Wanted: large-animal veterinarians
Congress hopes to remedy shortage with grant to increase training capacity of veterinary schools
By: Chintan Desai
While voluntarily reaching into a large circular incision on the side of a dairy cow amid splatterings of blood and the soft inner tissue of the animal might be slightly horrific to some, it’s simply another routine surgery for students and residents at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
According to Iris Wu, a fourth-year veterinary student on the equine track at the university, this particular cow was having surgery to correct the left displacement of the abomasum – a condition in which the stomach compartment becomes displaced, resulting in bloating and general discomfort for the animal.