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Janelle | May 17, 2019

Summer is here, and I can proudly say that I have finished one year of veterinary school! The first two semesters have flown by and, yet, they feel as if they took forever, as well. After my friends and fellow classmates finished our last final on May 3, it finally hit us that we have […] Read More

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A Well-Deserved Summer

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Ashlee | May 7, 2019

As I write this entry, I am learning how it feels to make my own schedule after finishing my first year of veterinary school! This year I have learned so much about veterinary medicine and, especially, myself. This summer I plan to enjoy time with family, visit different veterinary practices, and help with a few […] Read More

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Summer Plans

Hannah | May 2, 2019

Summer is so close I can almost taste it! This semester I will be finishing up my sophomore year at Texas A&M as a biomedical sciences (BIMS) major, and looking back, I just can’t believe how incredibly fast it has gone by. A piece of advice that I would give to any student starting college […] Read More

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‘Final’ Motivation

Madelaine Uncategorized | April 30, 2019

It’s that time of the semester! The time where class days are dwindling and stress levels are growing. Finals can be a little overwhelming, but the excitement of summer is a great source of motivation. My summer plans will be keeping me very busy; I’m really looking forward to all the different opportunities ahead of […] Read More

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Transitions

Chelsea Uncategorized | April 25, 2019

If you’ve been following along at home, you’ve likely noticed that as springtime hits the CVM, our ambassadors have lots to say about the upcoming summer and year ahead. Our BIMS students are excited to attend study abroad and internship programs. Our first-year veterinary students (1VM) have their eyes set on some well-deserved rest and […] Read More

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Looking Forward to Summer

Kate | April 23, 2019

As my first year in veterinary school is drawing to a close, I am looking forward to the summer! Before I started vet school last semester, my mentors back home told me to explore as many aspects of veterinary medicine as possible to not only realize the vastness of the fields in veterinary medicine, but […] Read More

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Earning My Aggie Ring

Angelica | April 19, 2019

Texas A&M University is full of traditions. One of the most popular traditions, and therefore times of the year, is Aggie Ring Day. The Aggie ring is a symbol of unity, family, tradition, and pride. Both undergraduates and veterinary students are given the opportunity to earn their gold college ring by completing 90 hours of […] Read More

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In the Home Stretch

Anna | April 17, 2019

I am finally in the home stretch of my first year of veterinary school, with only three weeks to go, and I can’t believe it! I will soon be one-fourth of a veterinarian. This year has gone by much faster than I ever thought it would, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. I […] Read More

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Protecting Our Deer Population

Karly | April 10, 2019

There have been so many things that I have learned throughout my three years in veterinary school. I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities I have received to learn more than what our general curriculum contains. Last week, I signed up for my certification to be able to do Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) testing […] Read More

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Celebrating Diversity

Kelly | April 9, 2019

Every year, the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Graduate Student Association (CVMBS), VOICE (Veterinarians as One Inclusive Community for Empowerment), and the Council for Diversity and Professionalism get together and host a multicultural event. The CVMBS International and Cultural Festival celebrates diversity on campus by sharing multicultural cuisine and watching traditional performances. This […] Read More

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Here Come the Vets, All Dressed in White (Coats)

Jane | April 2, 2019

My second year is already about to end and reality is setting in that I will be starting clinics in the near future! This Friday we are having our White Coat Ceremony. Unlike a lot of professional programs in which students get their white coats within the first year, or before, they start school, the […] Read More

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Trying Something New

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Hayley | March 28, 2019

Everyone in veterinary school, and even most who are not, knows that vet school requires an abundance of study time. However, the piece of advice that I heard the most from veterinarians, current students, and professors before and during my first year in vet school was to always make time for myself and do something that […] Read More

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Taking Time to Travel

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Priya | March 26, 2019

As a second semester junior at Texas A&M, my schedule can be pretty draining. Between research, an internship, my classes, studying for the MCAT, work, volunteering, and being heavily involved in my organizations, I rarely have any time to take a break from everything and do something fun for myself. However, this year’s Spring Break […] Read More

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Spring Break, Indeed

Kelsi | March 20, 2019

Let’s be honest—veterinary school is no walk in the park. It’s designed to push, challenge, and shape you into the best possible veterinarian you can be, all while learning all of the factors that affect every species of patient you could possibly encounter. One thing I have come to appreciate more than I ever could […] Read More

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The Surprise of a Lifetime

Hannah J. | March 19, 2019

Last semester, I started my job as a BIMS Ambassador for the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, and I have absolutely loved it! As part of our ambassador responsibilities, we give tours of the college, which allows me to meet so many interesting people and alumni, and I also get the opportunity to […] Read More

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Keeping Bee-sy

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Cora | March 8, 2019

As a Tier One research university, Texas A&M is globally renowned for its research and academic excellence. Coming to College Station with this knowledge, I still never expected to get involved with research. My previous conceptions regarded research as something dull and boring; I pictured research as sitting at a desk all day investigating dead […] Read More

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Having Fun in Second Year

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I am in my second year of veterinary school, and I have to say that this semester has been so fun! I think that it has even been my favorite so far. This semester, we have been learning how to do surgery and anesthesia, while also learning how to interpret radiographs. In previous semesters, I […] Read More

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Communication 101

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Mary Margaret | March 5, 2019

I opened the door and she was right in my face, spewing endless fears about her cat dying in the back room. She was a constant stream of worry and concern, pulling at her hair and filling my ears with the sounds of escalating panic. “Can I see her?” “Is she going to die?” “I […] Read More

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Exercising My Knowledge

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Laine | February 26, 2019

One of the many incredible things about veterinary medicine and Texas A&M is that not all learning happens in a classroom! Now that I’m in my third year of veterinary school, I have come to truly appreciate any opportunity to learn beyond sitting in a chair listening to lecture. As ready as I am to […] Read More

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Shaping My Future Self

Josh | February 21, 2019

Texas A&M presents great opportunities for its students, and majoring in biomedical sciences (BIMS) is one of them, because there are a variety of career-specific classes to take. I am now beginning to take more classes geared toward veterinary medicine, since I am a pre-vet student. Majoring in biomedical sciences has allowed me to gain […] Read More

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Fourth Year is Almost Here!

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Rebecca | February 19, 2019

In just 15 months that are sure to come and go in the blink of an eye, I will officially be a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine! We are currently about halfway through our sixth and final didactic semester of veterinary school, and I must say, the light at the end of the tunnel is shining […] Read More

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Preparing for the New Class

Kaitlyn | February 14, 2019

I have the honor of serving as the vice president of my veterinary school class and part of my job is to facilitate the mentor/mentee program that pairs second-year mentors with incoming first-year students. Now that interviews have passed and acceptances are looming, I have begun planning for how to implement this program next year. […] Read More

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Learning Outside of the Classroom

Emily | February 13, 2019

Last week, I participated in a really unique event hosted by two of our student organizations—the Internal Medicine Club and the Veterinary Imaging Club. It was an after-school lab in which I got learn how to do ultrasound scans on dogs! Ultrasound is an imaging technique used to look at soft tissue structures like kidneys, […] Read More

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Life Lessons in Veterinary School

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Cortney | February 5, 2019

The veterinary school curriculum is designed to teach you many things. Yes, you will learn plenty of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, but there are some things that aren’t part of the curriculum that vet school teaches you, as well. I feel like each semester I have learned at least one very important lesson that I […] Read More

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The Jigsaw Puzzle

Nantika | January 31, 2019

Nine years ago, I informed my boss that I was leaving the company where I had been working for 12 years to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. The only thing I had at that point was a serious commitment to start this journey. But now my long journey to become a veterinarian has come […] Read More

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‘Conquering’ the Vet School

Madelaine | January 29, 2019

As a biomedical sciences major, I have had the opportunity to attend classes in these inspiring buildings since the first semester of my freshman year, which was an experience I never expected to have. I am on a pre-veterinary path and being able to learn in the very rooms I hope to attend veterinary school […] Read More

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Staying in the Spirit

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Carter | January 24, 2019

I am currently halfway through the third week of my second semester in veterinary school. I made it through my first semester and I loved it. It was very hard at times but the one thing that never dissipated was my excitement to be furthering my knowledge in veterinary medicine. I have learned so many […] Read More

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Creative Wellness

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Tori | January 22, 2019

On Friday, some of my classmates and I are taking a studying break and enjoying some wellness—we will be putting the books away and painting instead! Having typically seen these people in the realm of professionalism and medicine-minded academia, it will be nice to let our creative sides shine for a change! I only hope […] Read More

