One day this past April, Dr. Deirdre Brandes left behind her otoscope, traveled a few miles to Solana Vista Elementary School, and for a few hours transformed herself into “Kindergarten Doc.”
She was invited to speak to a class of 20 kindergartners taught by Ms. Jesse Atkins and found the children much more engaged than expected. What did she teach the young future veterinarians?
“They asked so many questions. They were amazed that snakes had bones. And they were surprised that their pets’ teeth required the same amount of care as ours,” said Dr. Brandes.
After letting the youngsters know what life was like as a veterinarian, she gave them all a chance to experience it for themselves. A brave volunteer pooch allowed herself to receive a heart inspection from the children via a stethoscope (pictured).
But the highlight of Dr. Brandes’ presentation came when she pulled out 20 sets of masks and gloves, allowing each child to become a pretend surgeon. She was almost overtaken by their enthusiasm.
“Good thing I didn’t bring any surgical tools, because I’m sure they would have tried to use them,” she said.