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Even with the extensive studying required, she did ease the children by saying the time would fly by and be over before they knew it.

"I remember they told me it would go by fast and it really did," said Davis. "The fun stuff is working with animals."

The first animal the children looked at was a rabbit and Davis picked up the fluffy bunny and explained how to take care of handling the animal. She said it is important to hold the rabbit carefully cradling their bottom, because a rabbit's hind legs are powerful enough that if they try to kick out of your hands they can break their back.

In the spring time people might find an injured baby rabbit or maybe just one that appears to be a stray and will try to rehabilitate them before releasing them, she said. This can be problematic though because if a rabbit grows up relying on people for food and nourishment then it won't be able to fend for itself when it goes back into the wild.

"People will keep them a while and not know how to fend for themselves so they are not learning how to go out on their own," said Davis. "When they are old enough to be released there is an excellent chance they are not going to make it because they are dependent on you. That is why it is important if you find a wild baby animal you find a rehabilitator that is able to rehabilitate them properly."

Before getting to exam a dog, Davis went over some of the different elements in taking care of a dog and their anatomy.

One example she shared was the difference between a healthy dog nail and an injured nail. The most common instance of a dog getting their nail damaged is when the owner cuts it too short, which can occur if the dog flinches.

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