The Externship Project Blog

From farm to fork and everywhere else: how pigs make the world turn

Posted July 7, 2016

From everyday items such as soap, fabric softener, shoes, paper and pet food, to injectable insulin, paint, x-ray film and heart valves, it is quite amazing what the combination of some human ingenuity and a pig can create!

Ontario pork producers supplied 5.17 million pigs, that’s approximately...

Remembering the pet’s perspective

Posted June 30, 2016

The other day I had the pleasure of meeting Sue, a caring owner who was bringing her cat “Bug” to the clinic for his wellness exam. We got settled in the exam room and Mister Bug was doing his fair share of hissing and growling. Sue then reacted as many of us would, and apologized for the cat’s conduct, feeling guilty that he wasn’t on his best behaviour that day. This scenario occurs commonly...

The show must go on!

Posted June 29, 2016

The life of a show pig is far from that of pigs that are raised commercially for meat. The show pig industry is a significant component of the American swine industry where pigs are bred and sold to be raised as exhibition animals by youth to compete in national shows.

Variety is the spice of life

Posted June 24, 2016

Well, my first week on large animal was a whirlwind! I spent some time shadowing the large animal vets throughout my undergrad degree, and it was really nice to get back on the road this week and visit some farms that I remember visiting years ago, as well as seeing some new ones! In the past five days I have seen...

Externship offers everything imagined and more

Posted June 23, 2016

I've only recently started my externship in Eastern Ontario and so far it has been everything I imagined it would be plus a little extra. I will be alternating biweekly between small animal at the Hawkesbury Animal Hospital and large animal at Vankleek Hill Veterinary Services.

To start out I have been...

There’s power in numbers

Posted June 21, 2016

Veterinarians’ foremost duty is to be an advocate for animals. When a swine veterinarian is called out to a farm for a problem, they must not only work with the pigs but also work closely with the people involved in order to take care of those animals in need. A major part of their job as a swine veterinarian...

When the bugs fight the drugs

Posted June 16, 2016

Veterinary medicine is a constantly evolving field, with new pharmaceutical products being released every year. Drugs can play an important role in preserving the health of individuals and populations as a whole. However, they need to be used in a responsible and appropriate manner. In recent...

The calm after the storm

Posted June 15, 2016

Abilene Animal Hospital (AAH) is truly a leader in the community and takes care of its animals and its people in their time of need.

On Wednesday, May 25 the small city of Abilene was hit with a ½ mile wide, house-shattering-combine-throwing...

Behind the forefront

Posted June 10, 2016

When clients step into a vet clinic, they are often greeted by a smiling receptionist and a tasteful display of pet paraphernalia; namely the clinic’s forefront. Most of the time, the deepest a client will penetrate into a clinic is the exam room and nothing further, leaving “the back” as a complete mystery. As an owner, it can be stressful to see your fur child be taken through the other door of the exam room...

Heartworm tests, wellness visits, and vaccines, oh my!

Posted June 9, 2016

Most of my first week has been spent re-familiarizing myself with the layout and flow of the clinic. It has been a great week! There are two of us doing our externships at Dundas Animal Hospital for these eight weeks, myself and a classmate...