Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?

Quinn and Nellie - Photo Credit: Susannah Kay

This week, I’m asking you to put your veterinary knowledge to the test. I hope you have fun participating and will learn something in the process. As always, my goal is to help you become a savvy medical advocate for those animals you love so dearly.

So, here’s how it works. Take a look at the following questions and choose the response you believe makes the most sense. I invite you to post your responses publicly from which I will choose two “winners” who will receive a signed copy of Speaking for Spot or Your Dog’s Best Health. I will provide the answers to all of the questions within my next blog post. Enjoy!

A. The best way to diagnose bladder stones is:

  1. An x-ray (radiograph) of the abdomen
  2. An ultrasound examination of the abdomen
  3. Palpation of the abdomen in order to feel the stones within the bladder
  4. Via surgery

B. Once a dog or cat is an adult, core vaccinations (the vaccines every dog or cat should receive) should be given:

  1. Once a year
  2. Once every two years
  3. Once every three years
  4. Never again once the adult has been vaccinated

C. Tapeworms can cause:

  1. Increased appetite
  2. Weight loss
  3. Itchiness around the anus
  4. All of the above

D. Food allergies can cause:

  1. Itchy skin
  2. Diarrhea
  3. Ear infections
  4. All of the above

E. Hip dysplasia is:

  1. Something a dog is born with
  2. Something a dog develops over time
  3. The same thing as arthritis in the hips
  4. Always a preventable disease

F. Kennel cough is:

  1. Caused by bacteria
  2. Caused by viruses
  3. Is the common name for infectious tracheobronchitis
  4. All of the above

G. A veterinary specialist is:

  1. An individual who has a special interest in a particular area of veterinary medicine
  2. An individual who has completed advanced training in a particular area of veterinary medicine
  3. An individual who has completed advanced training and has become certified in a particular area of veterinary medicine
  4. An individual with a special personality

Now, don’t forget to post your responses.

Best wishes,

Nancy Kay, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Author of Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life
Author of Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet
Recipient, Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year Award
Recipient, American Animal Hospital Association Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award
Recipient, Dog Writers Association of America Award for Best Blog
Recipient, Eukanuba Canine Health Award
Recipient, AKC Club Publication Excellence Award
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92 Responses to “Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student?”

  1. A.2
    B.3- Depends on state/County laws as well
    C.4
    D.4
    E.1
    F.4
    G.3

  2. A. 2
    B. 3
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 2
    F. 2 and 3
    G. 3

  3. Lori says:

    A) 2
    B) 3
    C) 1
    D) 4
    E) 1
    F) 2
    G) 3

  4. Debbie Sines says:

    A 1
    B 3( or run titers)

    C 4
    D4
    E 1
    F4
    G3

  5. Beth Jarrett says:

    A. 1
    B. 3 (though this depends on your state,ect)
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 2
    F. 4
    G. 3

  6. Jan says:

    A 2
    B 1
    C 4
    D 4
    E 2 however it can be argued that they are born with this predisposition. But lack of proper nutrition during their lifetime can make this a forgone conclusion.
    F 4
    G 3

  7. CathyA says:

    Of course I’m smarter than a vet student! After all, I’m not trying to pass an EXAM, but am guarding the actual health of my pets!

    I’m sure most said every 3 yrs for vax, and that is the rote answer that is correct on the exam. Nope, don’t think so.

    As for the vet specialist, gosh, can’t help myself, got to be someone with a special personality!

  8. Rachael S. says:

    A2
    B3
    C4
    D4
    E2 (USUALLY GENETIC, BUT CAN BE CAUSED BY TRAUMA)
    F4
    G3

  9. Hi Nancy – Thanks for this! This was fun and informative! I won’t publish my answers for fear of letting on how little I actually know…

    Isn’t it amazing how posts and blogs have lead to an explosion of informed pet lovers in recent years? Largely due to the efforts of folks like you, Patty Khuly, Marty Becker and a whole host of other dedicated vets and authors pet owners can no be entertained, informed and engaged.

    Thanks for all you do, and thanks for this fun post!

  10. Linda says:

    A. 2
    B. 3
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 3
    G. 3

    Rabies dependent on local laws.

  11. Susan Stone says:

    1
    2
    4
    4
    1
    2
    3

  12. Robin says:

    A. 2 (although if 3 is a valid answer, I’d prefer the least invasive procedure)
    B. 2? This one’s a guess.
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 2
    F. 4
    G. 3

  13. Sally says:

    A. 1
    B. 4
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 2

  14. Karen says:

    A. 2
    B. 1, although many people think we should stop the vaccines, there are even books about it
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 2
    F. 4
    G. 3

  15. Kathie says:

    A-2
    B-3
    C-4
    D-4
    E-1
    F-4
    G-3

  16. Lynne Powers says:

    A. 1 or 2
    B. 3, at most- generally never again though rabies is required by law (or titer)
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1, can be 2 without proper nutrition
    F. 4
    G. 2

