June 14, 2021 8:26 AM

Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021, the MSU Veterinary Medical Center will allow clients into the building with patients. Find details here.

Any patient presented to the MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will undergo an initial medical evaluation to determine if urgent care is needed, and whether hospitalization is warranted. The MSU Small Animal Emergency Service will only hospitalize patients that our clinicians consider to be unstable or to have life-threatening conditions.

I worked for Equine Athlete Veterinary Services this summer. Dr. Brad Hill and the other veterinarians primarily work the Arabian and Saddlebred show circuits. Work was a little slower at the start of the summer due to some shows being cancelled or postponed, but from the middle of June on, we were pretty busy. I went to the farms of various clients of theirs, mostly Arabian farms with show horses, but also some other farms. I also went to three horse shows in Kentucky, Virginia, and Oklahoma. 2020 was kind of a weird summer, so in later years, you may be busier and go to more shows. Expect to do a lot of traveling. We travelled to some of our out of state clients and to the shows, often being gone for days at a time (up to about 2 weeks). Your hotel room and meals while working are covered. Expect to work some long days, especially at the shows but even during a day in Michigan. I had some weeks that I worked over 100 hours, which meant some days were from 8am to past midnight.

I got a lot of practical experience. A lot of the horses we worked with were more high-strung than I was used to, so I got practice handling those kind of horses. I did a lot of lunging and jogging horses so the vets could evaluate them for lameness and scrubbing joints to prepare for joint injections. It definitely helped me to review my anatomy for scrubbing and for helping with radiographs. At shows, I got to practice doing physical exams and helping work up sick horses, which were primarily colic and respiratory cases. I got to learn how to put in an IV catheter and run fluids. I worked mostly with Dr. Meagan Szarek, who often quizzed me about stuff we were doing - drugs, nerve blocks, etc., and encouraged me to look stuff up when I didn’t know or remember.