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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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Being Selective About Third-Year Electives

Being Selective About Third-Year Electives As a third-year veterinary student, I have been able to choose the electives that I take; after two years of taking a pre-selected curriculum, this is an amazing experience! I get to pick what I want to learn, which makes learning all the more fun. This semester, I have completed an oncology elective. Oncology is a big part of veterinary medicine because 50 percent of dogs over the age of 10 years will develop cancer. Through this elective, I was able to learn about current research being done that correlates human cancers and cancer in dogs, because it is very similar and advances in each field can help each other. The elective I just finished is dermatology. This is also a large part of veterinary medicine, as many pets have issues with skin or allergies, especially living in Texas. In dermatology, we learned how to identify different infections, causes, and how to treat common dermatologic problems. Did you know that dogs can have food al... (Read More)

Let's Talk Family

Let's Talk Family Howdy! My name is Chau, and I am a biomedical sciences major with high hopes of pursuing a Doctorate of Physical Therapy as the next step in my education. This is my second year as an ambassador, and I am excited to get to share my love for this college from the perspective of an undergraduate. Chau and her family If I were given an opportunity to stand up and speak in front of a crowd, I would speak on behalf of my parents. I would speak about their dreams for our family and their humbling personalities that have made me the person I am today. I am an Aggie, but one with a unique start. When asking high school senior Chau for her reasoning to attend Texas A&M University, she would say, “Because TAMU has friendly campus.” This is true, but it has turned into so much more. The Aggie Core Values are what I embody and love to share. The pride I hold when someone asks me where I attend school is quite extreme. It is that power and the ... (Read More)

Piecing Together the Puzzle

Piecing Together the Puzzle We are now over a quarter of the way done with the semester! Whoop! Veterinary School is really good at keeping our minds and bodies busy, so even though it feels like the clock is barely ticking during some class days, it’s actually FLYING by! I can feel the jittery excitement in the air, because all of my third-year classmates can finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the vet school tunnel. We are gaining confidence, skills, and wisdom; we finally feel closer to being doctors and further from students. We third-year students have gotten more comfortable with basic surgical procedures so far this semester; nevertheless, I still sweat bullets the entire time. Putting non-powdered surgical gloves onto sweaty hands should be an Olympic sport. Gold medal goes to me for my hilarious and laborious struggle with such a menial task! This week, AFTER I took 10 minutes to get my gloves on, I proceeded to accidentally poke a hole in the glove on ... (Read More)

Keeping Swimming via Wet Labs

Keeping Swimming via Wet Labs Time flies quickly—I feel that this is so true. One-third of the fall semester has already passed. When my day starts, usually at 6 a.m., it does not stop until midnight or as late as 2 a.m. As Dory, from the movie “Finding Nemo,” says, “Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming”...that’s each day for me. It seems tiring, but certainly not boring, because along the way I am learning many different aspects of medicine for different species. As a second-year veterinary student at Texas A&M, there is still a lot to learn until I become a veterinarian. With little clinical experiences prior to applying to the program, I felt like a deer in front of the headlights. But soon enough, I learned that opportunities are always around, not only in the clinical skill labs provided in school curriculum, but I can also easily get clinical experiences outside of the classroom. The more I practice my clinical skills, the more confident I will be when I g... (Read More)

A Fresh Perspective for Senior Year

A Fresh Perspective for Senior Year The start of senior year as a biomedical sciences student is an exciting time. This will be my last football season to sit in the student section, many of my friends are getting “big kid” jobs and moving across the state (sometimes across the country!), and, on top of it all, I am applying to veterinary school. Knowing that I wanted to be a vet since I was 7 years old, I spent the majority of my time growing up and as an undergraduate pursuing that goal. I have so much passion for this field and I have worked so hard, but how do I put all of that into words on an application? While inputting every activity, calculating every hour, and writing every essay, I can’t help but feel that years and years of energy, growth, and preparation have all led up to this moment. It can be exciting! But, more often than not, it’s scary and it’s stressful. Summoning the courage to hit the final “submit” button on these applications has taught me a few things.... (Read More)