  17. Ckelly says:

    A-1
    B-1
    C-4
    D-4
    E-1
    F-4
    G-3

  18. Karen B. says:

    A: 2
    B:3
    C: 4
    D: 4
    E:1
    F:4
    G: 3 (at least they should be board certified)

  19. Chris says:

    A. 2
    B. 3
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 3

  20. Mary says:

    A. 2
    B. 1
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 4
    F. 2
    G. 3

  21. Barb says:

    A. 1
    B. 3 (prefer titres every 2 years)
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 3

  22. Susan says:

    A. The best way to diagnose bladder stones is:

    An ultrasound examination of the abdomen

    B. Once a dog or cat is an adult, core vaccinations (the vaccines every dog or cat should receive) should be given:

    Once every three years

    C. Tapeworms can cause:

    All of the above

    D. Food allergies can cause:

    All of the above

    E. Hip dysplasia is:

    Something a dog develops over time

    F. Kennel cough is:

    All of the above

    G. A veterinary specialist is:

    An individual who has completed advanced training and has become certified in a particular area of veterinary medicine

  23. Shirley Struble says:

    A-2,B-3,C-4,D-4,E-1,F-4,G-3

  24. Shirley Struble says:

    A-2, B-3, C-4,D-4, E-1, F-4, G-3

  25. Eileen Salmas says:

    A 2
    B 3
    C 4
    D 4
    E 1
    F 4
    G 3

  26. Kathi T says:

    I never met a question that I would not argue with, so here goes.

    A. The best way to diagnose bladder stones is:
    An ultrasound examination of the abdomen is definitive although xrays are also highly useful even for stones that are radio-opaque if appropriate technique is used.

    B. Once a dog or cat is an adult, core vaccinations (the vaccines every dog or cat should receive) should be given:
    Best answer from this list is once every three years, however, that’s a matter of heated debate in some circles as there have not been sufficient challenge studies to answer this question definitively. Also, rabies vaccinations are legislated in many regional areas on a schedule that does not agree with vet best practices.

    FWIW, I personally disagree with the 3 year recommendation although that is probably obvious ;) Observed titer values would suggest a greater time interval (once immunity has been established).

    C. Tapeworms can cause: All of the above

    D. Food allergies can cause: All of the above

    E. Hip dysplasia is:
    Something a dog is born with
    Something a dog develops over time

    HD is largely genetic with some environmental component. Some dogs have early onset dysplasia, some develop it later in life coincident with osteoarthritis. Always a preventable disease? Well, not really. You can make the argument that it is a preventable disease through careful managed breeding program, however, it is a polygenic trait with many influences and even in well-selected breeding stock, it can appear.

    F. Kennel cough is:
    All of the above

    G. A veterinary specialist is: An individual with a special personality :)

  27. Barb says:

    A. 2
    B. 1
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 3

  28. Leslie Rovin says:

    A-1
    B-3
    C-4
    D-4
    E-1
    F-4
    G-3

    Thanks for the fun way to stretch my mind!

  29. Cheryl says:

    A-2
    B-3
    C-3
    D-4
    E-1
    F-4
    G-3

  30. Sandy Mesmer says:

    A.2
    B.4
    C.4
    D.4
    E.2
    F.4
    G.3

  31. Sandy Mesmer says:

    A.2, B.4, C.4, D.4, E.2 — because what they said! F.4, G.3

  32. Debbie Bader says:

    A=2
    B=3
    C=4
    D=4
    E=1
    F=4
    G=3

  33. Janis Dolphin says:

    A – 1
    B – 3
    C – 4
    D – 4
    E – 1
    F – 4
    G – 3

  34. Carol says:

    A. 2
    B. 3
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 3

  35. Michelle says:

    A.1, B.3, C.4, D.4, E.2, F.3, G.3

  36. Susan Williams says:

    a-3
    b-2
    c-4
    d-4
    e-1
    f-4
    g-3

  37. Patty Linder says:

    A. 1.
    B. 3
    C. 4
    D. 1
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 3

  38. oliver says:

    a-1
    b=3
    c–4
    d-4
    e=2
    it does have a heredity component but the term dysplasia translates to abnormal growth ot development (of bones, organs, cells). it can lead to arthritis. i chose 2 b/c it doesn’t have to be a hereditary condition. Trauma can lead to dysplasia as well.
    f-4
    g-3

  39. Catherine McGovern says:

    A. 2
    B. 3
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 2

  40. A = 2
    B = 3
    C = 4
    D = 4
    E = 1
    F = 4
    G = 3

  41. Kathy Boisclair says:

    A. 2
    B. 1
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1
    F. 4
    G. 3

    Something I always wanted to do, very weak stomach kept me from becoming…….

  42. Linda says:

    A. 1
    B. 3
    C. 4
    D. 4
    E. 1 ( genetic predisposition but may develop during growth stage)
    F. 4
    g. 3