Our units are taught through living book format.They are applicable to all age levels, pre-reader to adult. If you would like to see how we adjust each level for difficulty (while allowing the whole family to come together), please visit this page HERE.
Throughout this unit, students will be hypothesizing along with the doctor as each case is presented. The stories are captivating enough for younger students while the older students will be learning even deeper medical terminology and procedures. It will feel like you are right there job shadowing the professional. You will all be learning anatomy, suturing, veterinary labs, diagnosis of exclusion, and SO MUCH MORE! This unit is incredibly hands on (as always) with multiple game and activity options throughout (optional).
Our veterinarian unit covers different animals from horse to cat, dog, llama, monkey, rabbit, goat, etc. Even more than focusing on the animal itself, we focus on the techniques and skills a veterinarian must grow in, such as learning how to use diagnosis of exclusion, labs, how to suture a wound on an animal (and when not to do so, re: bacterial growth), how to diagnose animals with vitamin deficiencies, etc.
Students will be learning about:
– salt toxicity in goats (applicable to sheep)
– ventral hernias
– how to suture and repair hernias
– concepts of shock in pets and how to diagnose
– how to “open” a wound
– the process of how the veterinarian uses x-rays and scans
– heat stroke
– difference between signs and symptoms
– small intestine
– large intestine
– sepsis (and cause)
– testing capillary refill to check for animal health
– discussing animal depression
– going over sedation
– healthy GI sounds
– hemorrhagic gastroenteritis
– how to tape down an IV
– concepts of antibiotics and infections
– learning the concept of blood sampling
– learning how to suit up for surgery
– how to take a fecal float sample
– what a day at the office is like
– how a general practitioner’s work is different than one with an equine specialty (etc)
– dental issues of felines and canines
– perforations of the abdomen
– how to check an animal’s TPR
– what mucus membranes are
– how vet techs function alongside veterinarians…
Ultimately, regardless of which animal we used in the lesson to “teach” the medical issue, we often tried to pick illnesses/injuries/concepts and brainstorming processes that could apply to many more animals than just that one, if possible.
The students follow along in their own veterinary journal and try to “figure out the problem” with the animals just as the real DVMs (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) that we job shadowed had to do; therefore, they get a first-hand look into what it is like to practice veterinary medicine and how such doctors utilize brainstorming skills each day.
There is also a bonus lesson on degenerative disc disease, ataxia, proprioception loss, and polyradiculoneuritis. Basically, how to tell the difference between spinal disease and neurological issues and other issues. Respiratory issues are also addressed, as are tick-borne illnesses.