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A Great Start To The Semester

Another semester has started, and January has already flown by!  This week marks the start of our first round of tests of the spring semester, and, unfortunately, there are three of them!  We have Infectious Diseases on Monday, Pathology on Wednesday, and Anesthesia on Friday.  In addition, we also have a Pharmacology quiz on Tuesday.  Ah, the life of a veterinary student.

However, it definitely has not been all work and no play.  January was an amazing month filled with traveling, new friendships, and surprises.  I received the opportunity to attend the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) National Meeting that took place during the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) in Orlando, Florida a couple of weeks ago.  You know there are a lot of veterinarians in town when you see Heartgard, Previcox, and PureVax shuttle buses running around.  VBMA is a completely student-run organization, both locally and nationally.  The student chapter at Texas A&M University is just one of 28 U.S. veterinary school chapters and six international chapters.  At the National Meeting, I learned about the how the VBMA is organized and operated; had roundtable discussions with veterinarians on topics, such as Negotiating with Your Boss, Talking to Your Clients about Money, and Preventative Care; met some amazing people from LSU, Iowa State, Virginia-Maryland Regional College, NC State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Tennessee; and got to bond with the President of our chapter.  It was an amazing experience that I would definitely recommend to other students if given the opportunity, whether it is the VBMA National Meeting, SAVMA Symposium, or any other function that allows you to meet fellow veterinary students and future colleagues from around the nation.

Although this semester seems to be a lot of sitting around in Room 5 listening to lectures, there is a lot to enjoy and look forward to.  In Anesthesia, we have already learned to place intravenous catheters and induce, intubate, and monitor dogs.  Later in the semester, we will start our Surgery classes and will begin learning surgical techniques and suturing.  We also receive our white coats this semester, and a week later, I, along with many of my classmates, will be receiving our Aggie rings!  WHOOP!  Best of all, I learned just how blessed I am this semester to be surrounded by such wonderful people.  Last week, around 30 of my friends and classmates held a surprise party for my birthday at Cenare's, an Italian restaurant in town.  I literally almost cried because this is one of the sweetest things that anyone has ever done for me.  I am so thankful to call these people not only my classmates and colleagues, but also my veterinary school family.   They have definitely made my 26th birthday one to remember.

Here's to a great rest of the semester!