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New Year, New Mindset

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Taylor | January 17, 2019

The same old saying of “New Year, New You” really is one of my least favorite sayings. Instead, I like to think of it as a new year, new mindset. Every year we create goals and ambitions for the start of the semester, and as life gets a little chaotic, we tend to forget those […] Read More

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Back in Texas

Kimberly | January 16, 2019

I can’t believe I’m back in the United States! Studying abroad in Costa Rica for four months really felt like a dream now that I’m looking back. I experienced so many things there that I could have never experienced here in Texas: trudging through the rainforest, walking through so much rain that my rainboots filled […] Read More

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My Last Semester in a Classroom

Brandi | January 14, 2019

I’ve just started my last semester in the traditional veterinary classroom curriculum. It’s honestly a little weird to think that by this time next year I will have been in a hospital setting for more than half a year and will be just months away from being able to call myself “doctor.” Over the winter […] Read More

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Fueling the Fire

Courtney | January 8, 2019

My first semester as a veterinary student was a whirlwind experience! I was finally living my dream and, ironically, sometimes it didn’t seem like I was living. Looking back and reflecting on all the time spent studying truly amazes me. I learned so much new information, information that will actually be useful when I land […] Read More

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Touring my own School

Jane | December 13, 2018

As a veterinary student, I am in an environment in which I am constantly learning, so it is a nice change in pace to teach someone else. As an Ambassador, I get to teach people about the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) every time I give a tour. Currently, as I am […] Read More

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The Drive

Nantika | December 12, 2018

As I am driving along State Highway 21 from College Station back to Dallas for winter break, I am feeling both joy and anxiety.   My friend’s words are stuck in my head: “We are 5/8 doctor!” as we just finished our fifth semester in veterinary school. The joyful part is that I’m more than […] Read More

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Vet School: Myths vs. Reality

Kaitlyn | December 11, 2018

So, you want to go to veterinary school? If, like I have, you have been dreaming of being a veterinarian for basically your entire life, then I’m sure you’ve heard all sorts of things about vet school. Now that I’ve finished my first semester at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, […] Read More

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Looking into the Future

Josh | December 10, 2018

So, the good news is the semester is finally almost over! However, that also means I must make it through finals first. The past couple of weeks have been extremely busy and filled with tons of information, but it’s all important to know for my future. As I plan to attend veterinary school, I’m beginning […] Read More

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Awakening a Hunger for Thanksgiving & Vet School

Janelle | December 3, 2018

As Thanksgiving approached, it meant more than just good food with good friends, but also that we are closing in on the end of our first semester in veterinary school It is too surreal, coming to grips with the fact that our class has completed so much together, yet we still feel like we’re in […] Read More

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My Strongest Supporter

Anna | November 29, 2018

When I was an undergraduate, I adopted a high-energy shepherd mix named Addie from a local shelter, and she quickly became my partner in crime and strongest supporter. I had plenty of time to expend her endless energy, even between work and school commitments. But I knew going into veterinary school that I was going […] Read More

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My Friendsgiving

Kelly | November 28, 2018

While Thanksgiving is now over, the Thanksgiving day is a great reminder to appreciate for the little things. One thing that I really appreciate is lifelong friendship. After two and a half years at the veterinary school, I have met great friends who are going to be my colleagues one day. It is amazing to […] Read More

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Off-Campus Living and New Roommates

Erin | November 16, 2018

I am finally a senior (WHOOP) and this is my first time living off campus. For the first three years here at Texas A&M, I lived in the same residence hall with the same roommate. Fortunately, it was modular style, so it was bigger than some of the other dorms, but the kitchen was not […] Read More

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Big Decisions

Karly | November 14, 2018

I have recently been tasked with submitting my fourth-year rotation preferences for our next, and last, year. I cannot believe how quickly the time has passed. I was so overwhelmed when the administration first introduced this process to us. The way our fourth year of veterinary school works is we enter into the Small and […] Read More

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A Little Perspective

Emily | November 8, 2018

It’s hard for me to believe this, but I am now just a few weeks away from completing the first semester of second year of veterinary school! My friends and family love to ask me, “How is second year going?” And my answer to that has been, “It’s going much better than first year!” Their […] Read More

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Study Buddy

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Ashlee | November 7, 2018

We are approaching the end of our 12th week of school, and it is crazy to think I’ve almost completed my first semester of veterinary school! As first-year veterinary students, we have felt many emotions already and finals are still approaching. I’ve always heard these would be the most difficult but best times of my […] Read More

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The Trials and Tribulations of Medical School Applications

Courtney | November 1, 2018

For those of us looking to enter medical school during the fall of 2019, the past couple of months have, hopefully, been very busy. Coming off a long stretch of interviews, I find myself completely exhausted. I think that in the stress of the entire process, I have kind of lost some of my excitement […] Read More

You’re Not Alone

Kelsi | October 25, 2018

Wow. This Friday will round out week 10 of my first semester of veterinary school. Had you asked me how I was feeling two weeks ago, I’d have to confess I was debating whether this was truly my career path. I was struggling with the heavy course load, personal issues, and missing home more than […] Read More

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Baby Dog-tors

Brandi | October 23, 2018

One of the most highly anticipated days for a veterinary student is the day you do your first spay or neuter in third year. That day is almost here for me! We have put in so much time and effort to get to this point, and I’ll have to admit, there are some times that […] Read More

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Getting my Aggie Ring

Lisa | October 19, 2018

The highlight of what has been a good third year, so far, has been getting my Aggie ring. Yup, that is right! I BTHO 90 hours, and I still cannot seem to understand how close I am to finishing college. The Aggie Ring Ceremony was everything I heard it was, a moment full of pride. […] Read More

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The Value of ‘Brain Breaks’

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Taylor S. | October 18, 2018

The first year of veterinary school is fun, exhilarating, and, sometimes, exhausting. With the excitement of class and lab throughout the day and then coming home to study at night, we vet students occasionally forget how to step away from the books and slightly relax. Now that the semester is half way over, I have […] Read More

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Kinda a Doctor

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Tori | October 11, 2018

Sometimes, when I am caught up in the middle of a month full of tests, it’s easy for me to feel overwhelmed by the mass amounts of knowledge I have yet to conquer. As a second-year veterinary student, there are frequent moments of great frustration when I recognize a familiar concept that is still fuzzy […] Read More

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A ‘Major’ Decision

Linh | October 10, 2018

This is my second year as a biomedical sciences (BIMS) major. Up until the end of last summer, I thought medical school was what I wanted to pursue. Ever since high school, I’ve joined so many medical organizations and clubs to keep up with what’s going on in the field and learn more about it […] Read More

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OK…I can do This

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Cortney | October 4, 2018

My experience in veterinary school so far has been an exhilarating, eye-opening, challenging journey. While I’ve had its extreme highs and lows, I can honestly say that I have enjoyed the ride. At the end of my second year this past spring—the halfway point in the veterinary program—however, I had a mounting fear growing in […] Read More

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‘Flying’ Through the First Semester

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Hayley | October 2, 2018

We are entering the seventh week of veterinary school, and I cannot believe how much time has flown by and that I am almost halfway done with my first semester! Vet school has been a whirlwind, but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. Yes, I’ve had to study more than I ever have before, but […] Read More

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Adventures in Puppy Sitting

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Cora | September 28, 2018

Anyone with a busy internship schedule understands the time and hard work put into these opportunities. Even during the summer, these internships—combined with classes, extracurricular activities, and other obligations—leave very little time remaining in BIMS students’ schedules, to look for a job that fits around your availability. However, my luck came in the form of […] Read More

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Taking on Phoenix

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Rebecca | September 25, 2018

Recently, 10 Texas A&M veterinary students, including myself, traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, for the 51st annual American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) Conference. As if simply attending my very first AABP conference wasn’t exciting enough, three fellow third-year veterinary students and I had the opportunity to compete in the Quiz Bowl competition! The Quiz Bowl is […] Read More

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A ‘Test’-y Situation

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Carter |

As I’m writing this, I am finishing up my fifth week of classes in my first year of veterinary school. At this point I have had an anatomy exam, a physiology exam, and my first immunology exam.  I am a little worn out, but the one thing that never fades is how much I am […] Read More

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What’s in an Externship?

