J&J – “The cutting edge of quality”

My last exam for the semester is for the first part of our surgery course. Now, part of this part’s topic is surgical instruments.
Well, during my quest for pictures (and some information) on these instruments I came across J&J Instruments!

(This is probably in no way amusing to those who don’t know that Juulia and I have become known as J&J by many of our course mates. The story behind this has slipped my memory, but it makes things a lot easier not having to say “Jenny and Juulia” and just saying J&J instead 😀 )

Anyway, what made this more amusing in my mind was that J&J also make instruments for veterinarians! What a coincidence!!

Enough with the random information, I’ll get back to my instruments 😉

//jz

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Link to the J&J Instruments website (here)

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The one about my plans for the summer

Early June (3-15.6) I’ll be in Norwich with my lovely potato and his family. I already know we’re going to the zoo, the Disney store (obviously!) and the beach, but more activities are sure to take place 🙂 This will be my first time ever flying alone, so that will be interesting!

16-24.6 I’ll assist at a local dairy farm. So excited to be back with cows after a long time! Also really looking forward to getting more insights into the management of herd health and healthcare of dairy cows 🙂 (and the calves!! ❤ )

Starting 25.6 I’ll do a 4-week internship as a nurse at a small animal clinic in Lohja, and after the internship I’ll continue working there as a nurse until the end of August (24/25.8). I am absolutely terrified, but also so excited to get a taste of life at the clinic.

7-8.7 I will be spending my days with horses, ponies and future colleagues during Suolet ry’s first riding camp 😀

The last week of August will be spent at the farm again, I might also go there on some of my summer Sundays 🙂

Basically, there will be no lazying around this summer!
All of this is two exams away (“Clinical diagnostics of small animals” and the first part of our surgery course) – I want to be on holiday already!!

//jz

The one about sunshine and diseases of poultry…

Today was spent desperately trying to absorb all the knowledge needed to pass tomorrow’s (absolutely terrible) exam on diseases of poultry. Needless to say, these are not the things I’m very excited to learn about, so finding the motivation to study when it’s full-on summer outside has been even more challenging than usual.

Well, today Juulia and I went out on the nearby dock to study… without sunblock! BIG mistake. We emerged from our study bubble (6 hours later) looking like freshly boiled lobsters! I’ve since spent nearly an hour and a half soaking in a cool-ish bath (spiced up with coconut oil and epsom salts), slabbed some hydrocortisone all over myself (the benefits of living with a person suffering from atopic dermatitis 😉 ) knowing fully well it’s not the best thing to do (#pharmacology), and forced a good litre and a half of water into my system… I really hope I’ll emerge from my bed looking less like a lobster and more like a healthy human being tomorrow morning…

Let this be a warning to my course mates who have to lay eyes on me tomorrow – please don’t comment on my appearance, and to everyone else – please use sunblock, especially if you’re a pale Nordic person like myself.

On a much more positive note (pun intended) Finland is through to the ESC finals!!! (as is Estonia 🙂 )

//jz

The one about mental health…

I’d like to thank Dr. Carrie Jurney and Dr. Melanie Goble from Not One More Vet (NOMV) for the lecture they gave at our university today. Mental health is a difficult topic to talk about, especially when you know there are people suffering on some level in the group you’re talking to, but their lecture and workshop gave us a lot of tools and ideas to work with and use in the future, so thank you 🙂

To sum everything up in a few points:g

  1. Mental health issues are real
  2. Everyone can (and most probably will) suffer from mental health issues at some point
  3. Your mental health is just as important (if not more important) as your physical/social well-being, so make it a habit to take care of yourself
  4. Don’t be afraid to reach out – we can all help one another

 

The rate of suicide in the veterinary profession has been pegged as close to twice that of the dental profession, more than twice that of the medical profession, and 4 times the rate in the general population. (source)

Why? There are so many factors I can’t possibly cover everything in a quick little blog post, but I’ll list a few down below

  • the work is stressful and things can pile up (overworked, exhausted people on the brink of burnout…)
  • perfectionism that turns into a fear of failure + fighting death every day (with a few inevitable losses) – not the best combination
  • taking on the emotions of every single family that loses a member (empathy beyond safe limits)
  • and so much more… Basically, it’s a tough life.

As a future veterinarian knowing all of the statistics is both scary and comforting at the same time; you know what to expect, but you also know you’re not alone.

In my mind I envisioned this being a very thorough post, but I think I will leave it at this, perhaps I’ll elaborate things later. For now I really must be getting back to studying (check the “What I really do when I say I’m studying”-page at the top of the page to find out what I actually end up doing 😉

//jz

P.S. This is just to write down some things to remember. I’m okay, really, don’t worry 🙂 

The one about what I want to do in the future…

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what exactly I want to do after I graduate (seems like a reasonable thought to have in the middle of exam stress, right?). People have asked me, and I have asked myself multiple times, so I figured I might as well break my thoughts down to smaller sections (and maybe, just maybe, make some sense of them).

1- Obviously I love dogs (always have, always will), but a part of me is madly in love with cattle. (Get it? Mad cattle… BSE… “Mad cow disease”? … No? … okay *goes to hide under a rock*) However, I don’t really have that big of a passion for horses, or pigs for that matter. Sure, I think horses are amazingly beautiful and all that, but I don’t have that personal connection I think I would need in order to want to get more involved in equine medicine.

Hm…

2 – I absolutely love anatomy and seeing what’s going on on the inside (in other words, I loved opening our anatomy specimens), and our teacher said “You have the hands of a surgeon, Jenny”. Needless to say, it made me smile. Every time.

Hm…

So there’s a part of me that wants to go into small animal surgery (orthopedic stuff perhaps?) , and a slightly smaller part that wants to have something to do with cows (perhaps just cuddling calves 24/7?).

Hm…

3- Then there’s the part of me that dreams of having a small “clinic” at my house. (*insert “Work From Home” here*) And that sort of pushes me towards small animal practice again.

Hm…

4 – I also love how much people care about their pets (by pets I mean cats and dogs, not including horses etc. here now). I feel like the production side of things is so closely related to making profit, that it’s often easier (read “more profitable) to just cull an animal, instead of spending a lot of time, money and effort on trying to fix it (“it” = the animal and/or its problems). And I want to do things. I want to analyse blood work, I want to look at X-rays, I want to try to figure out what’s wrong with the animal and try to come up with a way of fixing it. Which pushes me towards small animals.
(Yes, I know people spend tons of money, time and effort on trying to fix their horses, but I go back to my very first thought regarding the lack of a personal relationship with horses…)

The more I think about these things, the more confused I get. I think I’m leaning towards small animal (surgery?) at the moment. Getting to follow Mysse’s surgery definitely gave me a slight push in that direction as well (and there is nothing stopping me from hugging the occasional cow alongside that 😉 )
I am also very much aware that I’m in no rush to decide what I want to do just yet… I just want to be prepared… Although I have a feeling I’ll never be prepared 😛

//jz