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 thought my first year would only be about anatomy and physiology and more broad concepts, but I’ve gained so much clinical knowledge, as well.
Because of the new curriculum that began last year, first years get to practice exams and animal handling. We are even learning how to do ultrasounds.
I can’t wait to take what I’ve learned and use it in a clinical setting this summer!
I have also learned the importance of taking breaks. It can be easy to get caught up in studying, especially when you have two tests a week.
However, sometimes taking time out of your day to hang out with friends or go out to eat or even take a walk can be much more beneficial for your brain than just staring at a book.
Finally, I learned that your classmates are your greatest allies. There is no competition in veterinary school; everyone is working toward the common goal of getting that DVM degree.
If it wasn’t for them, I’m not sure how I would have made it through the year.
Though I’m excited for break, I can’t wait to come back and continue by journey toward being a vet.