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A New Beginning

A New Beginning Well, here it is, the evening of May 5, 2013 and the class of 2014 has reached the end of classroom work and is about to enter the world of clinics.  Tomorrow morning at 8am a brand new set of 4th years will begin to care for patients, talk to clients, and take the last step to become great doctors.  This is the last that you readers will be hearing from me, as I am entering that new world with the rest of my classmates, and I will no longer be blogging and giving tours of the College.  It has been a fantastic two years of sharing my passion for veterinary medicine, and I thank all of you out there for your tolerance of my rants, and for your support for all of us students.  There have been so many adventures, highs and lows in the last three years, and it is my classmates who have always been there pulling me through.  2014 is a stellar class, a family in its own right.  We have finally made it, and I know our bonds ... (Read More)

Waiting for Fourth Year

Waiting for Fourth Year Today, one of my best friends from undergrad and vet school, a fourth year named Melanie, takes the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), arguably the most important test in a veterinarian's career.  This is the test that, if you pass, allows you to actually practice veterinary medicine.  Spread out over about a month in November and December, the fourth year students are divided and assigned a date to take this day-long test.  Now, to be honest, I don't know the details of the test-how long it is, how many sections, etc.  I just know that it covers everything I have been learning these past three years and that I will be taking it in about one year from now.  It is the one part of fourth year I am not looking forward to. Otherwise, I can't wait until I start my fourth year.  For those of you who don't know, the fourth year of veterinary school takes place in the clinics.  For the most part, there i... (Read More)

Right around the Corner

Right around the Corner With this semester well underway and more than half over, I find myself excited yet slightly nervous and uncertain about the future. So far, third-year has been quite demanding. In retrospect, first-year pales in comparison in regards to the amount of stress, studying, and time constraints that seems to be a cornerstone of third-year. Don't get me wrong, though. First-year was tough. Studying bones, muscles, physiological processes, and hundreds of microorganisms kept me quite busy.However, for me, the most difficult part of first-year was adjusting to the heavy course load and copious amounts of information and ultimately being able to develop effective study habits and a workable schedule. In contrast, third-year is much more involved. If I'm not in class from eight to five or studying for weekly exams, I'm either performing a four to five hour surgery, working on different projects for my elective courses, collaborating on clinical case write-... (Read More)

Excitement of Clinics

Excitement of Clinics When I was a first year veterinary student, only two short years ago, I remember being so intimidated by the large and small animal teaching hospitals. I would occasionally have a class lab there, or I would take my own pets in to see the vet, and every time, I felt like there was no way I would ever know my way around or feel like I belonged. All of the fourth year students would be busily working on things related to their cases, and it felt like there were always a hundred things going on at once. Fast forward two years, and now, as a third year student, I actually get to shadow fourth years on their clinical rotations! Now that I've had most of my basic courses during my first two years of veterinary school, my fellow third year students and I are assigned to various clinic services throughout the year. Every Wednesday while you are on your clinic rotations, you spend the whole day just getting immersed in what goes on in the teaching hospi... (Read More)

Spaying and Clinic Rotations

Spaying and Clinic Rotations This week is the first of our surgeries for the area animal shelters. Because I have the position of surgeon this week in my group, I have been responsible for the daily care of our patient this week. We have been assigned a beautiful mixed breed female dog to spay tomorrow. My best guess is that she is a German Shepherd and Catahoula mix. We have also guessed that she is between 1.5 and 2 years old. Her kind, playful nature is a true testament to her innate trust of humans. Through all the hardship that she has endured in her life, she still has a positive happy outlook. I am nervous about performing the spay tomorrow. Although I know that I am fully prepared to perform the procedure, I am hopeful that it will go smoothly. I can't wait for her to recover and be ready for her new home. I am hopeful that a family will see the same beauty and caring eyes as I do, and that someone will show her that life can be better than she has ever experienced.... (Read More)

Small Animal Internal Medicine

Small Animal Internal Medicine Clinics. Here at A&M, the third year of vet school is where we get our first "official" view of the small and large animal hospitals.  We're on 4-week rotational blocks, four blocks per semester, and in one of those blocks per semester we'll spend one day of the week on the clinical floor.  So, for this current block I've been spending my Wednesdays in the hospitals - observing, helping, trying to learn as much as possible, and having a lot of fun in the process. Last week, I was on Small Animal Internal Medicine.  The service had very few patients in the hospital this morning, so after the fourth year students were done with their morning treatments we met back in the rounds room with our lead clinician.  It was quiz time.  Dr. Zoran put up two imaginary cases on the whiteboard - two cats, one who had suddenly presented for panting, one with a two-week history of coughing, and gave us 20 minutes to come up with ... (Read More)