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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Five New Roomies

Five New Roomies First week of school started off pretty much the same as last year until I got the call from Krystle Gervais, the volunteer coordinator with the Brazos Animal Shelter.  She knew that I had recently moved off campus and asked if I would be willing to "foster" a momma cat and her four kittens.  I immediately wanted to say 'Yes!' - But, needed to be a good roommate and at least run it by the lovely ladies who live with me. Luckily, they love animals too and we were all on board.  We drove to the shelter later that day and picked up the cats. Along with the cats, came their gear: kennel, play boxes, litter, litter box, food, and even toys - it was a lot of stuff!   Krystle told us that they had been dropped off at the shelter and needed to go to a home where they could get some focused attention and the kittens could be socialized with people. The kittens were the cutest little fur balls ever but momma and the smallest kitten... (Read More)

Third Year

Third Year I am writing this blog after enjoying a much needed weekend of relaxation.  I am in the sixth week of school as a 3rd year student and am realizing that this year is quite different than the two prior years.  In one word I would describe it as "hectic."  Most of our days are spent in class from 8-5, and some days tend to go beyond that as we are now performing surgeries one day a week.  While this schedule leaves much less time for studying in the evenings, I feel as if I am getting a better taste of what 4th year will be like and am enjoying being one step closer to being a veterinarian.  For the first time, professors have begun saying in class, "be sure to know this, you'll probably see it on board exams."  While that line can be a terrifying thing to hear, it also helps me realize that we are not too far away from that point in our education. One of the best parts about 3rd year is that you get to begin taking... (Read More)

Boom!!! And they’re off!

Boom!!!  And they’re off! BOOM!!  The Spirit of '02, Texas A&M's cannon, roared to life signaling the start of the Paws to the Pavement BTHO Cancer 3k/5k run and dog walk.  Excitement filled the air as dogs and humans lit off on their paths.  Well, almost everyone got started.  The unexpected cannon fire startled more than a few of our furry friends.  They responded with a chorus of barks, howls, and whimpers.  Have you ever seen a Great Dane cower?  I have now.  The biggest dog at the event stood in between his owner's legs, shivering uncontrollably, and looking to his owner for help.  On the other hand, a tiny Yorkie was trying to pick a fight with Vonn the pit bull.  (More on Vonn later.)  Oh the conundrums of the animal kingdom.  The event marked the opening of the state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging & Cancer Treatment Center at Texas A&M's Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Combined with Texas ... (Read More)

Beat the Hell Outta Cancer

Beat the Hell Outta Cancer One of the most rewarding parts about being a Vet Med Ambassador is getting to represent the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at community events. This past Saturday, we got to do just that at the first annual Paws to the Pavement Beat the Hell Outta Cancer 3k/5k run! This event was held to celebrate our brand new Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center at the vet school, and I couldn't think of a better reason to be out and about on a Saturday morning. I got there bright and early at 6:45 am (coffee in hand), and was ready to help out. It was so exciting to see hundreds of members of the community, including some of my classmates, show up with their four-legged friends, ready to go.   The race started with the A&M cannon, which I'd only ever heard before at football games. It was pretty loud, and when it went off, all the dogs in the race were definitely ready to run out of there! And ... (Read More)

The Truth about Test Week

The Truth about Test Week For anyone who has never undertook the daunting schedule of vet school test week, picture studying every night for a week, and still wondering if you know enough of the information to do as well as you hope.  These weeks involve late nights, caffeine runs, stacks of books and notes, and study groups.  Yet, despite all of the stress and sleepless nights, there is not a student in the vet school who would trade this for the world.  We have worked for this honor our whole lives, and now we are here, studying and working towards the goal of our lifetime.   Today after a solid week and a half (give or take) of studying for our first two tests of the semester, the 2nd year vet school class has an afternoon to breathe, before we start to prepare for the next one in a week.  This year, I approached round one of tests with a much different attitude.  There is a very different feel among my class, since we have year one un... (Read More)

Summer Research

Summer Research So I thought I would use my first post to talk a little bit about what I did this summer.  Because, really, the best part of vet school are the opportunities and experiences it provides outside the classroom.  During my first year, I applied and ultimately was accepted to participate in the Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program, a program available here at A&M that allows first and second year vet students, guided by a faculty mentor, to conduct their own research projects for 12 weeks during the summer. Now, you might be asking yourself a couple of questions.  First, you might ask, "Why exactly would you want to spend your summer in a lab pipetting solutions into test tubes?"  And, in fact, that's an excellent question.  Who would want to do that?  I wouldn't, and so I didn't.  The best part of this program is that I got to choose my mentor Dr. Chuck Long and my project, both of which exp... (Read More)

Second Year

Second Year About this time last year, rumors began circulating that the second year of veterinary school is much better than the first year.  These rumors became a "light at the end of the tunnel" as I kept reminding myself that next year I would not have to spend my weekends covered in formaldehyde at the Anatomy Lab, and I might be able to survive on just one cup of coffee a day (my average last year was probably close to five cups).  When the class schedules were released this summer, the rumors seemed to be true- class did not start until 9 am and there were days when I would be done at noon!  Do not get me wrong, I honestly enjoyed first year, but it was hard.  I had to adjust to being in class up to eight hours a day and studying every night.  The volume of material is much more extensive than in undergrad and time management is critical.  My classmates and I worked our tails off as we slowly began to wrap our heads around... (Read More)

Welcome

Welcome I suppose it would be appropriate to introduce myself properly... HOWDY! My name is Chace, I am a Biomedical Sciences major. But more importantly I am the loudest and proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggies class of 2012. Whoop!  One week down, only fourteen and a half left until I complete my undergraduate degree here at the wonderful Texas A&M University. It is a bittersweet feeling. While I am very ready for the next phase of my life, the amount of things I have learned while being in college, both in class and outside of it, has been, well, life changing.  As I'm sitting here in immunology with my good friends Alex,  Lauren, and Greg, struggling to understand what in the world Dr. Omran is talking about I'm still scratching my head over what I learned in my physiology class this morning: that the white blood cells in our bodies travel the distance of twice around the world in a single day... That's 2000 miles per hour!... (Read More)