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Life Lessons in Veterinary School

Life Lessons in Veterinary School The veterinary school curriculum is designed to teach you many things. Yes, you will learn plenty of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, but there are some things that aren’t part of the curriculum that vet school teaches you, as well. I feel like each semester I have learned at least one very important lesson that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. In my first semester, that lesson was that failures are a part of life and everything will be OK afterwards. My second semester, I learned that hard work pays off, and my third semester, I learned that it is OK to take the time to take care of yourself. This semester—which is my sixth, and final, semester of coursework before starting clinical rotations—has already taught me so much in such a short period of time. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the fragility of life and the most important things in it, and there is really only one answer that I keep coming back to—people. I can honestly... (Read More)

A Little Perspective

A Little Perspective It’s hard for me to believe this, but I am now just a few weeks away from completing the first semester of second year of veterinary school! My friends and family love to ask me, “How is second year going?” And my answer to that has been, “It’s going much better than first year!” Their reactions are always a mixture of surprise and wonder. Is it an easier semester? Are there fewer exams? What’s different? Well, the truth is that veterinary school is still extremely difficult, and the exams are still just as stressful and overwhelming as ever. That hasn’t changed, but my perspective has. See, there were several times throughout first year during which I felt like my life had been put on hold. I watched as my friends from college moved to new places, accepted full-time adult jobs, and traveled to countries around the world, all while I was sitting at a local coffeeshop studying for my upcoming exams. I had fallen into what seemed like... (Read More)

Ready for a Good Day (Lessons Learned from Bubba)

Ready for a Good Day (Lessons Learned from Bubba) Veterinary school is hard. If you’ve been talking to vet students or graduated veterinarians, you'll hear this phrase pretty often. People will first congratulate you on the path you've chosen, and then try to warn you of its steepness. You won't believe them, even when you're filling out the extensive application, or prepping for the nerve-wracking interview, or just trying to get your hands on as many sick or broken animals as you can and realizing its impossible to help them all. Well, maybe you'll believe them a little, and steel yourself against the stress, but it won't really sink in until that first week of vet school bowls you over and leaves you buried in the dirt. And then the next week does the same. And the next. Over and over again for four years. As you can imagine, this takes a bit of a toll on a person. To keep our heads above the rising tide of stress, we vet students learn a couple of coping mechanisms. Maybe it's exercis... (Read More)