Alex Sigmund, University of Georgia
Foot In Mouth, Honorable Mention
So I am by no means a “country boy,” but I also would not consider myself a “city boy” either. I’ve camped, hiked, and ridden horses, but I definitely have not dealt with cattle, sheep, and farming…EVER. With this history, I was incredibly ill prepared for a particular experience I would endure during my first year of veterinary school at UGA.
It was spring semester and that blasted anatomy class was finally over. We actually would get to touch live animals and it smelled and felt so…non-formaldehyde-y. With my sinuses clear, I was ready to learn and be “hands-on” with ruminants for the first time. I definitely did not realize just how “hands-on” I would be. But first off, goats are adorable and sheep are much bigger than they look on the movie Babe. Secondly, cows can squat.
Brandi Miatke, Iowa State
Life as A Vet Student, Winner
Sitting on the airplane flying back home from Colorado, the city of Boulder to be exact, I was reflecting on the second interview I just had. As vet school applications (round three) had come and gone without any luck being accepted, I was hopeful to start a new career as an animal control officer for their police department. During my interview they had informed me I'd be learning how to dart tranquilize cougars and bears and helping with a lot of exotic species of pet snakes and much more! Although I was scared out of my mind, I was ecstatic! What a cool job this was going to be!
Fast forward several months later to me standing on the sidewalk, fully dressed in a police uniform, hands on my hips (well, on my taser holster to be exact), hoping that the fourteen-year-old kid I was supervising (who had been found with crack cocaine baggies in his tennis shoes) wasn't going to lead me on a foot chase through the city.
Needless to say I did not get the animal control officer job in Colorado, but I DID get a pretty amazing job as a public service officer for the Hopkins Police Department in Minnesota. I couldn't believe the things I was doing for my job! Not only was I helping officers with minor drug busts, but I became a first responder for medical emergencies, an animal control officer, and even manager of criminal evidence!
Mindy Nelson, UC Davis
Das Hit presented at 2237 on 8/12/14 for an emergency visit to the Large Animal Equine Medicine service at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis. She is a 7 year-old Oldenburg mare used for dressage riding (Fig. 1) and is insured for major medical. She presented for a history of fever, neck swelling, and red-brown urine. The history of this mare’s present illness began on August 6, when her owner noted swelling and pain in the left side of the neck and called her veterinarian. Bloodwork on that day showed an elevated WBC count. The owner’s mother reported that no intramuscular injections had been given and that no respiratory, pigeon fever or strangles-like symptoms were present in any of the other horses at the farm. The treatment course from 8/6/14 to 8/12/14 included uniprim (trimethoprim sulfadiazine) reported as 2 scoops PO BID, banamine (flunixin meglumine) 10 ml IV SID, and surpass (1% diclofenac sodium) applied topically to the swelling. A fever developed a few days into the treatment (ranging from 102°-104°F) and hydroxyzine (unknown dose) and baytril (enrofloxacin; reported as 2 scoops PO BID) were added to the regimen. On 8/12/14, the day of presentation, the mare developed a fever of 106°F and her urine was noted to be dark red-brown in color (Fig. 2), so she was referred to the VMTH.