What did you learn today? (Work edition)


Searched and couldn’t find a relevant topic. So I made one. What did you learn at work today? It can be something huge! It can be something tiny. But I figured we could all mind dump things here and maybe it would help someone in the future. Because sometimes accessing the database in our heads is hard when a topic is posted.

I’ll go first. My things will probably never ever help anyone, but I’m proud of me for learning them so too bad! :rofl::rofl:

So far this year I have learned how to repair a jaw fracture, neuter a guinea pig, perform a perineal urethrostomy (look it up if you dare), and tomorrow I’ll be learning an fho. On top of that I’ve been honing up on exotics.

I’m the most senior vet there, even moreso than the owner, and I’ve been pushing myself to learn as many new and useful things as I can to increase my value to the practice. This is not easy for me, because I have a very big case of imposter syndrome. So not only do I think I already don’t know what I know, but it’s hard for me to push myself to learn new because I worry I will mess it up. But I have made it a point to force myself so maybe I will get over this imposter thing and increase my self-confidence. And in the meantime at least I’m learning new things and getting more valuable.


Good on you! I have worked with so many cats that have gotten PUs, encouraging them to eat and assessing them in the isolation ward. So many very sweet boys, surrendered because of the cost of the surgery. Thank you for helping them.


Not technically work related, but there was a great episode of Adam Savage’s podcast I listened to on the way to work in which a guest discussed his study of a disease known to snakes called ‘Stargazing disease’ in which they stare at the sky and wave back and forth until dead.

Turns out it’s got a viral cause that involves the brain of the snake being destroyed, and has weird links to possible ebola studies.

Also, apparently it’s really hard to give snakes shots (for vaccines or, in this case, injecting viruses to test a theory. Don’t get your snake drunk, folks). I never thought about this topic.


Were you giving the snake tequila shots?


No matter how many times “$Problem has always been caused by this” comes up, I got a reminder today not to suprised about having to modify it to say “almost always”. Apparently, someone involved in designing a piece of equipment thought putting in a new confirmation step that’s never been needed before was a good idea.

Fortunately, it can be shut off, but it took two hours to find this obscure nuisance. Sadly, there’s no matching setting to activate a sound clip of Vinny Gambini saying, “Are you shurrrree?”