Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Veterinary Science Program

I'm in my county's 4-H Veterinary Science Program. Which is a 5 year curriculum-based program that includes 100 lessons and 50 activities to get kids interested in veterinary medicine with the opportunity to work with professionals in the field. In the program you can get to tour veterinarian's practices, after you tour the vet's office you have to write a report about what you learned and answer some questions. If you want to read my report about are tour to Morton Small Animal Clinic read on.

        Our tour to Morton’s Small Animal Clinic.
              During our tour to Morton’s Small Animal Clinic, I learned about the different rooms in a small animal practice. The first room we saw was the waiting room.   They had separated the room in half one side for dogs and the other side for cats. They had a scale on the dog side so they could weigh the dogs when they came in. Second, we saw the examination rooms where the veterinarians and the veterinarian assistants would treat the animals for illnesses and give check-ups.          They had two rooms for dogs and two for cats. In the first dog room, the exam table could lower and raise heavy dogs. Also, we saw the otoscope for checking the ears, the ophthalmoscope for checking the eyes, a stethoscope and the thermometer for taking the temperature. Then, we went to a hallway that was connected to the exam rooms so the vet could easily enter them. Also they keep medicines here in the cabinets.
   Next, Mrs. Vicki took us to see the kennels where they keep patients and boarders. The first room had small cages, which they keep small dogs and cats in. In the big kennel there were bigger cages for big dogs. If you wanted to board your dog you would have to make sure your dog was up to date on his shots. The staff walks each dog twice daily, they check to see if your dog has fresh food and water. Then, we toured the X-ray room where the veterinarian Dr. Morton Jr. taught us about X-rays. We got to see an X-ray of a dog who had got stepped on by a horse.  X-rays are important because they help the vets see where the animal broke or fractured a bone. Next, we got to see the surgery room. After they told us a little information about the surgeries that they perform, I found out that they do around four surgeries a day. I also learned that there most unusual patients were a pet tiger, and a fish from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. Lastly, we went and heard Dr. Morton Jr. tell us how he became a vet. Before we left we got a bag with pamphlets and dog treats in it. I had a great time and enjoyed the tour.

BY Christopher 

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