One of the best
things about third year is getting to choose our electives!
Veterinary students are required to take 14 hours of electives by
the end of our third year, in addition to our 14-plus hours of core
classes per semester. The electives are one to two credit hours,
with smaller class sizes ranging from 12-80 people. This means that
we get to take a variety of electives and learn more about the
specific topics that we’re interested in, in a smaller setting and
with more hands-on learning.
I’m currently taking the "Oncology"
elective, in which I’m learning more about common tumor types and
cancer treatments. I will also be taking the "Dermatology," "Exotic
Hoofstock," "Avian Medicine," and "Cardiology" electives this
semester. I’m particularly excited about some of the electives that
I will be taking in the spring, including "Small Animal Behavior,"
"Dentistry," "Diseases of Swine," "Feline Medicine," and
"Preventative Medicine." I’m grateful for the opportunity to take
such a wide variety of electives to learn more about interesting
topics that cannot always be covered in-depth in the core classes
and to become more familiar with the clinicians and residents that
I will work with during my fourth year.
Our core classes for this semester include "Small Animal
Medicine," "Large Animal Medicine," "Radiology," "Junior Surgery,"
and "Correlates." I’m excited to take all of the information I’ve
learned from first and second year and apply it to the big picture
of our small- and large-animal medicine courses this year to learn
how to treat our veterinary patients and “think more like a
doctor.” So far, I’m enjoying "Small Animal Medicine" the most and
look forward to learning more about common diseases and pathologic
conditions in small animals and how to treat them.
We also have a few clinic days each semester, during which we
get to work with the fourth-years, residents, interns, and
clinicians on different services in the Small or Large Animal
Hospitals. This semester, I’ve already shadowed in the "Neurology"
and "General Surgery" services. I’ve enjoyed these clinic days; I
feel that they’ve helped me better navigate the Small Animal
Hospital and get a feel for how fourth year will be, in addition to
learning from some cool cases!
I’m excited for all that I will learn this year! I know that my
electives and clinical rotations, in addition to our core classes,
will help prepare me for fourth year, which is only a short nine
months away! This year will fly by, and I will do my best to soak
up every minute of fun and learning from it!