Day 5, April 21, Final Day
We had a lecture on "Wolves in Public Policy", and I learned that wolves have killed 3 people in the past few years (these were the first people in written history). The first two humans were killed because they went into an inclosure with wild wolves at night, and they were both relatively short. It is very strongly recommended that you do NOT do this.
The third person turned out to be feeding a bear (and was killed by said bear), and the wolf that was though to have killed him/her came along after said person was dead and devoured the corpse. When the wolf was shot, and the autopsy performed on the cadaver they found the bones and tissue of the person in it's stomach. They later found out that the bear had killed him/her.
Now that I have grossed you out, I suggest that we get back on topic. Next we had a class on zoonoses, which are diseases, fuguses, and viruses that can infect both animals and people (such as Rabies, Mad Cow, and Ringworm). We then had an incredibly short class on ethics. Like if a woman comes in with a perfectly healthy, reasonably aged pet and tells you to put it down because she is moving into an apartment building with her boyfriend, and both the apartment building and the boyfriend don't want the dog in the apartment. If she comes home with the dog, her boyfriend will shoot it. We had to decide what to do, whether to put the dog to sleep, call the ASPCA or various other options. What would you do?
After the ethics "class" we had to fill out evaluations of the program, and most of us finished very quickly. After that we had lunch and went to the SCAVMA store (gift shop). We then had a lecture on Wildlife Veterinary Medicine.
A few tips to you who have rabbits and/or birds nesting in your yards. Don't take baby bunnies you see alone on the ground. Mothers are only around at dawn and evening, because the nests aren't very well hidden, so if a predator saw a mother rabbit hanging around a certain place then they would know where the nest was.
If you see birds trying to fly but can't in the spring and summer, they are most likely fledglings who are trying to fly for the first time. DON'T pick them up! They need to learn how to fly on their own. Also keep your cat indoors if you see birds or rabbits in your yard.
After the Wildlife Veterinary Medicine lecture we gave our presentations and went home. This has been a great educational experience for me, and if you have any interest in becoming a vet or are considering a career in anything to do with animals I strongly suggest that you go to this program.