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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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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 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)

Now that's a BIG bird!

Now that's a BIG bird! During first year, as part of our clinical correlates course, we take care of an animal for a week in the fall and spring semesters. This semester I was assigned to take care of Zea, the ostrich. While many people were excited at the opportunity to take care of this exotic animal, I had my concerns. Ostriches can run extremely fast—up to 45 mph—and have a sharp nail on each foot that is quite capable of slicing a person open. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous. I was reassured by several fellow first years that it would be fine and that they had survived the experience. I double-checked myself before walking in for any shiny objects—Zea loves to steal and eat them. The third year veterinary student that was in charge helped us to guide the 250-pound bird into a small exam area and started to explain the physical exam of the ostrich. Zea wasn't being a very cooperative patient though. The third year student couldn't understand why she was actin... (Read More)

An amazing experience

An amazing experience Howdy Ags! Well, this is my last blog before I graduate! As you can imagine, I am so excited for graduation! I still can’t believe it is happening in just two weeks! It feels like it was just yesterday that I was moving into my dorm on the north side of campus and trying to figure out where all of my classes were. My time in college has definitely flown by! I am still in the process of figuring out what I am doing after graduation, so I am not sure if I going to be an ambassador next year, but these past two years as a Biomedical Sciences Ambassador has been such an amazing experience for me! When I took this job two years ago, I did so because I wanted to help prospective students. There were so many things I wish I had known as an incoming student, so being able to provide information to future students has been an absolute blessing. I love being able to help people, so knowing that I contributed even just a little bit to a future student’s e... (Read More)