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. This past week, I was the surgeon and got to perform my first surgery on our rat. We performed an abdominal exploratory and a castration. Luckily, I have a wonderful surgery group with my friends, Heather and Betsy, who were the assistant surgeon and anesthetist. They helped me all the way through to ensure that our surgery went great!
Third year curriculum differs from the first two years of vet school. We finally are putting together all of the information we have learned from the first two years, like anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, etc. We also got to choose our electives with classes that reflect our interests and what kind of medicine we want to practice. I want to practice small animal medicine, so my elective courses are mostly small animal courses, like small animal dentistry, cardiology, and oncology to name a few. By the end of this year, I should feel prepared to start clinical rotations fourth year!