The News for the April/May 2006
4/26/60 - I will edit the page over the next few days but wanted to get something posted right away!
It's spring time in South Carolina and in a veterinary clinic that means that we start to get a little bit busy, busy and busy. I've never really figured out what causes this but as we get out more with our animals we expose them to lots of potential problems along with the fun times. We've been keeping up with most things but out surgery schedule is getting ridiculous.
So why would I take off for the weekend and work with Rural Area Veterinary Services in Tennessee as they organized a spay and neuter clinic in Sneedville Tennessee?
Ashley Davis of Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine neuters one of her first tomcats. I suspect she will find this boring 10 years from now but I doubt that she found this one boring.
The surgery room was set up by RAVS in the cafeteria of the "old" Hancock County High School. I must admit that it reminded me of some of the original facilities of our clinic in that having the kitchen adjacent to the surgery area provided many of the sinks and cleaning areas that are needed to "scrub in" for surgery, areas to clean instruments and refrigerators for medications and vaccines.
Holly Heatwole and Elizabeth Arguelles work on a "spay".
Laurie Mann (Tennessee) and Tyler Cote (Tennessee) work on a surgery as Mandy Higdon (Virginia) looks on.
Mandy Higdon (Virginia) watches one of the patients she supervised anesthesia for as it recovers.
Laurie Mann (Tennessee) prepares instruments for the next group of surgeries. Laurie was kind enough to provide some of the pictures for this page since I didn't bring my camera along.
Surgeries started at about 8 AM and we finished at about 8 PM on the first day and about 6 PM on Sunday.
All of the surgery tables were full all of the time. There was one student covering anesthesia monitoring and two students doing each of the surgeries. One veterinarian supervised anesthesia induction and there were three veterinarians circulating among the surgeries at all times.
Ashley Davis and Erin Morgan (both of Virginia) work with another student on a cat spay?
For most of the surgeries I would not be "scrubbed in" for most of the time. However, we were ready to put gloves on to give advise any time that it was requested or needed.
The anesthesia induction area in the foreground was just a few feet from the surgery tables. Dr. Lisa Twark was in charge of anesthesia induction. She operates a small animal practice in an adjacent county. She did a wonderful job of keeping things flowing.
The surgery schedule. I think that we did about 90 "spays and neuters" in the two days.