Shadowing at the clinic, littering at sea, and prepping for population medicine

Today was my first day shadowing at the university small animal clinic. I felt like a sponge walking around trying to soak all the impressions up. Most of all I realized just how much I’ve yet to learn. In the hours we were there we got to follow the vets around, pull up antibiotics, see how they do the blood labs, and check out a bunch of different cases, all involving either cats or dogs. I have heard some of the other students encountering swans and llamas while they were at the clinic, but although the creatures might not have been as exotic, there was more than enough to see to.

Speaking of animals in need of help, last Thursday there was a tragic incident of a goose-beaked whale having to be put down on the west coast of Norway. The whale was described as looking sick and tired, and although the local wildlife council tried to get the whale back into the open waters many times, it continued to wash up on the shores. When doing the autopsy they found that the whale had more than 30 plastic bags clogging up its stomach. Reading this just makes me so incredibly sad. So if you have the opportunity, or an eco-friendly sister who takes you out to clean beaches and forests from time to time, be more mindful about how much plastic you use. This was a real wake-up call for me. While I have been better about using reusable containers and bottles as of late, I have miles to go as far as shopping bags and other unnecessary plastic consumption goes.

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On a completely unrelated note, I’ve started to look around for resources for the next block – population medicine. How I’m ever going to learn that much statistics in one month is beyond me, and I’m starting to think looking at old exams wasn’t the best way to spend my Friday evening off. I guess my brain is still overclocked from cell biology. So far, this is what I’ve come up with:

-        Khan Academy - (is there anything they don’t teach?)

-       Wolfram Alpha – I haven’t checked it out properly yet, but I’ve heard good things.

-        Statistics fun - A YouTube channel I came over about five minutes before writing this. He explains things incredibly slow, which is useful when you haven’t got a clue what you’re doing.

If you know any other math learning resources, specifically ones involving statistics, please let me know either in the comments, or over at the @vettobe Instagram or Twitter accounts.