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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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Shaping My Future Self

Shaping My Future Self Texas A&M presents great opportunities for its students, and majoring in biomedical sciences (BIMS) is one of them, because there are a variety of career-specific classes to take. I am now beginning to take more classes geared toward veterinary medicine, since I am a pre-vet student. Majoring in biomedical sciences has allowed me to gain a great understanding of the basic sciences needed for a great academic foundation leading up to veterinary school. One class, in particular, that I have really enjoyed taking this semester is "Animal Nutrition and Feeding," since it really pertains to what I need to know for my future career. I initially entered this class thinking it was going to be difficult, but because of those basic science classes I’ve taken in the past, I more easily understand the basic concepts of this class, which makes it more enjoyable. Aside from this particular class, Texas A&M offers many other similar classes students can take as a BI... (Read More)

Fourth Year is Almost Here!

Fourth Year is Almost Here! In just 15 months that are sure to come and go in the blink of an eye, I will officially be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine! We are currently about halfway through our sixth and final didactic semester of veterinary school, and I must say, the light at the end of the tunnel is shining bright! Come May 6, it’ll be time to pack up all of the knowledge I have gained and make that highly anticipated journey from the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC) over to the Large and Small Animal Hospitals to begin clinics. Clinics span an entire year; we spend two weeks on each rotation collaborating with classmates, technicians, residents, and clinicians in a quest to apply our veterinary knowledge in a clinical setting with real patients. Core rotations that we all must participate in include small animal emergency & critical care, veterinary radiology, anesthesiology, and equine medicine & surgery, just to name a few. My very first fourth-year r... (Read More)

Preparing for the New Class

Preparing for the New Class I have the honor of serving as the vice president of my veterinary school class and part of my job is to facilitate the mentor/mentee program that pairs second-year mentors with incoming first-year students. Now that interviews have passed and acceptances are looming, I have begun planning for how to implement this program next year. I have a stellar committee of my peers who are excited to help make this program the best it can possibly be for the incoming students. Here at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, we are a family and we want to ensure that first-year students feel welcome. The first year of veterinary school is hard—it is different than anything most people have ever experienced. Having a mentor to answer questions, give study tips, grab dinner with, and just to be there and help you through the hard times really makes a difference. I have an incredible mentor who helped me adjust to vet school and continue... (Read More)

Learning Outside of the Classroom

Learning Outside of the Classroom Last week, I participated in a really unique event hosted by two of our student organizations—the Internal Medicine Club and the Veterinary Imaging Club. It was an after-school lab in which I got learn how to do ultrasound scans on dogs! Ultrasound is an imaging technique used to look at soft tissue structures like kidneys, intestines, and liver. It’s an incredibly important diagnostic tool that veterinarians commonly use, and so I am grateful for the opportunity to get extra practice. My fellow peers volunteered their own dogs—who were so well-behaved and sweet—and we spent two hours practicing our techniques and learning how to search for specific organs. We got a lot of practice in and, of course, the dogs got an abundant amount of love and treats from the students! It was a particularly fulfilling experience for me because learning how to do an ultrasound scan has been a big focus in our "Professional and Clinical Skills" class. I have been learning ultr... (Read More)

Life Lessons in Veterinary School

Life Lessons in Veterinary School The veterinary school curriculum is designed to teach you many things. Yes, you will learn plenty of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, but there are some things that aren’t part of the curriculum that vet school teaches you, as well. I feel like each semester I have learned at least one very important lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. In my first semester, that lesson was that failures are a part of life and everything will be OK afterwards. My second semester, I learned that hard work pays off, and my third semester, I learned that it is OK to take the time to take care of yourself. This semester—which is my sixth, and final, semester of coursework before starting clinical rotations—has already taught me so much in such a short period of time. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the fragility of life and the most important things in it, and there is really only one answer that I keep coming back to—people. I can honestly... (Read More)

