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 formal attire, whether it was an old high school prom dress, bridesmaid dress, or suits for the guys. There were hors d’oeurves, dancing, and overall a great time to celebrate with friends. It was fun to be able to have classmates from all four classes of veterinary students celebrating together and having a great time away from studying.
I am about to enter my fourth year of veterinary school, where we start clinics, and although I am very excited to be able to put classroom teaching into clinical experience, I am also nervous as well. I am so glad I attended the Fur Ball before clinics start to celebrate with my classmates before we start our fourth year of vet school in May. Veterinary school is definitely rigorous and academically very challenging, but we also all like to have fun as well! It is nice to give your brain a break during veterinary school, and it is also healthy to relax and have fun!
One of the best parts of third year is getting to participate in junior surgery. Junior surgery is where we practice our surgical skills and begin to get comfortable with the different procedures we will be expected to perform in practice. It is exciting, nerve wracking, fun, and terrifying all at the same time. We are in groups of three, and rotate between being anesthetist, assistant surgeon, and surgeon. This past week, I was the surgeon and got to perform my first surgery on our rat. We performed an abdominal exploratory and a castration. Luckily, I have a wonderful surgery group with my friends, Heather and Betsy, who were the assistant surgeon and anesthetist. They helped me all the way through to ensure that our surgery went great!
Third year curriculum differs from the first two years of vet school. We finally are putting together all of the information we have learned from the first two years, like anatomy, pathology, pharmacology, etc. We also got to choose our electives with classes that reflect our interests and what kind of medicine we want to practice. I want to practice small animal medicine, so my elective courses are mostly small animal courses, like small animal dentistry, cardiology, and oncology to name a few. By the end of this year, I should feel prepared to start clinical rotations fourth year!