I am going to start posting some photo diaries from my daily life as a vet because I see lots of cool things to share and its an easy and fun way to enjoy them and get an understanding of what a horse vet gets up to.
This first diary is very graphic so for you non-vets/people who don’t like blood and guts and such perhaps give it an hour after you eat to view these. You know just like swimming!
This is me in my element! I am doing a post mortem examination on a mare that was found dead in a paddock. Her intestinal tract was very abnormal indicating that she died from colic.
This little devil is one of my biggest fears…..meet Alpaca. Unfortunately I had the lovely job of going out to see him as none of the other vets were around….ugh! Terrifying!
This is a very large haematoma (like a bruise) on the shoulder of a yearling.
In case no one has told you….horses kick. This is my leg.
This x-ray of a foals foot shows a big pedal bone fracture (the big vertical black line in the middle). The pedal bone sits inside the hoof in a horse.
This poor mare had a bad reaction to insect bits and came up covered in lumps. Pretty spectacular!
This is Merlin, he is a teaser stallion (a very tiny one). One of my neighbours had him as a lawn mower for a couple months and he made himself right at home, coming onto the porch and joining us for coffee.
This is one of the more remarkable fractures I have seen. This is a weanling with a femoral fracture. The round bone on the left is the patella (normal). Follow the large bone to the top right and boom! Huge black space = massive fracture.
Peaches the goat!
Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to her. She was attacked by wild dogs in the paddock and hurt very badly. This is her bundled up after the attack. She died shortly after.
Three beautiful baby kittens having a drink. Just a perk of being around barns….lots of kittens to cuddle!
This weanling was kicked in the face and developed a horrible sore wound….poor baby.
I had a bit of an unusual patient one early morning. This is a huge bull who needed to have a blood sample taken. Haven’t done one since vet school but I managed and luckily he was a gentleman!
This gross worm was plucked out of some horse manure….ewwwwww! You rarely see them but they are pretty gross when you do!
This mare was found in the paddock with afterbirth visible. On examination she was having an abortion but had not pushed out the foetus yet. I found this little cutie in situ. Obviously it is dead and abortions in mares can be the result of numerous factors, most commonly they are due to infection. (credit to Bodean for these two pics)
This is the aborted foetus and placenta. It always amazes me how well formed they are and so tiny.