When you are in your first two years of school, sometimes all of the lectures start to run together and the hours of studying never seem to end and it makes you start to wonder if you are ever going to be a vet when all you see is book work. Today was a bright moment in all that darkness for me when we got to touch real animals (really exciting to a vet student) in a neurology lab where we practiced how to do a neurologic exam on our own or our classmates’ pets.
We had an hour of reviewing how to do the exams, which we had already had in class as well as a demonstration, and then our professor turned us loose. It was amazing how he made the exam look so simple and effortless while we fumbled through it. The hardest part may have been trying to keep the dogs still while you were examining them. They thought it was a social hour getting to meet so many new people and see so many new dogs.
The coolest thing about it though was that we finally were able to apply something that we were learning on a real patient. That made all of the studying worthwhile and helped me connect a lot of the dots as far as all of the information that I have been memorizing over the last few weeks. It was a light bulb moment of sorts for me and a really exciting experience to see how everything I have been working on paid off, even in a small way.