As the beginning of the spring semester starts, I can’t help but realize this is my last semester of school ever! In four short months my classmates and I will have moved on to our clinical rotations and our fourth year of veterinary school! It is terrifying and exciting at the same time, but I know we will be prepared for the transition when the time comes.
Part of our third year curriculum that prepares us for this big move is the time we spend once a week at various services in the small or large animal hospitals. This week I was on the zoo medicine service, and we were able to take a field trip to the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. The other students and I were able to work close up with three rhinoceroses and gain hands-on experience, learning what it’s like to be the only veterinarian for an entire zoo of animals! We were then able to walk the rest of the park and take in the amazing scenery and other wildlife.
The beautiful day spent in Waco reminded me that the long days of school leading up to becoming a doctor will all be worth it in the end. It is so important to constantly remind ourselves to find the joy in our daily lives and this will eventually get us to our lifelong dreams of becoming veterinarians!