Vet School Confidential: TV Show Goes Behind the Scenes

Television viewers were able to get behind-the-scenes exposure to veterinary school this fall with "Vet School Confidential," a television program filmed at Michigan State University. The 13-part series recently debuted on the Animal Planet cable network, airing Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m.

Rocket Pictures, the Colorado-based company that produced the show, followed the activities of five MSU veterinary students. The students were filmed as they worked, studied, and managed social lives.

Each program focused on one or two cases that came into the MSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Cameras followed the students as they worked with an accompanying veterinarian in meeting with clients, diagnosing and treating patients, and discussing cases.

Vet School Confidential covered a wide range of cases in different species, but several of the episodes followed equine cases. Kent Vince, DVM, graduated from MSU in the spring and currently is an ambulatory intern for Rood and Riddle Veterinary Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He was featured on several of the episodes.

"One of the episodes followed a normal foaling," he said, adding that many reproductive procedures were filmed, such as breeding soundness exams. He said other cases involved disease or injury. "We ended up removing the eye of one horse because it had chronic uveitis (inflammation of the uvea of the eye, the cellular layer that contains blood vessels, the iris, and other structures). Basically, the lens was floating around and causing the horse problems."

Vince believes the television show accurately portrays veterinary school. "It's a reality-type show--there's nothing that we did on the show that was made up. Hopefully it will provide people a good view of what goes on inside a veterinary hospital and school and how we learn the different techniques. Also, it proves an educational experience for people to see how involved veterinary medicine can be in some cases. A lot of times people who do have horses don't realize what is done."

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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