how to proper and effectively restrain animals of all shapes and sizes is very important for everyone’s safety. Having this skill will allow me to keep the doctors that I am working with as well as be able to keep myself safe while treating an animal in need.

When we have dogs or cats, mainly cats, come into the clinic that will only allow you to do things for a specific period of time. We call this a “Time Limit”. We put this note in the animals record so that when they come back in we know that we we need to work fast and be careful around that animal.

March 12th – March 25th (43 hours) –  One meaningful experience that I have had during this last reflection cycle is how long a day really is. Over break I went into my internship everyday all day which I loved. One of the days I asked if I could go in at 7 when the surgery drop offs come in. That morning we had a lot of appointments then over lunch we had someone come in to talk to us about a new probiotic to help with anxiety in dogs. Conveniently enough I had an anxiety attack over lunch and didn’t feel safe to drive to I stayed there over our whole 2 hour lunch break doing things to help clean up around the clinic as well as watching some surgerys. Then the afternoon was even more busy then the morning with extra drop in appointments for “emergencies” that really should have come to us. By the end of the day because I stayed late because they ran out of surgery equipment so I stayed late to prepare more surgery stuff, I had been there for 11 hours. I went home and slept. I was over all okay with this situation because as I continue in this field, especially if I go into emergency, then I will have days like this. So this just showed me what days could be like.

Animals can get cancer just like we can however their versions are a little different than ours. Lymphoma is a cancer in dogs. This attacks the lymphocytes in the dogs body that is being produced by the lymphoid causing them to become inflamed and as well as making other important organs become inflamed as well because the body is over producing lymphocytes. I learned this when we had a dog come in that had blood in both eyes as well as having lymphoma. That dog is currently getting chemo therapy treatment.

March 26th – April 8th (16 hours) –  One meaningful experience that I have had in this most recent reflection log cycle is how a lot of times we think something is one thing when it is really another. A little over a week ago I took a “field trip” to go watch a surgery of a pregnant cat that we were going to spay and abort the kittens. Once the cat had gotten all prepared for surgery and the doctor was all scrubbed up and started to open the cat and found her first ovarian tube he asked why we thought this cat was pregnant because she wasn’t. I was a little sad that I didn’t get to see the surgery that I was hoping to see but that’s okay. The only reasons that we thought that she was pregnant was because she was feral and the owners said that her stomach was getting bigger. Well now she had a steady source of food so she was just getting fatter.

One of the most important things that I have learned about myself though the internship program is how determined I can be. I don’t not knowing about what my coworkers are talking about. So when they use a phrase that I don’t know the meaning of I go back and look it up and do other research on it so that next time it comes up I know what they are talking about. Another thing that I have learned about myself though the internship program is interesting I think this field is. I always knew that I wanted to be in the medical field when I got older but for a while I would go back and forth over human or animal medical. Though this internship I have noticed that if someone is talking to me about an animal medical issues I am way more intrigued than if someone is talking to me about human medical issues.

One tip I have for incoming juniors is to make sure to always have due dates written or kept somewhere because there have been many times that I have or almost have forgotten about something that has been due causing me to rush to get it done. By keeping track of everything in a good organized way you make the possibility of forgetting about an assignment a lot less. Another tip I have for the incoming juniors is to have fun with what you are doing. I may be scary going out into the working world and not knowing what to do but if your not having fun with what you are learning as well as gaining information from what you are doing because you are bored won’t help you in the long run. My last tip for incoming juniors is always be engaged. When you are doing listening to what your mentor is saying your not learning anything. I have had the ability to do many different things at my internship sight but that is mainly because I have gained their trust to be able to do these different things and I gained that trust by paying attention and helping where I can with things that I know how to do already.

Brachycephalic is used for dogs that have a muzzle that looks like it has been pushed into their face. For example pugs, boxers, bulldogs, and any other dog with that kind of muzzle are brachycephalic. This normally causing the dog to have trouble breathing as well as having everything else in their facial region to be smaller and closer together.

April 9th – April 22nd (16 hours) –  One meaningful experience that I have had in this passed reflection cycle is what it truly means to be good at what you are doing. At the beginning of this program as I started to go into my site the people there were stunned at how well I was able to do things that I had never done before. I was able to achieve this by watching how people did specific practices then mimicking what they did and have them help me in ways that I needed to work on. This was very helpful when I turned 18 and started to look for a job in this field. As it turned out it was because of this ability that became someone who was highly recommended to another clinic.

