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Vet School Episode Third Year – The Return of Common Sense

Vet School Episode Third Year – The Return of Common Sense Another title could have been "Third Year - Finally a Year in Which I Can Excel." Now, before I get too far into this post, I must explain that common sense is a part of every year of vet school.  However, as a student, common sense can appear lost during the first two years as we get into the weeds of microbiology, pharmacology, and parasitology.  As a 30,000-foot, big-picture-kind-of-guy, all of this memorization left me floundering and looking for some semblance of order.   Well, thanks to third year, I found it. First year of veterinary school is about learning normal - normal anatomy, normal physiology, normal embryology, normal histology, normal, normal, normal.  Which makes sense because if you can't identify normal, you will never be able to identify abnormal.  Enter second year.  Second year is about identifying abnormal and learning the fundamentals about ways to treat the abnormal.  Third ye... (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)

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)