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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Time for a Break

Time for a Break Well, final exams are finished!!!!  It's weird, but this semester just flew by.  One minute it was August and I was excited about clinics and performing my first surgery, and the next minute I was studying for finals and trying to remember an entire semester's worth of large animal medicine and radiology, with a smattering of small animal medicine for good measure.  All-in-all, I think it went pretty well. Now it's time for a "break."  By break, I mean going home for the next month to try and work as many hours as I can and see my family and friends in between shifts.  It's a break from school and a foray back into the real world.  I will be at a local emergency clinic working mostly the overnight shifts, weekends, and holidays. I hope to learn a lot from my experiences in the EC - working there will allow me to see cases that are more unusual and time-intensive and it will also allow me to practice my technician s... (Read More)

The Large Animal Medicine Twelve Days of Christmas

The Large Animal Medicine Twelve Days of Christmas The semester's finally drawing to a close, but there's a few pesky exams standing in between us and a long-awaited break.  Tonight's objective: the final review (ok, let's be honest - last minute cramming) for tomorrow's large animal medicine final. We've spent the past semester covering topics ranging from neurology, to lameness, respiratory disease, dentistry, gastrointestinal disease, ophthalmology, dermatology, and more… all neatly summarized into the four-inch-thick stack of notes in front of me.   You know the 'Twas the night before Christmas' poem, where the children fell asleep dreaming of sugarplums and St. Nick?  Last night's dreams involved Ortolani signs and the pros and cons of various fracture repair options.  Not that I'm complaining - I honestly wouldn't have it any other way.  Some of the best memories I'll take from vet school will be the late-night caffeine-fueled study sessions and crazy mnemonic... (Read More)