Words cannot describe how excited I was when I found out that my absolute inspiration, Noel Fitzpatrick, was going to have a new show on TV. After meeting the man himself not so long ago, I have been itching to see the ins and outs of his veterinary practice in Surrey. And was I in for a real treat!
The programme shows how Noel and his amazing team of vets and nurses are breaking new boundaries in medical science and will go to the extremes to ensure that any animal is cared for and provided the best health care, as is ultimately possible. From consultations, to CT scanning and extensive surgeries, the surgery does it all. I was amazed with the huge variety of referral cases that the surgery receives and that in every case, there is always a cure and with each surgical problem, Noel will find a solution. There is no case too big or too small for Fitzpatrick Referrals!
As an aspiring vet, and knowing that you have to keep a strong mind when it comes to animals that are in bad health, there were still tears shed when watching the show. More so, as you see the bond between pets and their owners but also because of the frustration, yet sense of penultimate achievement, that vets must have when it comes to saving their lives.
With his pioneering knowledge and skills – One thing is for sure… Noel is certainly one of the guardian angels of the veterinary world!
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Following the rat dissection, Physiology Society brought back some old school… Frog Dissecting. Having the opportunity to really get stuck into anatomy of any animal, for me, is rather exciting!
To start I explored the head of the amphibian… there are two external nares (nostrils), two tympani (eardrums) and the two eyes, each of which has three lids. The third lid is called the nictitating membrane. Then into the mouth where there are two internal nares, two vomerine teeth and two maxillary teeth and further back, behind the tongue we can find the pharynx.
The digestive system consists of the organs of the digestive tract and digestive glands. Indigestible materials pass through the large intestine and then into the cloaca. . The respiratory system consists of the nostrils and the larynx, which opens into two lungs.
The heart has two receiving chambers, or atria, and ventricle.
The urinary system consists of the frog’s kidneys, ureters, bladder, and cloaca. The kidneys are organs that excrete urine. Connected to each kidney is a ureter, a tube through which urine passes into the urinary bladder, a sac that stores urine until it passes out of the body through the cloaca. The organs of the male reproductive system are the testes, sperm ducts, and cloaca. Those of the female system are the ovaries, oviducts, uteri, and cloaca.
The central nervous system of the frog consists of the brain, which is enclosed in the skull, and the spinal cord, which is enclosed in the backbone. Nerves branch out from the spinal cord. The frog’s skeletal and muscular systems consist of its framework of bones and joints, to which nearly all the voluntary muscles of the body are attached. Voluntary muscles, which are those over which the frog has control, occur in pairs of flexors and extensors.
I had a fantastic week lambing at Standalone Farm last week. A huge thank you to Robert, Richard, Pam, Emma and David for all of your help and advice and for having me at the farm. I much look forward to helping again in the very near future!
As I was tidying the desktop on my laptop I have stumbled upon an old document from 2010. As some people may know, I love my research and the day my crested geckos tail fell off, there was no stopping me. As Marco was my first gecko, in fact my first reptile pet, I was intrigued to find out more and also be able to explain how and why his tail may have detached itself from his body. Below is a snippet of what I came up those 4, long, years ago! and it is safe to say that I think now, doing A level biology, will prompt me to look further into why exactly neurones in the tail are able to move without direct instruction from the brain. It truly
In the information below I have explained the possible situations and
explained how a gecko can shed or have its tail detached from its body.
It is highly likely that a predator, in this case a feline, has entered the
bedroom and situated itself around the area of the reptile tank. The fear has
led to the natural instinct of the gecko to shed its tail. Shedding the tail is
a defence strategy used by geckos to entice the predator, hence why the tail
continues to move. The neurones in the tail can still generate movement without
direct instructions from the brain.
On the other hand, the gecko could have caught its tail in some form inside
the tank leading to the tail detaching from the body. During research I found
that shedding of the tail is normal for most geckos and many people have
witnessed the same problem. The best thing to do is not to panic and leave the
gecko in its tank and let the wound heal itself. The healing time can be a matter
of weeks depending on each individual gecko. There is also a slight possibility
the gecko was bitten by a cricket or handled in an inappropriate manner
(pushed, pulled, held too firmly .)
It must be remembered by the owner that the tail of a crested gecko will
never grow back compared to other species of gecko. It is a common occurrence for
geckos to shed their tails so the owner should not be alarmed or
“If you really believe in what you are doing, work hard, take nothing personally and if something blocks one route, find another. Never give up.”
Out of all of the endless conversations, research and lectures. Not forgetting of course the asking of endless amounts of vet students and vets to take a look at their personal statements, I came across the best article that covers all bases of writing the perfect personal statement. Most importantly being to focus on your experience and motivation and to show your full understanding of what the job entails. I recommend everyone to take a look at the link as you certainly will not regret it. I’ve already been through the personal statement saga and still find it fascinating! (There are also tips from admissions tutors too!)
Link to the article….
I am very excited to start my rat dissection in physiology next week! (Picture may not be to everyone’s taste sorry!) I will be spending the time until then, reading up on how to do the dissection properly and learning about the anatomy of a rats and other rodents. Exciting times ahead! (As most people seem to do, the rat does not have a name as of yet.)
Through inspiration of one of my favourite pieces of art, I wrote a poem to be entered into a poetry competition, which I am thrilled that I won! Titled: Through Emerald Eyes, my inspiration came from the painting by Collin Bogle – Emerald forest. Although only a short poem, I wanted to capture the serious nature of the threat to wildlife in the present day, in particular, for big cats.
Through emerald eyes
He will stare into the darkness of your mind
He may seem wild
But he does fear
The viciousness of humankind.
His home and land under threat
And too a precious life
Innocent not brutal
Aghast not resolute
Never a sacrifice.