September 10, 2020

What I Did Last Summer: Julianna Sweeney


COLUMBUS, Ohio – “What I Did Last Summer” is a series that will look back at how student-athletes from the Ohio State field hockey team were able to maximize their summer with internship and job experience despite the challenges that COVID-19 presented.

First up is Julianna Sweeney, a senior from Stroudsburg, Pa. who is majoring in animal sciences. Sweeney was a veterinary assistant at an emergency and referral center. Her experiences were wide-ranging and hands-on: one day she might be tasked with assisting with surgery and the next she was working with the internal medicine department on ultrasounds or performing life-saving measures on a dog in cardiac arrest.

“This summer I worked as a veterinary assistant at an emergency and referral veterinary center. As part of my internship, I spent two weeks in the surgery department. I helped take radiographs, sedate and prep animals for their surgery, observe and help monitor vitals during surgery, and then recover animals from their procedures. On a few occasions, I was allowed to scrub in and be hands-on in surgeries such as repairing dog fight wounds and removing bladder stones. I then spent time in the Internal Medicine department where I assisted in ultrasounds, endoscopies, bronchoscopies, needle aspirates, and more. There were a few times we were called to perform lifesaving measures on dogs in cardiac arrest. I also assisted the alternative medicine doctor several times through acupuncture and herbal remedies. Lastly, I spent my final portion of the internship with the cardiology unit, preforming echocardiograms, electrocardiograms, and diagnosing murmurs, arrhythmias and heart failures.”