|Northumberland National Park, England|
|Twin Scottish Mule lambs|
Well...I passed! I finished my Animal Body 1 module and am now wrapping up Animal Body 2. While AB1 was filled with cellular biology, anatomy and histology, I've now moved on to the fun of immunology, bacteriology, parasitology and virology. It's a good chunk of material and exams are yet again right around the corner, but hopefully I'm staying on the ball!
Brian got a job over here, which was fabulous news! He's working as a "physio" (UK for physical therapist) for a great clinic and is 1/2 way through his acupuncture certification. It's super nice for him to now be figuring out his routine over here, too!
Over Spring Break was the real fun of lambing season! While sheep farms are few and far between in the States, you can barely look at a field without seeing sheep in the UK. So while to most of my classmates lambing was old-hat, for us foreigners it was completely new. We are required to complete 2 weeks of lambing experience as part of our Pre-Clinical Extramural Studies, so last month I set off to England and quickly got my hands...arms...and shoulders dirty!
|Delivering my first lamb!|
|Mom and both lambs alive and well!|
|Our converted cow-barn cottage on the farm property!|
|My first castration victim! He's not thrilled but still liked me enough.|
|Tube-feeding a lamb that refused to suckle. You have to make |
sure you get it down the right pipe so you don't drown them!
|Both of these lambs are less than 24 hours old. Sab holds a mini-lamb while I hold our |
Monster Lamb! We felt very sorry for that poor ewe!
It wasn't light-hearted all the time, though. We had one traumatic experience where a ewe with a hung (stuck) lamb decided to jump into the river on our watch. As soon as she made the leap we both looked at each other, acknowledged that the water was deeper than our wellies and took the plunge. Trying to pull a 140lb animal out of the river while your boots sink into the silt turned out to be a much harder challenge than anticipated. We also realized how much we overestimate our strength. When our efforts led only to exhaustion, we took turns holding the rear of the sheep out of the water so to not drown the lambs! Somehow we managed to claw (literally! Our frantic boot and fingers marks were left at the scene) ourselves onto the muddy bank holding this sheep, and then deliver her lambs. She made multiple attempts to return to the river throughout this process, but we were ready for her! It was physically and emotionally draining, but it was also really nice to see Sab and I both spring into action, formulate a plan (albeit not the best of plans, but it eventually worked!) and then work together to save this sheep and her lambs. That evening ended with a much needed cry and some red wine.
|This is how one gets zoonotic diseases!|
Over the weekend the farmer and shepherd let us take some time off to explore Northumberland (it's the area in northern England, about 1.5 hours northwest of Newcastle.) Brian and Tim were able to make a trip down to spend the weekend out of the city, seeing the farm, and fly-fishing. We drove along Hadrian's Wall for a bit of a history lesson, too.
|Brian even took part in bottle-feeding the troops.|
|Re-enactment at Hadrian's Wall|