31/3/2020
Kakato Scholarship 2020 March‘s Diary

Our school officially started on March 2nd.  Only one of the courses has been replaced by online classes for the entire semester while others are still taught in the classroom. Besides, there are many internships this semester that require on-site teaching. Because of the epidemic changes of CONVID-19, the classroom arrangement has also been changing accordingly. Teachers and students are trying hard to complete this semester despite of the mess. This month passed in chaos, but I have not yet adapted to this learning mode.

Scene of online class in dormitory

The scene of surgical internship

There is a practicum on stray animal this semester.  We will have the chance to learn ligation surgery in a stray animal center. Students can be the doctors’ assistants. If circumstances allow, we can try to ligate blood vessels, to help hemostasis by electric burn. This is definitely a very valuable experience.

In addition, I also took a course in wildlife and zoology, continuing my learning on non-dogs and cats in zoo.  Learning outside classroom, everything there makes me feel very excited.  I feel very happy to take this course.

—Yoki Chau

 

Most of the courses have been changed to online teaching due to the pandemic of CONVID-19. One major challenge I faced was the lack of screen space while using the online learning software. I had to open the lecture notes and the software simultaneously and kept switching between the notes and the software, making it more difficult for me to take notes.

 

And in this semester, I felt that the most challenging courses are internal medicine and small animal surgery. Internal medicine requires us to apply all the knowledge we have learnt in the previous year’s such as pharmacology, pathology, clinical pathology and anatomy. Another challenge was to make diagnosis because a lot of diseases share similar symptoms and clinical features.

 

And for small animal surgery, there were practical and paper exams almost every week. The practical exams required us to pay great attention to small details such as the angle of our arms during surgical scrub which made failing the exams fairly easy. But luckily, I passed the first phase of the exams with quite well results.

 

 

-Ernest Yu