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Anonymous asked: Do you think it's too late for someone over 30 to start going to school to be a vet?
Absolutely not. I had several classmates that were in their late thirties early forties and they did really well. I have a friend who is just starting veterinary school and he is almost fifty years old. As an older student I think you have lots to offer and a different perspective that will help you out. And honestly if you don’t make it a big deal, it will not be. I never even really noticed that they were older and treated them just like my other classmates and everyone else did too. One plus is that when you get out you will appear older and clients will automatically assume you know what you are doing :)
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reptilegirl16 asked: I'm hoping to be an exotic vet. I'm taking a vet tech assistant class in high school right now and I'm working with a lot of reptiles. Is it really worth all the time and effort? I think it seems like it right now but I wanna know if you thought it was worth it?
The only person that can tell you if it is worth all of the time and effort is you. Personally I love my job and enjoy it almost every single day. I get to do and see some really cool things and am constantly learning which is important to me.
It is a very hard and long journey though so you need to be ready for it. While your friends are enjoying their jobs and starting families you will be in school still. Until you are around 26 years old you will be in school studying most of the time and you will be broke. Even after school is over, you will be broke. I will most likely not pay my student loans off until I am well into my 60’s and I will never be considered rich. As a vet you will work long hours and be under appreciated by most of your clients. Sometimes I want to bang my head against a wall or go hide in a dark hole and cry. But at the end of it, I cannot imagine anything else I would rather do. There are other things I could have done that would make much more money with less hours but I wouldn’t be happy. So yes, I think it was worth it.
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Anonymous asked: Hello! You may have already been asked this, in which case I apologize, but what university did you go to to get your degree? I currently am aiming to become a vet for large terrestrial mammals (although I'm currently unsure as to what the proper term for that would be) and was wondering if you'd be able to offer any information on the path I could take, as well as the credentials necessary to do so. Either way, I love your blog, and I hope you have a great day! :)
Thanks! Here is a guide I wrote about vet school.
Reptile keeper Damian Goodall releases one of the three baby turtles into the exhibit tank at Melbourne Zoo. Reptile keepers have achieved a significant Australian first, the breeding of the critically endangered Chinese three-striped box turtle, generally known as golden coin turtles. These turtles are native to creeks in rainforests throughout South-east Asia and southern China. Picture: David Caird/Newspix / Rex Features
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be-their-sound asked: My avian vet is treating my parakeets with doxy for possible psittacosis (believes tests were false negative). But she hasn't prescribed anything for my cockatiel who had a normal wellness exam and is not showing symptoms. I'm concerned because I've read that the entire flock needs to be treated. Any advice? Thank you so much. :)
This is a very serious zoonotic disease and is also reportable to your state government. If you notice any flu like symptoms in yourself or anyone else in the house go to a human physician ASAP. Without a positive test it can be hard to really determine if psittacosis is present or not, there are a few tests and sometimes there are ones that work better than others. If it were my case and I had two birds in the same household, I would test all the birds and treat those affected and quarantine the rest.
Also know that this disease can usually at best just be put into remission, it can almost never be totally cured and so it is possible for a bird to start shedding organisms sometime in the future. It also takes 4 weeks of treatment with daily oral doxycycline or weekly long acting injections, do not miss any doses. If you have any questions or concerns contact your vet.
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This female cat presented with a several month history of coughing and wheezing. Physical exam was completely normal except for lots of bronchovesicular lung sounds heard via auscultation.
The radiographs show a bronchointerstitial pulmonary pattern in the lungs. This can be due to feline asthma but may also be from an infectious disease. The cat was sent home with prednisolone and will be re-checked in a week or so to check for improvement.
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convolutedthought asked: You believe reptiles don't feel any emotion...? What the hell? Where do you base this thought?
I base this thought on 4 years of a biology undergraduate major with emphasis on animal behavior, 4 years of veterinary school including many reptile/exotic electives, 5 years of experience as an exotics technician, and 15 years of reptile keeping.
Now then. Let me rephrase my previous post. I believe that reptiles can feel some emotions but not in the way humans think. We anthropomorphize animals entirely too much and we place our own emotions on them and expect that they feel how we do in the same situations. Reptiles can have personalities. Some reptiles of a specific species that is known to be very aggressive can be quite tame and docile and vice versa. You can have multiples of a species and each one will behave slightly differently. Reptiles can feel fear and aggression for sure. Can they feel happy? I doubt it. They just don’t have the brain structure for it.
Reptiles will come up to the front of their enclosures when their owners come near, some will even come toward a finger or a hand placed in the tank. There are some that will just hang out on your hand while you stroke them. What does this mean? In the former case it means they are smart or at least can experience conditioned learning. Reptiles “learn” that when their owner approaches they will be fed. In the latter case they are just doing what they do. They do not feel threatened sitting on an open hand and the hand is warm so why expend energy moving? Can I say for absolutely certain that they cannot feel happiness? No. But neither can I say that another human being can or cannot without asking them. The anatomy of the reptile brain and the way they behave along with countless other data points gives us enough information to comfortably say that they do not experience higher emotion.
Uromastyx flip onto their backs when threatened and flail their arms as a signal that they are stressed, give up, and want to be left alone. This is not a sign that they want to be tickled. We cannot put our own experiences onto animals, it just doesn’t work that way. Does this make reptiles any less of a pet than a dog or a cat? No of course. I love reptiles and think they are absolutely amazing creatures. They don’t need to feel happy, sad, love, rejection, or any other emotion to make them worth studying or owning. Just having a reptile that doesn’t feel stressed and so will sit on your hand is pretty cool in and of itself. We don’t need to add an emotional reason to the experience to make it worth while.
Went over to MommaRowens today and met aaaaall the froges, including the great Goliath!
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I always know when I’ve hit a Tumblr nerve when something I post gets rebuttals from 12 year old boys who have much more experience and knowledge than me.
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beltedgalloways asked: What's your view on keeping captive-bred snakes in captivity? I'm really interested in getting a corn snake as a pet however it's a resounding 'no' from my mum as she says that it's cruel, and the snake will get bored and lonely. From what I was told at the reptile shop, snakes don't have the mental capacity to get bored and therefore don't need to be stimulated- as long as they are in an adequately-sized viv with plenty of things to hide under, they would be perfectly happy. What do you think?
I agree with you. As long you have the proper sized enclosure with hiding places and cage furniture and keep the temperature and humidity right your snake will be fine. Snakes are not generally social creatures and it is better to keep then by themselves anyway.
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