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One Semester Closer

This week marks an always interesting and stressful time the in the life of a vet student - finals. During the fall semester of the second year of veterinary school we take the following classes: pharmacology, parasitology, nutrition (split into large and small animal), clinical correlates, and pathology. Lucky for me, we do not have to take a final in correlates, so I was down to four. My first test was nutrition. I tried to prepare myself as best I could for large animal nutrition. I filled my mind with information pertaining to things like rumen pH, forage and concentrate ratios, milk fever, and the proper amount of amino acids that should be in the diet. The more that I studied for this class; the more I realized that my interest does not lie in large animals. However, in order to be a well-rounded doctor it is still important that I have some idea as to what these terms mean. My second final was pathology. Our teacher took it easy on us this year and did not make the final cumulative. We only needed to cover pathology regarding the Central Nervous System (CNS), the eye/ear, and the kidney. Overall, I have enjoyed this class the most and feel that I have learned a lot of information regarding the body and ways in which things can go wrong. My third test was parasitology. This class has provided more information than I could possibly remember regarding parasites that can affect different species. I can only hope that I will take away the most important parasites that impact each species and how I can identify them once I am in practice. My last test was pharmacology. This final was one of the most challenging because it is difficult to learn about different drugs without a clinical situation with which to apply it. But, this is also one of the most important classes that we can have as it will impact the treatment and prescriptions that we, as doctors, write. Overall, I have to say that this semester has been interesting but also stressful. I am definitely glad to have another semester complete and am looking forward to spending the holidays with my family, something that I have not been able to do the past four months. Hopefully I will come back rested, reenergized, and ready to start another semester. One closer to my ultimate goal of DVM!