Kristi | Vet Medicine ⚕ @dogtorkristi

✎ Full time vet student 🐾 ❊ Part time traveler ✈️ ❥ Wellness+balance advocate 👇🏽Check out my blogs & more✨
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@dogtorkristi Meet Selati and Moya 🐘 These two beauties were rescued and relocated to live on this game reserve where they now are able to roam freely and guests can observe them from a distance. No riding, touching, painting, etc happens for these 2 👏🏽 I was so happy to watch these guys from afar while they waited for their food.
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I feel that it is absolutely 1000% my obligation to do everything I can to educate others about the impact wildlife tourism has on these beautiful animals. YOUR EXPERIENCE COMES AT A COST. Let that sink in. The beautiful pictures you capture behind the screen of your camera fails to show the visibility of what these animals have to go through. Elephants are NOT made to put on shows, paint pictures, and should not be ridden. Although this occurs more commonly in Asian elephants, I will always advocate on behalf of all elephants. I’m using the tips from @natashaldaly issue in @natgeo on wildlife tourism to help others find better ways to interact with animals abroad 🌎
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🐘RESEARCH— before going to a “sanctuary” or other facility make sure you’re thoroughly looking into how these animals appear to be treated. Are they well fed? Do they always have access to water? How are their living conditions? ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📝 READ REVIEWS— just because a place has a 5 star review doesn’t mean it’s an ethical and safe place. Dive deeper and read the lower rating views which can be more telling
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🤹🏼‍♀️ WATCH FOR RED FLAGS— look into what activities and interactions these facilities offer to tourist.Elephant riding, baths, painting, etc are NOT GOOD. They are often trained by fear/punishment to bring about these unnatural behaviors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🙉 DON’T FALL FOR BUZZWORDS— many of these places advertise their encounters as “rescues” or “for conservation” and label their facility as a “sanctuary”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’d love for you to drop a “🐘” to show your support of being an advocate for these animals. We can all do our part in making wildlife tourism better/safer 👇🏽

Meet Selati and Moya 🐘 These two beauties were rescued and relocated t...

@dogtorkristi Today was AWESOME. I feel like I say that about every day that I’ve been here in Africa but 🤷🏻‍♀️
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I had my own Sable patient and it was incredible. I was able to give all the injections and medications to help this guy on his road to recovery. Him and another young bull have been having diarrhea and it’s suspected that it may be parasites or toxic plants they’ve ingested 🤢🤕 but today was awesome because the vet trusted me to do it all 🥳
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I had a realization today that I’d like to share with those who care to read this far and here it is: I KNOW some SHIT🤓 😂(& not in a bragging kind of way). ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I went through 3 years of vet school feeling like I learned so much and retained so little but man, it’s true when they say that the information is stored somewhere up in the cobwebs🧠 🕸 So whenever you get caught up in your thoughts/worries about knowing anything, just remember... it’s SOMEWHERE. Maybe in your brain but if not it’s in a textbook so don’t fret 👌🏽Also— clinics is so much better FYI! Hang tight. The days go by slow but the years go fast in vet school 🙌🏽 #AlmostDoctorCrow
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Today was AWESOME. I feel like I say that about every day that I’ve be...

@dogtorkristi Catching up with an old friend 🦒 I missed this goofy gal.

Catching up with an old friend 🦒 I missed this goofy gal.

@dogtorkristi And just like that... my rotation in Malawi is over 🇲🇼😭 The past 3 weeks have been incredible and I’ve learned so much from the most amazing people. Experiences like these are the ones that remind me I’m exactly where I’m suppose to be. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Looking back on my first 3 years of vet school, I honestly felt out of place, defeated, and lost. I really started to feel like I made the wrong career decision because it felt like there was no light at the end of the tunnel. But now, as cheesy as it sounds, there is a light shining in my face ✨
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This rotation allowed me to gain the knowledge and experience that is not accessible in my school’s curriculum. I was able to learn so much more about wildlife medicine and vital roles veterinarians play in one health ☺️ And most importantly, I’ve been able to find that spark and passion I once had✨
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Thank you to the team at @lilongwewildlife for everything 🐒 I am SO grateful 💕 & thank you to all my fellow vet externs and volunteers for making my rotation so fun. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🔜Blog post with more details about this rotation ⠀⠀⠀⠀

And just like that... my rotation in Malawi is over 🇲🇼😭 The past 3 wee...

