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Weekend Report

I had a pretty awesome weekend, and right this moment I could either study more or tell you about it. You’ve seen which option I’ve chosen.

Saturday I went on a hiking adventure with a friend. There’s a reason I didn’t say I just “went hiking.” We found a trail we wanted to try out at Lake Berryessa, a place I’ve hiking many times before – but this was a new trail. After getting quite lost and driving for 2 hours, we finally found one of the many trail heads along this particular hike. We got out – myself, my friend, and her dog – and got all ready to go on a fabulous hike. We started down the trail, and about half a mile in, it just ended. Completely gone. Since the brush was quite high and we didn’t want to end up lost out in the wilderness, we dejectedly started back to the car. Once there, we realized there had been some trouble while her very fluffy/scruffy dog had been traipsing through the underbrush. One – he was full of tiny, sticky burrs. They had embedded themselves into his coat and we hung out by her car for awhile picking them out. Two – burrs were not the only things we picked out of his coat… he was also COVERED IN TICKS!! GAH!! I swear we picked more than twenty ticks off of him. It was really gross and seemingly never ending. They were all very small and none had gotten down to his skin yet, but it was still gross. And don’t worry – upon returning home I did a very thorough search to find not a one on me. Anyway, after lots of burr and tick picking, we loaded back into the car and started back. We came across another hike that we had read about it, and upon initial investigation, it was wide and clear of brush. So we tried it out, with her dog now on leash. But, again, after about half a mile we ran out of trail with nowhere really to go. We turned around and went back to the car, where we pulled another few ticks off of her dog, and decided to call it a day. However! The weather was so unbelievably perfect, the lake was absolutely beautiful, the air was clean and crisp, and I was out of Davis with good company. So even though it was mostly a bust, I still had a great time and was thankful to be outside.

Today I did a feral cat spay/neuter clinic in the morning at the local SPCA and neutered five kitties. Yay for helping control the unwanted pet population! These clinics are so important, and such great opportunities to get more practice. I had a great time and was a little sad to leave at noon. Then I came home, studied small animal medicine, worked out, made a delicious and healthy dinner, studied some more, talked to my most amazing husband, and now I’m winding down toward bed. It’s early, but I have an 8am class. Besides, it’s going to be a long week of studying, so I don’t want to start the week on a sleep deficit!

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My Schedule = Love

I haven’t posted in awhile, and I can’t exactly blame my busy schedule for that. My schedule this quarter is pretty light, and I’m enjoying more free time than I’ve had since starting vet school. Being individual track, I don’t have many required electives, I just have to meet the minimum number of elective units by the end of this school year. And since I loaded up on electives my first two years, that means I don’t have to take many this quarter or next. It’s really nice… I have many days of 10am-12pm class, and it’s amazing. Don’t get me wrong, vet school is still challenging, but I have much more time for myself, and I’m really enjoying it.

The highlights of this quarter so far have definitely been my raptor handling class and surgery lab. In raptor handling I get to catch and restrain raptors and learn techniques such as physical exams and wing wraps. It’s thrilling every time I successfully capture one and am securely holding it with my face still intact. I love it!

Also, this quarter I performed my first feline OVH (ovariohysterectomy – spay). I was terrified. Last quarter I neutered a dog and a handful of cats, but a spay is a completely different matter. It’s much more invasive as it’s actually abdominal surgery. I had anxiety attacks the entire day leading up to it. But I was as prepared as I could be and I did it. :) It was a pretty great feeling to see her the next morning, bright and happy and with a healthy looking incision. Her name was Rajaah and she was about the cutest kitten ever. Thankfully she already had a home waiting for her upon return to the shelter, so I didn’t have to be tempted ;)

As for non-vet school related awesomeness, I have some pretty cool things planned for this quarter and my free time. I’ve been hiking a lot, which I love. Next week I’m actually going snow shoeing up in Tahoe with some friends, which I’ve never done. And in April I’m doing my first mud run, which is both terrifying and exciting. This means I’ve also been eating better and working out in preparation! Then in May I’m going camping for a weekend with friends and Scott in YOSEMITE!! I’ve never been to Yosemite, and I can’t wait!! It’s going to be incredible. :)

I’m enjoying my time now, because in just four months clinics start, and I will be lost from the rest of the world for an entire year.

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