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Vets’ Pet Drama

Vet nurse assistant Sharon Burrows with three of her dogs Abra, Sorrel and Fera

Vet nurses from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have been getting hands-on experience of animal surgery – after their own pets fell ill.

Sharon Burrows and Megan Davidson, who are studying for a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing at SRUC’s Craibstone campus, were able to put their learning into practice when both their pets recently received treatment.

When one of Sharon’s six dogs was rushed to the vet with a suspected Gastric Dilation Volvulus – where the animal’s stomach dilates and then rotates or twists – she was on hand to assist.

“I assisted the vet on call with keeping Abra calm for conscious x-rays,” said Sharon, 49, from Noranside in Angus.

“She was then prepped for theatre and I assisted as the vet moved the organs back into place and performed a gastropexy to help prevent it happening again.”

Megan, 33, from Aberdeenshire, had her very own pet crisis when her cat needed major surgery.

Luckily, she was able to get Sully treated at Donview Veterinary, where she is doing her placement, before he went on to have surgery at Aberdeen Veterinary Referrals – where she worked last year.

“Over Christmas time my cat Sully wasn’t well and needed major surgery,” said Megan. “Thankfully, the practice I am at for my placement was amazing in getting to the bottom of his problem and was very helpful and understanding with me having to give extra care to him after his surgery.”

Megan holding ginger cat Sully

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