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Monthly Archives: January 2012


Shadowing Many Biomedical Science majors, including myself, aspire to attend graduate school. Some students want to become doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dentists, or veterinarians (like I do!). Many grad schools require a minimum number of hours shadowing in your field of interest, although to stand out as an applicant many students far exceed the minimum. As a veterinary school hopeful, for me that meant spending time over winter break shadowing at the Kendall County Equine Clinic in Boerne, TX with Dr. Travis Nichols. I have spent time shadowing in clinics since my junior year in high school. My parents strongly encouraged me to explore the field of veterinary medicine to make sure this was what I truly wanted to do. I love being at the clinic because I never know what will walk through the door - every day is different and is an opportunity to learn something new. I have been so fortunate to shadow with Dr. Nichols - he has an easygoing person... (Read More)

Like a Warm Blanket

Like a Warm Blanket If you have been reading my blog over the past year, you know that I have taken a sabbatical from veterinary school to earn my MBA through our dual degree DVM/MBA program.  It has been an extremely positive, eye opening experience.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and learn from my classmates.  And the course work isn't bad either.  I don't make it over to the vet school as often as I like, but when I do, I remember why I made veterinary medicine my chosen path.  Last week, I got the distinct pleasure of introducing veterinary school applicants to Texas A&M.  In a small way, I was also introducing them to the veterinarian community.  The veterinary community is very small.  As I love pointing out, you could fit every veterinarian in the US in A&M's football stadium, Kyle Field, and still have a couple thousand seats left over.  Now, A&M does have a very large football stadium, b... (Read More)

Happy New Year

Happy New Year So it's finally 2012, and with it brings a brand new semester! Fall is over, and with it, all of our fall semester classes. A new semester is always exciting, whether its getting to see all of your friends again, to the excitement of starting a new class. It's a little nerdy, I know, getting so excited to start new classes, but there's something great about starting fresh. Plus a lot of our classes seem like they are going to be really interesting this semester. We are in Surgery/Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, Infectious Diseases, Pathology, Public Health, and Radiology right now. It's a little daunting at the beginning, with a lot of new professors to learn from and a lot of new material. But I'm excited to get started! In addition, Spring semester brings so many fun events to look forward to! We have Open House in a few months, which is basically the vet school completely opening to the public with all kinds of fun displays and tours. We want ... (Read More)

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays Hello again everyone! So I'm putting it out there, I love my pets. I have two 16 year old cats, and they make me so happy! But like any pet owner, sometimes we have those experiences that make having pets more stressful than fun. One of those experiences happened to me over Christmas break. I'm from California, so for me, visiting my family involves getting on a three hour plane ride. With my cats. I had to bring them because one of them needs twice daily blood pressure medication, and I would have felt bad if I had left the other one with a pet sitter for a month.  But I figured it would be no big deal! You always see the people on the planes with the little dogs in carriers, looking so nice and peaceful. Little did I know how complicated flying with pets can be! Since mine are 16 years old, they're pretty set in their ways. Going into an airport and flying in an airplane for seven hours is not exactly their idea of fun. Secondly, because... (Read More)