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Finding 'Balance' as a First-Year Vet Student

Finding 'Balance' as a First-Year Vet Student 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 was really discouraging. I didn’t want my outside life to be put on hold for four years while I pursued the education that would shape my career. Vet school was preceded by three days of orientation in which my classmates and I received many reminders to have a school-life balance. That was the first realization that school might not be as daunting as I thought. While I had thought that I would go in and four years from now I would see my friends, what I was hearing day after day was that I would still have friends as long as I made the choice to see them outside of school. Sometimes studying would have to be put on hold... (Read More)

Thinking about the Human-Animal Bond

Thinking about the Human-Animal Bond 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 in various, mutually benefical ways. What is the human-animal bond though? We learn in veterinary school that the human-animal bond is the dynamic relationship between humans and animals that adds to the health of both in ways such as emotional, physical, and mental well-being. Understanding the human-animal bond and its importance is a crucial part of practicing veterinary medicine. I, like many pet owners, care about my pets very deeply and am so thankful to have them in my life. I got my pup when I was 14 years old and she was only 8 weeks old. She is turning 9 years old next month and ha... (Read More)

Learning through Labs

Learning through Labs 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 class had us practicing a procedure called a pericardiocentesis, a procedure that involves inserting a needle through the body wall and into the pericardium, the sac that surrounds the heart, so that the fluid can be drained. This may be necessary in certain patients to remove excess fluid to make them feel better and also so that the fluid can be tested to determine what may be causing the patient’s problem. My class was able to practice this on some pretty cool models that simulate how it will feel to perform the procedure in a live patient one day. We previously had several large-animal labs. My favorite was the ophthalmology lab, which gave us practice in ... (Read More)

Taking Time to Enjoy the Little Things

Taking Time to Enjoy the Little Things 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 was just focusing test to test, one event to the next, but I didn’t appreciate the things that were happening every day. Now that I’m in veterinary school, I’m trying to change that mindset, to not look at a professor’s material as “boring” just because it isn’t the subject matter that I’m interested in, to not complain about waking up early or staying up late, but to enjoy where I’m at. I feel that I’m fortunate to be here and to complain about the little things doesn’t allow me to be appreciative of the opportunities I have been given. Naturally, one of the ways I found to stay grounded and to stop looking to the future was getting a puppy. Now, sure, when he was goi... (Read More)

Managing Time as a BIMS Major

Managing Time as a BIMS Major 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 way for students to show class pride), earlier registration for classes, and not wandering around campus looking completely lost. However, after a week in, I realized I had a lot to balance, as well: a job, demanding classes, honor societies, organizations, officer positions for honor societies and organizations, volunteering, shadowing, and training to become a certified first responder. In high school, I was extremely involved, took advanced placement classes, and also worked, and I still had time to sleep and actively maintain a social life. In college, I’m still extremely involved, taking hard classes, and working, but... (Read More)

Being Selective About Third-Year Electives

Being Selective About Third-Year Electives 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 a big part of veterinary medicine because 50 percent of dogs over the age of 10 years will develop cancer. Through this elective, I was able to learn about current research being done that correlates human cancers and cancer in dogs, because it is very similar and advances in each field can help each other. The elective I just finished is dermatology. This is also a large part of veterinary medicine, as many pets have issues with skin or allergies, especially living in Texas. In dermatology, we learned how to identify different infections, causes, and how to treat common dermatologic problems. Did you know that dogs can have food al... (Read More)

Let's Talk Family

Let's Talk Family 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 undergraduate. Chau and her family If I were given an opportunity to stand up and speak in front of a crowd, I would speak on behalf of my parents. I would speak about their dreams for our family and their humbling personalities that have made me the person I am today. I am an Aggie, but one with a unique start. When asking high school senior Chau for her reasoning to attend Texas A&M University, she would say, “Because TAMU has friendly campus.” This is true, but it has turned into so much more. The Aggie Core Values are what I embody and love to share. The pride I hold when someone asks me where I attend school is quite extreme. It is that power and the ... (Read More)

Piecing Together the Puzzle

Piecing Together the Puzzle 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 all of my third-year classmates can finally see a glimmer of light at the end of the vet school tunnel. We are gaining confidence, skills, and wisdom; we finally feel closer to being doctors and further from students. We third-year students have gotten more comfortable with basic surgical procedures so far this semester; nevertheless, I still sweat bullets the entire time. Putting non-powdered surgical gloves onto sweaty hands should be an Olympic sport. Gold medal goes to me for my hilarious and laborious struggle with such a menial task! This week, AFTER I took 10 minutes to get my gloves on, I proceeded to accidentally poke a hole in the glove on ... (Read More)

Keeping Swimming via Wet Labs

Keeping Swimming via Wet Labs 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 seems tiring, but certainly not boring, because along the way I am learning many different aspects of medicine for different species. As a second-year veterinary student at Texas A&M, there is still a lot to learn until I become a veterinarian. With little clinical experiences prior to applying to the program, I felt like a deer in front of the headlights. But soon enough, I learned that opportunities are always around, not only in the clinical skill labs provided in school curriculum, but I can also easily get clinical experiences outside of the classroom. The more I practice my clinical skills, the more confident I will be when I g... (Read More)

A Fresh Perspective for Senior Year

A Fresh Perspective for Senior Year 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 veterinary school. Knowing that I wanted to be a vet since I was 7 years old, I spent the majority of my time growing up and as an undergraduate pursuing that goal. I have so much passion for this field and I have worked so hard, but how do I put all of that into words on an application? While inputting every activity, calculating every hour, and writing every essay, I can’t help but feel that years and years of energy, growth, and preparation have all led up to this moment. It can be exciting! But, more often than not, it’s scary and it’s stressful. Summoning the courage to hit the final “submit” button on these applications has taught me a few things.... (Read More)