I have finally finished my third year of vet school—and my final year of lectures in classrooms and final exams! I’m so excited to begin my fourth year after our short four-day summer. What does it mean, though, to be ¾ veterinarian? I’m ¾ done with school. I’m ¾ qualified to heal, to save lives, even! Are we ever really entirely qualified for that? I still have so much to learn, but being ¾ veterinarian means that my final year I’ll be treating and diagnosing actual patients in the hospital. I have been eagerly anticipating this date for months, daydreaming about leaving the classroom for good, waiting to get hands-on experiences with some beautiful puppy dogs and kitty cats and all of the other beasts in order to help them.
Being ¾ veterinarian means that I’m relied upon to have the knowledge and skills to do the job of a veterinarian, without its esteemed title “DVM” just yet. Being ¾ veterinarian means I’ve got to prove to my patients and clients and professors and clinicians that I’ve got that extra ¼ that makes a veterinarian so special. I’ve got to find that last ¼ in a year, and it will be an adventure, I’m sure, a whirlwind of trying and failing and learning with a safety net before I’m quite out in the world. I’m thankful for the chance to be what I’ve been working toward for my whole life, and I can’t wait to see where I will finally end up. It’s been quite a journey so far, but being a ¾ veterinarian means I’m almost there, and the world, with all its fur and feathers, is at my fingertips!