Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Moment I'll Remember!

A little over a year ago, I attended a feline health continuing education seminar at Cornell University. During that seminar, one of the speakers/professors at the veterinary school, asked for volunteers for something going on the next day. It had to do with forming teams to do CPR on a "fake" kitty. I felt compelled. 

So, I, along with just a few others, got to be the first people in the world - yes, WORLD - to practice CPR in different "case" scenarios on a computerized type kitty. It looked like a stuffed cat but was hooked up to a computer. She had a "heartbeat", a "pulse" and "respirations." In addition, we could intubate her and have "venous access." Very cool. The different scenarios would be presented with history, signalment (age, breed, etc) and then signs and exam findings as well as the computer generated results of say, an EKG. 

This article talks about Dr. Fletcher's development of the robotic canine for CPR, etc. He developed that one first.

I'm just glad I overcame any fears I had about "performing" in front of my peers and volunteered! It was actually a lot of fun. My team saved our case from dying and I was instrumental in that!

1 comment:

  1. great the first electronic frog dissections in the 80's biology classes.