No fear restraining is a way that some clinics choose to restrain their patients. This is where the practice uses other methods such as calming hormones to help calm down animals instead of say muzzles. I learned this by one of the doctors talking about how another clinic that he helps out at uses this practice.

July 20th – August 13th (0 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have had in the internship program is the interview with my mentor. Before that point I have only been interviewed by people that I have talked to before and with my interview with my mentor I have never met her before. When I first walked into my internship location I was able to figure out what it was like to have to wait in a room that had a bunch of people coming in and out of it all the time and having to calm my nerves down enough to focus on what I was doing. Then going back for the actual interview I was able to figure out that even with it being a nerve raking experience you need to be able to keep your calm, talk clearly and make sure to pay attention to everything important even if it doesn’t seem important at the time. Then after the interview was conducted when Ms. Dee was showing me around the clinic being about to see some of the faces that work there and see what the “behind the scenes” area looked like was very important to for just the fact of seeing and meeting the people that I would be around on a day to day basis. After everything was done I was able to have the experience of what it was like for people who had just applied for a job and what it felt like to have to wait to know if you got the job.

One thing that I hope that I can learn from the internship program is how to keep a professional appearance in places that you may consider working for/at. With knowing that I will have to get a job later in like I believe that it is very important to know not only how to act in a professional environment but how I should portray myself. Even if it is at a vet clinic the people who come in with their animal want to know that they can trust you and a lot of people will base that off of how you look and act. One thing that I hope to learn from my mentor is what goes along with having a job like this. I already know that to become a veterinarian or a vet tech I will have to go to school for a good amount of time , but what does the work load look like? I want to know what exactly I would be getting myself into if I end up doing this job, which I hope I do.

One thing that I have learned from the Internship Program so far is how important it is to be on time or early with either arriving somewhere or turning paperwork in. I understand that it sounds less important than it is. If you get to a location late or turn in paperwork late it show the people who you hope to be working with or people that you are currently working with that you just don’t really care about either the job it’s self or the task you have been given. By turning paperwork in or getting to a location early it can show people that you really want to be there as well as showing them that you are on top of you workload. One thing that I have learned about myself while in the internship program is that I like to be on top of my workload as well as having the ability to plan out everything to a bigger extent than before. Before the program I was good at planning out my workload but I was terrible at really staying on top of the work it’s self. Through this program I have found that for me to not get stressed I need to be able to thoroughly plan my week out and not just a few days.

August 14th – August 27th (15.9 hours) – One thing that I have learned from being in the Internship program is being able to learn practices without having to be doing them. When I am at Pantano Animal Clinic I can’t really do too many tasks with the animal’s there because I don’t have the training so most of the time I just clean up around the clinic and try to make things a bit easier for the people there. But by watching what the Vet Tech’s and the Vet Assistant’s do I have picked up on how to do some tasks. For example just by watching the Tech’s and Assistant’s I have learn where the specific blood vessels are for taking blood as well as learning that when they need a urine sample they stick a needle into the bladder so that they can have a sterile sample to run tests on. By watching I have also been able to figure out how important it is to stay focused on what your job is. The other day while I was at the clinic we has a bird come in to be looked at, because the clinic mainly see’s cat’s and dog’s this was unusual, and because of that all of the Vet Assistant’s got distracted and didn’t do their jobs leaving the Vet Tech’s to start appointment by themselves which isn’t a good thing. The Vet Assistant’s got talked to about it and were basically told not to do it again. I was able to figure out that it is very important to just watch sometimes because you can gain even more information by just watching.

August 28th – September 10th (15.17 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have has since my last reflection log is how hard having a job like this really can be. Everyday that I went to my internship site this week I had to either help prepare for a euthanization or help prepare a body to be sent out to be cremated. I already knew that it was hard for the owners to have to go through with what needed to be done and I figured that I was also really hard for the Vet Assistants who had to set everything up. One thing that I found particularly interesting is that the clinic keeps the euthanization medication in a locked safe close to the surgery room. At first this kinda confused me but the more I thought on it the more it made since in my head. I believe that helping with not only the set up of this process but with the aftermath of it helped me to better understand the more sided parts of this job. Thankfully I was not in the room when the dog got put down, I think that would have made it harder for me.

At my internship site the atmosphere is casual. We are expected to wear scrubs and to be social with the people who come in. It is also expected of us to say on top of what we are supposed to be doing and not to get distracted by the other pets that come into the clinic. It is also extremely important to remember what to do and how to do them because if you don’t there is a high possibility that you could mess up something important. At my internship site it is very important to be able to do two things at once. For example when in an exam room you have to be able to look at the computer to type in new information about the animal along with being able to listen to what the owner is telling you about what is going on.

