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.