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Mary Margaret | September 18, 2018

What does a veterinary student do during their limited summer breaks? Anything that looks a lot like school without actually being more school, of course. I chose to work in a few hospitals and also extern in a few hospitals. What’s an externship? Well, it’s two or more weeks of total immersion into a practice, […] Read More

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An Unexpected Education

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Laine | September 13, 2018

The more time I spend in vet school, the more I’m in awe of the passage of time. Perhaps it’s just growing older or the realization that I’ve just experienced my last “summer break,” but it has become more striking than ever that time simply flies by. Recently, as I stood in my coveralls, watching […] Read More

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What it Means to be an Aggie

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Priya | September 11, 2018

It’s that time of year again! Texas A&M’s football season has kicked off and Saturdays are now reserved for watching the Aggies play their hearts out at Kyle Field or on TV if it’s an away game. The university has many traditions that have been organized and carried out throughout the years and one of […] Read More

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Puppy Love

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When I was 8 years old, my mom promised me that she would get me a puppy when I turned 12. Now, when you are 8 years old, this is a pretty big promise and something that you look forward to every day for the next few years. It was also a big deal because […] Read More

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Eating the Elephant

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Kate | September 4, 2018

The moment I have been working toward for, seemingly, forever has finally arrived—I started vet school! At first, the thought of everything required of you is completely overwhelming, and all at once the analogy that is often associated with vet school (“drinking water out of a fire hose”) is all too accurate, but the thing […] Read More

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Looking Forward to an Exciting Semester

Angelica | August 31, 2018

  Howdy! The school year has just begun for undergraduates as of Aug. 27, and, yet, I feel as though I am still in “summer mode.” This year will be my junior (third) year of college, and it will be the toughest one yet. I’ve faced many challenges these past two years at Texas A&M; […] Read More

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Another year has begun!

Chelsea | August 28, 2018

After a refreshing summer hiking in the mountains of Colorado and spending time with my family’s ranch of animals, I road-tripped back to College Station to begin my penultimate year of the DVM program. As third-year DVM students, my classmates and I will explore a variety of clinical subjects that will prepare us for our […] Read More

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One Down, Three to Go

Caitlin | May 9, 2018

I cannot believe that I am writing this, but I just finished my first year of veterinary school! I have spent so much of my life anticipating vet school that it was really weird to be done with the first year and considered a “second-year” because I had not spent any time thinking about how […] Read More

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My Last Blog

Alex | May 8, 2018

As finals week began for us undergraduates, most of us spent all of our time on studying, in hopes of squeezing the best possible grade out of every class. This finals week was a little different for me than my previous experiences—it is my final semester as an undergraduate. So, in addition to studying, I […] Read More

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Finally Entering Clinics

Michelle C. | May 7, 2018

The Texas A&M Veterinary Class of 2019 shared a bittersweet moment last Friday afternoon as we concluded our final classroom lecture of our professional curriculum. Without a doubt, the last three didactic years have been very challenging, and I am so proud of myself and my classmates for making it to this day, as we […] Read More

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A Flurry of Fur

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  Jojo and Derby, two of Chelsea’s family’s three Jack Russell Terriers, sit on the porch at her home in Colorado, which overlooks a scenic view. What a mad dash this weekend has been! Finals ended Friday morning for the second-year veterinary students, and, typically, we like to take the next couple of days to […] Read More

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Training with the VET

Mikaela | April 24, 2018

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the Veterinary Emergency Team’s (VET) annual exercise. It involved veterinarians, technicians, and other College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) faculty, staff, and alumni all coming together to assist in a mock disaster situation. Mikaela (far left) and her peers—Emily, Luke, and Katlyn—feeling like […] Read More

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A Different Story

Chau | April 18, 2018

The Story Here is a little about me: I am a senior at Texas A&M University in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). I serve as a CVM Ambassador, a Regents’ Scholar, public relations officer for Ags of OAK (Open Acts of Kindness), the chair of TAMU’s Alternative Spring Break committee, and […] Read More

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Halfway There!

Rebecca | April 16, 2018

This past Friday, April 13, my fellow second-year veterinary students and I received our white coats! The White Coat Ceremony is a much-anticipated tradition that celebrates our “transition from classroom study to clinical work.” During the ceremony, our faculty mentors presented us with our coats as our loved ones proudly cheered. For some neat history […] Read More

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Finding the Joy

Michelle M. | April 11, 2018

Vet school is a dream come true for all of the students currently enrolled in Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine! Despite this, it can be easy to become bogged down in exams, personal struggles, and commitments, at times, especially at the end of the semester as finals approach. This is why since starting school, […] Read More

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Innovation, Diversity, and Fourth Year

Taylor | April 9, 2018

I attended part of the second annual Veterinary Innovation Summit (VIS) that was held over the weekend here at Texas A&M. Veterinarians, veterinary students, and other members of the veterinary industry from all over the United States descended upon the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for three days to talk about the future […] Read More

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Being Accepted into Vet School

Carter | April 4, 2018

It is official: I have been accepted to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine! I am so overwhelmingly excited to be a part of the class of 2022. Come this May, I will be graduating with a degree in biomedical sciences and then in August I will start vet school. I am excited to […] Read More

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Preparing for a White Coat

Brandi | April 2, 2018

There are officially four more weeks of my second year of veterinary school! This easily has been the most challenging semester of my vet school career. And although I’m incredibly appreciative of all the information I’ve learned, I’m ready for a break. It’s weird to think that this upcoming summer will be the last summer […] Read More

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Celebrating the Small Things

Caitlin | March 28, 2018

Veterinary school is tough, but it is so worth it. The best part of school is getting to finally learn about what you have wanted to learn about for so long—veterinary medicine. When you can look at what you are learning and then apply it to something you have seen when you have shadowed or […] Read More

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A Big Saturday in Aggieland

Priya | March 26, 2018

March 24 was not a regular Saturday here in Aggieland. In addition to the veterinary students in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences holding the 25th annual open house, it was also the day of one of my favorite annual service projects, The Big Event. The Big Event is the largest one-day, student-run […] Read More

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A Spring Break Surprise

Ali | March 21, 2018

Ali and Spencer, newly engaged Spring Break has come and gone in a flash! I traveled to Utah’s Zion National Park with my boyfriend, Spencer, and we camped for three days under the Utah stars. Being used to waking up at 6 a.m. for school, it wasn’t hard for me to adjust to our early-morning […] Read More

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Class Schedule, Exams, and Stress

Nantika | March 20, 2018

Recently, on a veterinary school tour, I heard this question: “How does the class schedule look like?” I rarely get asked this—I’m more commonly asked how hard it is to get into veterinary school—but this is an important question, because, in my opinion, I think that it is harder to complete a DVM degree than […] Read More

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Forward Thinking

Laine | March 19, 2018

I am now almost halfway through veterinary school, and I can’t help but be blown away. Just the other day, I stood talking with my friend at the dog park while our two pets played. The topic came up of our mutual friend being accepted into the incoming class of veterinary students. My friend mentioned […] Read More

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Summer Aspirations

Chelsea | March 7, 2018

A few days ago, six fellow classmates and I gathered to have a catered lunch from a College Station favorite, Blue Baker, with our three faculty mentors. Every now and then we meet to discuss current happenings in the vet school and receive some sage advice about developing our future careers. On this occasion, being […] Read More

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Preparing to Study Abroad

Kimberly | March 6, 2018

Several months ago, I was accepted to the biomedical sciences’ Costa Rica semester abroad program. Woo hoo! But, now, I have to think about the most essential thing—money. How am I supposed to get the money to pay for this? As a first-generation student who is dependent on financial aid, money is a huge issue […] Read More

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The Importance of Wellness

Cortney | March 1, 2018

One of the exciting things going on for students is the opening of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Wellness Room. The Wellness Room was designated for use by vet students and faculty when the Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex opened in 2016, and new machines and equipment were recently moved in there. Wellness is […] Read More

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Ready for a Good Day (Lessons Learned from Bubba)

Mary Margaret | February 28, 2018

Veterinary school is hard. If you’ve been talking to vet students or graduated veterinarians, you’ll hear this phrase pretty often. People will first congratulate you on the path you’ve chosen, and then try to warn you of its steepness. You won’t believe them, even when you’re filling out the extensive application, or prepping for the […] Read More

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A Blessing in Disguise

Priya | February 22, 2018

Priya spent last her last spring break working at an animal shelter in New Orleans as part of Texas A&M’s Alternative Spring Break project. With spring break being less than three weeks away, I find myself remembering my spring break last year and how that one week completely changed my college career for the better. […] Read More

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Receiving Our Fourth-Year Schedules

Taylor | February 20, 2018

Last week we received our fourth-year clinical rotation schedules! During your fourth year of veterinary school, you complete 24, two-week clinical rotations throughout the different services in the Small and Large Animal Hospitals and have some time set aside throughout the year for externships and vacation. We third-year students selected our tracks (small animal, large […] Read More