@dogtorkristi Every year around 59,000 people die from rabies.The most highly affected areas being in Africa and Asia. Malawi has one of the highest incidence for rabies worldwide and was also reported to have the highest number of child deaths from rabies in Africa 🌍
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Rabies is a preventable disease for both humans and animals in which effective vaccines exist. Most (99%) humans contract the disease by being bitten by infected dogs. Research shows that if 70% of the canine populations can be vaccinated, human disease will fall. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This past week I had the opportunity to work alongside @hezyfezybushvet to help vaccinate dogs in the local villages. Our team was able to vaccinate over 50 dogs and they will continue to hold more rabies clinics for the community. This was another opportunity to utilize my skills to work towards the concepts of #OneHealth 😊 By vaccinating dogs, we are saving the lives of humans, canines, and the surrounding wildlife 💕
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This trip really left me inspired and wanting to host/help host future rabies clinics. Just curious, but would anyone be serious about joining me? 👇🏽 Details/plans to come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Every year around 59,000 people die from rabies.The most highly affect...

@dogtorkristi Today was spent out in the field tracking different groups of Zebra to take photos to identify individual animals. The stripes of the Zebra are similar to fingerprints in humans in that each animal has their own unique pattern and no two zebras are the same. The purpose of photo identification allows: ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🌡Monitoring the health of the animals and identify any disease present ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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💔 Identifying individuals with injury, snares, or that have gone missing from poaching ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🦓 Population data such as animal density and population trends ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Can you tell the difference between the stripes ? 🦓🤓
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Today was spent out in the field tracking different groups of Zebra to...

@dogtorkristi Remeber Petunia? She was the first patient I had the opportunity to help treat upon arriving at @lilongwewildlife and her story is incredible ❤️
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She was found caught in a snare with severe injuries to her abdomen. To make matters worse, it’s believed that the poachers that set this trap had come back to finish her off. This poor animal was clubbed in the head which left her with a fractured skull and an an abscess near her brain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
I wasn’t able to see her entire journey play out but I am so happy that I was able to aid in a couple of her last procedures during my time at the wildlife center. I learned so much from my awesome mentors @charlottebentley1 , @amandaleesalb, and @toriecurrsmith 😬
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Yesterday Petunia was released back into the wild 💕 Swipe to see this moment 😭 Read more about this story and others at @lilongwewildlife !
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Photo credit 📸: @toriecurrsmith ⠀⠀⠀⠀

Remeber Petunia? She was the first patient I had the opportunity to he...

@dogtorkristi Check out these hooters 🦉Owl tell you all about em. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A group of owls is called a parliament🦉🦉🦉
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Owls can turn their necks 135 degrees in either direction, which gives them 270 degrees total movement 😱
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The owl eyeball is tube shaped which allows for a larger retina 👀 The eye socket has extra bony plates to support this elongated eyeball. This means owls cannot easily glance from side to side as we do, so instead they turn their heads.
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Drop your best owl facts or puns! Owl be waiting 😛👇🏽

Check out these hooters 🦉Owl tell you all about em. ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ A group ...

@dogtorkristi I’m bursting with excitement and my heart is so happy right now💕 This summer marked my third trip to the beautiful continent of Africa and I’ve been extremely grateful to explore new places each time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This last weekend I took a solo trip to Zambia to explore South Luangwa National Park. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species. Sadly, the rhino has been poached to extinction here 💔 I was able to see some of the most amazing animals and these are the moments that reassure me that working towards bettering conservation and education is vital to preserving what is left of OUR animals. Knowing things could get worse should not stop us from making them better 💕 If the opportunity presents itself to see these animals out in the wild , do it. They are meant to live out their lives in these environments and not as pets or ornaments. #ProtectWildlife #RespectWildlife ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Which is your favorite picture/video ? 👇🏽 ☺️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I’m bursting with excitement and my heart is so happy right now💕 This ...

