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Ewe Have to See This!

These awesome photos were submitted by Amanda Trompeta from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Thanks, Amanda!


Case Study: "Bunny" Trubey

Check out this cool case submitted by Jessica Trubey from Lincoln Memorial University!

1 year old Nubian doe. Presenting for chronic lameness.

Patient appeared acutely lame back in February 2018. Owner suspected trauma as the patient was housed with 4 other goats at the time and was the bottom of the pecking order. After a brief physical exam, owner elected to hold off on treatment to see if the injury would heal on its own. In May, patient received a physical exam by two veterinarians with unremarkable exam findings, aside from obvious limping on the left hind limb, mainly appearing to be in the hip or stifle joint. Physical exam showed no hoof abnormalities, no muscle wasting, no decreased range of motion of any joints, no pain elicited upon manipulation or palpation, and no heat or swelling of any parts of extremities. Veterinarian prescribed Meloxicam 15 mg – 1.5 tablets PO SID to see if pain control effected lameness. After a month of Meloxicam administration, no improvement was noted, so owner pursued a physical exam with another veterinarian in June. This vet suspected possible luxation of hip joint, so radiographs of hips and stifles were recommended along with discontinuation of the Meloxicam. Radiographs revealed no bone or joint changes or abnormalities per veterinarian at the time. Veterinarian recommended therapeutic laser treatments of twice a week for 3 weeks at the acute inflammation setting over the hip and stifle of affected leg. Following laser treatments, no improvement was noted. September no changes in lameness are present, for better or worse. Not currently on any medications. Vaccines received CDT April 2018. Dewormer: injectable doramectin in June 2018. No other medical history aside from a bout of mild diarrhea in June. Prior to May kept at pasture; since then has been fed hay predominately with some grain supplementation.

Lat Stifle 6/13/18Rt Stifle and Hock 6/13/18










Pelvis 6/13/18Pelvis 2 6/13/18











Spine 6/13/18

Spine 2 6/13/18


A Bare Bones Feature

A feature within the SAVMANews highlighting just what your national SAVMA team, executive board and delegates, are doing for you. Each edition showcases a SAVMA officer and what all their job entails. This featured officer this month is Lincoln Memorial University’s senior delegate, Aaron Maness.
Anthony Pizzelanti from the University of Pennsylvania was the designer behind the Bare Bones logo. 

All SAVMA delegates sit on a committee within the House of Delegates (HOD). Aaron is a member of the Government Affairs Committee(GAC). Within the GAC, he is the liaison to the Legislative Action Committee(LAC) of the AVMA. A lot of acronyms, I know. The general purpose of the LAC is to make sure that veterinarians and the veterinary community are properly represented in the federal government’s legislature. As liaison, he gets to listen and weigh in on the LAC’s monthly conference calls about new and current legislation involving the veterinary community. The LAC helps to advise the AVMA on what stance to take on new legislature and how to appropriately lobby for our profession. He travels to D.C in the spring to meet with the LAC and discuss issues concerning SAVMA, the AVMA, and more importantly the veterinary community. He has learned so much from holding this position in the HOD and is always grateful for the knowledge he has gained. It has taught him the importance of advocating for our profession because nobody else will. With that being said, please represent your profession any chance you get and get involved with your government!

Find out the many ways you can get involved in government and advocacy in both local and national issues here.  


Iceland on My Mind

A Fine Icelandic HorseA jewel-like remnant of an iceberg, melting very slowly on the beach at Jökulsárlón (a glacial lagoon), South Iceland






Midnight sunset/sunrise on the Ring Road in North Iceland

These fantastic photos were submitted by Neda Othman from UC Davis.


The Summer of a Lifetime

Submitted by Tori Van Wart from Texas A&M University

Eleven countries, four continents, and over a month of traveling later, and I think it’s safe to say I truly had the trip of a lifetime this past summer. As someone who was not exposed to traveling (especially across international waters) very much growing up, I decided never to let an opportunity to explore pass me by. When I first heard about the opportunity to study abroad in veterinary school in South Africa, I knew I HAD to go. The incentive was made even greater by the opportunity to sightsee in Europe due to the fact that our program was to meet in London before making our way to South Africa. I was lucky enough to find a friend willing to make the journey with me, and pretty much as soon as spring final exams were finished, we left on our month-long adventure.

Although we only spent a few days in each country, it wasn’t difficult to make incredible memories and have experiences that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. From visiting the Balto statue in Central Park, to exploring the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, to eating paella in Barcelona, to seeing the Mona Lisa in Paris, and stopping by the windmills just outside of Amsterdam, the first leg of our journey was already a whirlwind cultural adventure. I couldn’t believe our travels, and we hadn’t even made it to South Africa yet! After our behind-the-scenes veterinary tour of the London Zoo, we were well on our way to South Africa, the place I had heard so much about and was ready to fall even more in love with.

Upon our arrival to Amakhala Game Reserve in South Africa, we were greeted with a plethora of animals, including the tuskless wonder himself: Norman the elephant! We were instantly mesmerized by the beautiful country surrounding us and the opportunities that were planned, but for now, we could only imagine the possibilities of what was to come. Before we could get our hands on the animals that needed our assistance, we were tasked with listening to a few days’ worth of lectures. The lectures were incredibly interesting, as we got to learn from an unbelievably knowledgeable South African veterinarian, Dr. Peter Brothers, as well as the current veterinarian at Kruger National Park, Dr. Peter Buss. Our excitement built throughout the first couple days as we looked forward to our first immobilization experience, which happened to be with a black wildebeest. Although I hadn’t worked extensively with most of my colleagues on the trip, we were able to operate like a well-oiled machine and took equal responsibility for all of the tasks that we were assigned, including vaccinations, dart wound treatment, deworming, and ectoparasite treatment. With this experience under our belts, we were ready to move on to Mattanu Game Reserve, where we were able to immobilize several other antelope species, including red hartebeest, kudu, roan, eland, sable, gemsbok, and impala, as well as Cape buffalo and, most excitingly, a giraffe!

Out of every experience we had with animal immobilizations, the most memorable experience we had (in my opinion) was when we assisted in blesbok immobilization. We were essentially in control of one animal per group of three veterinary students, which was a huge responsibility in and of itself. I was absolutely awestruck when I saw Dr. Brothers, our program director, dart animals out of the “chopper” like some kind of South African combination of Steve Irwin and GI Joe. This sight was incredibly eye-opening for me; who knew a veterinarian could have a job as awesome as this?! I realized in this moment not to sell myself short of whatever crazy or outlandish dreams I may have for my career because the possibilities are truly endless for our potential as veterinarians.

Overall, I am incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to explore and learn from the many different cultures I interacted with throughout my time abroad this summer, and I know that I would not have had the chance to garner such a meaningful experience without the help of the IVEC International Veterinary Experience Scholarship. I gained more than just experiences with exotic animals during my trip – I obtained a greater passion and understanding of veterinary medicine as a whole, as well as gained a cultural perspective that I never could have gotten domestically. This experience was imperative to my future career as a veterinarian so that I may better understand my future colleagues and clients, so I am incredibly appreciative of the financial assistance that the IVEC International Veterinary Experience Scholarship provided me. This opportunity was truly formative, and I know it will continue to impact me for years to come.  

















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