Finally Entering Clinics
The Texas A&M Veterinary Class of 2019 shared a bittersweet
moment last Friday afternoon as we concluded our final classroom
lecture of our professional curriculum. Without a doubt, the last
three didactic years have been very challenging, and I am so proud
of myself and my classmates for making it to this day, as we
prepare to put on our white coats and begin clinical rotations next
That said, we must get through our final exams this week and
endure the endless hours of studying before reaching for that white
coat. Of course, we don’t expect the studying to end this week; we
have the national and state licensing examinations to start
preparing for, after all.
When my rotations begin, I will start on the anesthesiology
rotation, which will expose me to anesthetic management in a
variety of domestic, exotic, and laboratory species. As a
fourth-year student, I will be participating in all aspects of
anesthetic management, from preanesthetic evaluation of the
patient, selection of drugs, monitoring of patients, supporting and
recovering patients from anesthesia, and learning about pain
management in post-operative care.
Needless to say, I'm filled with a lot of excitement, mixed with
a heavy dose of nervousness and suspense. I hope the clinic floor
is ready—the Class of 2019 is on its way!