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Monthly Archives: April 2011

“Soon to be Fourth Years…”

“Soon to be Fourth Years…” It is an exciting, nerve-wracking, and anxiety filled time to be a third year veterinary student. We are three weeks from beginning our fourth year. It is frightening how over the short time between Friday May 6th and Monday May 9th we are expected to have transformed from the lecture and lab student role that we have mastered over the past three years to students working one on one with clients on cases in the large and small animal hospitals. Of course we are all excited to be moving one step closer to May of 2012 when we will walk across the stage and be able to sign DVM behind our names. The clinical and hands on experience that we will gain over the next 12 months will allow us to apply all of the knowledge that we have worked so hard to learn, but therein lies our greatest source of anxiety. Will I be able to recall the information that I learned three years ago? Do I know enough? Can I apply the facts that I have learned to real life ... (Read More)

Another Successful Open House

Another Successful Open House This weekend, I had the privilege of participating in the College's largest, student-led community event of the year: Vet School Open House. For 18 years, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences has opened its doors for the public to experience what veterinary medicine is all about. Hundreds of students and volunteers come together on this special day to dedicate their time to educate and entertain nearly 15,000 guests with a vast array of animal exhibits and demonstrations. This year, I had the honor to serve as a co-chair and surgeon for the famous Teddy Bear Surgery. Teddy Bear Surgery is a child's dream. Boys and girls of all ages are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the small animal hospital for "surgical repair". Tattered and torn from years of love (or, an unfortunate run-in with the family dog), these fuzzy friends often arrive with frayed stitching, broken arms, missing eyes, and some even requi... (Read More)

Pindin’ Bidness

Pindin’ Bidness or those of you that don't speak Texan, that is "Pending Business."  And if you want to learn to speak Texan, I suggest you sit in the Texas House Ag Committee hearings for a couple of days.  You can hear the chairman call for "pindin' bidness" as he places his cowboy hat on the table while another starts gnawing on a big cigar in the back of the room.  I have never felt the spirit of Texas stronger (or had a thicker accent) than in that moment. I'm sure you are wondering why I was in this mecca of cow punching politicians (that means cowboy) soaking up the Lone Star Spirit while I should be in class learning pathology and toxicology.  I was attending congressional hearings concerning pindin' equine dentistry legislation, sorry can't help myself.  The practice of equine dentistry has been the source of major contention for many years.  In Oklahoma, the legislative pendulum has swung drastically and quickly from one... (Read More)