For capstone I know I talked about it in my first blog post but I finally chose My main inquiry question! It is “How has veterinary surgery changed and improved over the years”? I chose this main inquiry question because I thought I would get lots of information from it and I am interested in it. Actually in the middle of the process I thought about changing my capstone topic in general to prosthetics for dogs but then I noticed that I did not have a lot of information and I also thought that It would be a more fun experience if I did it on something I knew more about.
For my sub questions I had to do something that was in the same zone or vibe as my main inquiry questions. We have to have 5 or 6 sub questions and 1 main inquiry question. Our sub questions are not our interview questions, they are questions to ask ourself as we get our research. My sub questions are:
- What is the history of veterinary medicine and surgeries?
- What are the requirements/training involved with becoming a veterinary surgeon?
- What specialties have emerged and contributed to better practices?
- What are the most common vet surgery procedures?
- How did technology change veterinary surgery?
- What future technology inventions could be a big breakthrough for animal surgery?
- In all, my project was very fun. I have to say in my opinion the sub questions are easier to find in fact I’m pretty sure finding my main inquiry question is the hardest part of the project! This part of the project was my favorite and I will be back soon with my 3rd capstone blog post bye.
For my site visit, as you guys will probably know from my 3rd blog post, “difficulties #3” I went to the vet hospital where I interviewed Dr. Nance and she showed me two surgeries of dog spay and neuter. THe vet hospital is called the GUiding Eye Center and they specialize in guiding eye dogs for the blind. We took lots of photos and asked her questions like “why did you want to become a Veterinary surgeon?” and “how many years you have to be in training to become a Veterinary surgeon?” My favorite part of my site visit was seeing all the dogs and seeing Dr. Nance do a dog spay.
The dog spay was very interesting and we had to wear face masks and caps to make sure we didn’t breathe or get anything on the dog. We weren’t allowed to touch anything so we just took photos and looked at the amazing sight. There were three of dogs that were about to get surgery. There adopters or owners were there too.
Dr. Nance was not a specialized Veterinary surgeon; she had a general surgeon degree. General surgery requires 4 years of bachelors school and 4 years of vet school. To be a board certified vet specialist, the doctor needs to go back to school for another year, then intern for a few years in their area of specialty.
Dr. Nance has been working as a vet for 17 years. She started her career as a vet in farm and large animals, like cows, sheep, and goats. Now, she only sees “guided dogs” which are usually shepherds and labradors.
The surgery rooms were fairly small and I was very surprised about the size of the vet hospital. Also, they 2 cats walking around the hospital. One was called ‘Gomez.”
Overall, I had a very good site visit, I learned a lot. I want to thank Dr. Nance and all the dogs and doctors at the Guiding Eye Center.
I know this blog post is supposed to be about my interview, but instead it is going to be about how hard it was to schedule my interview.
It all started when my mom asked a friend if she knew a vet. She did and gave my mom the email address of Dr. Nance. I emailed Dr. Marla Nance on May 17, 2019 to ask her for an interview. She emailed back saying, “Yes, I would be willing to help you and do your interview on Capstone.”
Then we waited and waited and she still had not emailed back and it was getting close to the due date of Wednesday May 29, 2019. We have emailed her 5 times and still have heard nothing back. My mom also called her. So, my mom and I decided to go to find a new vet surgeon to interview. We went to my dogs vet, Lisa Hodes, also known as Dr. Hodes. We emailed Dr. Hodes and said this: “Dear Dr. Hodes, I have a project called Capstone and it is on vet surgery for my school project. I need an interview with a vet and I was wondering if I could interview you. If you agree to the interview, you can email us back. Thanks Stella.” We are still waiting for an answer.
Update May 28:
At 5 pm, Ms. Edwards called with the name and number of her vet, Dr Zuckerman.
My mom was about to call him when she saw Dr. Nance emailed back! We are going to see 2 surgeries and do the interview on May 29 at 9.30am..
Update May 29:
We went to see Dr. Nance. She showed us around the hospital and she let us see a dog spay! The hospital was super fun and we had lots of questions. My favorite part was seeing all the dogs at the hospital and seeing Dr. Nance do her dog spay.
For the interview, I asked Dr. Nance questions like: “Why did you want to become a veterinarian surgeon? And What sort of professional development do you need to do to maintain your license as a veterinary surgeon?” My mom recorded it on voice memos and we got lots of good and interesting answers from this interview.
My class was assigned to do a project on our passion, or something we would like to learn about. It is called “Capstone.” We do this project on our computers and present a slide show at the end of the year. We have two months to complete the project. In addition, we also have to do 7 blog posts; and we have to make charts on our topic. It’s kind of like an idea chart. We do topics such as history, technology, culture, and many more.
For my topic I chose to do it about being a veterinary surgeon. I chose this topic because I would like to become a veterinary surgeon when I am older. It was hard to make the choice because I had two choices at the beginning. The two choices were either about the history of Starbucks, and the other about just regular veterinarians. Starbucks was one of my topics because I love Starbucks and I knew a lot about it. My favorite categories in the idea chart were history, technology and math. I like these because almost all of them are my favorite subjects and they teach me the most. We made these idea charts as an exercise for us to try to narrow down our topics and show us how much we knew about the topics. It was really, really hard to make the choice because I wanted to do vets in general, but I couldn’t. It was either emergency veterinarians or veterinary surgery and it was crazy hard to make the choice. I narrowed it down to being an emergency veterinarian or a veterinary surgeon. I made an “idea chart” of all the things that I already knew about vets and I noticed that most of my information was about vet surgery so I decided to do my project on veterinary surgery.
Some of the questions, ideas or facts that were on my “idea chart” were 1) “what is the average number of of sick animals that come in each day,” and 2) “how are the materials that they use in surgery is made”. My favorite question that I asked myself was: “how different are the surgeries in the “olden days” than the ones now?” This was my favorite question because I thought that it would give me the most information.