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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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BTHO FINALS!

BTHO FINALS! Another down, three more to go! The first semester of my junior year has almost come and gone, and I am excited for what is yet to come. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and though sadly I will not be going home, I have scored tickets to the Thanksgiving game against LSU, where I will be happily spectating on the first deck. Whoop! In college, one life lesson you will come to experience, time and time again, is sacrifice. One must sometimes sacrifice time with family and friends to ensure success in classes. During this time of the year, students staying at the library until the wee hours of the morning are a common occurrence. By staying focused until the semester comes to an end, I am hoping not to be one of those unlucky individuals. After it is all said I done, I will be able to breathe a little easier and enjoy the next holiday with my family. In the meantime, I wish anyone reading this the best of luck, and to BTHO finals! Looking ahead, my schedule for the spr... (Read More)

Looking Forward and Behind

Looking Forward and Behind This semester has flown by, and it is very surreal to me that there are only three weeks left. With everything coming to a close, it’s amazing to look back and realize just how much I have learned and all the amazing experiences I have had. I have learned how to become confident in my surgical abilities (even if I'm still a little slow). I have learned how to keep calm in stressful situations. I have learned to trust my gut. I have learned how to give a deer a physical exam. I was able to stand next to an elephant and give it a physical (they're surprisingly hairy and HUGE). I have learned how to work on colics. I have experienced being called in at 10 o'clock at night to help work on a horse. I am still learning how to think like a doctor. With just one semester standing between me and clinics, I can feel myself becoming more confident in my abilities and my capability to handle clinics in May. At the beginning of the semester, I was slightly t... (Read More)

Hello Excitement, Meet Nostalgia

Hello Excitement, Meet Nostalgia Four weeks, one day, one hour and 18 minutes until I graduate, but really, who’s counting? It seems so surreal that in such a relatively short amount of time I’m going to be officially done with my undergraduate career. Conversations like this have become a seemingly everyday occurrence: “So are you graduating anytime soon?” “Yes actually! In December!” “You must be so excited!! Do you know what you’re going to do after?” I mumble some noncommittal answer as I slyly try to extract myself from the conversation. They’re right, I am excited. At least, I was, until I had to say my first goodbye to the kids I volunteer with and explain how I would not be back the following semester. Suddenly that excitement that had carried me through a majority of the semester abandoned me and in its place, nostalgia made its home. I remember all the things people told me about college when I was first starting. The usual clichés such as, "it will be one... (Read More)

Thankfulness and Survival: The End is in Sight!

Thankfulness and Survival: The End is in Sight! With the last round of exams before finals coming to a close, you’d be hard pressed to find a first-year student who isn’t in shock at how far we have come in such a short time. When I realize we only have a few short weeks left of the first semester, I almost can’t believe it. It has been a difficult, but so very rewarding journey so far, and though the thought of finals is fairly stressful, I am overwhelmed with a sense of relief. We’ve made it. We’ve learned so much more than I ever thought we could in such a short time. This first year alone has opened so many doors. Just last week, I learned how to spay a chicken in a ZEW (Zoo, Exotics, and Wildlife Medicine) club skills lab, and I got to learn how to handle birds of prey. For an avid owl enthusiast, and an aspiring avian veterinarian, handling a great horned owl during that demonstration has been the highlight of my experiences so far. Looking into the near future, next week brings with... (Read More)

Being a team player

Being a team player Today I just took my third small animal medicine test, which means I am now done with exams until finals! I could not be more excited because we have had back-to-back exams on top of survival surgeries and cases the past month, and I feel like I can finally come up for air. This year of veterinary school feels very different from the rest. We may still be spending four consecutive hours in the same room being lectured at, but the material feels more real and actually applicable to what our life will be like as a veterinarian, instead of just learning a bunch of facts for a looming exam. [Side note: who in their right mind thought staying in the same dark classroom all morning was a good idea? I understand that I might have a slightly shorter attention span compared to most of my classmates, but honestly, in order to give four back-to-back classes 100% of your attention, you’d have to be a robot.] Third year has been great because I actually enjoy ... (Read More)

