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Life with a Little Lionhead

Life with a Little Lionhead   Nantika and Joujou Nibble, her Lionhead rabbit “Yes! It’s a typical thing veterinary students do,” I whisper to myself. This is a story of the Lionhead and me. It starts one Saturday morning when I am attending the Rat and Rabbit Wet lab, hosted by the Dental Club. The objective of this wet lab is for veterinary students to get hands-on experience with dental care for rats and rabbits. The rabbit breeder brought various breeds of rabbits, big and small, so students can learn to evaluate rabbit teeth. All rabbits are cute, but my eyes stopped at one small rabbit, one with a wool mane encircling the head, which makes it look like a little lion! I had never seen this breed before. Then, the breeder announced that she is currently trying to find a new home for one of her rabbits, and she pointed to that little Lionhead. And...that is the beginning of my life with little Lionhead. Lionhead is the name of the rabbit breed. The L... (Read More)

And the journey continues…

And the journey continues… The summer has quickly and abruptly come to an end and piles of notes and heavy textbooks are once again attached to my back. However, although these first few weeks of third-year have been somewhat overwhelming and fast-paced compared to the previous two years, I know that this year will be the most rewarding and interactive year of my professional career thus far. Beginning this semester, we start our medicine courses and even get to perform surgeries on live animals. Yes, that's right, live animals! For me, however, it is a little intimidating knowing that you are actually responsible for keeping your patient alive during surgical procedures and making sure that each procedure runs smoothly. Not only that, but we are also responsible for continual development of our technical skills including proper use of surgical instruments and suture patterns. Although intimidating, I feel excited and prepared to start live surgeries this semester. Surge... (Read More)

Study Buddies

Study Buddies Finals - that one word elicits a host of negative thoughts. The all-nighters, caffeine overload, and high stakes can add up to be a recipe for disaster. Luckily for Texas A&M students the libraries are offering some really neat stress relievers including free hot chocolate, chair massages and, new this year, therapy pets acting as "study buddies". Aggieland Pets With A Purpose (APWAP) is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides trained animals for educational, rehabilitative and emotional assistance purposes.  They volunteer in elementary schools, nursing homes, rehabilitation hospitals, hospice, and other locations helping the community through their animals. I have been lucky enough to participate in this organization as an associate member. I don't currently have a pet but am able to help members who do have an animal, especially those who have more than one. It has been a very rewarding experience working with special n... (Read More)

Third Year

Third Year I am writing this blog after enjoying a much needed weekend of relaxation.  I am in the sixth week of school as a 3rd year student and am realizing that this year is quite different than the two prior years.  In one word I would describe it as "hectic."  Most of our days are spent in class from 8-5, and some days tend to go beyond that as we are now performing surgeries one day a week.  While this schedule leaves much less time for studying in the evenings, I feel as if I am getting a better taste of what 4th year will be like and am enjoying being one step closer to being a veterinarian.  For the first time, professors have begun saying in class, "be sure to know this, you'll probably see it on board exams."  While that line can be a terrifying thing to hear, it also helps me realize that we are not too far away from that point in our education. One of the best parts about 3rd year is that you get to begin taking... (Read More)