LSU veterinary student returns from externship in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 5, 2016
BATON ROUGE, LA – LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (LSU SVM) student, Lindsey Hall (Class of 2017), has returned from her international externship to Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where she spent several weeks working at a beef cattle ranch and local dairy cooperative farms. This $3,000 externship opportunity was awarded to Lindsey in August 2016 and took place from September 6 through October 27. One of Lindsey’s main goals for wanting to work in Brazil was to learn how to perform veterinary medicine without the use of technology.
“In some countries, like Brazil, microscopy, radiography, ultrasonography and blood analysis are not readily available; therefore, veterinarians rely solely on their knowledge and examination skills to develop a differential list and treat the animal based on their top differentials,” Lindsey explained. “Although the veterinarians may never obtain a definitive diagnosis, they have confidence in their knowledge and skill set, and many of their treatments prove to be successful. This was a very important learning experience for me and has encouraged me to work harder to develop the same confidence in myself.”
Lindsey spent the first two weeks working on a beef cattle ranch where she learned about Brazilian beef production and shadowed a producer/veterinarian every day. From sun-up to sun-down, Lindsey and her mentor rode horseback through the farm to evaluate the livestock and treated any medical issues that were observed.
“Over the course of my two weeks in Bagé, I performed an enucleation on a cow with squamous cell carcinoma, castrated two stallions, performed routine preventative medicine and disease screenings, evaluated stages of gestation in cows and delivered two dystocia calves. A dystocia is a difficult birth usually due to a malpositioned calf in the birthing canal that cannot be delivered naturally by the cow and requires intervention. It is a tradition in Brazil, like it is in several parts of the United States, to name a dystocia calf after the person who delivered it, but because Lindsey is difficult for Brazillians to pronounce, they named the calves Linda instead.”
Lindsey spent the last four weeks of her externship in Nova Petrópolis, RS, where she worked with the veterinarians at dairy cooperative farms. Lindsey learned how to assess “unstable non-acid milk” (loss of casein/protein stability in milk), implement and evaluate sanitation programs, learned how various rations affect the quality of milk and diagnosed and treated Babesia, Anaplasmosis and mastitis, among many other things.
“I believe that every veterinary student should do some type of international medicine externship. I have learned so much through this experience. In addition to bettering one's overall communication skills, it makes you more aware of other people’s views, whether the person shares your cultural background or not,” said Lindsey. “There is never one correct approach to anything in life and the more diverse your knowledge is and the more open-minded you are, the more successfully you can work with owners to best treat the patient.”
Lindsey is originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, and her clinical interests are in food animal veterinary medicine and Theriogenology. Her goal is to incorporate a portion of her career into working in third-world countries, as well as treating livestock and teaching producers practical preventative medicine strategies.
Lindsey’s LSU SVM faculty mentor was Ingeborg Langohr, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVP, associate professor in the department of Pathobiological Sciences (PBS). Throughout her career, Dr. Langohr has mentored many veterinary students from the United States that have traveled to various regions in Brazil. Lindsey’s overseas mentor was Mara I.B. Rubin, DVM, MS, PhD, professor of Theriogenology, director of Embryolab, at Dr. Langohr’s alma mater, the Universidade Federal de Santa Maria.
About the Student International Travel Award
The Student International Travel Award is provided to LSU SVM students and graduate students interested in One Health studies abroad. The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. Fellowships provide an award of $3,000 towards travel and living expenses abroad for each student who is accepted. In order to qualify, applicants must submit an application for support, which includes curriculum vitae, containing education, training, work experience, prior research, as well as a cover letter, letters of recommendation, a proposal of no more than three pages and a budget page. Accepted students must also present a poster of their project at the LSU SVM’s annual Phi Zeta Research Emphasis Day, which is held on the last Wednesday in September.
To learn more about the Student International Travel Award program, please contact Dr. John B. Malone, DVM Office of International Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Ingeborg Langohr at email@example.com, or Dr. Joseph Taboada at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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