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Thinking about Love on Valentine’s Day

Brandi | February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone with a significant other is having a wonderful day and is taking time to cherish the person with whom they’ve decided to celebrate. As for the single ones (i.e. me), I hope you are also enjoying the day biding time for all the Valentine’s chocolate to go on sale […] Read More

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Planning for the Future

Sydney | February 13, 2018

Well, I made it to my last semester before entering my fourth year of vet school, when I will be completing my clinical rotations in the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone, but now, the real future planning starts. I am amazed at how much A&M is preparing […] Read More

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Interviewing for Vet School

Carter | February 12, 2018

During this past winter break, I was invited to interview with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon receiving the emailed invitation, I was elated; it was a very surreal feeling. I have wanted to be a veterinarian for as long as I can remember and getting my interview made it suddenly feel real. […] Read More

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The Trials of a Pre-Med Student

Courtney | February 9, 2018

The first wave of tests is finally upon us! As the second semester of my junior year flies past, I, like any pre-med looking to apply this cycle, am feeling the pressure of the process. I have found that the life of a pre-med is a delicate balancing act. It is difficult finding time to […] Read More

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Food Animal Fun

Catherine | February 6, 2018

In February, Texas A&M hosted its annual Food Animal Wet Lab, an event designed to give students exposure to all sorts of food animal medicine techniques and topics we don’t always cover in enough detail in class. Because my main career focus is working with beef cattle and other livestock after graduation, this event is […] Read More

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Fighting Hunger One Gala at a Time

Karly | February 2, 2018

Picture this: A jiving jazz band, flickering chandeliers, dancing flappers, a plethora of fedoras, strands of pearls, and clinking glasses… Karly, getting “dolled” up for the 1920s-themed gala The Brownstone Reserve in Bryan was filled with a crowd of people all coming together with the appearances of having a roaring good time but, in reality, […] Read More

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Letting Life Lead

Chau | January 29, 2018

I had a lot of big moments in 2017, most of which were not planned. Looking back, I see that many of my favorite moments were decisions I made on a whim—to travel, to grow, to take opportunities. Last year was the year of receiving the beauty that is the Aggie ring, seeing my beautiful […] Read More

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Staying Motivated through the Spring

Rebecca | January 25, 2018

The spring semester of our 2VM (second-year veterinary student) year is officially upon us, and, boy, do we have a packed schedule: “Anesthesia/General Surgery,” “Infectious Diseases,” “Introduction to Diagnostic Imaging,” “Pathology II,” “Pharmacology II,” “Public Health,” and “Toxicology!” Here are some things that I have found work well for me in staying motivated through a […] Read More

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A Song of Ice and ‘Flu’-er

Daniel | January 24, 2018

Being from Texas there is nothing as exciting as some sort of winter weather. “Snow days” are something that we long for, covet, and store in our memory for as long as possible. You can ask any Texan and they can probably tell you the exact date of the last time there was snow in […] Read More

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Weather Days: A New Tradition?

Caitlin | January 23, 2018

The best part of the bad weather days??? NO SCHOOL!! This semester, school was cancelled the Tuesday after our three-day, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend because of the ice. It was so nice to have two extra days of the weekend during which I could get to sleep in and study a little. I did […] Read More

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Refreshing During Winter Break

Lisa | January 19, 2018

What an amazing winter break I had! Because I live eight hours away, I had been loning to see my mom and dad, so I really enjoyed being with my family for a whole month, cuddling with the family cat, and catching up on bunch of Netflix series. My family and I also got to […] Read More

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My Dog Timmy

Michelle C. | January 18, 2018

This is my family dog, Timmy. Every time I visit my parents’ home in Hurst, I can always rely on him to greet me as if I have been gone for a century when it’s really only been a week. It’s definitely cold days like these when I miss his warm dog cuddles and appreciate […] Read More

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Tracking Food Animal

Michelle M. | January 12, 2018

Now that Christmas break has come and gone and we are now back at school this week for spring semester, I am finally in the homestretch of my path of becoming a veterinarian. After my spring semester finals, I will be going straight into my clinical year this May. During our clinical year, each student […] Read More

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My Fall as a ‘Veteran’ Pet Trainer

Angelica | December 13, 2017

Fall finals are done and out of the way for undergraduates!! Yay! I survived…barely. Finals take an emotional and physical toll on just about everyone. But looking back on this semester, I would say the fall was, overall, successful. Throughout this semester, things got a little crazy in my house with my roommate’s two pets, […] Read More

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Looking Back and Ahead

Sydney | December 12, 2017

Wow! This semester has just flown by! It seems like I just started classes again, but, instead, I just completed my finals. In my last block for the semester, I took two electives, “Clinical Pathology” and “Emergency Medicine.” Clinical pathology is understanding disease processes and how they commonly present themselves using diagnostic tests such as […] Read More

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Finals, Coffee, and Bears—Oh my!

Ali | December 6, 2017

Finals week is upon us! There is truly nothing like a finals week in veterinary school, where it seems you learn an entire semester in one night! There is so much to remember and never enough time, so you are forced to learn as much as you can, do your best, and still be satisfied […] Read More

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Terra, the ‘Service Dog’

Mikaela |

Recently, I was able to bring my dog, Terra, to school! That is one of the perks of being a veterinary student—sometimes we get to all bring our pets to class. Mikaela and Terra We needed her for our orthopedics laboratory, in which we were learning to do a proper orthopedic exam and how to […] Read More

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Making Time for Myself

Jana | December 4, 2017

As the semester moves from Thanksgiving break into finals, now is a better time than ever to stress the importance of self-care, which has a reputation of being a glamorous luxury that requires a lot of time and money. While this is far from the case, it is also more than just mentally checking out […] Read More

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A Glimpse into the Vet School Curriculum

Mary Margaret | November 28, 2017

As the new curriculum is implemented here at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine, more and more courses are designed to be fully clinically relevant. For the students, this means we get to play doctor from day one, as overwhelming as that may be. Here are some examples of what my fellow second-year veterinary students […] Read More

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Life with a Little Lionhead

Nantika | November 27, 2017

  Nantika and Joujou Nibble, her Lionhead rabbit “Yes! It’s a typical thing veterinary students do,” I whisper to myself. This is a story of the Lionhead and me. It starts one Saturday morning when I am attending the Rat and Rabbit Wet lab, hosted by the Dental Club. The objective of this wet lab […] Read More

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Filling a Puppy-Sized Hole in my Heart

Laine | November 20, 2017

  Laine, before her undergraduate graduation, and Karsen, the service dog she raised, who graduated to become a diabtic-alert companion for a woman in Arizona. It’s funny, the things you look forward to in life as time goes on and things change. Looking forward to the break has always been a constant in my life […] Read More

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Taking Advantage of Opportunities

Kimberly | November 15, 2017

Only 20 days of school left! I can’t believe time flew by so fast. Just a little over two months ago, I was starting my first semester of my sophomore year. Because of the opportunities I found last year, I have been balancing not only school, but also working as an ambassador, doing research in […] Read More

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Looking Forward to my Last Break

Michelle C. | November 13, 2017

This upcoming Christmas break will be my last as a student, as my peers and I will be entering clinics immediately after the conclusion of the third-year veterinary curriculum. I have been meticulously planning to get the most out of the four-week break, during which I will be spending two weeks doing a veterinary externship […] Read More

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Semester Turns Down, Skills Turn Up

Brandi | November 10, 2017

There are less than 20 days left of the semester! Hallelujah! The 2VM class has had a countdown since the middle of October, and I already have plans to become a permanent resident of my bed for at least a week when I get home. Maybe I’ll venture out to chat with my mom over […] Read More

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Exploring the Unexpected

Lisa | November 3, 2017

College—what a scary word, even for students IN college. It is a time to live and a time to settle down and really focus into what you really want to make of your life. For me, my first semester as a sophomore in the BIMS program has been a little bit more stressful than what […] Read More

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Finding ‘Balance’ as a First-Year Vet Student

Caitlin | November 1, 2017

When Caitlin’s mom visited for the weekend, Caitlin and took her to an Aggie football game. Going into a professional program, you hear that all you will be doing is studying and going to class. Say goodbye to sleep, friends, family, etc. I heard all of these things coming into veterinary school, and, honestly, it […] Read More

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Thinking about the Human-Animal Bond