The Jigsaw Puzzle

The Jigsaw Puzzle Nine years ago, I informed my boss that I was leaving the company where I had been working for 12 years to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. The only thing I had at that point was a serious commitment to start this journey. But now my long journey to become a veterinarian has come to the last 15 months of veterinary school. In three months, I will start my clinical rotations, during which fourth-year veterinary students spend a whole year working in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital as a real “baby" doctor. I feel both panicked and excited to realize that my dream of becoming a veterinarian is about to come true. I still remember the end of my first day as a veterinary student. I went home and cried. Why? I thought "Physiology" and "Anatomy" were so hard. I had thousands of pieces of jigsaw puzzles in my head. I asked myself, “How am I going to pass these classes?” Now, I am a third-year veterinary student. And I have the answer for that questio... (Read More)

'Conquering' the Vet School

'Conquering' the Vet School "Veni, Vidi, Vici"—"I came, I saw, I conquered"—a quote attributed to Julius Caesar and the name of the three buildings that comprise Texas A&M’s newest veterinary school. As a biomedical sciences major, I have had the opportunity to attend classes in these inspiring buildings since the first semester of my freshman year, which was an experience I never expected to have. I am on a pre-veterinary path and being able to learn in the very rooms I hope to attend veterinary school in has been really motivating and exciting. The laboratories, lab equipment, and sometimes even professors are shared between the veterinary and BIMS students. As I walk into my microbiology lab, I am reminded of what all of my hard work is leading to; seeing the veterinary students outside in between their lectures gives me a glimpse into what their lives are like. Each time I take the journey on Bus 9 to this area of campus I feel blessed to have the opportunity to learn in this env... (Read More)

Staying in the Spirit

Staying in the Spirit I am currently halfway through the third week of my second semester in veterinary school. I made it through my first semester and I loved it. It was very hard at times but the one thing that never dissipated was my excitement to be furthering my knowledge in veterinary medicine. I have learned so many things in such a short amount of time. One thing that I was looking forward to going into winter break was getting to go and apply my knowledge in a clinical setting.  I am by no means a veterinarian yet but in just one semester I have learned so many applicable things. While working over winter break I found myself able to communicate with the veterinarians in the practice. I did not understand everything, but I was able to talk to the veterinarians and learn from them. I am so excited to continue learning so that I can continue to apply my knowledge. (Read More)

Creative Wellness

Creative Wellness On Friday, some of my classmates and I are taking a studying break and enjoying some wellness—we will be putting the books away and painting instead! Having typically seen these people in the realm of professionalism and medicine-minded academia, it will be nice to let our creative sides shine for a change! I only hope my dog, Jethro, doesn’t try to join in! It’s nice to be reminded that there is a life outside of veterinary school. So often in class, we are taught to try and balance the different aspects of our lives and set ourselves up for success. But, as we are going through our second year of veterinary school, it’s easy to just plug along with the same routine day after day. We are learning so many exciting things each day in lab and lecture that it’s very easy to hyperfocus on our school work. I have learned that we have to actively work on diversifying our time to prevent mental and emotional fatigue. If we set up these habits now, it builds the too... (Read More)

New Year, New Mindset

New Year, New Mindset The same old saying of "New Year, New You" really is one of my least favorite sayings. Instead, I like to think of it as a new year, new mindset. Every year we create goals and ambitions for the start of the semester, and as life gets a little chaotic, we tend to forget those goals or think they are unreachable. So instead of trying to change who I am and my life style, I decided I am going to change my mindset. I’ve set out to have a more positive outlook on life, and instead of adding more things to my plate (as a veterinary student, that is a lot), I’m going to focus on how to rearrange the plate to make it less full. By being more positive and looking at the silver lining, I hope my life can be more focused on the “what can I do to make it better” versus the “this day really stunk.” In order to do this, there are apps that send me daily affirmations and positivity quotes to start my week. The positivity train doesn’t stop there—I have decided I will try ... (Read More)