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It has only been three weeks since school has started, and I am
already exhausted! I can't believe that I am already a third
year veterinary student. It seems like just the other day I
was one of the "newbies," excited and nervous at the same time
about starting a new chapter in my life. Now, I am considered
one of those people who are supposed to be "older and wiser."
Older, sure, but wiser, I am not so sure yet!
Third year is where we start learning the medicine, practicing
clinical skills, and becoming integrated into the clinics.
Third year consists of four-week blocks, each of which differs in
the types of electives we are taking, when junior surgery is
scheduled, and whether or not we have a clinical skills class or we
are in the large and small animal clinics for a day. My
current block consists of me being in clinics on Wednesday.
So far, I have been through small animal radiology,
cardiology/necropsy, and dermatology. This Wednesday, I have
Communications Training, which is a simulated interaction between a
student and four separate people acting as veterinary
clients. It should definitely be a great learning
experience. I am not as nervous as talking to people as I am
knowing that I will be videotaped while doing so!
As mentioned, third year is when we have junior surgery.
Last week, I performed my first surgery by doing elliptical
incisions. I was nervous, but not as nervous as I thought I
would be. Funny enough, I was more nervous a week earlier
when we were working on models! I guess I just needed to get
back into the swing of things. I am, however, nervous about
leading anesthesiology this week. Even though I will be supervised
by our clinical faculty, the thought of being responsible for
keeping an animal alive is definitely slightly nerve-wracking.
Still, I am excited to learn and become more confident in my
abilities. It also helps that I have an amazing surgery
group. Lauren, Emily, and I always try to keep one another
calm, as well as motivate each other throughout each lab. I
couldn't have asked for a better group of people to be with as I
practice my surgical skills! Towards the end of the semester,
we will be performing spays and neuters on animals from the
Aggieland Humane Society. I am excited that we will be a part
of the beginning of these animals' journeys to their forever
Although I am already exhausted, there is still so much to look
forward to this year! Until next time, thanks for reading and
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