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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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Big Decisions

Big Decisions I have recently been tasked with submitting my fourth-year rotation preferences for our next, and last, year. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. I was so overwhelmed when the administration first introduced this process to us. The way our fourth year of veterinary school works is we enter into the Small and Large Animal Teaching Hospitals from May 2019 to May 2020. During this timeframe, we spend two weeks’ time on each of a series of rotations to gain experience in a clinical setting, making our own decisions, and taking care of patients. It is our last step to becoming a doctor, other than passing the NAVLE (North American Veterinary Licensing Examination), of course. The first decision we must make for our fourth year of veterinary school is choosing a track. These tracks include small animal, large animal, mixed, or alternative track. I settled on doing mixed animal, which is a combination of small and large animal track. Although most of ... (Read More)

A Little Perspective

A Little Perspective It’s hard for me to believe this, but I am now just a few weeks away from completing the first semester of second year of veterinary school! My friends and family love to ask me, “How is second year going?” And my answer to that has been, “It’s going much better than first year!” Their reactions are always a mixture of surprise and wonder. Is it an easier semester? Are there fewer exams? What’s different? Well, the truth is that veterinary school is still extremely difficult, and the exams are still just as stressful and overwhelming as ever. That hasn’t changed, but my perspective has. See, there were several times throughout first year during which I felt like my life had been put on hold. I watched as my friends from college moved to new places, accepted full-time adult jobs, and traveled to countries around the world, all while I was sitting at a local coffeeshop studying for my upcoming exams. I had fallen into what seemed like... (Read More)

Study Buddy

Study Buddy We are approaching the end of our 12th week of school, and it is crazy to think I’ve almost completed my first semester of veterinary school! As first-year veterinary students, we have felt many emotions already and finals are still approaching. I’ve always heard these would be the most difficult but best times of my life, and I couldn’t agree more—I’ve learned so much about myself and can’t wait to see what the rest of this experience brings. One of the things I have have learned is the value of studying in groups. I have always studied independently, but I quickly realized that what we're learning isn't the kind of information that is easily grasped alone. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses and we all have a unique way to study, so I’m continually learning what this looks like for me. It is key to find a group that meets your needs, so that you also benefit. The way I studied at the beginning of the semester looks completely... (Read More)

The Trials and Tribulations of Medical School Applications

The Trials and Tribulations of Medical School Applications For those of us looking to enter medical school during the fall of 2019, the past couple of months have, hopefully, been very busy. Coming off a long stretch of interviews, I find myself completely exhausted. I think that in the stress of the entire process, I have kind of lost some of my excitement for my senior year of college. It’s also difficult to focus on my current classes when the next step of my education seems so imminent. One of the drawbacks of medicine, and really any kind of profession that requires extensive training, is the fact that everything is focused on the future. As an undergrad, you focus on doing everything you need to do to get into a good medical school. In medical school, you focus on doing everything to get into a good residency program. During your residency, you focus on getting a good fellowship. After the future arrives, where does our focus turn? For this reason, it is so incredibly important to apprecia... (Read More)

The Importance of Giving Back and Voting

The Importance of Giving Back and Voting I’ve always been told the importance of giving back—to use my privilege and my place in the world as one of influence and to help those who seek help, as well as those who don’t seek it but are in need of it. Recently, I was given the opportunity to help a young student who wanted to take a similar path as mine—that is, to attend veterinary school. Cooper and his grandparents wanted to pick the mind of a veterinary student to answer any questions plaguing Cooper’s mind since making the decision to pursue this career. One night, we all met for dinner. Things started out slow, talking about my life and theirs. As we got to know each other and we got more comfortable, my advice became more free flowing, going beyond what was needed to be done to get into vet school to tell them why we do those things. During our converation, I saw Cooper’s eyes light up as he talked about animals! He talked about dogs and cats, wildlife medicine, hedgehogs, a... (Read More)

