Ultimate Kid Experience: Be A Veterinarian For A Day
Earlier this spring, we donated to the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation, a local organization dedicated to spreading awareness of melanoma cancer. Once again, we decided to donate something fun and exciting for our community. Our “Spend A Day with a Veterinarian” package was so popular at the last auction we donated to, so we thought why not try again!
Enter Miss Ava Catherine.. *ahem* Dr. Ava Catherine! She got to spend time with each of our doctors and many of our patients to learn what a day in the life as a veterinarian is like. Cool right?
Each morning, we begin our day with Morning Rounds to get started. When asked what her specialty was in front of our team, Dr. Ava Catherine responded, “Surgery….but mostly on my stuffed animals,” to which we all found quite amusing. Such wit she has!
Her curiosity and enthusiasm sparked fun for the day as she was very hands on and LOVED to learn anything we would teach her. She performed an exam on Dr. Trendelman’s dog, Mama, and learned all about vitals – TPR as well as examining ears and eyes with an otoscope and ophthalmoscope. Do you remember Mama? If you don’t, read our last blog post! All day while Dr. Ava Catherine was learning, she was constantly writing in a little notebook she brought along trying to keep track of everything. Seriously, so cute.
Dr. Glenn taught Dr. Ava Catherine all about placing a IV catheter for surgery patients which she says Ava Catherine thought was the coolest thing ever! Dr. G also said that, funnily enough, real blood made Dr. Ava Catherine more excited. Was this girl born to be a vet or what?
Lastly, Dr. Ava Catherine was able to spend some time in our Doggie Day Care yards and when we asked her to take a photo with all our doctors, she was adamant that it be with the puppies in the yard. So with the puppies in the yard, photos were taken.
We took the time to ask Dr. Ava Catherine some questions about her experience so below is our Q&A.
1. What is something you learned while you were here shadowing our veterinarians?
I learned that white blood cells and red blood cells are different colors, different shapes, and different sizes!
2. What is something you want to share about your experience with us? Favorite memories, etc?
My experience with Trinity Animal Hospital was my highlight of my summer. I loved going into “Tiny Town” to see all the little puppies. I liked it a lot when I got to see three different dogs under anesthesia. It encouraged me even more that I do want to be a veterinarian when I grow up.