Cortney | October 25, 2017

Ambassador Cortney (right) with her two best friends: her husband and her dog, who was a guest of honor at her wedding. This semester, we had some new artwork installed in Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC) with the underlying theme being “the human-animal bond.” These pieces depict animals and humans interacting with one another […] Read More

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Learning through Labs

Michelle M. | October 23, 2017

After the gauntlet of the first two years of veterinary school, it really is nice to experience some of the perks of third year. We get to put a lot of what we learned our first two years of school into use, especially during our lab periods. Just this past week, our Small Animal Medicine […] Read More

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Taking Time to Enjoy the Little Things

Daniel | October 20, 2017

I feel that as I’ve gotten older, time has gone by much quicker. Days pass by in what feels like minutes, months fly by in hours, and years fly by in weeks. Throughout high school and even into college, I felt that I didn’t appreciate the time as it was happening; it felt like I […] Read More

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Managing Time as a BIMS Major

Priya | October 18, 2017

I’m almost half way done with my first semester of my sophomore year as a biomedical science major. Looking back to the start of the fall semester, I anticipated a lot of exciting things when the semester began: another Fightin’ Texas Aggie Football season, taking courses more geared toward my major, the sophomore wildcat (a […] Read More

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Being Selective About Third-Year Electives

Mikaela | October 16, 2017

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 […] Read More

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Let’s Talk Family

Chau | October 10, 2017

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 […] Read More

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Piecing Together the Puzzle

Ali | October 4, 2017

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 […] Read More

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Keeping Swimming via Wet Labs

Nantika | October 3, 2017

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 […] Read More

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A Fresh Perspective for Senior Year

Jana | September 29, 2017

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 […] Read More

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Learning: It’s for the Birds

Karly | September 28, 2017

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 […] Read More

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Conferring with Peers and Professionals

Mary Margaret | September 20, 2017

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 […] Read More

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Connecting the Dots

Rebecca | September 19, 2017

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 […] Read More

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My Final Year

Alex | September 14, 2017

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 […] Read More

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New Year, New Leader

Chelsea | September 13, 2017

Welcome back to another year at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences! Professional DVM students returned to classes on Aug. 21. This is a special year on many accounts. We have officially been in our new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex (VBEC) for one full year, and the college is entering its […] Read More

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Feeling Certainty in Second Year

Laine | September 12, 2017

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 […] Read More

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Third-Year Excitement

Taylor | September 7, 2017

One of the best things about third year is getting to choose our electives! Veterinary students are required to take 14 hours of electives by the end of our third year, in addition to our 14-plus hours of core classes per semester. The electives are one to two credit hours, with smaller class sizes ranging […] Read More

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Hitting the Ground Running

Sydney | September 5, 2017

After just finishing the first two weeks of my third year, I am already feeling busy, but also excited for the semester. Third year is full of not only important lectures, but also awesome skills lab, clinics, electives, and surgery! The schedule is jammed packed with material to get us ready for fourth year, so […] Read More

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Starting Sophomore Year

Angelica | September 3, 2017

Howdy! My name is Angelica, and I am an undergraduate biomedical sciences major from Sherman, Texas, but most importantly, I am the loudest and the proudest member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2020!! A-A-A-A-A!!! I am very excited to start my second year as a BIMS major, and with that degree, I aspire […] Read More

Departing Advice for Vet School Success

Clarissa | May 4, 2017

I am now only a week and a half away from starting my clinical year! Because our clinical year is so busy, fourth-year students do not serve as ambassadors, which means I will be leaving the team as both a member and its leader. While reflecting on my first three years of veterinary school, I […] Read More

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My ‘Last’ Summer

Taylor |

As I write this blog entry, I have just finished my eighth final exam and have now officially completed my second year of veterinary school! “Whoop” to being “half” of a DVM! Second year has been challenging, but it also has been filled with new and exciting knowledge, as well as great memories like receiving […] Read More

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Receiving a White Coat

Mikaela | April 24, 2017

While the school year is almost over, it feels like everything is starting to pick up! Within the next two weeks I have one quiz and seven finals. It’s the time to test what we know and find out what we don’t. I was able to pick my electives for next year and I picked […] Read More

(Almost) Halfway There!

Catherine | April 19, 2017

As a second-year veterinary student, I’m rapidly approaching the halfway mark in my veterinary education. In between the busy schedules and exams this semester, there’s been a lot of cause for celebration in my class! Just a couple weeks ago, many of my classmates received their Aggie Rings with their family and friends by their […] Read More

The Five-Week Countdown

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Chantz | April 3, 2017

Today marks the five-week countdown until fourth year. That’s right; in just five short weeks of my entire veterinary academic career, I will be entering into clinics. I’m pretty sure yesterday I was going through orientation for my first year of veterinary school, and I was eating, breathing, and living anatomy. Yet, somehow, in what […] Read More

Finishing First Year

Rebecca | March 29, 2017

In 41 days, I officially will be finished with my first year of vet school. Come May 5, I will have taken more than 40 exams, listened to roughly 200 hours of lectures, spent more than 200 hours in the gross anatomy lab, and easily put in more than 1,000 hours of studying, all since […] Read More

Preparing for Graduation and the Future

18319 | March 27, 2017

We have a little over a month left of school, which means we only have around 40 days till graduation. It is a little weird to think about graduating. I absolutely love A&M, so its bittersweet that my undergraduate career is ending soon. This semester has been a busy one for me, academically. I am […] Read More

Learning and Helping at TVMA

Michelle M. | March 22, 2017

I recently had the opportunity to attend the TVMA Annual Conference & Expo, here at the new Veterinary & Biomedical Education Complex, which included lectures, workshops, a tradeshow, and committee meetings. As a veterinary student, I was privileged enough to benefit from this experience and was even able to help with the event. On Friday, […] Read More

Spring Break and Looking to 4th Year

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Taylor | March 7, 2017

Spring Break is just a week away, and I am so ready for it. But it is also very bittersweet. This will be my last vacation before starting my fourth and final year of vet school. Breaks are so important. Here at Texas A&M, we really strive for overall wellness, not just academic wellness but […] Read More

The Countdown

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Taylor | February 6, 2017

They tell us at orientation that Vet School will go by “in the blink of an eye,” and I never really believed them. But now, as I enter the fifth week of my fourth semester of Vet School, I’m really beginning to notice how fast it all goes by! I’m only a second-year student, but […] Read More

Match Day

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Chantz | February 2, 2017

February 1st is always a significant day for pre-med students in Texas. For hopeful Texas medical school students, this day is known as Match Day and it is something that we look forward to with both excitement and anxiety. It’s on this day that we find out if we actually made it into medical school […] Read More

Looking to the Future

18313 | January 25, 2017

Wow! I’ve finally reached the last semester of my college career. When they tell you, “the four years goes by in the blink of a eye,” listen, because it’s definitely true. I remember my freshman year as if it was just yesterday. Now, I’m preparing to apply for dental school and to obtain my dental […] Read More

Third Year Responsibilities

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Chantz | January 24, 2017

It is the beginning of the spring semester and already I have learned more information than my brain can process in each 24-hour period and have spent more time in school than I have at home. With no summer break to look forward to and the forlorn feeling of having finished winter break; it’s hard […] Read More

One More Go

18317 | January 20, 2017

This is my last semester as an undergraduate BIMS major. It’s crazy how fast these past four years have gone. It’s funny how you always hear about how fast time flies by, but you never really believe it until you experience it yourself. One of the best aspects of being a BIMS ambassador is getting […] Read More

Winter Break

Alex | December 14, 2016

Happy end of the semester everyone! Hopefully, everyone did great on their finals. I know mine definitely had some room for improvement, but as we all prepare for the weeks of hopefully nothing, let’s leave that in the past. No matter how you did, be sure to give yourself some credit for sticking it through. […] Read More

Reflections at the Semester’s End

Caitlin | December 2, 2016

Finals are just around the corner, and as crazy as it is to believe, I am going to miss this semester. Not only did I get to take difficult yet intriguing classes, such as anatomy and immunology, but I got to be involved in clubs and have leadership roles that stretched my abilities and caused […] Read More

How Time Flies

Rebecca |

Changing the calendar from November to December signifies two very important upcoming events in my life—final exams and family time! Only five finals and a 2,000-mile journey separate me from a month-long break back home in California. And like any eager and excited 1VM, you can be sure that I’ll be packing my fancy stethoscope […] Read More

Anatomy as a Third Language

Nantika |

On the first Gross Anatomy laboratory day amongst my classmates, I felt like I was Harry Potter on his first day at Hogwarts. Harry Potter wore a black coat, while I was in white. He carried the magic wand, and I had my dissection kit. Mr. Potter went to “Gryffindor” and I went to “Table […] Read More

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mikaela |

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I am sitting here writing this while on break because that’s what veterinary students do on break. We work. But have no fear, we do a lot of other fun things to! I was especially looking forward to this break because of one thing I severely lack in veterinary school, and that is […] Read More

Winding Down

Taylor | November 18, 2016

Thanksgiving break is fast approaching, which means that the semester will be over in the blink of an eye! I am very much looking forward to Thanksgiving break, and being able to spend time with my family and enjoy the delicious Thanksgiving meal that my mother always prepares! The five days of break will provide […] Read More

Wetlab Weekends

Michelle M. | November 9, 2016

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 […] Read More

Third-year electives!