I believe that this type of job is a natural fit for my conduct and personality. I have found that I like to always be doing something along with having the excitement of not knowing what is going to happen next. The only thing that I really have been working a little extra to accomplish is learning how to specific aspects of this job since I haven’t gone to school for it like everyone else there. For that part I try to ask as many questions as I feel is acceptable for what is happening as well as ask for an explanation when needed. Everybody at the clinic is very helpful with their responses as well as allowing me to look at what something is when I ask about what a specific medication does. I also believe that I have a hard time with the fact that I can’t always understand the language that they use because I haven’t had the same training.

One word that I have come into contact with while at my internship site is Faulted Euthanization. This word is used for when an owner brings in their pet to be euthanized for an invalid reason such as they just don’t want to take care of them anymore. I learned this word on my second day at the clinic while I was talking to my mentor about 3 dogs that got brought in to be euthanized just because the lady who was taking care of them couldn’t anymore. The personal at the clinic was able to save the 3 dogs by noticing that the owner brought in the wrong dog to be euthanized.

September 11th – September 24th (18 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have had in the internship program is how people learn to trust you the more you do a set of specific tasks. For example this past week during one of the clinics slower days they showed me how to run lab tests and make labels for the tests I run. After they showed me how to do both of those tasks I did a few labs while they were around so that I could make sure that I was doing it right. Then the following day was a busy day and they had a good amount of labs that needed to be done so they allowed me to go through and run the labs. Doing these labs consists of putting the vials of clotted blood into the centrifuge and setting the timer for a specific time, if the time is incorrect then it will mess up the test completely and we only take one vial for these tests. After the vials are done being spun in the centrifuge then you have to take the plasma that has been separated from the clotted blood and put it in a separate vial to be sent off to a lab to have tests run. This meant a lot to me because for a while I didn’t think that I was going to be able to do more than the mundane tasks around the clinic. By being able to do this task it allowed me to learn something new that will allow me to help more around the clinic.

When I do lab work I put vials of clotted blood into a centrifuge to have the spinning force separate the plasma from the blood. The labs where the tests get sent off to use the plasma to run tests for disease in the animal. Plasma is a yellow liquid that will come from the clotted blood. Plasma holds blood cells that carry the blood components throughout the body.

September 25th – October 8th (35.67 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have gained since the last reflection log is how interesting it is to be at job that you enjoy for a whole day. Over break almost every day I went in all day. During that time I was able to watch both dental surgery’s and normal surgery’s. I was also able to figure out how tiring it can be to work everyday all day and not being able to leave until later in the day. I loved being able to figure both of these out. Being at the clinic all day almost every day also allowed me to make the relationships between me and the rest of the people who work there stronger.

At my site we mainly use two forms of communication. One is face to face talking and the other is over the phone. However since my site is a vet clinic we use face to face communication the most. This is the most appropriate way to communicate with the patients because it allows for the worried people to be able to ask the questions that are worrying them most. This also gives the people who come in the ability to see how they everyone in the clinic treats their pets. Allowing people to see how we interact with their pets allows them to put more trust into us and what we tell them.

I believe that I am pretty good at choosing the most appropriate way to communicate. Over the past few weeks I have been able to go into appointments and help start them by getting vitals. I have found that by doing this it has allowed me to be able to get better at talking with people who I have never met before. I have also found that when I have a question that I would like answered it is better to ask it in person because it allows my mentor to give a more in depth definition or explanation to my question or questions. I have also been able to figure out when and when not to ask questions as well as who to ask those question to if my mentor is busy. I do text my mentor but only when it is about when I am going to go in or if I had a question that I needed an answer to before I would be at the clinic again.

During this last reflection log time period I learned the word sepsis. Sepsis is when there are harmful bacteria and toxins in tissues that are normally gained from an infected wound. I learned this word from a textbook that my mentor gave me after engaging in a conversation about the Canine Parvovirus Infection.

October 9th – October 22nd (21.33 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have has in this past reflection log cycle is how important it is to know people. My first day at my site scared me so much because the office manager scheduled me on a day that my mentor doesn’t work. So I had to start doing things but I has no idea what I could and could not do. As time has gone on I have been worried that some of the people there don’t like me. But I saw one of the people that I thought didn’t like me and she gave me a hug so I guess I was wrong and I am okay with that. Going in almost every day helps me to reinforces some of those relationships. Having these relationships allows me to have more people to reference when I go to get a job.

