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Veterinary Ethics

Veterinary Ethics It’s hard to believe I am already halfway through my first semester of veterinary school.  Simultaneously, it is equally as hard to believe that I’ve only been in Texas for just over two months.  With all of the new information and tasks assigned to us on a daily basis, my class begins to lay the foundation for our veterinary career, and time seems to race while also standing still. While the classwork has been a bit of a struggle for me, I am continually reminded why it is I am seeking a veterinary degree. Whether it is the opportunity to practice administering a physical exam, one of the clinicians taking the time to bring students on patient rounds, or participating in herd work, there are many chances to get practical experience and remind yourself why you are studying hard every day. For me, the reminder came in the form of an ethics session this past week. The 1VMs stayed late after classes to meet with practicing veterinarians,... (Read More)

Test after Test

Test after Test As my first round of tests ended, my second round of tests started the next week. If you’re lucky, your tests have been spaced out, with time to relax and gear up again. If you’re like me, however, you have tests every week with no time for relaxation. Being a junior, I’ve learned how to handle this by now, but that doesn’t make it any more fun. Time management is the most important factor when dealing with a situation like this. Plan out a study schedule, and stick with it. I can’t tell you how much time I wasted studying as a freshman—and even as a sophomore—simply trying to figure out what I needed to study and in what order. Being a double major in biomedical sciences and entomology can be very difficult at times, but Texas A&M University has amazing resources that should be taken advantage of. For example, at the Academic Success Center you can meet one on one with an academic coach and learn how to achieve your dream GPA. Whether yo... (Read More)

Third Year of Vet School

Third Year of Vet School It has only been a month and a half into my third year of veterinary school, and I am still so excited about it. I felt like after about a week into my first and second years of vet school, I was feeling more overwhelmed than excited. My first two years of vet school were mostly bookwork and not much hands-on experience. Third year is finally the year I get to have tons of hands-on experience. I also get to choose which electives I want to take based on what I am tracking, which is small animal medicine. I am taking electives like cardiology, nutrition, oncology, dentistry, and behavior. Also, in third year we participate in junior surgery, which is my favorite class. We get to perform surgeries on different animals to practice our surgical skills. This gets us more comfortable with the procedures that we will be performing a lot in everyday practice. Next week, I get to perform my first surgery on a dog, and I am super nervous but extremely ex... (Read More)

A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start As the first week of October ends, my first round of tests is officially over. I cannot believe how quickly this school year has already begun to fly by. This is my second year here at Texas A&M University, with me being still an undergrad. It seems like just yesterday I was in high school looking up all the traditions and signing up for tours. It may be my second year, but I am still working toward getting the right college balance. As of yet, I find that to be the most important advice I could give to someone who's about to enter college. It's all about balance. You need to manage your time efficiently; you only have so much. Finding a balance between studies, work (if you have it), and fun is essential to a successful career here at Texas A&M. One great thing about our school is the fact that there's always someone willing to help. Last year, which was also my first year here, I struggled to maintain that balance. I struggled to ma... (Read More)

The Transition

The Transition The third year of vet school signifies the transition from academics to clinical veterinary medicine. This was officially celebrated at the white coat ceremony held at the end of our second year. This year my class has started participating in small and large animal medicine courses, a case-based course known as correlates, and junior surgery. The days of sitting in lecture from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. straight are over, and we finally get to put our studies to use with hands-on interactions with animals and clinicians. It has been a very busy but exciting semester thus far. We have learned how to perform dental and ophthalmic exams as well as how to assess lameness in our large animal species and how to perform on endoscopy in a horse. Junior surgery is a main component of life as a 3VM. We are able to focus on improving our surgical technique of suturing and handling tissue, maintaining sterility throughout procedures, and learning the ins-and-ou... (Read More)

My First Veterinary Conference

My First Veterinary Conference First semester of the second year of vet school had an interesting start! On the first day of classes I introduced myself to my professors by asking for permission to miss classes to attend a veterinary conference. Since I want to work in small animal and exotics clinical practice after graduation, attending ExoticsCon was a great choice. Most veterinary conferences welcome veterinary student attendance and some offer significant discounts on student registration prices, and there are also student travel grants available to offset the cost of attendance. ExoticsCon 2015 was the first professional conference I have attended and the first time that the Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), and Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV) all shared their annual conference. On Sunday, Aug. 30, Rosa, Kathleen, Michelle, and I left for San Antonio from College Station at 3:30 a.m... (Read More)

Hoping to Bring Dentistry Home

Hoping to Bring Dentistry Home Recently, I applied to be a part of the dental shadowing program here at Texas A&M University, and I got in. This definitely increases my motivation and has inspired me to share the reason why I want to pursue a career in dentistry in the first place. A portion of my life was spent in my home country, Nigeria. At the age of 10, my parents sent my sister—who was 11 at the time—and I to Nigeria to “learn and experience the Nigerian culture.” At the time, I thought this was complete nonsense, and thought “Why place me in a whole different country far away from my family and friends?” But, at the time I didn’t know that would be same thing that influenced my life forever. There, I was exposed to many of the different hardships my people faced, unsanitary living conditions, inconsistent water supply, and lack of healthcare. With most of the country in complete poverty, healthcare was the hardest thing of acquire. Throughout the four years I sp... (Read More)

The New Testing Schedule

The New Testing Schedule With one month of school and three exams behind me, I am finally starting to settle into my second year of vet school at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The transition between summer and school can be difficult for many students. It was made even more difficult for me thanks in part to missing three days of class for Exotics Con, an annual conference for avian, exotic mammal, and reptile practitioners. Thank goodness for the new testing schedule the College of Veterinary Medicine put in place this year. Those of you who read our blogs regularly have probably noticed that every once and a while the vet students had what some might call “hell weeks.” Those times when we had three tests, a paper, two quizzes, a worksheet, and a Fightin’ Texas Aggie home football game all in one week. The only thing we had to look forward to was usually the quite week that followed. While it was nice to have a ... (Read More)

Becoming an Upperclassman

Becoming an Upperclassman This past summer I was busy with working at my mom’s vet clinic back home and fostering a kitten. Even though it felt like I was always working or feeding the kitten, I loved it. There was always a client who brightened my day, and the foster kitten was so sweet and adorable. I am proud to say that she did get a wonderful home (Mom was especially happy since that meant I didn’t keep her). Now the summer is over, and the school year has started. I know this year will be exciting and scary all at them same time. This is my junior year, which means I have one more year until I graduate and hopefully go to vet school. As scary as it is, I think this year will be one of the best! One reason is that I should be getting my Aggie ring this spring. In order to get your Aggie ring, you have to complete 90 credit hours, and I should complete my last few hours before spring. I know it is still months away, but I cannot wait until the spring semester comes! ... (Read More)

A New Beginning

A New Beginning This week officially marks the end of the first month of veterinary school for us 1VMs. I can’t believe how fast the first month has flown by! It feels like it was only last week when we anxiously arrived at orientation, excited to start the new chapter of our lives. Now, we are already facing our first wave of exams coming next week! So, here are a few things I’ve learned about veterinary school in the past month: You learn a lot of new material every single day, and it is not easy. But, the faculty really, really, really want you to succeed. Your study habits get way better than when you were an undergraduate student—although this is not voluntary if you want to succeed. Even as a first year, you must learn how to approach everything you learn clinically. You don’t get to sleep very much. Even with all that, you are still excited to go to school every day. Starting veterinary school definitely was a big adjustment for ... (Read More)