Gerard McGovern, Co. Cavan was presented with a 12-month-old Charolais bull with a large mass attached to the ventral aspect of his brisket in recent days.
Taking to his Instagram account – which has in excess of 24,000 followers – the vet explained that the owner purchased the animal three months.
The farmer had noticed an orange-sized lump shortly after the animal joined the herd; the lump grew rapidly and was melon-sized.
“A callicrate band was placed around the interface of skin and mass and a week, later the tumour was surgically removed.”
“Histopathology confirmed the tissue to be a melanoma.” Melanomas are most common in animals under two years of age and they are generally benign and rarely metastasise, according to the vet.
“They usually present as firm, nodular masses and are densely pigmented on cut surfaces. They can be congenital.” The vet concluded.
McGovern shares the “adventures of a large animal vet” on Instagram; he graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1977 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Gerard runs a mixed practice – approximately 75% large animal and 25% small animal; his father – Gregory – started the practice in 1949.
Image source: Gerard McGovern \ Instagram
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