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Feeling more like a Doctor

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 homes!

Although I am already exhausted, there is still so much to look forward to this year!  Until next time, thanks for reading and gig 'em!