Third year veterinary students had an opportunity this spring to hone their field anesthesia and equine surgery skills at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. As part of Dr. Mike Schoonover’s equine surgery and sports medicine elective, 14 students spent two afternoons prepping seven horses for surgery and then castrating the horses outdoors in the center’s paddock.
“Equine castration is considered a routine procedure and it is often perform in the field under short acting anesthesia,” explained Schoonover, associate professor and board certified in both equine surgery and equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. “It’s important that our students get hands-on experience in real life circumstances. In this laboratory, students also learn how to adapt to the environment when performing field anesthesia and surgery.”
“All of the horses recovered from the anesthesia beautifully and are now happy geldings,” added Schoonover. “Supplies were obtained through course fees and donations from Zoetis so the students were able to perform the castrations at no cost to the horse owners. Owners were responsible for bringing their horses to and from the veterinary center.”
For more information on equine services available at Oklahoma State University’s veterinary center, visit the Equine services webpage. For more information on Oklahoma State University’s DVM program at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, visit the DVM Program webpage.