'Conquering' the Vet School
"Veni, Vidi, Vici"—"I came, I saw, I
conquered"—a quote attributed to Julius Caesar and the name of
the three buildings that comprise Texas A&M’s newest veterinary
biomedical sciences major, I have had the opportunity to attend
classes in these inspiring buildings since the first semester of my
freshman year, which was an experience I never expected to have. I
am on a pre-veterinary path and being able to learn in the very
rooms I hope to attend veterinary school in has been really
motivating and exciting.
The laboratories, lab equipment, and sometimes even professors
are shared between the veterinary and BIMS students. As I walk into
my microbiology lab, I am reminded of what all of my hard work is
leading to; seeing the veterinary students outside in between their
lectures gives me a glimpse into what their lives are like. Each
time I take the journey on Bus 9 to this area of campus I feel
blessed to have the opportunity to learn in this environment.
Recently, I took my dog Fender to A&M's Small Animal
Hospital. This was another unique experience that showed another
side of the veterinary school. It was so neat hearing from the
fourth-year veterinary student who was seeing my dog under the
supervision of a veterinarian; it also was an educational
experience for me—not to mention I got a 20 percent student
I love how much of the veterinary school world I have been able
to observe and learn from as an undergraduate.
Finally, as a BIMS Ambassador, I’ve been able to give tours of
the veterinary school to prospective students. Every time I walk
the halls and tell stories on tours, I can almost feel the years of
history, knowledge, and discovery that live here.
It inspires me to keep pushing forward toward my goals, even
when the journey becomes challenging at times. When I graduate, I
hope I will be able to look back on these experiences and say “I
came, I saw, I conquered.”