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Finding the Joy

Finding the Joy Vet school is a dream come true for all of the students currently enrolled in Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine! Despite this, it can be easy to become bogged down in exams, personal struggles, and commitments, at times, especially at the end of the semester as finals approach. This is why since starting school, many of us have taken to heart a concept explained to us during our first-year orientation. “Find the Joy” is a mantra that has been repeated more times than I can count. Whenever my class has been overwhelmed with a particularly challenging exam or week, someone has always reminded us to find the joy; it is a reminder to look at the little things in life that make you happy to bring you back to perspective that your struggles will pass and are not as insurmountable as you currently think they are. And that no matter what, there is joy in your life, if only you seek to find it. Each semester, right before finals week,... (Read More)

Looking Forward To The Symposium

Looking Forward To The Symposium In veterinary school, there are many opportunities to participate in skills labs, attend conferences and lectures, and get involved in the field prior to graduating. Rather than have the mindset that all of my time should be spent studying, I believe I can supplement my classroom education with out-of-school events and should take advantage of opportunities available. I recently registered for the Student American Veterinary Medical Association Symposium that will be held at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  I have never attended a veterinary conference before, and after looking at the schedule I couldn't be more excited.  The lectures are scheduled from 8 AM until 5 PM each day, with a break at noon for participants to eat lunch and meet with exhibitors.  Lectures are presented over a variety of topics including large and small animal medicine, exotics, surgery, neurology, business... (Read More)

Veterinary Medicine in Places You Wouldn’t Expect

Veterinary Medicine in Places You Wouldn’t Expect Howdy everyone!  I am finally back.  This is my first blog following our summer away, and my first blog since returning from my MBA program.  For those of you new to the blog, I took a year off between my second and third years of veterinary school to earn my MBA.  We have a fantastic arrangement between the vet school and business school that allows students to graduate in five years with their DVM and MBA degrees.  If you would like to learn more, see some of my older blog posts, but for today I want to focus on all the cool new areas I found veterinary medicine this summer. So … I tried to do too much this summer.  I know, surprising.  I have never been known to bite off more than I can chew (please note the sarcasm in this statement).  Over the course of the summer, I was finishing up my MBA performing a consulting project in conjunction with the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospitals, I ... (Read More)

LGVMA Chapter Goes to San Diego

LGVMA Chapter Goes to San Diego This August, Dean Eleanor Green provided funds to allow two veterinary students and one staff member to attend the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) Annual Meeting at the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention in San Diego.  As president of my school's chapter of the LGVMA, I was lucky enough to be one of those students, joined by Elise Jemmott, secretary of our chapter, and John Scroggs, Chief of Staff of the vet school, advisor to our chapter and a new board member of the LGVMA. After settling into our hotel rooms, we headed to our first event, the LGVMA Annual Meeting.   Here we not only covered the usual business of budgets and board members, but we also discussed current LGBT issues in our profession, new ideas to get members more involved and how to keep a group like this connected.  Dean Green, John, Elise and I all helped to describe to the veterinarians, students and technicia... (Read More)