Another fun and adrenaline packed installment of Safari Vet School, with the primary focus of this week’s adventures centering on the capture of two giraffe, a mother and her calf. I don’t think I would be alone in commenting on how beautifully graceful they are and to see them running in their natural habitat must have been an absolute joy to behold – am very envious of the students!
The show seemed to really highlight well the dangers faced by the team from the powerful legs of the giraffe, with a well placed kick potentially fatal. Many a vet will attest to the pain and surprise that can be inflicted form an unfortunately timed lashing out of an animal’s leg, whether it be a cow whilst milking (been there, worn the resulting shitty T-shirt), a horse (unsurprisingly more painful and potentially more damaging owing to the metal shoes), or indeed a wild Safari animal. The job of a vet is one that is filled with dangers as it is often our patients’ natural response to lash out at us regardless of the fact that we are, of course, doing our best to help them.
I was pleased that Chris highlighted the fact that veterinary work is highly stressful and as a result it is important for vets to be able to kick back and indulge in a little R&R. The adage that vet students (and vets) “work hard but play harder” is a certainly a trueism – just look at the famous AVS Sports Weekend – and is actually a very important part of being able to discharge and deal with the huge number of emotions and ‘baggage’ that vets are expected to deal with as professionals. To party in Africa, and especially to spend your birthday out there, is just awesome! Which reminds me, happy (for when the show was filmed) birthday to both Chris and Jacqueline 🙂