You're Not Alone

You're Not Alone Wow. This Friday will round out week 10 of my first semester of veterinary school. Had you asked me how I was feeling two weeks ago, I’d have to confess I was debating whether this was truly my career path. I was struggling with the heavy course load, personal issues, and missing home more than any 22 year old ever would. With our exam schedule picking up and time seeming to just melt away, I wondered if I’d ever make it those last eight weeks. "Imposter Syndrome" was certainly rearing its ugly head and I felt totally alone. Then I received a text from a classmate, who has quickly turned from stranger to best friend, confessing that they were sharing my doubts, and suddenly I was not alone! This changed everything. Having someone to share our struggles allowed us to easily dismiss the silly notions we each had about ourselves and tackle the problems logically. We reached out to professors, classmates, the professional counselors Texas A&a... (Read More)

Baby Dog-tors

Baby Dog-tors One of the most highly anticipated days for a veterinary student is the day you do your first spay or neuter in third year. That day is almost here for me! We have put in so much time and effort to get to this point, and I’ll have to admit, there are some times that I feel out of my depth facing clinics next year. Despite all of the information I’ve crammed into my head over the past two years, I realize that just knowing all the medicine doesn’t fully prepare you to practice medicine. Surgery, especially, is one of the most daunting hurdles to reach and is a rite of passage for students. The really cool thing about third-year surgeries is that not only are we forwarding our experience in school, but we’re also giving back to the community. All of the animals are from local animal shelters; the school provides the surgeries free of charge for shelters and future owners to encourage adoption, because spays and neuters are one of the most cost... (Read More)

Getting my Aggie Ring

Getting my Aggie Ring The highlight of what has been a good third year, so far, has been getting my Aggie ring. Yup, that is right! I BTHO 90 hours, and I still cannot seem to understand how close I am to finishing college. The Aggie Ring Ceremony was everything I heard it was, a moment full of pride. My brother was the person designated to put on my ring, and it was the best moment of 2018 yet. My brother was chosen because he has been my No. 1 supporter of me and the travel required because of living eight hours away from home to get a great education. (He also was a Longhorn fan, so I had to show him a true Aggie tradition). Not only that, but I also got to show my family Kyle Field and take pictures with my ring in the grand 12th Man Stadium. It was very exciting to see how many people showed up from all over to help me celebrate my big day. I was excited for my ring, but I was in awe with the huge support system I have here at A&M and back home. I... (Read More)

The Value of 'Brain Breaks'

The Value of 'Brain Breaks' The first year of veterinary school is fun, exhilarating, and, sometimes, exhausting. With the excitement of class and lab throughout the day and then coming home to study at night, we vet students occasionally forget how to step away from the books and slightly relax. Now that the semester is half way over, I have learned that those tiny moments away from the books are essential to everyday life. At first, school seemed to take a big chunk of my time, or so I thought, and I could not possibly imagine fitting in any “brain breaks.” Well, that did not last too long. I found my focus had started to decrease once I got home from school, and so I had to learn how to incorporate a small break here and there. First, I decided to continue my summer exercise routine of 40 minutes a day of some kind of exercise I enjoyed. Personally, I enjoy running and yoga. Although some days I may not have all of that time, even 20 or 30 minutes of exercise is e... (Read More)

Kinda a Doctor

Kinda a Doctor Sometimes, when I am caught up in the middle of a month full of tests, it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed by the mass amounts of knowledge I have yet to conquer. As a second-year veterinary student, there are frequent moments of great frustration when I recognize a familiar concept that is still fuzzy and not completely understood or applied yet. But as I talk to first-year students or discuss cases with classmates, there are also many moments that medical terminology and understanding comes easily. I guess on this long road to becoming a doctor, it’s natural to be so busy studying that you don’t realize the progress as it’s being made. It’s odd (and slightly terrifying) to think that in just two and a half years, I will be a licensed practicing veterinarian! I have so much more to learn! I have always wanted to be a veterinarian, and as I go through more and more school, I see how much of an impact animals have in people’s lives. ... (Read More)