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Monthly Archives: November 2010

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Looking Back, Looking Ahead Today is our first day back to school after Thanksgiving. I think it is definitely safe to say that we were all thankful for Thanksgiving break this year. While short, it was great to get the chance to go home and visit with friends and family for a few days. We are lucky that this year we have a week between our Thanksgiving break and finals. My first year of veterinary school, finals were scheduled for the week after Thanksgiving. That meant that I spent the holiday in College Station studying. This year, I left my books behind for a few days of relaxation, ridiculous amounts of overeating, and some much needed time away from school. I have learned over the past three years, that by taking some time to remind myself of why I want to be a veterinarian and how important it is to me, I am much more productive and determined in my school work when I return to it. It is easy to be bogged down with the details, specifics, obligations, meetings, and ... (Read More)

Sounds of Laughter, Shades of Life

Sounds of Laughter, Shades of Life Exciting times are upon us in Aggieland! Texas A&M beat Nebraska, Harry and the gang are casting spells again, and 4th year veterinary students are currently taking the most important test of their veterinary lives - the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination. Good luck, 4VMs! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Class of 2013 will have its 2nd annual Thanksgiving Feast at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Students volunteer to bring delicious homemade sides, mouth-watering store-bought cranberry jelly, a healthy assortment of pies, cheesecake, turkey, and ham to share with fellow students and faculty while we enjoy each other's company and fellowship. I love my class! Furthermore, future veterinary students are in the process of interviewing for the chance of a lifetime. I can still recall how indescribably anxious I was walking up the stairs in the Medical Sciences Library as I nervously mumbled, "Hi, uh, I'm here fo... (Read More)

Steer vs. Joe, Who Wins….?

Steer vs. Joe, Who Wins….? One of the greatest aspects of veterinary school is the plethora of organizations.  There are clubs for students interested in horses, internal medicine, small ruminants (vet speak for sheep and deer), shelter animals, holistic techniques (i.e. chiropractics and acupuncture), and chickens.  Okay, maybe that last one is more of a fun, get together group and less about veterinary medicine.  At Texas A&M, we offer somewhere in the area of 30 veterinary student organizations, and we are adding new ones every year.  Just this year we have added surgery, dentistry, and feline clubs.  Which leads me to ask, why are we just now getting clubs for surgery and cats?  Were cat spays and neuters not important until now?  They obviously were, but I digress. Additionally, some of the best learning experiences come from extra-curricular (university language for outside the class room) activities.  Since starting scho... (Read More)

In most people’s minds, weekends are a time to relax and unwind from hectic weekdays. Apparently, we vet students do not share the same perspective…

In most people’s minds, weekends are a time to relax and unwind from hectic weekdays. Apparently, we vet students do not share the same perspective… Every morning and evening this week, I'm in charge of the care of our surgery patient. Consequently, my weekend started at 6:00 am Saturday morning. I might have been up, but the sun definitely was not. Thank goodness our surgery animal this week is a healthy, spry, little cat that doesn't mind a thorough physical exam (minus the temperature-taking, but honestly, who wouldn't be a little upset about a rectal thermometer?). After finishing the paperwork for our kitty, I headed to the large animal hospital for an equine castration clinic that one of our veterinary student chapters organized for the community. At this clinic, we vet students had the opportunity to handle every aspect of patient care with castrations in the field. We all rotated between anesthetist, surgeon, and assistant surgeon with each horse. I have watched numerous castrations in the past, but getting a chance to perform one was a great experience. We had clinicians and experi... (Read More)

Do Vet Students Have Time to Do Anything?

Do Vet Students Have Time to Do Anything? One of the questions that I commonly get asked as a tour guide is "Do vet students have time to do anything other than study and take tests?"  Well, yes and no.  We are in class from roughly 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, but some lucky students have shorter variations of that schedule.  Then we all go home and study.  This might sound rough, but it's what we need to do to become great veterinarians.  I would say about 90 to 95% of the vet students in this school have dreamed of becoming veterinarians since they were little kids, and all of us have worked hard to get to where we are now.  We have a passion for working with animals and a devotion to helping both animals and their humans.  But as with any "job" it's easy to get overwhelmed.  This is why each and every veterinary student finds a way to let loose and enjoy themselves on a regular basis.  Personally, I have two handsome cats at home to play ... (Read More)