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Finally exams are over, and I have possibly finished my first year of veterinary school=) yey

Two weeks before Professionals, we had the OSCEs exams.  These are designed to test our clinical skills in a professional setting. This year, we were tested on suturing technique, blood smears, animal restraint, and communication skills. I had some problems making the blood smear, but because I could explain what I did wrong and how it was suppose to look I passed all my stations. Yey=)…

This is the reading i had to do for my first year exams (+ a books)

This is Brianna practising on Amos

The professional exams were quite stressful due to exams being worth 85% of your total mark and being cumulative for the whole year. The two I was most worried about were Biomolecular Sciences and Physiology. So 3 weeks before the exams me and Brianna came together and read 10-12 hours every day of Biomolecular Science (Biokjemi), minus the hours of that day we had lectures.  As first years, we had anatomy and physiology classes up until the Thursday before the first Husbandry exam. Exams were all in one week, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday (x2) and Friday! Thursday was anatomy written exam in the morning and practical in the afternoon. I think I did ok in everything apart from the anatomy practical.  They had put up specimens that were very specific, like what nerve root this is, when I could answer what part of the spine it was but not what specific number it was. Now we are in the waiting period, to see if we passed or not. If I got between a 45-50 % I will need to take an oral with an external examiner (in two weeks), or if I failed and must come back in August. Talking to second years it is actually quite normal to re-sit one or two, but I’m hoping I don’t have to of course.

On the Friday the 21st I finished my last exam in physiology and went straight to a tour of the New Small Animal Hospital of Glasgow Vet School that opened in 2009. The University of Glasgow Small Animal Hospital is an expert referral centre for the treatment of companion animals, which means that all the animals that visit the hospital have been referred by local vets and they come from all over Scotland and the north of England.  The Hospital cost over £10.5 Million and can treat animals 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Hospital contains advanced specialist equipment, such as MRI scanner, CT scanner and digital X-ray. It also has an intensive care unit with supervision 24 hours a day, high dependency unit, endoscopy suite, day ward, oncology, diagnostic imaging and four operating theatres. One corner has a pain rehabilitation unit and hydrotherapy suite, which features an underwater treadmill for dogs. We were taken to the cancer ward where they can treat companion animals with lymphomas using the same chemotherapy drugs as are used in human treatment.  The hospital also has a linear accelerator, that cost more than £500,000 that will be used to administer radiotherapy treatment of cancers – particularly brain tumours, nasal tumours and deep sarcomas. This machine is built in a room with 1m concrete walls on either side.

Because the big Hospital was built on the grounds of the Vet school the architects didn’t want to take away the nature and green areas, therefore they “lifted” up the ground and tucked the hospital underneath. The roof is grass covered with trees so that it looks like part of the park. The building was designed to make maximum use of natural light, inside, the glass entrance gives a lot of light and a colorful reception with flat screens around. There weren’t many animals in when we visited, but as they told us, the intention with the hospital is that the caseload will double over the next 10 years so that they now are ahead of time with the newest equipment possible. Therefore they have 3 cancer rooms and a cancer ward because they are expecting an increase in treatment of pets for cancer. There is also no profit associated with the hospital and the clients that take their pets to the hospital normally have insurance that covers the very expensive treatments.

12 consulting rooms

The reception area

Water Theraphy

MRI machine

Here is a video of the hospital=)

Saturday morning I took the train from Glasgow to Nottingham for a week before I’m told about the oral examinations. I went to see Bobby and to give him my rats for the summer. The girls/rats were put in their little travel cage and had a pillowcase over, just in case other people didn’t like the looks of rats traveling with them=) the girls did fine. They didn’t seem bothered at all and were drinking, gnawing and chewing the pillowcase to pieces all the way. It will be nice to have a week with nothing to do but relax and enjoy the sunshine. Tonight we are going out to eat for the 17mai (Norway’s national day) and we had cake earlier. I do miss being home on the 17th of May. I will try my best to be home next year and maybe even get to wear my national costume.

Me in my national costume

Ariane celebrating the 17th of may

Can’t wait to see you all when I get home on the 3rd of June.
Lot of love
Annette

Me lamming a sheep

Lamb survived

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