Wow! This week has been incredibly amazing and we got to have tons of field experience working with and treating large animals for various diseases and parasites. I also got to conduct a physical exam on a horse, listening to and monitoring their heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature, and stomach churning to ensure that there is no sign of colic and that everything is digesting properly. We also administered Albendazole, an oral dewormer, to these horses along with sheep and some dogs. Other medications, like a vitamin B complex and dewormer are administered under the skin, known as “subcutaneous” injections. These were also given to sheep and goats, where we got to learn how to properly restrain them in the process. On day 7, getting to suture a cat following a spay was really exciting and I was surprised at how intricate the procedure really was. On our free day, we went to visit an iguana conservation sanctuary where I got to feed them leaves and they loved climbing on my shoulder and lap! I have learned so much and have also had so much fun this week and now it’s time to study hard and ace my final exam and presentation!