@dogtorkristi 8/10/19
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Dear diary,
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Today my life peaked. It all started with a nap out on the swing after our morning game drive. I passed out hard 😴. I woke up to the sound of whispering and cameras clicking in my direction. I sat up to find 5 elephants passing right in front of where I was sleeping. I decided the best thing to do was stay put and just observe these beautiful creatures. I didn’t want to disturb them or startle them. I also didn’t want to do anything to make them feel threatened and end up getting charged 🐘 so I just sat very still and watched. Three of them started to approach the bushes and trees surrounding me and I was low key SUPER EXCITED but also kind of 💩 my 👖. These are wild animals and it’s no joke when it comes to safety. I respect wildlife and understand that it’s in everyone’s best interest to let them be. I watched as two adults and one calf ate 10 feet away from me. It was a surreal experience and one I will NEVER forget.  To be so close to my favorite animal was a once in a lifetime experience. What a privilege 💕 moral of the story: Naps never fail you, elephants are incredible,  always respect wildlife, and be safe. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Swipe to see some awesome photos and videos. Also will be changing my name to Kristi—Mother of Elephants (see pic 2)🐘🐘🐘
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PSA❗️: RESPECT WILDLIFE and your own GDamn safety. I watched a guest approach one of these elephants for a 📸 and he got charged because he was not using his 🧠. We are in their space and THEY ARE WILD. #RespectWildlife
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‼️ If you have a desire to see animals like elephants up close when you visit a country please make sure you’re doing your research. It breaks my heart seeing people support “organizations” that are taking advantage of these beautiful creatures. DO NOT RIDE ELEPHANTS. DO NOT BUY THE PAINTINGS/CRAFTS THEY MAKE THEM DO. DO NOT PARTAKE IN THE DARKSIDES OF WILDLIFE TOURISM. 🐘 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Drop a “🐘” if you respect wildlife too 🙏🏽

8/10/19 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dear diary, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today my life peaked. It all started w...

@dogtorkristi “Not everyone is in the position to help animals but everyone is in the position not to harm them”
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As I continue to work more closely with wildlife, I’m realizing just how important it is for me to do my part in conservation by continuing to educate and spread awareness to others. I’ve learned so much already at @lilongwewildlife and am proud of the work they are doing here. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Why should YOU care about wildlife ? In 2018, the United Nations warned that the loss of the world’s biodiversity could result in extinction of humanity. Although this is something that we may not see during our own lifetime, it is something we should all care about. There is so much more to say about this topic and I cannot wait to continue sharing my experiences here in Malawi! ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Drop a “🐒” if you’d be interested in a blog post about the volunteer opportunities @lilongwewildifetrust offers vets, vet students, vet nurses, and pre-vets ! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Drop a “ 💚” if you want me to include non-veterinary related volunteer opportunities to the blog. Spoiler alert: they have orphan care opportunities and even stuff for law students 😱
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Feel free to add any specific questions you want me to answer in the comments below 👇🏽
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❗️PSA: MONKEYS ARE NOT PETS❗️

“Not everyone is in the position to help animals but everyone is in th...

@dogtorkristi Day 4–
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Olive baboon health checks ✅
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The morning was spent assisting the veterinarians with health checks for 2 Olive baboons. Since these guys are bigger than the Vervets and Blue monkeys, they were captured + anesthetized by blow darting (VERY COOL). That being said, the process took a little longer but it was absolutely incredible to see the talents of these wildlife veterinarians and the measures they have to go in order to capture an animal to perform what would be a simple routine physical exam in our domestic species. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I think it’s worth mentioning that I’m absolutely loving this rotation (if you haven’t already noticed) because not only am I learning SO much from the veterinarians but I’m having the best time working with the other vet students and vet nurses from around the world 💕 These people have become my friends and I’ve been fortunate to learn so much from them (first pic is from us waiting for the baboons to be darted).
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Swipe to see if I’m working hard or hardly working 😂🤪➡️
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Day 4– ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Olive baboon health checks ✅ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The morning was spent ...

