The list of electives to choose from during your third year at Ohio State is seemingly endless, and sometimes it is overwhelming because you just want to take them all! I tried that (sort of, not all of them, but way too many) last semester, and it wasn’t the most fun I’ve ever had. Not much sleep and a lot of stress got old quick, so this semester I tried to trim down the list of electives to ones I found really interesting or knew that I would certainly use later in life.
One of the really interesting ones I might use in life is a class on how to appropriately respond to disasters involving animals. This could be a natural disaster like a hurricane, tornado, wildfire, etc, or it could be something like a truck carrying livestock to slaughter that is in an accident or has overturned, and the police need someone knowledgeable to come and help handle the injured animals in a humane manner. I thought this was a very interesting topic that isn’t taught elsewhere in the veterinary curriculum at Ohio State, and it could be something that I would use at some point in my career. In addition, it’s also an online course that works in conjunction with the University of Florida’s Veterinary School, so it’s easy on my schedule and I have a chance to chat with students from Florida in group discussions.
It is not a class that five years ago I would have thought would be very interesting, but as my experience in veterinary medicine has grown it is one that I think is very interesting now and could be of potential use to me sometime down the road.