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A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

By: Louisa Shepard Date: Jul 24, 2015

Dr. Emilie Setlakwe, who has just completed her three-year residency in Internal Medicine at New Bolton Center, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in her First Tuesday Lecture, “Tales from the NICU.”

Under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Palmer, Chief of the Neonatal Intensive Care Service, Setlakwe cared for many patients: mares and foals, goats and kids, sheep and lambs, and even pigs and piglets. During the lecture, Setlakwe, who received her DVM from the University of Montreal school of veterinary medicine, describes some of her favorite cases.

Dr. Emilie Setlakwe helps deliver baby goats.

One of her most-famous patients was My Special Girl, and her colt, Boone, born with the world watching on New Bolton Center’s Foal Cam. After checking My Special Girl several times a day for weeks, and spending 14 consecutive nights sleeping in the NICU, Setlakwe and Palmer together brought Boone into the world on March 29, 2014, after a challenging 22-minute delivery.

“We were waiting for so long, when she went into labor it was really exciting,” she said.

As she looks beyond New Bolton Center, Setlakwe said she is grateful for her NICU education and experience with Palmer.

“Dr. Palmer has taught me more than anyone else about neonatology. He’s an astounding doctor, who has a lot of respect and love for the horse,” she said. “I feel really lucky that I was his resident.”

Setlakwe, who recently received her certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, has accepted a position at Tryon Equine Hospital in Tryon, North Carolina.

Watch the video of Dr. Setlakwe's First Tuesday lecture below.