In April, six vets — all with different experiences and from different backgrounds — embarked on Vets Now’s Cutting Edge programme. One of those, Emma Passmore, has been writing a diary about her experiences on the 10-week induction into emergency and critical care veterinary medicine. In her latest entry, summarising week eight, Emma tells how the team have adjusted to life back in the classroom.
This was our first week back doing lectures and practical learning. Our first challenge was adjusting to waking up in the mornings as — having just spent four weeks doing mentored shifts in Vets Now’s out-of-hours clinics — our body clocks were more used to sleeping by day and working at night. Thankfully, it didn’t take too long to adapt.
It was nice to see the team again and hear all about their experiences. I think everyone enjoyed discussing their highs and lows, their proudest moments and the areas where we each felt we learned the most.
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It was also good to get back to lectures — partly because they helped re-enforce the fundamental aspects of emergency veterinary medicine.
One of the most enjoyable sessions this week was going over what we did during our mentored shifts and, particularly, learning more about the situations we needed to call on our mentors to prop up our knowledge.
In another of the practical sessions, we learned how to perform CPR which, admittedly, was lots of fun. But it also showed how important it is to be part of a team that really knows what they're doing in an emergency situation.
Everyone needs to be on the same wavelength, and the process needs to be slick and smooth to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.
At the weekend we travelled to an external site to go over the surgical procedures we are most likely to perform in emergency medicine. This was fantastic revision for anatomy from our university days.
It was also brilliant confirming appropriate techniques such as handling instruments, and it was perfect for practising the procedures and ensuring our surgical skills were up to scratch.
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That takes us on to week nine — the penultimate week of the programme. Where has the time gone?
The next intakes for Cutting Edge are in August and January, and places are filling up fast. Anyone interested in applying should call the Vets Now recruitment team now on 01383 841181 or click here.