Yesterday we visited a beef cattle farm where we administered vaccines. To get all the cows into the corral to be injected, the workers herded them on horseback and lassoed any that tried to get away. Once they were in the shoot of the corral we injected them with a rabies vaccine followed by a deworming and vitamin mix vaccine.
In the afternoon we went to the Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA) lab. Here we learned how to prepare a fecal float to look for eggs, a blood smear, and how to test hemoglobin levels and blood cell volume.
Today we went to a pig farm and took blood samples from the pigs. We did this by using a vein behind their eye. A needle is inserted to the inside of the eye and maneuvered to hit the vein which starts the flow out. The blood is collected with a test tube. After taking blood samples we watched Dr. T. castrate a large boar. Then we gave all the pigs a dewormer and vitamin shot.