What’s involved in a year’s work at a veterinary hospital?
11,425 records on 872 individual animals (345 mammals, 331 birds, 105 reptiles, 79 amphibians, 12 fish) of 219 species with 996 examinations, over 1000 radiographs and 250 vaccinations!
Animal Health Council
Every case that comes to C.H. “Doc” Searle, M.D. Animal Hospital has a signalment (the animal in question) and presentation (what seems to be the problem). These factors tell the veterinarians which tests to perform to diagnose (figure out) and treat(react to) the problem.
These diagnoses are often aided by imaging techniques that enable veterinarians to take pictures inside the body:
Radiographs (“x-rays”) are images made with high-energy waves (radiation) that go through air or body parts to expose the film like a camera. Air is black in radiographs, while soft tissue is grey and bone is white. This technique is very good for looking at non-moving objects, such as a broken bone.
Ultrasound makes an image by projecting sound waves through fluid or body parts then interpreting the echoes with a computer to form an image. Under ultrasound, fluids look black and body parts represented with different shades of grey. This technique is very good for looking at moving objects, such as a beating heart.