Skip Navigation
Student Perspectives
The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
Subscribe to Student Perspectives RSS

Howdy

Howdy As a biomedical sciences (BIMS) major, the first semester of my junior year has been going exceptionally well so far.  As a newly minted upperclassman, I have begun taking much more challenging—yet interesting—courses. With the curriculum that BIMS has to offer, my schedule is a good balance between rigor and enlightenment. Aside from academics, there have been a lot of interesting things going on around College Station. So far our Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football team has gone undefeated, and I was able to watch our boys BTHO of Lamar and Rice. Additionally, this past Friday, I went to my first ring ceremony, where I got to see my roommate receive her Aggie Ring! Overall, the first month of school has gotten off to a great start, and I am really looking forward to what the rest of the semester has in store. (Read More)

Lessons Learned in Junior Surgery

Lessons Learned in Junior Surgery One of the best parts of third year is getting to participate in junior surgery. Junior surgery is where we practice our surgical skills and begin to get comfortable with the different procedures we will be expected to perform in practice. It is exciting, nerve wracking, fun, and terrifying all at the same time. We are in groups of three, and rotate between being anesthetist, assistant surgeon, and surgeon. After completing three weeks of junior surgery and performing all three positions, I have compiled a list of lessons that my classmates and I have learned so far. No matter how much you plan, nothing goes according to plan. Always have the surgery table at the right height. Your back will thank you. Make sure all of your instruments are in your pack. It's difficult when you don't have the right tools. Standing for long periods during surgery can be taxing, so don't lock your knees. If you ignore the advice above and do lock ... (Read More)

Training Dogs and their People!

Training Dogs and their People! Over two years ago, I took my miniature poodle, Harley, for puppy kindergarten at Puppy Love Training. Dr. Kay Stephens is a veterinarian who worked full time in private practice until deciding to devote her time to dog behavior and training. The puppy kindergarten class was filled with socialization, basic obedience, and tips to solve behavioral problems. Kay noticed that I was very interested in dog training and got me involved by training her puppies during class, improving my skills as a trainer. I am now teaching an Intro Agility class, private obedience lessons, as well as substituting for Kay in her puppy kinder classes. One of the most important lessons that Kay taught me was in order to be a great dog trainer you not only had to be able to teach dogs, but their people too! When you are teaching classes, you get to spend time with the handler and dog for one hour a week usually. In order for a dog to really learn something, they shou... (Read More)

Senioritis

Senioritis Se·nior·i·tis Noun, humorous An ebbing of motivation and effort by school seniors as evidenced by tardiness, absences, and lower grades I’m going to go ahead to expand on that definition to include other signs in evidence such scatterbrainedness and just a general lack of organization. And apparently a minimal grasp of the English language to the point where one would rather make up words then actually look new ones up. Point of clarification: I am in fact in my last semester of my undergraduate career, and due to a relatively light course load (at least compared to the last three years), I’ve been struck with an extreme case of senioritis. I wish I could pinpoint when I first noticed the appearance of symptoms, but I simply passed it off as my inability to get back into the groove of school after a totally awesome summer. I finally accepted my condition when I had one of these moments: Leave my apartment, realize I forgot my cellphone.... (Read More)

This is Only the Beginning

This is Only the Beginning With only the first week of school finishing and the second barely beginning to commence, I know it is going to be an outstanding year. I love planning ahead and having an agenda, believing I had this year planned out in the best way possible, but I was wrong. Being a student at Texas A&M keeps you on your toes and being involved is never a question. With all the great opportunities that this college has, it’s hard to pick what one wants to do as well as figure out how to make time for it; that sure isn’t stopping me though. This coming spring I am going to run for student senate, and I hope to become the senator for the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences—may the odds be ever in my favor. I love to help, commit, and learn new things because it keeps life interesting; this being barely my second year as an undergrad, I can’t wait to see what else is in store for me. What wonderful a life it truly is to be an Aggie. (Read More)

