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The Student Perspectives blog is a fresh and realistic snapshot of the life of veterinary medical and biomedical science students.
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Electives—do what you want!

Electives—do what you want! 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 the Small Animal Behavior elective with Dr. Bonnie Beaver DVM, MS, DPNAP, DACVB. This course builds on the knowledge gained during the required first-year course on normal animal behavior. We learned about the importance of differentiating behavior and medical problems. We discussed management and behavior modification involved in common behavioral issues. We have also learned about neurotransmitters and some common drugs and their intended uses. At the end of our course, we had a choice to either create some informational brochures or train an animal to do something and make a video. Easy choice for me, let’s train an animal! ... (Read More)

A Semester Full of Science

A Semester Full of Science 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 semester I am enrolled in biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, and an animal science course. I used to work in a diagnostics lab during my first two years of college, so I have experience working around bacteria and know my way around a plate of agar. I am extremely excited to be able to learn more in-depth information about all the bacteria I used to handle on a daily basis. In high school, I realized I had a huge interest in genetics when I learned about it in biology class, so I am beyond ready to learn more about genes in college. Most of the people I have talked to rave about biochemistry. Apparently, this is the course that finally pie... (Read More)

First Year of Veterinary School–Take Two

First Year of Veterinary School–Take Two 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 all went out the window. It’s only been two weeks, but the sheer amount of information that we are learning is staggering. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. But, even though I’ve had to come to terms with the fact I will never be on top of things, I do feel I have the skills to tackle this semester. And the fact that what I’m learning still manages to excite me is reassuring—even if it first takes a couple cups of coffee some days. My favorite part of veterinary school is when we have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with animals or simulations. The Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP) had a wet ... (Read More)

New Semester, One Step Closer to My Aggie Ring

New Semester, One Step Closer to My Aggie Ring 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 finally have enough hours to order my Fightin’ Texas Aggie Ring! The Aggie ring is a very symbolic tradition at Texas A&M and can only be EARNED after successfully completing 90 hours. The ring is worn with the year facing the student until they graduate, then it is turned to face the world at graduation. I have heard many stories and seen countless examples of conversations and friendships developing after noticing the Aggie ring, even across the world. On Ring Day, thousands of Aggies receive their ring as their families look on. I have worked very hard to reach this point, which represents a huge step in my academic caree... (Read More)

Day at the Zoo

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

Junior Surgery

Junior Surgery 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 your patient. My patient was a sweet little chiweenie named, Barda. I got to perform a spay on her with the help of my awesome surgery group members, Blair McCurdy and Betsy Helbing. Once the surgery was over, I immediately called the animal shelter to see if she was available to adopt. Unfortunately, there was a family ahead of me to adopt her. I was happy that Barda was going to be adopted, but I was also devastated that I could not keep her. The last day of taking care of her was so sad because I didn’t think I would ever see her again (picture on left). However, the animal shelter called me a few days later saying the people who were going to adopt Barda fell through. ... (Read More)

A New Opportunity

A New Opportunity 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 semester blew right past me at whirlwind speed. That being said, it’s exciting to think about how I’m starting my second half of my second year at Texas A&M. I am excited to start my second half of my journey here. The idea of getting my Aggie ring is also one that excites me, and a new semester means I’m one step closer to that. As we all start the new semester, I believe we should remember a few things that will hopefully lead to success. 1)   Get a good night’s sleep. It’s amazing what something as simple as getting a good amount of rest can do for you. 2)   Eat a good breakfast. I know this sounds cliché and may not be for everyone, but ... (Read More)

Veterinary School Interview Advice

Veterinary School Interview Advice 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 the applicant’s final selection score. Texas A&M has multiple mini interviews (MMI), which is a different interview format than other veterinary schools. In a multiple mini interview, each interview is less than 10 minutes long, with different judges (veterinary school professors and practicing veterinarians) in each room. I remember being very nervous for the first mini interview room, but one of the advantages on MMI is that you get a fresh start in every room. Having gone through MMI for admission to the Class of 2018 and having helped talk to applicants for the Class of 2019, here is my advice for the a... (Read More)

A Semester in Review

A Semester in Review Where has the semester gone? I feel like I’m always asking that these days, but it is true. The semester is flying by! Classes are already over, and it is time for finals. Luckily, I only have three finals this semester. I have already finished one final, and I have two left. My biochemistry final will be pretty hard, so I will have to spend many hours studying for it. But, it will (hopefully) pay off in the end. The week leading up to finals and during finals can be so stressful, but it is such a great feeling when you are done with them. One of my favorite things that helps me get through finals are the goody bags that Aggie moms make. My mom is a part of my county’s Aggie moms group, and each semester they bring us snacks to get through the finals. It is so nice to have them supporting us. As I study, I can’t help but to think how this has been one of my favorite semesters so far as an undergraduate. This year, I am taking more classes that ... (Read More)

We're So Close

We're So Close 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 the semester so excited for everything that I was going to have the opportunity to do—and it has all been great, but it has flown by. For the past few weeks, I have been shadowing at a local equine hospital. I go once a week, and it has been a great experience with large animals. It’s crazy to think that I only have two more times to go there this semester. I have already been six times. It went by so quickly! As I talk to my friends about their semesters, they are also feeling blindsided by how quickly it all went by. I just want to be able to stay here, hang out with them, and make those memories that you will remember for the rest of your life. I am not ready... (Read More)