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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Reflections at the Semester’s End

Reflections at the Semester’s End Finals are just around the corner, and as crazy as it is to believe, I am going to miss this semester. Not only did I get to take difficult yet intriguing classes, such as anatomy and immunology, but I got to be involved in clubs and have leadership roles that stretched my abilities and caused me to grow. Going home for Thanksgiving, I realized how different my college life is from my home life, but it is for the better. Being home, I can feel myself getting into the rut of being the same person I was in high school. While this isn’t a bad thing, it isn’t the person that I am now after two and a half years of college. I have learned to build friendships and study until I feel like I will pass out, and being home doesn’t bring any of those characteristics out of me. I am thankful that I realized it now because it allows me to be thankful for the community that I have here in College Station and to best prepare to go home to something that is d... (Read More)

How Time Flies

How Time Flies Changing the calendar from November to December signifies two very important upcoming events in my life—final exams and family time! Only five finals and a 2,000-mile journey separate me from a month-long break back home in California. And like any eager and excited 1VM, you can be sure that I'll be packing my fancy stethoscope that Texas Veterinary Medical Association gifted each of us back in August at orientation! After all, there is a dog, horse, and two goats at home just waiting for me to practice my physical examination skills on them. But, don't go thinking that I'll be spending every waking moment of my break in veterinary student mode! In addition to "Proud 1VM," I acquired another special title this semester: maid of honor. My very best friend, who just so happens to also be my identical twin sister, recently became engaged while on vacation in Iceland! So, as one could imagine, I have all sorts of wedding planning to help with when ... (Read More)

Anatomy as a Third Language

Anatomy as a Third Language On the first Gross Anatomy laboratory day amongst my classmates, I felt like I was Harry Potter on his first day at Hogwarts. Harry Potter wore a black coat, while I was in white. He carried the magic wand, and I had my dissection kit. Mr. Potter went to “Gryffindor” and I went to “Table 16.” I find that learning the name of each structure in the body is frustrating but can also be fun. I didn’t grow up using English as my primary and first language. I have been living in the United State for nine years. Learning English as a second language is hard but I will always love learning languages. So, now I am learning my third language – Anatomy. I really like how the Gross Anatomy structure is set up at Texas A&M Veterinary School. The professor sets the weekly objectives, which we use as guidelines to accomplish each week. The first objective of each week is to study Greek and Latin root words and their combining forms. Knowing what those ro... (Read More)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I am sitting here writing this while on break because that’s what veterinary students do on break. We work. But have no fear, we do a lot of other fun things to! I was especially looking forward to this break because of one thing I severely lack in veterinary school, and that is sleep. Want to know what I am doing this break? Sleeping, eating, watching TV, and sleeping. There are even some naps I already have planned. You might be asking, “Aren’t finals just around the corner?” Well, yes, yes they are. But who can think about finals when you have turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls sitting on the table. There are also many football games to be watched this weekend. Worrying about finals will just have to wait until Monday. I will share with you one very cool wet lab I was able to attend this past month. A wet lab is basically a hands on animal lab. If you read my last post, I talked about my trip ... (Read More)

Winding Down

Winding Down Thanksgiving break is fast approaching, which means that the semester will be over in the blink of an eye! I am very much looking forward to Thanksgiving break, and being able to spend time with my family and enjoy the delicious Thanksgiving meal that my mother always prepares! The five days of break will provide me with some much-needed rest and relaxation and will help me to return to school focused and ready to conquer my final exams! I have really enjoyed this semester; it has probably been my favorite thus far. The schedule has been amazing, and has provided me with free time to relax and enjoy more activities outside of school. One of my favorite parts of this semester has been the Clinical Correlates rotations that we have participated in. Second year Clinical Correlates has provided us with several opportunities to practice a variety of skills like venipuncture and physical exams on horses, goats, and exotic animals. My absolute favor... (Read More)

Wetlab Weekends

Wetlab Weekends My favorite weekends as a veterinary student are wetlab weekends. There is a club in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to fit nearly every student’s interest and many of these organizations take the time to seek out resources and clinicians willing to teach us different veterinary procedures we will be performing on our patients one day. This past Saturday was the Food Animal Wetlab, hosted by the Bovine Practitioners, Small Ruminant Practitioners, and Swine Vets organizations. As a club member of all three, I was excited to get the opportunity to improve my skills and gain some new knowledge about food animal medical procedures. The first lab I participated in involved simulating an enucleation, which is often performed on cattle that develop squamous cell carcinoma of the eye. This condition is especially common in the Hereford breed, due to their white face and light pigmentation making them particularly susceptibl... (Read More)

Third-year electives!

Third-year electives! One of the best parts of being a third-year veterinary student is getting to choose some of your own classes. All of the third-year veterinary students are required to take at least 15 credit hours of electives distributed over the fall and spring semesters. Most electives are worth one credit hour and meet for 16 hours of lecture/lab over four to eight weeks, and you usually take one or two electives each month. The electives I have taken so far this year include small animal oncology, small animal dermatology; pocket pet medicine; avian medicine; and fins, flippers, and flukes (marine medicine). I am particularly excited about my bird, small mammal, and reptile electives since they are some of my favorite species, and they are rarely covered in the veterinary school core curriculum. Because the electives have smaller class sizes, usually between 20 and 50 students, there are many more opportunities for interactive and hands-on learning, which... (Read More)

Traveling To and Fro

Traveling To and Fro Every since I was little my family has taken an interest in travel. It started when I was in preschool, and my family decided to take a trip in an RV and drive across the western part of Canada. I remember seeing moose and being able to stare out the window at the vast countryside passing by. Our next big trip was to Australia where I was able to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, play with orphan kangaroos, and hold a koala. I learned so much about the different cultures and how people live in other countries that I knew travel would always be a part of my life. Studying abroad was always on my plan for college. I have a passion for horses, so why not combine horses and travel? After my junior year of college I was privileged enough to travel to Scotland through a study abroad program. In my program we were able to ride horses three times a week and take an equine anatomy and physiology class as well as an equine fitness course. We had classes... (Read More)

Hurry up and Wait

Hurry up and Wait Sometimes, I feel like my life can be broken down into the years B.D. and A.D.–before doctorate and after doctorate. As a second-year veterinary student, all that’s standing between me and my DVM is one more test, and then another, and another…you get the idea. When you’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since kindergarten, it’s hard not to see veterinary school as that last final hurdle before you can finally get out in the “real world” and start putting all this knowledge to good use. But after anticipating that goal for so many years, I’ve realized that now is the time to slow down and enjoy everything that makes veterinary school uniquely wonderful. After all, I’ll have decades to work and experience the ups and downs of a career in veterinary medicine. But, I only have four years to enjoy the experience of veterinary school, and it’s already flying by. Although veterinary school involves a lot of work, it also constantly reminds me of why I lo... (Read More)

Halfway Point

Halfway Point Today begins the ninth week of class, which means that the semester is now half over! This first semester of my second year seems to have flown by so far, faster than both of my first year semesters ever did. So, I’ve stopped to think about why that is. Is it because I’m finally acclimated to the workload of veterinary school? Or is it that I’ve hit my stride with this semester’s schedule? Or maybe it’s because I’m enjoying this semester’s classes more? It’s most likely a combination of all of these things. My classes this semester include pathology, pharmacology, parasitology, nutrition, and clinical correlates. I find these classes to be more interesting than first-year classes were and can see the clinical relevance coming into play more often during class. Pathology is probably my favorite class thus far, because we learn about many of the fascinating disease processes that we will see all the time in practice. It’s interesting to learn ... (Read More)