Clarissa | November 1, 2016

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 […] Read More

Traveling To and Fro

Mikaela | October 20, 2016

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 […] Read More

Hurry up and Wait

Catherine |

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 […] Read More

Halfway Point

Taylor | October 18, 2016

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 […] Read More

Looking Back: Amazing Organizations and Inspiring People

18317 | October 14, 2016

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 […] Read More

Using Technology to Enrich Veterinary Education

Chelsea | September 29, 2016

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 […] Read More

Learning in Second Year

Michelle M. |

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 […] Read More

An Exciting Year

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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 […] Read More

New Year, New Building

Rebecca |

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 […] Read More

Looking Back and Pushing Forward

Chau | September 21, 2016

It amazes me how two years can go by. It also amazes me that two years is all that is left of my undergraduate career. These past years at Texas A&M University have helped me achieve my goal of preparing for professional school though studying and rigorous science courses. Rewind to freshman year, the fall […] Read More

Getting Ready for the First Exam in Veterinary School

Nantika | September 15, 2016

I will be a veterinarian in 45 months. As much as I am excited about this statement, I am also anxious to know where my 45-month journey lead me. I have just finished my third week of my veterinary school life. I am proud to say that I am surviving and still going for my […] Read More

We Found a Cat!

18314 | September 14, 2016

So, recently my sister heard a loud, persistent meowing and assumed it was one of the two cats in my house. It turned out it was neither of our cats, but instead another cat was singing outside her window. The skinny little black-and-white cat obviously wanted something, so I decided to give him a little […] Read More

Springtime Means Puppy Time

18317 | April 20, 2016

Can you believe it’s already mid-April? I feel like I took a nap in January and just woke up in April. The spring semester always goes by SO quickly. The last exams in most classes are happening right now so students everywhere are stressing and drinking way more coffee than normal. Right now is not […] Read More

CVM Open House

Michelle M. | April 19, 2016

Open House at the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences was last weekend. Admittedly, everyone who helped out with the event, myself included, is pretty tired today. But, it was a great day that displayed all that veterinary medicine has to offer. Visitors were able to tour the facilities; perform “Teddy Bear Surgery;” meet […] Read More

Final Days as a 3VM

18310 | April 12, 2016

One month stands between my classmates and I and the first day of our fourth and final year at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). It almost feels surreal; however I know this is a day we have been anxiously awaiting since we found out we had been accepted into the […] Read More

Employment in Vet School

Clarissa | March 28, 2016

There is no doubt that veterinary school is expensive. Tuition for a Texas resident at our vet school is over $10,000 per semester. Luckily, there are many scholarships and loans available to vet students to help offset the cost of our education. Another avenue to help earn money for vet school is having a part-time […] Read More

Barn Hunt

18304 | March 24, 2016

Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport that is gaining popularity across America. I’ve been competing in Barn Hunt with Harley over the past four months. In this timed event, dogs locate rats (safely enclosed in aerated tubes) hidden in a straw/hay bale maze. Barn Hunt is committed to creating a safe and fun sport for […] Read More

A Research Opportunity

18324 | March 23, 2016

As usual, this semester has been busy, busy, busy. We second years have had four weeks of Monday and Friday exams and have just returned to College Station after our spring break vacation. I went home to Austin for several days during the break to visit friends and family. Upon returning to vet school, my […] Read More

Spring Break Fever

Caitlin | March 10, 2016

You probably understand what its like to wait for a break from school. I just keep looking forward to that final class at the end of the week before spring break. I keep telling myself I won’t bring anything home to do for school; although I know that isn’t true. Waiting isn’t the worst part […] Read More

Putting it all together

18308 | March 8, 2016

As my time in the classroom comes to an end, I get more and more excited. Moving to the clinical phase of veterinary school is what everyone dreams of when they begin the journey. The closer it gets, the more I am beginning to reflect on the time I had in the classroom and everything […] Read More

Veterinary School Fur Ball

18306 | March 2, 2016

As much time as veterinary students spend studying, there are also times where we like to have fun! We have events throughout the year where we get to hang out, relax, and have fun with our classmates. This month, the third-year class hosted a fun event called the Fur Ball! Everyone got dressed up in […] Read More

Staying Healthy in College

18314 | February 24, 2016

I would like to recommend to anyone who is coming to college to make certain that they maintain or create a healthy lifestyle. Before I came to Texas A&M, I ate healthy food, as my grandmother would always prepare a good dinner, but I was never a physically active individual. I did not participate in […] Read More

Second Year, Second Semester

18311 | February 22, 2016

Despite our qualifiers (first-, second-, third-, fourth-years), each semester presents for us new challenges, new concepts, and frankly, still a lot of “firsts.” This year is no different. As a second-year student in my second semester, I finally feel that the things I’ve learned in other semesters are coming together to really mean something in […] Read More

Externships

18322 | February 15, 2016

Becoming a veterinarian is hard work. The path from high school to veterinary school is arduous and has become increasingly competitive. Aspiring future veterinarians often leave high school with a goal in mind and over the next four years, work tirelessly during their undergraduate career to prove to admission committees that they are worthy of […] Read More

Something Familiar

Chelsea | February 9, 2016

Second semester of first year is well underway, now that our class has completed three exams. It’s easy to get bogged down in the details of a renal nephron or all of the different strains of E. coli that can cause disease in domestic animals. But, some of the best moments of the day come […] Read More

Electives—do what you want!

18304 | February 2, 2016

One of the great things about third year is the ability to choose your electives. Very interested in horses? There are many equine electives for you. Love pocket pets? There are electives for you. Excited about emergency medicine? They have an elective for you. One of my passions is behavior, and currently I am taking […] Read More

A Semester Full of Science

18317 | February 1, 2016

It is only the third week of this new spring semester, but I can already tell that it’s going to be an enjoyable semester for me. I am finally finished taking all of the “101”s and the “introduction to” classes and have started taking classes that are on what I consider more interesting sciences. This […] Read More

First Year of Veterinary School–Take Two

Michelle M. | January 26, 2016

At the end of a crazy first semester at veterinary school I promised myself I’d be more on top of things. I’d fill out my planner, look over all my notes the night after the lecture, and never have to panic before a major exam. Then the first day of second semester happened, and that […] Read More

New Semester, One Step Closer to My Aggie Ring

18305 | January 20, 2016

As the new semester begins I’m excited to begin my classes and have a fresh start. It’s hard to believe that in just three semesters I’ll be graduating and applying to veterinary school. While graduation can be the most exciting thing for some people, I’m even more excited about something else. After five semesters I […] Read More

Day at the Zoo

18310 | January 14, 2016

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 […] Read More

Junior Surgery

18315 | January 12, 2016

My favorite class last semester was junior surgery. We were split into groups of three, and each of us were able to perform a spay or neuter on local shelter dogs or cats. The surgeon had to take care of their patient for a week, which made it very hard not to get attached to […] Read More

A New Opportunity

Alex | January 11, 2016

It seems like the fall semester just began, yet here we are at the beginning of a new semester. To my fellow students: whether the last semester was your best or your worst, you should be excited for the blank canvas in front of us both. I hope I’m not alone in feeling that last […] Read More

Veterinary School Interview Advice

Clarissa | January 4, 2016

Interviews for Texas A&M’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2020 are just around the corner. We, the VetMed student ambassadors, are looking forward to meeting the applicants and giving tours of our veterinary school and hospitals. The interview is the last part of the veterinary school admission process and is worth 20 percent of […] Read More

Wrapping Up the Semester

Michelle C. | December 14, 2015

Right before Christmas is undeniably one of the hardest times for a student. We are caught between wearing our favorite Christmas sweaters and decorating the tree, or preparing for final exams. As I prepare for my final exams, I can’t help but daydream about the clock hitting noon on Dec. 11—the time when first year […] Read More

