Skip Navigation

3. V. M.

Two years down, two years to go! After four semesters of numerous sleepless nights, countless hours in the labs, and more fast food than a human being should consume, we are finally upperclassmen! The summertime transition from 2VM to 3VM is an interesting one. Due to the 12-month curriculum for 4VM clinical rotations, this is the last, "free" summer many of us will ever have as students. Some students find enjoyment in sharpening the knowledge we've acquired over the past couple of years in the classroom, and look forward to applying it in a clinical or laboratory setting throughout our break. On the other hand, some of my classmates cringe at the fact of doing anything vet school related during our last summer of freedom! Either way, we are all ecstatic to begin our year of comprehensive medicine courses and electives!

After a miserable week of six finals in five days, I packed up and made my way to San Antonio, TX to begin a 10-week internship program at a high-volume small animal hospital. Although the thought of relaxing all summer long sounds appealing at first, I know I would go crazy within a matter of days. Like many in our profession, I am a sucker for punishment.

Due to a year's worth of pathology, infectious diseases, parasitology, toxicology, public health, etc., it took a few days to transition back to the "real-world". After the first few patients I had seen with my mentor veterinarian, I had to remind myself that not every patient that comes through the door is going to have a life-threatening, flesh-eating disease capable of being transmitted to humans. For the most part, many of the patients I've seen are very healthy, or only have mild cases of disease or discomfort. Regardless, it's truly amazing what sticks with you from the classroom. From time to time, all of us think, "there is no way I am ever going to remember all of this material!" Surprisingly enough, a lot of it starts coming together even after just two, short years! For all of the aspiring vet students out there shadowing and volunteering at your respective clinics, always remember that common things happen commonly, so if you hear hooves, think horses, not zebra.

Finally, and most importantly, I have the privilege of marrying the woman of my dreams, next month! I cannot wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. I love you, Brianne!