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Archive for tag: Christmas

It‘s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It‘s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Another semester has come to an end and it's time for us to enjoy a little time off from the hectic and busy schedule that is common among all vet students. I always look forward to winter break. The fall semester, which seems to drag on forever, is finally over and all the notes that have accumulated over the semester can be put in the back of my closet. I no longer have to feel guilty for choosing the couch and television over a 700-page binder of notes (well, at least for a few weeks). During this time of the year, everyone is in high spirits and the weather is a welcome change from the relentless Texas heat, even if it is still eighty degrees outside. One of my favorite things about winter break is celebrating Christmas. Christmas is without a doubt my favorite holiday. It's a great opportunity to spend time with family and friends that we, as students, often don't get to do a lot of during the semester. I always have a fun and enjoyable ho... (Read More)

Reflecting on the Year

Reflecting on the Year Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we are finally in the home stretch of the semester. It is hard to believe that I am already nearly halfway done with my second year of vet school.  It feels like just yesterday that I was sitting in orientation, both excited and terrified about the challenges awaiting me.  As this semester comes to a close, I'd like to reflect a bit on my feelings about veterinary school.  To begin, I am more and more grateful each day that I will be a part of this profession.  As classes become more clinically focused and applicable, I find myself excited to learn and pleased with how much I have learned already.  There is a sense of pride when you hear a veterinarian reference a drug and you understand the way it works and why it is being used. It only takes a few of those instances to remind you of why you're putting yourself through the daily challenges of veterinary school. As a second year stude... (Read More)

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays Hello again everyone! So I'm putting it out there, I love my pets. I have two 16 year old cats, and they make me so happy! But like any pet owner, sometimes we have those experiences that make having pets more stressful than fun. One of those experiences happened to me over Christmas break. I'm from California, so for me, visiting my family involves getting on a three hour plane ride. With my cats. I had to bring them because one of them needs twice daily blood pressure medication, and I would have felt bad if I had left the other one with a pet sitter for a month.  But I figured it would be no big deal! You always see the people on the planes with the little dogs in carriers, looking so nice and peaceful. Little did I know how complicated flying with pets can be! Since mine are 16 years old, they're pretty set in their ways. Going into an airport and flying in an airplane for seven hours is not exactly their idea of fun. Secondly, because... (Read More)

Lessons of a Break

Lessons of a Break Merry Christmas (a few days late) and Happy New Year (a few days early)!!! This time of year is a favorite for students, a time when we can sit at home and enjoy some textbook free days! It is good for us to get away, and visit with our families. As vet students we spend so much of our time engrossed in our studies, I know many of us (me included) neglect to make time for friends and family the way we should. The Christmas Season always reminds me of the importance of the people in my life, without them I wouldn't be where I am today, and even when I don't keep in touch with them like I should they always support me now. As we move into a brand new year it is time to look at all that we have accomplished over the past year and remember how far we have come! The first year students have completed their first semester of vet school, second year students survived a vigorous semester of parasites and pharmaceuticals, third years are now one semester a... (Read More)

The Large Animal Medicine Twelve Days of Christmas

The Large Animal Medicine Twelve Days of Christmas The semester's finally drawing to a close, but there's a few pesky exams standing in between us and a long-awaited break.  Tonight's objective: the final review (ok, let's be honest - last minute cramming) for tomorrow's large animal medicine final. We've spent the past semester covering topics ranging from neurology, to lameness, respiratory disease, dentistry, gastrointestinal disease, ophthalmology, dermatology, and more… all neatly summarized into the four-inch-thick stack of notes in front of me.   You know the 'Twas the night before Christmas' poem, where the children fell asleep dreaming of sugarplums and St. Nick?  Last night's dreams involved Ortolani signs and the pros and cons of various fracture repair options.  Not that I'm complaining - I honestly wouldn't have it any other way.  Some of the best memories I'll take from vet school will be the late-night caffeine-fueled study sessions and crazy mnemonic... (Read More)