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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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Puppy Love

Puppy Love 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 she didn’t just say she would get me a puppy—she promised, something that neither of us ever forgot. If you can’t tell where the story is headed, let me just fill you in. I didn’t get the puppy when I was 12. My mom decided that she couldn’t handle having a puppy in the house, and she didn’t trust a 12 year old to take full responsibility of a puppy (looking back, I don’t blame her). I was definitely disappointed, but I was a pretty understanding 12 year old, and I quickly let it go...kind of. From then on, I just reminded her of her promise to get me a puppy and told her that she owed me a puppy. I didn’t really think that she cared until this summer. Somehow, this summer I convinced my... (Read More)

Eating the Elephant

Eating the Elephant 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 that has been said to me many times and has helped me ease into it is,  "The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time." That’s exactly what vet school is—an elephant of an education. The first two weeks have consisted of getting into a routine and figuring out what is the best way to study for each course, since there is no universal method for every single one, and above all else, figuring out what actually works for me. Eating the elephant one bite at a time was the best advice because, for me, writing down my daily tasks and achieving the majority of those small pieces of the puzzle is much less intimidati... (Read More)

Looking Forward to an Exciting Semester

Looking Forward to an Exciting Semester 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; however, my struggles freshman year with general chemistry and sophomore year in organic chemistry have all led up to preparing me for veterinary school and vet school applications. As a student geared toward a pre-vet track, I am always looking for opportunities to work with animals and get those last few hours of animal and veterinary experience under my belt. This semester, I signed up for a class interning and working at the Winnie Carter Wildlife Center with Dr. Alice Blue-McLendon, and I am very excited to start working! Most of my life, I grew up working around dogs and cats; however, this will be my first opportunity to be around and learn about the behav... (Read More)

Another Year has Begun!

Another Year has Begun! 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 fourth-year hospital rotations. In addition to general medicine and diagnostic imaging courses, this semester I will be taking classes in oncology, emergency response management, cardiology, and clinical pathology. We will spend time shadowing in Texas A&M’s small and large animal referral hospitals and practice necessary clinical skills you might have seen a veterinarian perform in a clinic or the field. We also will learn about regulatory procedures a veterinarian must follow, such as the rules of administering health certificates for animal travel. Next semester, I will take a variety of equine and small animal me... (Read More)

One Down, Three to Go

One Down, Three to Go 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 that would feel. Caitlin (far right) and her friends celebrate the milestone of completing their first year of veterinary school. It was a year full of adjustment and learning a lot, but my first year of vet school was a blast. Something that is really neat is that A&M revamped their curriculum, so we had so many hands-on experiences this year. My first semester, I learned how to do physical exams on dogs, horses, and cattle, and then we got to practice them again that semester. I liked it so much because working with the animals kept reminding me of the reasons I wanted to be a vet amidst all of the difficult classes. This semester, we learn... (Read More)

My Last Blog

My Last Blog 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 found myself reflecting on my time as an undergraduate. Like most students, beyond the academics, our time as undergraduates allowed us to develop as individuals and make long-lasting memories. Not only has this been my last week of my undergraduate studies, but this also is my last blog as a student ambassador for the College of Vetrinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM). One of the best experiences of my undergraduate career has been my time as a student ambassador. This job has allowed me to experience a perspective of this university I wouldn’t have had otherwise. I’ve seen high school and prospective veterinary students ... (Read More)

A Flurry of Fur

A Flurry of Fur   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 rest up from the "celebration of knowledge." I, however, needed to leave early on Saturday in order to get home to my parents’ horse ranch in Colorado by Sunday. So what was the big rush? A long-awaited Golden Retriever puppy is being added to my family’s clan of animals this summer and, coincidentally, her pick-up date coincided with the end of my finals AND the pregnancy due date of one of our horses. Kiara, the newest addition to the family, is a cream Golden Retriever (9 weeks old, as pictured). So, on Friday afternoon I had a quick celebratory lunch with my friends and then headed to the airport to... (Read More)

Finally Entering Clinics

Finally Entering Clinics 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 prepare to put on our white coats and begin clinical rotations next Monday. That said, we must get through our final exams this week and endure the endless hours of studying before reaching for that white coat. Of course, we don’t expect the studying to end this week; we have the national and state licensing examinations to start preparing for, after all. When my rotations begin, I will start on the anesthesiology rotation, which will expose me to anesthetic management in a variety of domestic, exotic, and laboratory species. As a fourth-year student, I will be participating in all aspects of anesthetic management, from ... (Read More)

Training with the VET

Training with the VET 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 astronauts as they donned the personal protection equipment the VET occasionally uses during deployments The scenario for the three-day event involved two different explosions in South Texas. We “deployed” in smaller (strike) teams, made our way to the disaster sites, and then set up the VET trailers (mobile medical platforms) they use during actual deployments. Mock cases would come in over the radio and teams would walk through how they would handle each situation and treat the cases, some of which involved, cats, dogs, horses, and cattle. You have to b... (Read More)

A Different Story

A Different Story 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 a first-generation college student. As an end goal for my undergraduate years, I will run a marathon just four days before graduation! In addition to all of this, I am also a writer, a podcast lover, and huge fan of non-profit organizations. I strive to be a professional, I strive to work within non-profits, and I strive to write a book one day on my story. Another Take When I started my freshman year at Texas A&M, my mom began her own college experience in my hometown of Texarkana. I am the youngest in my family, and to see my mother begin her ultimate goal is just one reason why she is my role model. When ex... (Read More)