This weekend the Wildlife and Aquatic Animal Medicine Club at UC Davis Veterinary School participated in a hands-on lab to practice avian physical exam skills. I’m always impressed at how willing students are to give up their precious free time (read: study time!) to take part in yet another learning experience.
The students, representing first, second, and third year classes, endured an hour of powerpoint lecture from yours truly before they got to the good stuff. With the cooperation of some lovely, personable pet ducks, the students practiced performing a physical exam on a bird, collecting a blood sample, giving subcutaneous injections, and gavaging a nice drink of water.
Stephanie was there too, teaching the students handling skills and providing plenty of tips and tricks to working with birds. The students all seemed to have a great time, and hopefully they learned a lot. As always, UC Davis students are enthusiastic about learning and compassionate and caring towards their “patients.” Birds of the world can relax; the next generation of avian veterinarians is working its way towards excellence!