Wildlife Vet Amir's CPD Journey
Nepalese wildlife vet, Dr Amir Sadaula, has finished his first week of CPD training in the UK and we are delighted to report that it’s been a big success all round.
Amir has been getting to grips with gas anaesthesia thanks to the amazing team at the Montgomery Veterinary Clinic in Kent.
Every patient is an individual so each anaesthetic needs to be thought through carefully. Even for relatively ‘routine’ procedures it’s good practice to be prepared, so the team always calculate the doses of emergency drugs like adrenaline in advance. This saves time if there are any nasty surprises and means you aren’t trying to calculate doses while doing CPR.
Thankfully, though, this anaesthetic was uneventful.
A huge thank you goes to the Montgomery Veterinary Clinic team for their warm welcome, and to Albert Waeschle for their very generous gift of a Littmann Classic III stethoscope for Amir. It is already being put to very good use. 😊
The drugs we use for anaesthesia can affect the body in lots of different ways, so it’s really important to monitor patients closely to make sure everything is as it should be.
Our visiting wildlife vet, Dr Amir Sadaula, has been at the Montgomery Veterinary Clinic in Kent this week, learning all about gas anaesthesia and patient monitoring.
Here you can see Amir measuring a patient’s blood pressure using a doppler machine.
To do this a probe is placed over an artery with some acoustic jelly. This allows us to literally hear the blood pulsing. Once it’s in the right place it makes a very comforting “whoosh…whoosh” noise.
A blood pressure cuff is then placed on the leg above the probe and this is inflated until the noise stops. We then slowly release the air from the cuff and record the point at which the noise is audible again.
If the blood pressure gets too low, it can mean not enough blood and oxygen will get to vital organs like the kidneys and brain; if this isn’t identified and corrected quickly, it can cause serious problems.
Doppler machines are often battery powered, so they can be a great piece of monitoring equipment to take into the field.
A huge thank you goes to the Montgomery Veterinary Clinic team for their warm welcome, and to Albert Waeschle for their invaluable gift of a Littmann Classic III stethoscope for Amir, which you can see him modelling in the photo. 😊
Principal Montgomery vet, Clive Munns, is an old friend of WVI, having helped with Painted Dog Conservation’s mobile neutering clinic in Zimbabwe in 2019. It has been lovely to renew the connection and we are extremely grateful to the Montgomery team for their on-going support.
Vet nurse Lucy and principal Montgomery vet, Clive Munns, are both old friends of WVI, having helped with Painted Dog Conservation’s mobile neutering clinic in Zimbabwe in 2019. It has been lovely to renew the connection and we are extremely grateful to them for their on-going support.
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