“It’s scary the first time you cut into a live, healthy animal that you’re potentially causing damage to,” observes Dr. Heather Weir as she mentors vet student Willy Brock through a complex surgery at Colorado State University Teaching Hospital. Their patient today is Cheyenne, a domestic long-haired rescue cat being readied for adoption. Willy Brock’s school assignment today is to spay Cheyenne, one of the more difficult surgeries on cats. Explains Dr. Weir, “It’s more complicated than people consider.”
“Scalpel to skin as you’re making an incision is a unique feeling,” adds rookie Brock, explaining he also needs to operate quickly since the cat is under anesthesia. “Nuances like where to clamp, where to manipulate organs, where to place your instruments; things I thought were correct, Dr. Weir pointed out where I could be better.” Brock adds, “In a couple months when I graduate vet school, I’ll have to do surgery on my own.”
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