Wednesday, April 25, 2007

So Close Yet So Far

I want to apologize to all of you who read my new blog. It would appear to me that I created it a little prematurely. While I do state in the "About Me" section that I am a 4th year veterinary student, I won't officially be until May 6th. I've been uber-busy cranking out my last assignments and finals of the semester/my life, then I will be away for the next week on my miniature summer vacation. Afterwards though I shall be rocking the vet medicine 1st hand and will be posting all my triumphs and hardships quite frequently. Stay tuned! :)

In the meantime, I try to keep up to date on what matters in the animal world and will post stuff on here every now and then that I find interesting. Take this article for example which highlights a critical issue in today's animal world :P. To be honest, I just assumed cockfighting was illegal everywhere; that is, until I came to veterinary school and had this question on an exam in my first semester.

"Cockfighting is legal in Virginia so long as there is no wagering or gambling of any form associated with the event." True/False

At that point in time it was legal in Virginia, and I can proudly say that I will be one of the last people who can say they had an exam question about the legality of cockfighting. My favorite part of the article above is the veterinarian talking about the argument against banning the "sport". Part of the culture? Get out of here. If anyone here from Louisiana or New Mexico happens to read my blog, can you validate this? or on the other hand, further the doctors belief that "cultures" change?


The Foodist said...

I cant speak for either New Mexico nor Louisiana, but I can say that cockfighting is kinda like an old tradition.

Doesnt make it right, but it is part of some cultures. Of course so is attaching razorblades to pieces of leather and whipping yourself on a religous holiday, or running from a herd of pissed off spanish bulls.

Theres always going to be an old world element left in parts of the world. The idea of a "unified mindset" is an illusion. Not everyone is going to see eye to eye.

I mean from a food standpoint, some people dont understand how other people can eat intestines of some animals, or a breed of animal at all, yet its part of thier culture and not likely to change anytime soon.

I guess in the end, Good for New Mexico. But I am really suprised New Mexico beat Louisiana to the punch. Higher population of Latino Americans in New Mexico I thought.

oh and your a liar! had us thinking your really a final term vet student!


Lis said...

guess what i just found out from a classmate? (ok, it's completely unrelated to your blog, but i wanted to share...) VMRCVM uses UCD's anatomy online tutorial for Anatomy I.
(thorax tutorial)

you kleptos! :)

ok it was listed on "useful links" but i just thought it was funny/interesting at the time.

The O said...

Well I'll be damned. You're right Lis and I apologize. That link you provided though is for the first year class, and to be honest, I don't blame them for being kleptos. That page your school created rocks and I wish I had seen it when I was taking anatomy.

=^..^= said...

I'm still waiting to hear all about how you ended up adopting your first feline surgical patient! Can share yet? :)

~5-Cat Style

The O said...

Not a problem, I'll make my next post about the story of getting my cat :).