One industry specific vocabulary is hematoma. A hematoma is swelling spot within tissues of clotted blood. This word has come up many times while going around the clinic. However the specific context that I am referencing from is when a dog was getting ready to go home after a surgery and around the sutures was a hematoma that we has to give medication for to help it go down.

October 23rd – November 5th (21.83 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have had in this most recent reflection log cycle is how nothing can be as it seems. This week we had a cat come in who was on the older side who was being brought in because it was falling over when it walked. I helped to start the appointment and I went in expecting it to be really wobbly or swerving like it was “drunk”. When I went out to go call in this patient back it was a younger girl who had brought this cat in and as soon as we started to ask her if there was anything else going on who broke down in tears because of what was going on with her cat. As it turned out she has had this cat since she was really young and was terrified of this going badly especially since they had a friend who had the same thing happen to their cat and that cats health dropped dramatically. This really showed me that every single case that comes in is different and that patients needs are specific to their condition. As it turned out the cats spine was being compressed so we ended up giving it .04ml of Gabapentin, which is used to treat pain, to help numb the pain and allow the cat to be able to walk normally again.

I go into my internship site a lot which I love so if I have anything that I need to as my mentor or anyone else at the clinic I ask them as soon as I get there. For example most recently at the clinic we have had a lot of ear “infections”. For those we take a swab of the gunk in both ears, put it on a slide, stain the slide, then look at it under a microscope to figure out what it is. I have been taking pictures of things that we see in the ear gunk under the microscope. At one point when I was going through the pictures that I took I noticed something that looked different than anything I had seen before under a microscope so I went in to go ask the working vet about it. She was able to explain to me what it was which allowed me to know what it was the next time I went to see what was going on under the microscope.

I love the people at my internship they are all very kind and willing to help me understand and learn things that I don’t know. This question is hard for me to answer because I don’t really see they outside of the time that I am there. The one time that I can think of that was not based at the clinic is when I went with my mom to Walmart and ended up running into one of the vet assistants at the store. We stood around for a little bit and just talked about life and what was going on. It was nice. We are doing a clinic Christmas party at one of the vet’s houses in December but I am not sure if I am invited or not because I don’t technically work there. I guess that I will have to ask.

On my own time I have been creating an online notebook with animals anatomy, medications, diseases, and normal behaviors for animals. When I started to ask my mentor questions about specific disease’s she gave me a huge medical book about canine and feline diseases. I am currently looking up Hepatitis and in the description it uses a word called Fibrosis. Fibrosis is the thickening and scarring of connective tissue as a result of injury, conveniently enough we are learning about connective tissue in Human Anatomy right now.

November 6th – November 19th (22.83 hours) – One meaningful experience that I have had during this reflection cycle is the importance of learning new skills. I have gotten pretty good at restraining dogs but cats are still a work in progress. Most recently we have been having more cats come in and with me starting to take on more things people around the clinic have been very helpful in showing me how to do things. Without those skills they they have stepped in to teach me I could hurt myself or the cat. They have also been letting me do more of those so that I get the practice in and can use that skill the next time that it is needed. I grew from this by gaining the skills needed to be able to help me in this field.

I would say from my mentors point of view that I am punctual and that my attendance has been great. When the semester first started I would check in weekly when Chris wanted me back in. After a while it got on a scheduled of me going in on Wednesdays and Thursdays every week from 2 to closing at 5:30. One I got better at doing things around the clinic I talked to Chris about coming in more and all that she told me was that she didn’t care what days I chose the come in as long as I and being helpful and not hindering anyone else work. Every since then I have been going in almost everyday because I love going in. There have been days, however, where I have gotten sick and hadn’t called in to tell anyone that I wouldn’t be there. Most recently they have started asking me to come in when other staff members are out to help cover for them as well as if they have a busy day they have been asking me to come in to help.

I feel that my time management skills are okay. I have been able to stay on top and even ahead of my homework as it comes in. However I feel like I over work myself by going in a lot but I do it because I really enjoy being there. I don’t have any extra curricular things but I have found that with me being at the clinic until closing has made it hard for me to keep up with some of my friends. Being at the clinic has also put some tensions on some of my friendships because they have a hard time understanding how much this program means to me and what it is helping me do. I hope that during second semester I still enjoy this as much as I do now and stick to what I believe now.

One word that we use specifically in medical jobs is DOA. DOA stands for dead on arrival. Many times people will make an appointment to euthanize their pet depending on the animals condition they die before the time comes for their appointment but the family still brings them in so we can send them off to be cremated. Or other times the animal will die over night and the family will bring them in for the same reason.