Alex Sigmund, University of Georgia
Creative Corner, Submission
Catherine Lang, Texas A&M University
Experiences, Honorable Mention
With my first semester of my third year of veterinary school under my belt, I’m missing the time I spent in Europe. This summer, I had the opportunity to take a Food Safety and Public Health workshop at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Padua in Italy. The class consisted of three students from Texas A&M, Dr. Christine Budke (a professor at Texas A&M that teaches Public Health to first and second year veterinary students), another student from St. George’s University in Grenada, and eight Italian students.
Patricia Wonder, Texas A&M University
Life as a Vet Student, Honorable Mention
One Christmas, about ten years ago, my mom decided to forego the usual Christmas turkey and prepare a prime rib instead. Needless to say, since we are always tired of turkey by Christmas time, the Christmas prime rib became a tradition in our household. One year, my mother was very sick and I had to prepare Christmas dinner on my own. After all the stress and worry, I was amazed at how smoothly everything went. Our family and guests loved the meal and we were all retiring to the living room to chat and watch TV for a bit. I just wanted a half hour of sitting before I got up to put everything in containers and clean the kitchen, but that was not to be. After about ten minutes of rest and relaxation, I heard a clatter coming from the kitchen and my Great Dane, Dually, came running out with the five pounds of prime rib which was left over from dinner.
As if it wasn't bad enough he stole our dinner for the next few days, Dually went to town on that beautiful, juicy, medium rare prime rib right on the living room couch. We all immediately jumped into action to get the dog, and the prime rib, off the couch. Dually was having none of it. We all know Great Danes are usually very docile and quiet creatures. However, all bets are off when there is a prime rib on the line. After a large to-do, the prime rib was quickly scooped off the couch with a flat shovel and heaved out the back door with Dually, and four other dogs, chasing it down. Dually enjoyed his prime rib immensely and came back in the house, ready for bed, about an hour later.
Brian Tighe, Ross University
Experiences, Honorable Mention
Often times when a person says you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with a multimillion dollar industry, the opportunity to take care of animals that run into the tens of thousands of dollars per individual, a lot of feelings can come rushing towards you. Excitement at the opportunity, disbelief in the trust placed upon you, anxiety over the possibility of a single mishap ruining your entire career, but the one emotion you would never expect is complacency. Sable antelope, Hippotragus niger, is a species of antelope found in the savannahs of Africa. Its rarity is dependent on the subspecies, spanning the spectrum from critically endangered to least concern, but that “least concern” label didn’t happen by itself.
The farmers of South Africa have learned what valuable assets these animals can be, allowing offers from wealthy folks all over the world to spill in to purchase them for a variety of reasons, the most being hunting. This gave great incentive to increase their numbers. So when this student says he grew complacent seeing these creatures, he wasn’t bored or uninterested in them. It was the sheer fact that on any given day as he drove threw the country, visiting farm after farm, these animals were everywhere. Ever been to Pennsylvania and seen all the white-tailed deer? Or how about sheep in New Zealand? Or castles in Ireland? It was kind of like that. By the end of the trip we had seen so many Sable antelope we stopped taking pictures of them. And you know what other emotion that made us realize on our journey back? Pride in the efforts of conservationists, farmers, and veterinarians who were able to take an animal who used to have such low numbers and blow them up into a common sighting.
I was one of fourteen students who went on an excursion to South Africa to follow a wildlife veterinarian as he worked to help farmers and maintain conservation of the animal species there. The group was called SAWorldVets and was worth every penny. Essentially we were following him on a day to day work schedule, awakening each morning before sunrise to whatever was scheduled, lunch, going out to calls, and then finally coming back in the evening to crash around the campfire. Luckily for us, we just so happened to arrive two weeks before a giant auction that would involve many of the farmers in the area and, of course, they all wanted their animals in top shape.