The Navajo Nation and Third Year

The Navajo Nation and Third Year This time of year is such an exciting time in Aggieland. School is on its way, football season is off to a great start, and it’s “beginning” to cool off. Even though the veterinary school is its own little community, we love to enjoy Aggie events. But, I think we are all missing summer right about now. This summer was pretty exciting. I just started my third year, and that means last summer was my last free summer. It is so crazy that from now on my summer will be filled with work. And yet, I am so excited to be in this profession for the rest of my life. During the last summer I worked for a vet, but for one of the weeks I took off and went on a mission trip to the Navajo nation. You may not know much about the Navajo culture, so let me fill you in. They LOVE their animals and pets. In such a poor community you would think their animals would come last, but instead animal care is very important to the Navajos. Many people would drive two to ... (Read More)

This Is It

This Is It I can already tell it’s going to be an extremely turbulent semester. Whoever said things get easier senior year certainly lied! With my first test only two weeks away, I’ve had to hit the ground running. But, guess what? I would not have it any other way. The other day, a friend of mine and I were talking about professional school preparations and began to reminisce about some of the downfalls we've come across. Almost fortuitously, we both came to the conclusion that accomplishing the dreams we’d set forth may come with some discomfort. This semester, many of my friends will literally be sacrificing their body and mind in pursuit of that seemingly out-of-reach goal that has been the Jerry Mouse to our Tom Cat since we set foot on Texas A&M University’s campus. The missteps that may have riddled our paths as lower-classmen must be avoided at all costs this semester. I foresee an excess of late night studying and triple shots of espresso for... (Read More)

Getting the Hang of Things

Getting the Hang of Things I’m a little tired, a little frazzled, and I smell a little bit like an anatomy lab, but even after one week of being a vet student, I can already tell how much I will enjoy things here. I can’t believe I am finally a student of veterinary medicine! Having lived in Texas my whole life, I’ve known since I was little that Texas A&M would be where I would end up for vet school. I love this state, and I love getting to know a new little piece of it as I go through this first year. Though I went to undergrad at Texas Tech University, I am adjusting to the Aggie lifestyle and loving being at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Our professors, students, and staff are from all different walks of life, but the unity we feel as students working toward one world, and one health, permeates throughout the hallways and classrooms here. It’s wonderful to be a part of a group that is working to better the world, one piece of veterina... (Read More)

Semester's End

Semester's End The end of the year is finally here! I’m so close to being able to breathe a sigh of relief. However, I know my summer won’t be able to truly start until I find out what my final grades are. This semester definitely taught me that I need to learn to not only prioritize better, but also to be able to ignore the plethora of distractions that are everywhere in College Station. In preparation for the upcoming fall semester, I will learn how to better manage my time. I mean, I kind of have to with the MCAT looming over my head. I am proud to at least announce that my summer will not be stocked solely with summer classes! I was recently admitted to the University of Texas Medical Branch’s Medical School Matriculation Program (MSMP). I urge anyone who may be reading this to apply for next year. It looks like it will be a life changing opportunity for me, and I am ecstatic to see what I will learn. In addition, I was recently named president of ... (Read More)

The Semester is Over, Looking to Next Fall

The Semester is Over, Looking to Next Fall The semester has come to a close, and all those books are starting to collect a layer of dust.  Most vet students have left the College Station area and are out enjoying their summer while gaining some veterinary experience along the way.  After their first or second year of vet school, most students get a job or internship at a clinic, shelter, or zoo, just to gain a little more hands-on knowledge while they have the opportunity.  While everyone celebrates the summer and the fact that our noses are not in a book anymore, we all in one way or another are looking forward to the fall semester. For the incoming first year class, this is the start of their journey to becoming veterinarians.  During the summer, they are getting their final orientation packets, ordering supplies and finding a place to live, if they are from a different school.  Their excitement usually grows daily until that day in August comes and they gathe... (Read More)