Wednesday, April 09, 2008


As Chris wrote yesterday, our surgery was a success! My group's surgeon did a fantastic job neutering our little puppy, and I think we worked well as a team. It took me a while to get into the swing of things as the anesthetist, and even when I was finally in a groove I was still a little stressed out. Since you need to monitor the patient's parameters every five minutes, it seemed like as soon as I was done checking everything it was already time to check it all again.
The whole process took us about 5 hours, which is significantly longer than it takes real vets to do (usually about half an hour or so). We'll get better with practice and as we gain confidence, I'm sure. Everyone's surgeries went well and all our patients were perky this morning. Hooray!
I finally remembered to bring the camera today... Meet Kiba! Can you believe this little guy was homeless? You can find lots more just like him on Petfinder....


Dr. Patty Khuly said...

Sooo cute! A five hour neuter well worth it! At least you didn't botch your first spay like I did (dropped a pedicle and spent ten minutes fishin'). Congrats!

Megan Watland said...

Oh no, not the dreaded dropped pedicle! Our surgery professors have been using that as the classic example of "things that make vet students panic during their first surgeries". Eek! Glad you and your patient survived :)

Our group's next surgery is next Thursday, when I'll be behind the knife for a dog spay... I'll be having nightmares of dropped pedicles and dehisced abdomens until it's over!