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Innovation, Diversity, and Fourth Year

Innovation, Diversity, and Fourth Year I attended part of the second annual Veterinary Innovation Summit (VIS) that was held over the weekend here at Texas A&M. Veterinarians, veterinary students, and other members of the veterinary industry from all over the United States descended upon the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for three days to talk about the future of veterinary medicine and what we can do to advance the profession. There were talks and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including the human-animal bond in the 21st century, one health, on-demand veterinary services, telemedicine, and the future of practice models and ownership, to name a few. I attended a panel discussion where the deans from Texas A&M, Florida, The Ohio State University, and UC-Davis veterinary schools discussed the different ways they are trying to better prepare their new graduates through their respective curricula. There were mentions of business courses, co... (Read More)

Receiving Our Fourth-Year Schedules

Receiving Our Fourth-Year Schedules Last week we received our fourth-year clinical rotation schedules! During your fourth year of veterinary school, you complete 24, two-week clinical rotations throughout the different services in the Small and Large Animal Hospitals and have some time set aside throughout the year for externships and vacation. We third-year students selected our tracks (small animal, large animal, mixed animal, food animal, or alternative) back in November and ranked our preferences for some of the services in the Small and Large Animal Hospitals. Needless to say, we’ve all been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our rotation schedules for the past three months! As soon as we got the email that our rotation schedules were in our mailboxes, most of my classmates excitedly ran over to get our schedules and immediately started comparing them to see which rotations we may have together. The whole class was abuzz with excitement! To be honest, I could barely pay atte... (Read More)

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)

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)