We’re So Close

Caitlin | December 7, 2015

As we finish the last week of full classes and approach the beginning of exams, I can only help but think, “Where did the time go?” This semester has been a whirlwind of classes, studying, and more classes. When I look back on it, I can’t even believe that it is almost over. I started […] Read More

Teaching Others

18308 | December 1, 2015

This semester seems like it has flown by in the blink of an eye. As I look back at what all has happened, one of the most fun things I have had the opportunity to be a part of is helping the first year veterinary students as one of their bovine husbandry supervisors. First year […] Read More

Nearing the End

18325 | November 30, 2015

The semester is quickly coming to a close and so is my final year at Texas A&M University. I am finally registered for my last semester as an undergraduate and am planning for graduation. These past four years have gone by so quickly! I just have to get through a couple more classes and projects, […] Read More

Ring Day, Thanksgiving, and Family—Things Are Pretty Good

18314 | November 23, 2015

With Thanksgiving coming up, I must tell what I am most thankful for. My family is the most important group of people to me, and they are who I am most thankful for. I had my Ring Day this past Friday and knew my mother and grandparents would be coming. But, I was surprised when […] Read More

"Handling the Problem Horse" Wet Lab

18322 | November 19, 2015

In the word of veterinary school, November is one of the busiest times of year. To add to our already-full schedules, a lot of student organizations are hosting wet labs in November. A wet lab is an educational opportunity outside of the classroom for students to gain experience in different areas of veterinary medicine. Often, […] Read More

Finding the Joy: One Saturday at a Time

Chelsea | November 10, 2015

As first-year veterinary students, one of the most important things we can do to unwind is “find the joy.” This phrase lingers in the back of our minds as we cycle through the seemingly endless supply of course objectives that outline our preparations for anatomy, histology, physiology, and immunology exams. While it’s necessary to hone […] Read More

Healthy Living in Veterinary School

18304 | November 5, 2015

Third year is just flying by! It seems like we are busier than ever—between classes, junior surgery, and clubs. However, as a student, it’s important to take time for yourself, and this includes taking care of your mind and body. It’s really easy to justify making a poor choice for dinner or skipping your workout […] Read More

It’s Beginning to Feel A Lot Like Finals

18318 | November 3, 2015

Midterms have passed, and all seems well: grades are in check and preparations for registration for spring classes have already begun. As hectic as this semester has been, I do not want it to end. But, I cannot wait for the next one to start. Taking 17 credit hours has definitely taken its toll on […] Read More

The Calm Before the Storm

18317 | October 28, 2015

Now that midterms have come and gone, I have the smallest of breaks in tests for the next two weeks. This is a time period I like to call “the calm before the storm.” I always feel that once midterms are over, the rest of the semester flies by. I have enjoyed my semester so […] Read More

The Transition

18310 | October 26, 2015

The third year of vet school signifies the transition from academics to clinical veterinary medicine. This was officially celebrated at the white coat ceremony held at the end of our second year. This year my class has started participating in small and large animal medicine courses, a case-based course known as correlates, and junior surgery. […] Read More

Veterinary Ethics

Michelle M. |

It’s hard to believe I am already halfway through my first semester of veterinary school.  Simultaneously, it is equally as hard to believe that I’ve only been in Texas for just over two months.  With all of the new information and tasks assigned to us on a daily basis, my class begins to lay the […] Read More

Test after Test

18305 | October 14, 2015

As my first round of tests ended, my second round of tests started the next week. If you’re lucky, your tests have been spaced out, with time to relax and gear up again. If you’re like me, however, you have tests every week with no time for relaxation. Being a junior, I’ve learned how to […] Read More

My First Veterinary Conference

Clarissa |

First semester of the second year of vet school had an interesting start! On the first day of classes I introduced myself to my professors by asking for permission to miss classes to attend a veterinary conference. Since I want to work in small animal and exotics clinical practice after graduation, attending ExoticsCon was a […] Read More

Third Year of Vet School

18315 | October 12, 2015

It has only been a month and a half into my third year of veterinary school, and I am still so excited about it. I felt like after about a week into my first and second years of vet school, I was feeling more overwhelmed than excited. My first two years of vet school were […] Read More

Hoping to Bring Dentistry Home

18313 | October 6, 2015

Recently, I applied to be a part of the dental shadowing program here at Texas A&M University, and I got in. This definitely increases my motivation and has inspired me to share the reason why I want to pursue a career in dentistry in the first place. A portion of my life was spent in […] Read More

A Fresh Start

Alex |

As the first week of October ends, my first round of tests is officially over. I cannot believe how quickly this school year has already begun to fly by. This is my second year here at Texas A&M University, with me being still an undergrad. It seems like just yesterday I was in high school […] Read More

The New Testing Schedule

18324 | September 28, 2015

With one month of school and three exams behind me, I am finally starting to settle into my second year of vet school at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The transition between summer and school can be difficult for many students. It was made even more difficult for me […] Read More

Becoming an Upperclassman

18319 | September 22, 2015

This past summer I was busy with working at my mom’s vet clinic back home and fostering a kitten. Even though it felt like I was always working or feeding the kitten, I loved it. There was always a client who brightened my day, and the foster kitten was so sweet and adorable. I am […] Read More

A New Beginning

Michelle C. | September 21, 2015

This week officially marks the end of the first month of veterinary school for us 1VMs. I can’t believe how fast the first month has flown by! It feels like it was only last week when we anxiously arrived at orientation, excited to start the new chapter of our lives. Now, we are already facing […] Read More

School’s Not School Anymore

18308 | September 14, 2015

As a third year veterinary student, I’ve spent my fair share of time in the classroom, going to school day in and day out. Something about this year feels different. After 19 straight years of school, and even a few summers filled with school, it doesn’t feel like I’m just going to school anymore. I’ve […] Read More

Happy New (School) Year

18311 | September 8, 2015

This is it! What the DVM Class of 2018 has been waiting for: our official transition to the second year of vet school. On Monday, we started our first day of classes as 2VMs. We are no longer newbies–well, to vet school, anyway! Still, even after a full year of the veterinary curriculum, we are […] Read More

First Week of School

18314 |

The first week of school has been incredible hectic.  All the responsibilities really jumped up on me suddenly.  Between school, work, and being a leader for my writing club, I was busy trying to get ready for everything.  I had a hugely busy, but rewarding, summer.  I shadowed a veterinarian and stay with his family […] Read More

Junior Surgery

18306 |

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 […] Read More

Lessons from First Year

13614 | May 13, 2015

Summer has arrived, and I have finally finished my first year of veterinary school! I have learned more this year than I thought was possible. For the incoming first-year class, here is some advice on what to do (and not to do) during your first year of vet school. Stay organized. In the first year […] Read More

Enjoy the Sunshine

Hannah J. | May 7, 2015

The end of the year is almost upon us. Summer with its oppressive heat and three months away from school (if you’re lucky) is so close. Remember the days back in elementary school, when summer break truly was a break, before we needed jobs or internships during the summer to prepare us for the future? […] Read More

Teddy Bear Surgery

13605 | May 4, 2015

Last weekend was our college’s annual open house. The event is entirely run by student volunteers, and guests come to visit from all over the state. This year was my last time to attend Open House as a volunteer, which was bittersweet because volunteering is always rewarding. I worked at one of the most popular […] Read More

One Busy Week

13599 | April 30, 2015

Last week was probably one of the busiest weeks of my life. When I was granted the role of special events coordinator of my organization, I knew it would be difficult. I was constantly reminded by both the president and vice president of how hard my position, but, just being Elizabeth, I tried to stay […] Read More

Almost Goodbye

13608 | April 27, 2015

As the semester slowly comes to a close, stress levels are rising and finals are approaching, but as I look back on the semester, I realize I’ve had one of the best of my college career. I came into this semester so determined and motivated to do very well because the semester before wasn’t as […] Read More

Another Semester Flying By

13598 | April 22, 2015

I can’t believe that there are two weeks left of the semester!! This semester has flown by. We are finishing up with the last round of tests in classes before finals, and these last few weeks will be busy with studying and other events. Finals can be pretty stressful only because you have multiple tests […] Read More

Countdown to Happiness

13610 | April 20, 2015

As of today there are: 14 days until my last day of classes 21 days until I finish my last final 31 days until I am eligible to order my Aggie Ring = AWHOOP! 40 days until my brother’s wedding! 41 days until I get to move into my new apartment 42 days until I […] Read More

