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It's Monday, who needs a laugh?

Tis the season.....for exams. So in honor of everyone out there who is taking the NAVLE, is still in shock from said NAVLE, or is wondering how the professors ever managed to pack so much material into a final exam we thought you all deserved to start this week of right, with a laugh! These incredible cartoons  were submitted by Daniel Newnham from the Royal Veterinary College to our Foot In Mouth Disease category and I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.


Creative Corner

These incredible works of art were selected as winners in our Creative Corner category. Thank you Anna Catherine Bowden from the University of Georgia for sharing your work with us!

"What the Mongoose Knows" - Graphite on Paper"As Kingfishers Catch Fire"- Colored pencil on vellum"Three Birds on a Branch" - Colored pencil on vellum


Experiences from an Emergency Hospital

This winning submission from our Experiences category was sent to us by Kathleen Crossman from the Atlantic Veterinary College. Thank you for sharing your story Kate!


Last summer I spent some time in an emergency veterinary hospital and became fascinated with the fast-paced cases and surgeries. My favorite experience was being on hand when a 4-year-old lab mix presented to the clinic with a laceration to his back. His owners told us he had been running through the woods and disappeared out of their sight; moments later, they heard a loud yelp, and he came running back to them like the hounds of hell were at his back. The superficial laceration spanned no longer than three inches and marked his back at the base of his neck. He was sedated to allow for further exploration and debridement of the wound, as he was very high energy and quite anxious. Upon physical exam I palpated a small firm mass along his spinal cord at the level of his hind limbs, and as we debrided the wound, we realized that the skin was quite loose, and it appeared that whatever had lacerated the poor dog had actually skimmed right along his back, slicing the subcutaneous tissue clear to his hind legs. As we incised the skin and retracted it, bits and pieces of wood and clumps of his hair were visualized, and the firm mass I had palpated turned out to be a solid piece of a branch! The three-inch laceration turned into a surgical incision that spanned his entire spinal cord:


We nicknamed our patient Arrowhead for the unique shape of his surgical incision. He recovered smoothly and was able to go home with his grateful owners the following day. Arrowhead became one of the patients I aided this summer that cemented my interest in emergency veterinary medicine.

"Arrowhead" after his laceration repair.




"He Never Spooks...."

Sent to us by Matt Movassaghi from North Carolina State University, this winning submission from our Foot In Mouth Disease category hits a little too close to home for us equine folks.


Meet Virchow, the Panther Chameleon

Virchow is one of our winners in the Cutest Pet category! Thank you Linn Clarizio from the University of Minnesota for sharing this beautiful picture with us.

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