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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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Wetlab Weekends

Wetlab Weekends My favorite weekends as a veterinary student are wetlab weekends. There is a club in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences to fit nearly every student’s interest and many of these organizations take the time to seek out resources and clinicians willing to teach us different veterinary procedures we will be performing on our patients one day. This past Saturday was the Food Animal Wetlab, hosted by the Bovine Practitioners, Small Ruminant Practitioners, and Swine Vets organizations. As a club member of all three, I was excited to get the opportunity to improve my skills and gain some new knowledge about food animal medical procedures. The first lab I participated in involved simulating an enucleation, which is often performed on cattle that develop squamous cell carcinoma of the eye. This condition is especially common in the Hereford breed, due to their white face and light pigmentation making them particularly susceptibl... (Read More)

Third-year electives!

Third-year electives! One of the best parts of being a third-year veterinary student is getting to choose some of your own classes. All of the third-year veterinary students are required to take at least 15 credit hours of electives distributed over the fall and spring semesters. Most electives are worth one credit hour and meet for 16 hours of lecture/lab over four to eight weeks, and you usually take one or two electives each month. The electives I have taken so far this year include small animal oncology, small animal dermatology; pocket pet medicine; avian medicine; and fins, flippers, and flukes (marine medicine). I am particularly excited about my bird, small mammal, and reptile electives since they are some of my favorite species, and they are rarely covered in the veterinary school core curriculum. Because the electives have smaller class sizes, usually between 20 and 50 students, there are many more opportunities for interactive and hands-on learning, which... (Read More)

Traveling To and Fro

Traveling To and Fro Every since I was little my family has taken an interest in travel. It started when I was in preschool, and my family decided to take a trip in an RV and drive across the western part of Canada. I remember seeing moose and being able to stare out the window at the vast countryside passing by. Our next big trip was to Australia where I was able to snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, play with orphan kangaroos, and hold a koala. I learned so much about the different cultures and how people live in other countries that I knew travel would always be a part of my life. Studying abroad was always on my plan for college. I have a passion for horses, so why not combine horses and travel? After my junior year of college I was privileged enough to travel to Scotland through a study abroad program. In my program we were able to ride horses three times a week and take an equine anatomy and physiology class as well as an equine fitness course. We had classes... (Read More)

Hurry up and Wait

Hurry up and Wait Sometimes, I feel like my life can be broken down into the years B.D. and A.D.–before doctorate and after doctorate. As a second-year veterinary student, all that’s standing between me and my DVM is one more test, and then another, and another…you get the idea. When you’ve wanted to be a veterinarian since kindergarten, it’s hard not to see veterinary school as that last final hurdle before you can finally get out in the “real world” and start putting all this knowledge to good use. But after anticipating that goal for so many years, I’ve realized that now is the time to slow down and enjoy everything that makes veterinary school uniquely wonderful. After all, I’ll have decades to work and experience the ups and downs of a career in veterinary medicine. But, I only have four years to enjoy the experience of veterinary school, and it’s already flying by. Although veterinary school involves a lot of work, it also constantly reminds me of why I lo... (Read More)

Halfway Point

Halfway Point Today begins the ninth week of class, which means that the semester is now half over! This first semester of my second year seems to have flown by so far, faster than both of my first year semesters ever did. So, I’ve stopped to think about why that is. Is it because I’m finally acclimated to the workload of veterinary school? Or is it that I’ve hit my stride with this semester’s schedule? Or maybe it’s because I’m enjoying this semester’s classes more? It’s most likely a combination of all of these things. My classes this semester include pathology, pharmacology, parasitology, nutrition, and clinical correlates. I find these classes to be more interesting than first-year classes were and can see the clinical relevance coming into play more often during class. Pathology is probably my favorite class thus far, because we learn about many of the fascinating disease processes that we will see all the time in practice. It’s interesting to learn ... (Read More)

Looking Back: Amazing Organizations and Inspiring People

Looking Back: Amazing Organizations and Inspiring People When I was in high school, I looked forward to my senior year. I was excited to be a part of all the high school senior events and to move on and go to college. Now, four years later, I am a senior in college. The differences are outstanding! I am actually incredibly sad to be on my last year of undergraduate. Coming to Texas A&M was one of the best decisions I ever made. I have been able to be a part of some amazing organizations, where I have met inspiring people. Pre-vet society has given me tips and opportunities to hear about my future career. My faith has grown stronger as I have served as an Aggie Catholic Ambassador and helped to raise funds for St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Being an Aggie Student Network Ambassador has given me the opportunity to hear so many amazing Aggie stories and to share my own. I have sat next to billionaire donors of Texas A&M, and I have met the oldest Aggie still living. As a Biomedical Sciences Amba... (Read More)

Using Technology to Enrich Veterinary Education

Using Technology to Enrich Veterinary Education When you visit the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), you will be provided a rich behind-the-scenes look at the veterinary school experience. In past years, student ambassadors have been able to discuss with our visitors some of the creative teaching methods that instructors utilize in the classroom, but now we can actively showcase these technological tools thanks to the purpose-built expansions found in our new Veterinary and Biomedical Educational Complex (VBEC). One such expansion can be seen in the Center for Educational Technologies (CET), a special department in the CVM with an imperative mission to create innovative teaching materials for the veterinary community on campus and beyond. Some of their incredible projects include 3D videos of surgical procedures, online teaching modules for practical veterinary skills (such as learning suture patterns and identifying different classes of heart murmurs), and dura... (Read More)

Learning in Second Year

Learning in Second Year Beginning the second year of veterinary school is something every first year looks forward to. You’re no longer the bottom of the barrel socially or academically. You still feel like you don’t know nearly enough, a feeling that will probably never go away entirely, but sometimes when a professor asks a question in class you might even know the answer without looking it up—not to mention the better schedule. I am much more aware of the weather patterns so far this year, especially with the nice big windows in the new school, and even get to see the sun on a regular basis. The work is still hard, but the classes are very rewarding and have been leaving me feeling much more fulfilled than the core classes I took my first year. We now know enough to apply our knowledge to case study examples and the thrill of solving a medical puzzle is something that will never get old. While learning the science behind veterinary medicine is critical, as our c... (Read More)

An Exciting Year

An Exciting Year This year is my senior year and I will be graduating in May. That is kind of scary to think about how close it is. I have always looked forward to graduation, but now it is less than a year away. I will spend this year enjoying my last year of undergrad before hopefully going to veterinary school. I have sent in all my applications, so I keep my fingers crossed and see what happens. I am excited for this year. I have a few classes that I feel like I will enjoy this year. One of my classes I am taking is companion animal science. It is a class where we learn about cats, dogs, Guinea pigs, hamsters, and other pocket pets. That’s the area I want to go into when I become a veterinarian, so it is really interesting to me. They also have guest speakers who are involved in showing dogs, racing dogs, or other people who own reptiles and other animals. I am not as excited about the reptile speakers because I don’t like snakes, but it is still interestin... (Read More)

New Year, New Building

New Year, New Building The Class of 2020, which will be the centennial graduating class (!!!), is privileged to be able to spend the next three years in the brand new, state-of-the-art Veterinary Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC) that now houses the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. For those of you that haven’t yet checked out VBEC, let me just tell you that the lecture halls and labs are NICE, which create the perfect environment for learning. In the first semester of veterinary school, first-year students all take Gross Anatomy, Histology (Microscopic Anatomy), Physiology, Immunology, Behavior, and Clinical Correlates. I have absolutely no doubt that veterinary school will soon enough become challenging and stressful, but I hope that I can always remember how great it feels to finally be not only a veterinary student, but a veterinary student at Texas A&M. (Read More)