Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: East Central Minnesota
I took my Hackney pony to a castration clinic in central MN this spring. The procedures are done by teams of vet students under supervision, out in an open field, it was actually raining when we got there. Lots of Stallions, a few Donkeys, it was a very interesting day. Some were done laying down, saw them do one standing up, had one get loose and dash across the field. Watched one drag their owner all over the place, both before and after. The testicles were all collected in a bucket for later disposal.
My Hackney did just fine, no infection, little swelling, and he is a little easier to handle, now that he doesn't wig out every time a mare gets close.
You won't hear the "crunch" on a little one, it is a much easier procedure. The crunch happens when the cord connected to the testicle is clamped and pressure cauterized. I heard it, and it made me cringe.
One thing we noticed was that there were very few male vets there. There were two male DVMs there, one in charge of anesthesia, and one supervising a group of students. All the other DVMs were women. We didn't see all the students, but the groups we observed were all women. Does this mean very few men are going into Vet Med? I didn't ask lots of questions, but this does make me curious.