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What to Look Forward to in Vet School

This week marks the halfway point in the fall semester of my second year of vet school, and with that come midterm exams.  Everyone is studying a little harder and using any free time to study just a little more.  I will be taking three tests in three days, which is a little stressful, but doable.

So, what are these exams in, you ask?

As first years, we learned what is normal in the body.  In the fall semester, we took immunology, small animal anatomy (looking at the dog and cat), and histology (studying the tissues and organs at a cellular level).  There are also courses in physiology, animal behavior, and a clinical correlates course that teaches students how to give a physical exam and other skills that are needed out in the world as a veterinarian.  Spring semester brings classes in microbiology, public health, embryology, and neurology, as well as the second half of physiology.  First year students also take large animal anatomy, in which they study horses, cattle, goats, pigs, and chickens.

In the second year, the courses build on what we learned first year, only now we are studying what is abnormal.  These classes include pathology, nutrition, parasitology, pharmacology, and clinical correlates (again) to continue working on the skills that will be needed in life outside of vet school.  The spring semester will consist of the second half of pharmacology and pathology, as well as infectious diseases, public health, and toxicology.

I know all that may seem overwhelming, and midterms are a stressful time not only in the vet school but all over campus.  But, if we focus and practice good time-management skills, exams will not be too bad.  (I hope!) Take one test at a time, try not to mentally overwhelm yourself, and you'll be fine.