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Vet School BBQ, Cattle Handling Seminar, and an Aggie Win

Pumpkin cheesecake.  Gingerbread cookies.  Cinnamon and pine.  Deck the halls.  Gobble 'till you wobble.  And, most importantly, being thankful.  This is my absolute favorite time of year, and, thankfully, I have some time to enjoy it!

The past couple of weeks have been pretty crazy.  I still am in shock that it's November, what with the plethora of tests from Pharmacology, Parasitology, and Pathology, and a BP Cattle Handling Seminar, the Student Chapter of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (SCACVIM), Small Animal skills lab, and Vet School BBQ in between (and all in the same day)!  Our Pharmacology and Parasitology tests were on Halloween week, and Pathology was the following week.  Although the Saturday in between was a day of non-stop activity that started by waking up at 6:50 a.m. and ending around 12:30 a.m., it was a nice break from the stress and anxiety that comes with studying (even if my oven did break down the night before the BBQ when I had a green bean casserole and brownies to bake).  It's also nice to have a reminder every once in awhile of why I am stressing myself out to learn 230 pages of parasites, which ones have festoons or thin shelled segmented eggs, and the reasons why you shouldn't eat poop.

At the BP Cattle Handling Seminar, I learned the techniques used for low-stress cattle handling.  We were introduced to these techniques in our Correlates class, but repetition is always nice!  Also, we got to learn from one of the experts in the field, Dr. Tom Noffsinger, as well as become Beef Quality Assurance Certified!  After the Cattle Handling Seminar, I had to run over to the Small Animal Clinic for the SCACVIM Small Animal skills lab.  Since I am the Small Animal Chair for SCACVIM, I was in charge of helping set up and run the skills lab.  Through the help of some amazing technicians and residents from the hospital, we learned how to do female and male urinary catheters, joint taps, abdominocentesis, and how and when to place nasoesophageal and esophageal feeding tubes.  From the skills lab, I went straight home, showered, and got ready for the Vet School BBQ, which is a night full of fun, games, and having fun with your colleagues!  It was definitely another night that reminded me of how much I love the Class of 2015!

After our Pathology exam last Wednesday, we second years don't have any exams until finals, hence the time to be able to enjoy the days leading up to Thanksgiving!  In Correlates this past Friday, we worked in partners and got to do some "goat wrangling."  We learned how to properly handle and restrain goats, trim hooves, and take blood samples.  Emily and I would like to think we are experts after that, but I guess the ultimate test will come when we try to wrangle her goat, Rigby, and trim his hooves (to be continued…).  Overall, it was an enjoyable weekend, as I got to go home and spend some time with my family, go to the Nutcracker Market, and love on my two kitties, Cookie and Pickles. And, let's not forget A&M beating Alabama!  WHOOP!  Until next time…