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Experiences: Parawild African wildlife management course 

Winner, Experiences category
Bradley Venable, Auburn University '14

Do you know just how adventurous the veterinary profession can be? Full of twists and turns, some of which you could never be prepared for.  Our profession provides a world of opportunity waiting for you to take advantage of it. I definitely didn’t anticipate the story I am about to tell you.

The minute I signed up for the Parawild African Wildlife management course at Western Kentucky University, I knew I was in for a treat. I was set for a month long stay at various locations throughout South Africa, which involved capturing and relocating wild game for conservation purposes. Just about 22 hours of flights put this small town Kentucky boy in a daze. I was exhausted but exhilarated to be working with leopards, kudu, elephants, giraffes, and impala among othWorking on a kudu.ers including the infamous zebra. Throughout the course of the trip we were given crash courses on darting, animal behavior, conservation biology, anesthesia, and animal restraint. None of which could ever prepare me for what was to happen. It was our last day at the Phelwanna game lounge and it was absolutely perfect. The winter sun was glaring and the wind was just enough to provide relief but not quite strong enough to reveal our ninja like movements. That day, our mission was to capture three zebra and relocate them via horse trailer. We had successfully immobilized and loaded up the first two targets by means of an M99 cocktail and were administering the reversal to the third when it happened in a flash. One second I stood firmly on two feet; the next, I was flat on my back on the dry South African soil. In shock, I was left to wonder if I had signed up for this kind of adventure.

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Our Freshman Year of Vet School….A year in review

Winner, Foot in Mouth Category
Courtney Butts, Florida State University

They say, “Hindsight is 20/20.”
Well, looking back on our first year of vet school is anything but pretty.
We started the year off naïve, excited, and ready to take on the world.
But, after that first day in gross anatomy I thought, “I’m definitely going to hurl.”
The lectures kept coming and the material was overflowing,
We thought, “How can we manage all of this?”, but we just kept going.

We learned origins, insertions, innervations and blood supplies,
We memorized PDA, PCR, and millions of histology slides.
We overcame lecture after lecture and anatomy practicals galore,
White cells and red cells and T-cells and more.
Classes like Molecular Biology had us asking, “What was the point of this class?”
While Embryology made us say, “It was truly a miracle that I even passed.”

Then came our first hell week of many that year,
After immunology, ophthalmology, and endocrinology we thought we were in the clear.
We thought it would all be downhill until winter break and that we had reached our peak,
Oh, but wait kids, you still have Neurology to try to learn in four weeks.
The pain was so terrible, but we finished it somehow,
We actually finished our first semester!! It’s time to relax meow!

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Congratulations to the latest winners!

The following students were chosen as winners from the most recent submissions to The Vet Gazette, and will be receiving cash prizes for their work!  Look for their submissions to be published in the upcoming weeks.  In other Gazette news, I've decided to start publishing all entries, not just the prize winners.  I've been really impressed with the creativity and skill of everything being sent in, and feel like it's a shame not to share with everyone! Since TVG is not limited by page space now that we are in electronic format, it'll be easier than ever to share what veterinary students are capable of, so check back often!

Melissa Andritz, Editor

And now...the winners!

Winner: Becky Lee, UC Davis

Life as a Vet Student
Winners: Oneal Peters, Colorado State, Sharon Ostermann, UC Davis
Honorable Mention: Oneal Peters, Colorado State, Sharon Ostermann, UC Davis

Winner: Bradley Venable, Auburn
Honorable Mention: Samantha McDonnel, UC Davis; Jenna Winer, UC Davis

Winners: Brittany Beavis, Washington State; Olga Vinogradova, Illinois

Winner: Alison Manchester, Cornell
Honorable Mention: Hailey Harroun, Colorado; Jana Mazor Thomas, Tufts

Creative Corner:
Winner: Tia Chambers, Ross
Honorable Mention: Cynthia Fichtner, St. Matthews; Andrew Martin, Illinois; Jessica Dreyfuss, North Carolina

Foot in Mouth:
Winner: Courtney Butts, Florida
Honorable Mention: Shake Chatterjee, Minnesota; Courtney Deer, Mississippi

SCAVMA Chapter with the most submissions:

University of Glasgow


Trivia Winners!

The World Organization for Animal Health, or OIE, is an important international organization for the surveillance of transboundary and emerging animal diseases.  It has the authority to officially declare a country free of four diseases.  What are the four diseases, and which of them (if any) have been present in the United States in the past or present?

Answer: The four diseases are Rinderpest, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia, and Foot and Mouth Disease. All have been present in the United States except for Rinderpest.

Congratulations to Olga Vinogradova from the University of Illinois and Brittany Beavis from Washington State University.  They were randomly chosen from the correct submissions and will be receiving $20!


Congrats Glasgow for most submissions to Issue 47 Volume 4

Congratulations to the University of Glasgow for having the most submissions to the latest volume of The Vet Gazette!  Their SCAVMA chapter will be receiving $200! 

Thanks to everyone who submitted pieces for this issue, check back in the next week for the winners!