On Wednesday, we got to vaccinate more beef cattle. At this point, we had vaccinated a lot of cows and were used to giving them intramuscular injections. Afterwards, we had some free time so we decided to go to visit the “Iguana Project”. This is a conservation project that also aims to educate the public about the endangered Green Iguanas in Belize. The Green Iguanas are under heavy stress due to over-hunting and habitat destruction, so the project aims to educate the public about their ecological importance and about how people’s actions have consequences for these species. We got to interact with the captive iguanas which was a lot of fun!
Friday we were doing our presentations and final exams so Thursday was pretty much the last day. We visited Barton creek so we could learn about Artificial insemination and inject their Brangus herd with dewormer and vitamins. It was cool when we injected the cows this time because we were able to to subcutaneous injections rather than the intramuscular injections we did in the past. We did do subcutaneous injections for dogs and cats, but it was surprisingly different because their skin was much thicker and harder to puncture. We also got to palpate the cows, which I had never done before. By palpating the cow, you can know whether or not they are pregnant. None of the cows were. We could tell because we were able to grab the cervix. If the cow was pregnant the cervix would hang too low due to the weight of the fetus.
On Friday night, after our presentations and finals, we ate dinner at Dr. T’s. We all talked, ate, and listened to music. It was a really fun time, and Dr. T even prepared a little video of our time there which we all thought was super thoughtful and sweet thing to see since our time in Belize was coming to an end. It was sad to think that we’d all be leaving to separate parts of the country but me and some of the girls were already making plans to meet again! I had a great time and I definitely want to come back to Belize.