Day 6 in Belize was a busy one. We started the day off at a farm, giving cows dewormer and vitamins. Cows are really hard to restrain, but this farm had a cattle chute that did all of the work for us. Once we were done with the cows, we castrated a horse on that same farm. Before lunch, we stopped at another farm, because Dr. T got a call about an injured horse with a swollen joint. After lunch we got another house call to examine a dog with a urinary infection. As a traveling veterinarian, you can never really tell where you’re going to end up and what animals you might be treating. We went to our second cattle farm of the day to give more injections, but this farm didn’t have a chute. Instead, we had to climb on the fence of the runs and reach over to inject the cows. To cool off, we stopped and swam in a nearby waterfall, which was absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately the earlier rain caused us to get stuck in the mud, and we literally had to push our van up the hill, many of us still in our bathing suits.
The next day, we visited Martz Farm and Treehouses. We gave physical examinations and rabies vaccines to the entire herd of horses on the farm. Afterwards we were able to take a horseback ride through the jungle and mountains of Belize, and I can honestly say is was one of the most breathtaking experiences I’ve ever had in my life. To cool down, we then swam in another waterfall and hung out in one of the treehouses.
Saturday was our free clinic day! We set up to do examinations, give vaccines and vitamins, and to spay and neuter cats and dogs from the local community. I was exhausted and sweating like crazy by the time we got through about 150 animals in total, and performed 20 spay and neuters that morning. Tired as I was, it was great for practicing taking the heart and respiratory rates, and cleaning up our sutures. It was really rewarding to be able to help so many animals and people from the community.