School. Feh.

August 2, 2006

I got both the classes I wanted. Anatomy of Domestic Animals and Animal Science. w00t and all that.

I should be more excited or something. Yet, I’m not sure exactly what I’m feeling towards the prospect of returning to school. I do know I am dreading taking Anatomy again. I dropped the class right after I knew I would be going to Louisiana for my first pet rescue trip last year. I would have failed the class if I had stayed in it, as it requires massive amounts of out-of-class time, so it went bye-bye.

I wish I could just skip the damn class. I am practically making myself sick with the prospect that I might have to dissect a cat. Scratch that.. will have to dissect a cat. Yes, yes, I know. I love science, and I know it’s part of the scientific learning process. Blah, blah, blah. I still don’t want to do it!

I saw stuff down in Louisiana. Dead stuff, dying stuff, stuff I still have nightmares about. I’m not looking for pity. I chose to do it and mostly knew what I was getting into, but that was different. It was tragedy. It was accidental death.

This.. this is… useless butchery. I could see full-on veterinary students having to do this, but vet techs aren’t legally allowed to practice surgery. So, what’s the fucking point? :frustrated:

Man, I hate it when I get in these funks. Sorry for the downer post. Maybe a quick trip to Wild Oats for some fresh watermelon will perk me up. :yum:

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Rachey August 3, 2006 at 1:18 am

Sounds a bi icky! But just think of it as a couple of hours of your life then it’ll be over and there’ll be a juicy qualification waiting for you at the end of it. :)

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Bug August 3, 2006 at 9:56 am

I remember a long-ass time ago some company came out with “virtual” dissections (doing the thing on a computer instead of IRL). A bunch of schools jumped on the bandwagon with it after some people complained about their kids having to cut up frogs in highschool and whatnot. Maybe they still have that…but for cats? Do a lil’ research on it mebbe and see if it’s an alternative option for ya?

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Michele August 3, 2006 at 11:17 pm

This is just the thing that has kept me out of vet school or becoming a vet tech.

I find it interesting that we don’t go around killing people just to dissect them yet it seems to be just dandy to do it to animals!

I have recieved all of my paramedic training through preceptorships, shadowing and working on fake dolls. I am surprised that vet schools don’t have clinical sessions such as these.

GOD! I just wouldn’t be able to do it…if I know you even just a tiny bit, I know you can do this. I know you will be heartbroken and there will be tears. I really wish there was an alternative for you.

Chandra, I watched you work so hard with the kitties at Celebration Station. You gave them the ultimate in care, dedication and love. I know that this will be tough but consider the fact that you will come out of this training one hell of a vet tech and will be able to help thousands of others through your experiences.

Best of luck dahlin’!

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Guest August 10, 2006 at 3:27 pm

Hello, your story brought to my attention, because a brother of mine was told in vet school (in Mexico). He too would have to -not only dissect a cat- but put him to sleep with his bare hands!!!

Naturally he’s violently opposed to the idea. Maybe it was just a joke since the day they told him they played a practical joke on him. But I wanted to know how cats for dissection are provided in North America. Did they say the cat would be humanely euthanized?

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