@dogtorkristi Day 3—
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Really love this picture because it looks like I know what I’m doing 😂 ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But all jokes aside this day was so cool because we performed health checks on a troop of blue monkeys🐒 Aside from the physical exam, some things I got to do included drawing blood 💉, administering vaccines, giving fluids, taking measurements and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you could pick one animal to work with/ interact with, what would it be?!👇🏽
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Day 3— ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Really love this picture because it looks like I know what...

@dogtorkristi Meet Murdina 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This little one is currently being looked after by the staff at @lilongwewildlife after falling into a river and nearly drowning. She is precious and on her way to recovery but needs some TLC and continued observation before she is released back into the troop🐒
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Swipe to see the cutest monkey faces🍌
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Meet Murdina 💕 ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ This little one is currently being looked aft...

@dogtorkristi Day 2—
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Vervet health checks ✅
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Today we spent the morning assisting with health checks of a troop of Vervets. This was my first time working with any kind of primate and I can’t wait for more opportunities. These creatures are truly fascinating 🐵
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Today I had the opportunity to monitor anesthesia, assist in procedures, and carry out my own physical exams. When examining primates for health checks you should think of it in a similar way as other animals. Always have a consistent system down so you don’t forget something and make sure to always to do it that way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Here’s a brief overview of big things we evaluated on physical exams:
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🐒 Body condition score ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👁 Eyes ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👂🏾Ears
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👃🏽Nose
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👄 Mouth, tonsils, tongue
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❤️ heart sounds, pulse quality
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🤓 abdominal palpation ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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🐒 tail ⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Day 2— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Vervet health checks ✅ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today we spent the morning a...

@dogtorkristi Day 1–
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Today was packed with all things wildlife and I loved it 🙌🏽
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We had lectures in primate basics (anatomy, husbandry, nutrition, behavior, etc.), parasitology, preventative medicine, and pharmacology🐒 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We learned about the use of visual assessments in primates/birds/reptiles and how to perform them. We did our own assessments on the olive baboons 👀 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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My favorite part of the day was assisting with anesthesia of Petunia, a porcupine that was found caught in a snare with a skull fracture. She was put under anesthesia so we could examine, clean, and re-bandage her wounds. We talked about different drugs/pain management and even got to experiment with ways to disguise medications in food items (check my story for details). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
FUN FACT: Petunia receives her pain meds inside a boiled egg 🥚 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Day 1– ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today was packed with all things wildlife and I loved it ...

@dogtorkristi I’ve been waiting for this day for so long and I can’t believe it’s finally here 😭 Time to explore my passions even deeper by doing 2 rotations in Africa 🌍
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The first rotation will be in Malawi at @lilongwewildlife 🦓 This rotation is a mixture of wildlife medicine, rehabilitation, and public health ❤️ I am so excited to work with the team there and learn more about this side of vet med. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The second rotation will be in South Africa back with the team at @umkhondobig5 . I can’t wait to work alongside the veterinarians out in the field and expand my knowledge/experience. I’ll also be reunited with my South African family 😭💕
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I’m so excited for what’s to come these next few months. Do you guys want consistent posts on IG about what I’m doing or in depth blog posts. Or would you like both? Let me know what you want to see and any specific topics/questions 👇🏽😍🐘
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I’ve been waiting for this day for so long and I can’t believe it’s fi...

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Finally got 2 new blog posts uploaded and they’re all about my time on large animal surgery🐴 If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on my very first block or want advice on working with large animals when you have minimal experience, make sure to check these posts out! Link in bio🤓
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Drop any questions you have 👇🏽
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⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Finally got 2 new blog posts uploaded and they’re all about my t...





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