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  • Day 5: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - Palomo, Cartago, Costa Rica

    Today was our third and final clinic day in Cartago. We started off the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, while enjoying the beautiful view of the Orosi Valley and mountains. Following breakfast, we departed for the clinic.

    View From Hotel Sanchiri in Cartago

    When we arrived at the clinic, there were many clients and patients already waiting for us to get started. We had a successful day of surgeries and consults. We completed 25 surgeries and 25 consults today, making a total of 150 patients seen while in Cartago!

    Animals Recovering From Surgery at the Clinic

     At the end of the clinic day, we all participated in case presentations. Each student was encouraged to present an interesting case that they had seen during the past three days in Cartago. One student presented a case involving a two year old intact female Chihuahua with bilateral grade IV medial  patellar luxations. The discussion of this case led to the discussion of the clinical signs of patellar luxations, the grades of luxations and treatment options, including having this patient spayed to prevent her from passing on this congenital trait. After that, we discussed bot flies and treatment options. And then we discussed heartworm disease, along with transmission, prevention, and treatment protocols. We ended our meeting with the veterinarians with a wrap up of the first three clinic days. The veterinarians were very impressed with our work and told us that we were very organized, had positive attitudes, and were very open and willing to learn about veterinary medicine.

     After the case presentations, we cleaned up the clinic, since it was the last day we would be working there. We gathered the trash, cleaned and organized the supplies, took down the tables, cleaned the room, and packed all of the supplies onto the bus. Then we headed back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

     Dinner was at Adonay’s, which was a small restaurant based out of the home of the woman who had made us lunch at the clinic every day this week. Meals served at this restaurant ranged from hamburgers and french fries to tacos and rice with beans. The food was delicious, while the atmosphere was fun and relaxing. After dinner, we headed back to the hotel for some well-earned rest after our third successful day at the clinic!

     The Group at Dinner

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