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Open House

Open House On March 29th, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will be opening up their doors for the 21st annual Vet School Open House.  The event first started as petting zoo to help show off the college and over the years it has developed into a grand day of events.  Anyone is welcome to come, and there are activities for all ages. So, what actually goes on at Open House? In the weeks leading up to the event, vet students judge art projects submitted by K-12 students, and the results are then displayed in the halls of the school.  There are exhibits and lectures indoors, such as a question and answer session with vet students, where individuals can ask pretty much anything—including what a veterinarian actually does.  Also, Search and Rescue Dogs 101, training and behavior tips, and nutritional information for cats and dogs can be found in the lecture halls of rooms 5 and 201. There are many exhib... (Read More)

Finally Spring Break

Finally Spring Break It's finally Spring Break and I don't know about you guys, but I have been counting down to this for the past month. Every late night study session and challenging test in these past couple of weeks has brought us exactly to this week of pure, unadulterated FREEDOM. Except it's kind of not. Many of us (read "most of us") still have quite a comprehensive to-do list for the break, most of which consists of assignments our professors sneaked in as we studied for our second round of exams. No worries, though: in the end, we get a week off from classes to give our bodies the rest and recuperation they both need and deserve. Whether your version of recuperation consists of sunning on the beach 24/7 or lazing about the house with no pants on, do it, and do it as often as possible. We have worked hard this semester and have earned this break. So between the graduate school application you're completing, post-break exam you're studying for, room organiz... (Read More)

Countdown to Spring Break

Countdown to Spring Break I'm not sure if you've heard—but Spring Break is ALMOST here! We are nine weeks into the semester and this break will be well deserved. For us first year veterinary students, the only thing standing in our way is a neurology quiz and a microbiology test. I'm not sure if studying is easier or harder, knowing that the break is so soon! I am going to San Antonio, my hometown, for the week. I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends, as well as some good Mexican food. The weather looks to be nice, especially compared to our little winter blast! I will definitely be using the time to recharge and get ready for the last half of second semester. It's crazy, but for the Class of 2017, the end of first year is in sight! (Read More)

One Last Break

One Last Break Another Spring Break is completed, and for the third year vet students it is the last break our class will get until we graduate.  Sure, we have our intersemester period with a week off at Christmas time and some of the class will get spring break next year, but our whole class will not be getting a break together until graduation day.  It is amazing to think that we have come this far, in 7 short weeks we will begin our final step towards our license as 4th year begins.  We will be out of the classrooms and into the clinics, and I couldn't be more excited.  Our goals are within our reach, and we are about to be the big kids on campus.  I thought we would never make it this far, but here we are, ready and able!  I am excited for all of my classmates as the future really opens up for us in this next year.   It is an exciting time, a time of discovery and growth in our career.  This spring break was a gre... (Read More)

My Diabetic Cat

My Diabetic Cat Howdy Ags! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas break! I know I did, and I definitely enjoyed not having to study for a few weeks. This was my first break from school since last Christmas because I took classes last summer. But now, it's back to studying and I still can't believe that we are already into the second week of the spring semester. It seems like time is flying by. Anyways, I would like to share a story with you about one of my pets, Lucy. Lucy is an 8 year old tabby cat I found in the front bushes of my house back at home. She was 4 weeks old when I found her and since I have such a love for animals, she instantly became my cat (well, after I convinced my Dad to let me keep her). I bottle fed her several times a day and constantly played with her. As she grew up she became very attached to me. She would sleep in my bed with me every night, follow me around the house, and even meow at the top of the stairs for me until I would r... (Read More)

Rally Obedience – A fun team sport for dogs and handlers

Rally Obedience – A fun team sport for dogs and handlers Harley, my miniature poodle, and I went to a dog show in Conroe last weekend where we competed in Rally Obedience. Unlike a regular obedience competition, where a judge gives orders, competitors navigate a course of stations with the dog in heel position. It was me and Harley's first show, and we were competing in the novice class against other handlers who were new to the sport as well.  Unlike traditional obedience, handlers are allowed to encourage their dogs during the course. We compete in AKC rally where you start with 100 points and the judge deducts points for mistakes. A qualifying score is a 70 or above. If you qualify three times the dog earns a title. We arrived in Conroe early to make sure we did not miss our class. While we were there we talked with some very nice people. One man had a golden retriever that he was raising as a service dog competing in the novice class. This was a way for him to try something new and switch up... (Read More)

Broaden Your Horizons

Broaden Your Horizons I want to take this opportunity to tell you all about my first veterinary summer experience.  I chose to apply for the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to take part in the Veterinary Medical Scientist Research Training Program.  We were able to choose a research program that one of the faculty members were currently working. I have always been interested in large animal medicine and disease prevention. I grew up on the United States - Mexico border and have witnessed the impact that border inspection has both on the American and Mexican side. I was lucky enough to have found Dr. Charles Long's lab, where they were working on antiviral techniques to prevent vesicular disease. The purpose of this work was to develop a method that stimulates the immune system to be in a poised state, which could block virus invasion. If successful, this new method could provide much needed protection to livestock and th... (Read More)

One Semester Closer

One Semester Closer This week marks an always interesting and stressful time the in the life of a vet student - finals. During the fall semester of the second year of veterinary school we take the following classes: pharmacology, parasitology, nutrition (split into large and small animal), clinical correlates, and pathology. Lucky for me, we do not have to take a final in correlates, so I was down to four. My first test was nutrition. I tried to prepare myself as best I could for large animal nutrition. I filled my mind with information pertaining to things like rumen pH, forage and concentrate ratios, milk fever, and the proper amount of amino acids that should be in the diet. The more that I studied for this class; the more I realized that my interest does not lie in large animals. However, in order to be a well-rounded doctor it is still important that I have some idea as to what these terms mean. My second final was pathology. Our teacher took it easy on us this ... (Read More)

An Adoption Story

An Adoption Story This past month has been so exciting for me! Junior surgery has been my favorite third-year class all semester-but lately it's gotten even better. We recently graduated from goat and rabbit surgeries to cat and dog spays. Whoop! We are divided into groups of three for the semester and rotate though being the surgeon, assistant surgeon, and anesthetist for the procedures. This past month, every Friday afternoon cats and dogs from local animal shelters were transported to the vet school. The student scheduled to be surgeon that week took care of their assigned animal every morning and night. I was the assistant surgeon for our first shelter dog. Though we were nervous and the surgery took a little longer than what an experienced vet could do, everything went well, and our new spayed friend could go back into the world to be adopted. Several of my classmates got so attached to their surgery dogs that they ended up taking them home themselves. I wa... (Read More)

Fall Means Paws to the Pavement and the End of the Semester Approaching

Fall Means Paws to the Pavement and the End of the Semester Approaching I hope you all are enjoying this nice cool weather! I know I definitely enjoyed it this past weekend while I was at Wiener Fest. I had so much fun watching the races and seeing all of the dogs dressed in their Halloween costumes. I also had the pleasure of volunteering to represent the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at the booth that they had there. My job was to educate the public about our upcoming event, Paws to the Pavement. For those of you who don't know what that is, let me tell you. Paws to the Pavement is a 3k/5k pet walk/run in which all of the proceeds from the event goes to helping the College of Veterinary Medicine's Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center. This year will be our second annual Paws to the Pavement event and it will be held on November 10th at 9 a.m. The walk/run will begin and end in the Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center parking lot (Lot 75). Participants may also dress ... (Read More)