Occupation series 6: Veterinarian

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by Shari´ Parks

This marks the last occupation series blog. This week focus is on veterinarian’s. Those that care for our furry kids. I’ve seen my share of vets with my recently put to rest 16yo cat. R.I.P. Zoe. He succumbed to renal disease, so the last 6 months of his life we were visiting the vet’s office twice a week for subQ fluid therapy.

When many when you think of vet’s, the care for our domestic loved ones immediately comes to mind. However, vets in rural areas also care for farm animals by making on-site visits. Cows and horses rank as the top injury offenders to veterinarians. Also, another muscular discomfort for vets are the awkward postures they find themselves while performing examinations and procedures. Some of the muscles associated with these awkward positions are the:

*Trapezius
*Latissiumus dorsi

The Trapezius attaches to the the back of the skull and the spinous process at C7. Some of it’s functions are upward rotation of the scapula, assists withe elevation of scapula and extension of the head. The Latissiumus dorsi attaches at the spinous process from T7-T12. It’s roles are adduction of shoulder, rotation of shoulder & extension of shoulder. 

These muscles experience fatigue and soreness. It’s vital for veterinarian’s to take special care in body mechanics when handling animals to reduce muscular discomfort. 

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