White Coat Ceremony

13613 | April 15, 2015

This past Friday, my second-year class was honored with our white coats! The White Coat Ceremony is held each year to recognize the second-year students as they prepare to enter the clinical portion of the professional curriculum and continue to advance forward in the veterinary profession. We all had our families and friends at our […] Read More

Camelid Fun

13612 | April 13, 2015

One of the best parts about third year is our ability to take electives. First and second year we take the same classes, no matter what our main interests are, and then third year we have the opportunities to take electives in addition to our core classes. I am currently in the camelids elective, and […] Read More

Gearing Up for My Last Summer Ever

13604 | April 8, 2015

Spring has finally sprung in Aggieland, and I couldn’t be happier for it to finally be here. This winter seemed especially long, wet, cold, and dreary. I am not a huge fan of cold weather, especially not when you couple the cold temperatures with constant rain. Luckily, it seems as if the cold days are […] Read More

LIVE ANIMALS, and Why They Keep Us Sane

13602 | April 6, 2015

There are days/weeks/months when it really can be hard to “find the joy,” as we say here at the vet school. It can be a struggle to see through the mountain of assignments, tests, quizzes, and looming finals dates. It can be difficult to find something that really does make you joyful, because, though we […] Read More

Reunited and It Felt So Good

13603 | April 1, 2015

Spring Break just passed, and it was amazing; after not seeing my older brother for three months due to his internship, it was the best thing of it all. We got to get lunch and catch up as well as see our favorite genre of movie: horror. We later went out and listened to Roger […] Read More

Transitioning from a Relaxing Spring Break to a Crazy Week

13606 | March 30, 2015

My philosophy during veterinary school has been to put 100% into whatever I do. If I decide a certain day is a study day, then I study like crazy and accomplish a lot. If I decide to take a Saturday off to go see some Fighting Texas Aggie Football, then I enjoy the game and […] Read More

The Dreaded Third-Year Cases

13607 | March 27, 2015

As third-year veterinary students, we get to enjoy doing cases each week. This is an interesting opportunity for us. It’s bittersweet because these cases are HARD! We get cases where the animals have multiple things wrong with them. Then we create differentials for what diseases could be causing each symptom. We then create a diagnostic […] Read More

2VM Communications Elective

13611 | March 26, 2015

During February I participated in the second-year veterinary student (2VM) communications elective. Every Thursday we would head over to the simulation lab at the Health Science Center to practice our communication skills with different scenarios. In these scenarios we are the veterinarians, not veterinary students. As the veterinarian, we were responsible for taking a history, […] Read More

Nostalgia Ultra

13600 | March 24, 2015

As graduation looms closer, and as I try to figure out what exactly is going in my physiology class, I’ve realized that I’ve been in a state of constant nostalgia. I want to rewind to about three years ago, when I first embarked on my journey at Texas A&M. Chemistry had always been a formidable […] Read More

A Much-Needed Spring Break

13601 | March 13, 2015

This spring semester has certainly flown by; we are already over halfway through with it. It has been a very busy first half for most of the mixed and large animal students. Besides our regular classes, as third years, we get to take electives, which are specialty classes we get to choose to take based […] Read More

Focusing on What’s Important

13599 | March 11, 2015

Midterms are upon us, and it’s so overwhelming. In our attempts to maintain or improve our grades, we are stressed to the point of no return. Studying for hours upon hours, some of us only getting few hours of sleep, we wonder how the human body can take all the stress. We all want to […] Read More

A Helping Hand

13614 | March 9, 2015

Second semester of the first year of veterinary school is very challenging. We are in class more often than first semester, and there are many more exams, quizzes, and assignments. We also have to balance academics with involvement in the myriad of vet school organizations. Fortunately, the college offers several resources to support students when […] Read More

My New German Shepherd

Hannah J. | March 4, 2015

So, I got a new addition to my family over winter break.  Since I live in a house off campus, I’ve been wanting to get a dog for a while now.  I have a big backyard, and I just love dogs.  I was on a list to adopt a military working dog from Fort Hood, […] Read More

From the Classroom to Actually Practicing Medicine

13605 | March 2, 2015

I feel like I say this all the time, but I can’t believe how quickly the semester is flying by! The kicker is that this semester is my last semester of formal class in veterinary school, which is both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. I’m trying to soak up as much information as […] Read More

The Best One Yet

13608 | February 26, 2015

This week marks the officially the 6th week of the 2015 spring semester, and as the first round of exams roles out to an end, I see myself getting into a great start for the rest of the semester. Last semester was a good, but it wasn’t good enough, and I know I could it […] Read More

Birthdays

13598 | February 23, 2015

I can’t believe it has already been five weeks since school started, and we have three more weeks until spring break!! I have already had first tests in half of my classes, and they went pretty well! Now it is time to start studying for the next round of tests, which hopefully won’t be too […] Read More

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day

13607 | February 20, 2015

Happy Belated Valentine’s Day from yours truly! Yes, yes, we all know Valentine’s Day is a made-up holiday that the corporate world has created in order to sell more candy and flowers. But I mean, why not have another reason to celebrate? You may not be “in love,” but everyone has someone or something they […] Read More

Spring Semester Perspective

13604 |

It is now the spring semester of my second year as a veterinary student, and for the first time in a while I am excited about my classes and the curriculum. The first year of vet school was a challenge, on so many levels, for my classmates and me. The classes are difficult and there […] Read More

Life Update

13610 | February 18, 2015

This semester will be my second as a junior in Biomedical Sciences. Classes are going extremely well so far, and I am actually looking forward to my first round of tests that will be coming up next week. As my career as a student furthers, I’ve noticed that test taking becomes less stressful and more […] Read More

Second Year

13613 | February 17, 2015

So far the spring semester of my second year of veterinary school has been great! There are so many things that I get to look forward to this semester. We started anesthesiology/surgery, which is a class I have been looking forward to since I started vet school. We have already gotten to participate in exciting […] Read More

4th Year is Coming

13612 | February 4, 2015

There was a huge flood of third-year veterinary students to the mailboxes on Monday because of one little blue piece of paper: our fourth year schedules. These schedules are all of the rotations that we will have for the entirety of our fourth year, from the week we start fourth year to our last week […] Read More

How long is a semester, really?

13602 | February 2, 2015

It’s been an entire semester since I started my veterinary career as a student at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. It feels like it’s been about three years. The difference between my attitude, confidence, and knowledge after just a few months is tremendous! Admittedly, things were difficult last semester. As […] Read More

Therapy Animals

13611 | January 28, 2015

I have been a member of Aggieland Pets with a Purpose (APWAP) since August 2011. This amazing volunteer organization visits schools, hospitals, Texas A&M’s library during finals, assisted living facilities, and many other places with their animals. The handler team consists of a volunteer, who is usually the pet’s owner, and their evaluated and trained […] Read More

Third year electives

13606 | January 26, 2015

Winter break went by way too quickly! I’ve only been in classes for two weeks, and I already feel super behind. The first two years of veterinary school were similar to undergrad: you take certain classes for an entire semester, and then you have a final at the end. In third year, you have some […] Read More

Weekday Ponderings

13600 | January 21, 2015

We’re back! This break was certainly much needed, yet short lived. There are several things going on in my life, with the most pertinent at the moment being that I passed my pharmacy technician certification exam. What does this mean, you ask? This means I have a higher likelihood of being employed come graduation as […] Read More

Change At Its Best

13603 | January 20, 2015

With the fall semester complete and spring classes starting today, how can I not be excited? How goals and dreams become reality truly astounds me: from being just another BIMS student to receiving the amazing opportunity to be a BIMS ambassador; from becoming a founding father of the Theta Chi Fraternity in the fall to […] Read More

Time to Spring Back into Action

13601 | January 15, 2015

The spring semester has just started for veterinary students like myself, whereas the undergrad students have one more week of freedom. I am excited to start this new semester, because this is the last set of classes I will ever have to take. Also, these are mostly classes I have chosen to sign up for, […] Read More

Enjoying the Journey

13614 | January 12, 2015

Winter break has reminded me how fortunate I am to be a veterinary student at Texas A&M University. During finals, it’s difficult to remember to enjoy the journey of becoming a veterinarian. Winter break is a perfect time to relax and get excited for spring semester. Many prospective DVM students have visited Texas A&M over […] Read More

Happy New Year

Hannah J. | January 6, 2015

In the days after Christmas, I know that the best place to be is with loved ones. For my break, I went home for the holidays. As I write this, the world outside is covered in white. I absolutely love the snow, and I am so glad I’m able to spend the winter in a […] Read More