Learning Outside of the Classroom
week, I participated in a really unique event hosted by two of our
student organizations—the Internal Medicine Club and the Veterinary
Imaging Club. It was an after-school lab in which I got learn how
to do ultrasound scans on dogs!
Ultrasound is an imaging technique used to look at soft tissue
structures like kidneys, intestines, and liver. It’s an incredibly
important diagnostic tool that veterinarians commonly use, and so I
am grateful for the opportunity to get extra practice.
My fellow peers volunteered their own dogs—who were so
well-behaved and sweet—and we spent two hours practicing our
techniques and learning how to search for specific organs. We got a
lot of practice in and, of course, the dogs got an abundant amount
of love and treats from the students!
It was a particularly fulfilling experience for me because
learning how to do an ultrasound scan has been a big focus in our
"Professional and Clinical Skills" class.
I have been learning ultrasound techniques and practicing on
models since my first semester in veterinary school, and it was
very exciting for me to have the chance to apply what I had
practiced on models to an actual animal.
I am quickly realizing that during my time in veterinary school,
there will be many more opportunities to learn new things outside
of a traditional classroom. I need to make the most of my four
years here, so I am constantly looking forward to seeing what other
doors will open next.