~ A fat cat that stops eating is a veterinary emergency (seriously).
~ All chickens have a cleft palate, called a choane.
~ Avocados are toxic to birds.
~ Bunnies can be normal and have red urine that glows under a black light. To my dismay, so can Guinea Pigs. Always check with a vet though.
~ Cats are not dogs, nor are dogs cats. Cows, sheep and horses aren't the same either.
~ Eyes that glow at night are actually reflecting light off the tapetum lucidum. Squirrels, pigs, birds, red kangaroos, and ALL non-Lemur primates (including humans), lack a tapetum lucidum, therefore, it is highly improbable that Sasquatch would have 'red glowing eyes.' The tapetum lucidum of oppossums reflect red, horses blue, and cats yellow.
~ Grapes are highly toxic to dogs.
~ Greyhounds are the universal blood donors in the dog world.
~ Guinea Pigs and Primates are the only animals that can't synthesize their own Vitamin C, and will get Scurvy without supplementation.
~ Infection by Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, a bacteria, causes square bruises. In pigs and turkeys this is called Diamond-skin Disease or Erysipelas, but in humans it is called Erysipeloid because Erysipelas had already been used to describe a cutaneous Streptococcal infection.
~ Manatees and two-toed sloths have 6 cervical (neck) vertabrae, while the three-toed sloth has 9. All other mammals have 7.
~ Ninety-five percent of cats have type A blood.
~ Not all blue eyed white cats are deaf, just most.
~ One bite of Polar Bear liver has enough Vitamin A to kill you.
~ Ostriches have 2 toes. Emus and Rheas have 3. Other birds have 4.
~ Parakeets are prone to cancer. An otherwise healthy parakeet that limps on one leg most likely has a renal tumor.
~ Poison Hemlock and Parsley look the same, but taste completely different.
~ Texas Bluebonnets (and other Lupinus spp.) can cause limb deformities in calves (arthrogryposis).
~ The average college grad has an IQ of 115. A child's IQ is calculated by (mental age/actual age)*100. The IQ reference range for adults is between 35 and 165 (SD 16). Mensa requires 132 (top 2%), and anyone who boasts an IQ of 165 or more (off the chart) is a mental midget.
~ The Sea Cow (Hydrodamalis gigas), 4 times the size of a Manatee, is extinct.
~ The umbilical cord of a foal must be between 36 and 83 inches.
~ Vampires exist; it's called Porphyria.
~ Whales can live for well over 100 years.
~ While humans are XX and XY, a hen is ZW and a rooster is ZZ. This quality in reptiles and fish enable them to switch from female to male, which explains the movie 'Jurassic Park.'
Steps to Licensure
2009-08: ECFVG English Proof (done)
2009-08: ECFVG Enrollment (done)
2009-10 (15): ECFVG-BCSE Application Due
2009-12 (1-8):ECFVG-BCSE Exam
2010-01 (03): NAVLE Application Due
2010-04 (12-24): NAVLE Exam
2010-10: ECFVG-CPE Exam
2010-11: State Veterinary Exam
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Passed the BCSE!
I just wanted to let everyone know that I found out that I passed the Basic Clinical Skills Exam (BCSE)! This is the first of about half a dozen exams I must take to get a license and be an official vet.