TGIF

TGIF Friday is a day of the week that everyone looks forward to—including the second-year veterinary students. For us, Friday also means correlates, a class full of practical learning and hands-on experiences. The first six weeks of the semester we learned in medical Spanish—a very valuable skill, especially here in Texas. The remainder of the correlates class rotates through different activities each week. Last week I participated in the cattle rotation. During our first year, we learned about the physical exam of a cow. Still, Dr. Jones was kind enough to review with us during the morning lecture so that we would be well prepared for the afternoon lab. Later that day, wearing the ever-stylish coveralls and with stethoscopes in hand, some of my classmates and I headed to lab. During lab we were able to practice auscultating (listening) to not only the heart and lungs but also the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including the rumen. We also ... (Read More)

A Midterm Tale

A Midterm Tale Thanksgiving is near, and quickly the semester's end approaches, all seems good with nothing but good fortune appearing so soon. The cold fronts are coming, but it doesn't seem too blue, with everyone smiling that Santa comes soon. The midterms have passed, and some things seemed frail, but it's nothing that some extra time in the library won't re-rail. With warm cooked meals and families rejoicing, it's sometimes easy to forget where your next foot is going. I can't wait to see my husky in morning. Thus comes the end of this silly ol' nursery, so good luck to you, Ags, and may your holidays be warm and toasty. (Read More)

Journey's End

Journey's End As the semester continues on, I can’t help but realize my journey here as an undergraduate at Texas A&M University is almost over! The most bittersweet sensations arise when I think about the day I will finally walk across the stage and further prove to myself that nothing is impossible. It feels like it was just yesterday when I drove into College Station for the first time with my parents, and now I will be leaving soon as an alumna. Crazy. In fact, a few of my younger friends were discussing their New Student Conferences the other day. In the midst of their conversation, I looked to one of my other friends, who is also a senior, and gave her a look of utter disbelief. We were once also freshmen, unsure of what form our paths during our undergraduate careers would take. We too once stressed about learning all the Aggie lingo and traditions that have now become second nature to us. We too once lamented over the complete despair we f... (Read More)

Preparing for 4th Year, All Year Long

Preparing for 4th Year, All Year Long I am currently in my third year of veterinary school. This year will help me prepare for next year. We take small animal and large animal medicine this semester, which requires us to pull information learned during the first two years of school in various classes to help us succeed in these two. We also take radiology, which will help us in fourth year when we read radiographs in the clinic. One of the exciting classes we take is clinics. We spend four Wednesdays each semester in the large or small animal clinic. This allows us to learn the layout of the hospitals and see how it is to be a fourth year student. Each week we follow around clinicians and fourth years to get our feet wet and ask questions. This semester I am in oncology, canine internal medicine, anesthesia, and cardiology clinical rotations. We now feel a little more comfortable about being in the hospital next year and (hopefully!) becoming a veterinarian in less than 19 months. ... (Read More)

A day in the life of a first year vet student

A day in the life of a first year vet student As a pre-vet student, I often wondered what life would be like in vet school. Although every day is a little different, here is a look at one recent day as a first year veterinary student. 7:00 a.m. I wake up, get dressed, and feed my guinea pig. I intended to wake up earlier, but I still have time to grab my lunch and scarf down a bowl of cereal before leaving my apartment. 7:25 a.m. I am at the bus stop. Texas A&M has busses that run on and off campus, paid for by student fees. I take one bus to main campus and then take a second bus to the vet school. 8:00 a.m. We have a histology lecture about what the inside of the mouth looks like microscopically in different species. For example, cows have hard projections, called buccal papillae, on the inside of their mouths for breaking down food. 9:00 a.m. Normally on Tuesdays, we would have physiology lecture from 9-10 am, but since our lectures on cardiac physiology ran ahead of schedu... (Read More)