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Jun 19, 2019

A Day In the Life of Dr Quincy

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 Hi, I’m Quincy, one of the new vets at HPVH!

I want to let you in behind the scenes. What’s it like being a vet?

It’s 830am. I have a report from the veterinary nurse covering any patients that have stayed with us overnight.

I’ve been given run down about the patients we’re expecting for any procedures. Bella is an exuberant Staffy here for a dental clean, Missy is a kitten booked for a spey and Blacky, the Rottweiler, has a sore back and is scheduled for x-rays.

By 9am, I’ve examined them all to ensure they’re fit for an anaesthetic. We’ve taken blood samples for a pre-anaesthetic screen. It checks that their inside is working as well as the outside, making sure we make the anaesthesia as safe as possible. I hand the pet over to the nurses to continue prep, placing each of them on drips and getting them settled.

9am is the kickoff for consultations. My patients come in all sizes, from the gigantic Great Danes to the little fluffy bunnies. One thing about this profession is that it’s always varied!

This morning I have Poppy, a nervous Whippet here for her health examination and annual vaccination. She was shy at first, but with just a few pats and treats we become friends. I allow her a little time to adjust to the consult room. While I speak to her parents, she manages to muster up some courage to approach me on her own. The health exam is detailed, from the tip of the nose to the tail. We finish with ensuring all her medications to prevent disease, vaccinations, flea control, worming and heartworm medications are up to date. Not a bad start to the day! Poppy leaves with a clean bill of health, and a wag.

The results of the pre-anaesthetic blood tests we took earlier are all okay. I administer some medications to relax the patients before their procedures. It makes their day with us so much happier.

10:30am, another vet arrives to assist with procedures.

I team up with one of the VNs (slang for vet nurse!) and we anaesthetise Missy. Missy’s procedure is to remove her reproductive organs so she can no longer get pregnant. It’s the cat equivalent of the human hysterectomy. The surgery goes smoothly and Missy recovers well from her anaesthetic.

While I am speying Missy, my colleague has sedated Blacky, the Rottweiler, for spinal x-rays. Blacky has had some back pain and we want to check that his spine is not the source of his problems.

XThe x-rays we do are digital, giving us almost instant images. They show he has some narrowing between the vertebrae in his lower back, which accounts for his pain. Lucky for Blacky, the narrowing is not as severe as first expected and we should see him respond to some heavy duty pain killers.

In between procedures, I review all my blood tests from the day before and find time to speak to owners about the results.

My last procedure for the day is Bella's dental. Teeth are like icebergs really. The crown might look good, but it’s what is going on underneath the gums that is more worrisome. I take dental x-rays to check that the teeth are in good order. I use this time to show one of out new nurses how to take dental x-rays, too. She has never worked in a practice that has this level of dental care before. No extractions for Bella, her teeth just require a thorough clean alongside continued the home care. She is up quickly after her anaesthetic and is ready to go home.

Notes, treatment plans and discharge information is written up in preparation for my patient discharges.

4pm comes around quickly, and I’m back to consulting again. First, I have Pepper in for her heart examination. She has a grade 2 heart murmur, which means her heart does not pump as well as it should. Pepper is on medication to help it keep pumping well. I give her a gold star for her check up, everything is going well!

My last consult for the day is to help say goodbye to one of our older cats. This is a really sad time for the owners but I am comforted by the fact that they have shared an amazing life.

It’s 6pm, time for a quick debrief and handover with the evening vet. Home time.

Every day is different. That’s one of the most appealing parts of the profession for me. One minute I am a pathologist, the next an anaesthetist, followed by a radiologist...the list seems almost infinite!


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