Learning: It's for the Birds

Learning: It's for the Birds As a second-year veterinary student, it is sometimes very easy to forget that there are things outside of charts, notes, and endless PowerPoint slides. But, recently, I was reminded of the other learning opportunities we have here at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. One of those many fun and inspiring aspects of our professional program is the chance to head over the Avian Health Complex, where a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of practicing handling pigeons and tortoises. I was elated to go to that rotation because I love exotic animals. After being debriefed on the safe and proper manner of handling birds, we got started. We gloved up to protect both the bird and ourselves, as we both can transmit diseases to each other. I then had to catch my pigeon! I caught mine pretty quickly; she was a lot less rambunctious than some of the others. My partner and I both took turns doing a complete physical exam on her, checking ... (Read More)

Conferring with Peers and Professionals

Conferring with Peers and Professionals We’re now a quarter of the way through the semester, with a few exams under our belts, and the Southwest Veterinary Symposium (SWVS) right around the corner. For those who thought that veterinary school was all about studying yourself into a hole in College Station, let me tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Vet school presents a lot of opportunities to its students, and one of the most valuable, in my experience, is free registration for veterinary conferences. If you happen to have an interest in snakes and reptiles but feel like you won’t get enough information on how to treat them in vet school, head to ExoticsCon in Dallas and spend a few days surrounded by herpetology enthusiasts! If you hope to someday be a veterinary dermatologist and are ready to be immersed in the community, there is a conference for you, too. Whether you want to learn more about a particular topic, hear from a world-renowned speaker, or just get out of town for a ... (Read More)

Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots As happy as I am to be back in College Station and in the midst of my second year of veterinary school, I can’t help but long for the days of this past summer—waking up at 2:30 a.m. each day, throwing on my coveralls and tall rubber boots, and having the amazing opportunity to spend my days working alongside veterinarians and health technicians on a commercial dairy in northeast Texas. Whether we were ultrasounding cows to confirm pregnancy, performing a necropsy, discussing a mastitis outbreak, dehorning heifers, or vaccinating calves, I loved it all; each day ended with me being even more excited about pursuing a career in dairy production medicine upon graduating from vet school in May 2020. Summertime during vet school is the perfect opportunity to get out of the classroom and laboratory setting, further explore our veterinary interests, and gain valuable hands-on, clinical experience. What made my experience so beneficial, in particular, ... (Read More)

My Final Year

My Final Year Welcome back to Texas A&M for what is hopefully another great year! It dawns on me that I am now a senior, meaning this is my last year as an undergraduate student here at TAMU. Whoop! It seems like just yesterday I was meeting with the BIMS advisers to discuss what my first semester schedule would be. It’s interesting to consider what being a senior really means. It means some things are coming to an end and other things are just beginning. For one, this will be my final year as a student ambassador, a job I’ve appreciated greatly since I started as a sophomore. This job has taught me several things over the years. It’s allowed me to see firsthand the excitement this university and our vet school can bring to prospective students. Seeing the passion these future Aggies have for their educations, and for animals, is inspiring. I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to help acquaint guests with our top-notch facilities, and, fortunately... (Read More)

Feeling Certainty in Second Year

Feeling Certainty in Second Year Howdy! My name is Laine and I am a second-year veterinary student and a brand new ambassador! My interests lie in small-animal medicine, focusing on dogs and cats. I am a strong canine enthusiast and absolutely love dog training and pet photography. I have wanted to be a veterinarian since fifth grade and have spent much of my time after my 16th birthday either volunteering or working at a vet clinic. Now in my second year of veterinary classes, I am more excited than ever to pursue my dream as the countdown continues until I receive my doctorate of veterinary medicine—only 33 months left! I had assumed my second year of vet school would start just like my first one, with the added luxury of more time to study and less time in class. While I was not necessarily mistaken—the coursework is still rigorous, the expectations are still high, and the opportunities are still endless—the beginning of my second year was radically different from my first.... (Read More)