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With finals less than a week away, diligently studying (aka "cramming") is pretty much on all of the third year students' minds.  It gets to a point where you attend lecture, but may end up studying material for another class at the same time.  With several semesters of finals behind us, a study strategy has become very important.  Every hour counts. Whether the hour is for studying, napping, working out, or a late night run to Dairy Queen, we are quite aware of how this time is spent.

I am sure pre-finals week can be just as frustrating for professors, many of whom will stop just short of standing on their heads to get our attention.  I realized today that as much as students rely on strategy, so do our professors.  Today we got to bring our own dogs to school for our last Small Animal Medicine Lab.  Coincidence?  I think not.  Although years have passed since our instructors had vet school finals week, they are ever so wise to students' obsessions about studying.  They knew that the only force strong enough to pull us from our books is our love for pets and getting to practice real live veterinary medicine. 

As you can tell from previous blog posts, veterinary students have a way of collecting pets, so there were plenty of rambunctious dogs to work with during this lab.  We are studying small animal orthopedics and practiced placing limb splints and performing orthopedic exams.  It was quite a sight to have a room full of perfectly healthy dogs with multiple legs bandaged, although they were quite content lying on the floor and getting plenty of attention and petting.  Up to this point, the only experience I have had with orthopedic casts was at the age of four as the result of a jumping-on-the-bed incident that quickly took a turn for the worse.  Placing casting material is much more fun than wearing it!

After our bandaging session, we performed orthopedic exams on our dogs. 

Many of our pretend patients seemed bored by this portion of the lab, but it was enjoyable to watch them interact with one another during down time.  After more than two years of school together, many dogs have become just as great of friends as the students have and show recognition with one another with happy tail wags. 

So to all of our instructors who know much more than we do, thank you! Thank you for showing us that the joys of veterinary medicine are often far greater and more rewarding than multiple choice exams.