It seems hard to believe, but summer is fading fast and it’s starting to get hard to avoid the realization that school is going to start. With that in mind, I’m slowly starting to turn myself to the tasks of preparing for school. There’s a long list, which includes buying my parking pass and notes, getting organized, etc.
There’s also the task of preparing for the more hectic third-year schedule which, at Ohio State, means lots of lab schedules that are individualized, and which also means that it’s up to you to keep them straight. We have small animal surgery class, in which we’ll learn the basics of surgery and perform our first spays and neuters (which is exciting!). In addition, we have farm animal techniques labs, equine techniques labs, and parasitology labs. Having a strong interest in equine medicine, I’ll also be spending some time in advanced equine techniques labs, where I’ll learn techniques beyond those taught in regular labs. Appropriate scrubs, surgical kits, coveralls, etc, are needed for labs, and it’s exciting to purchase your first stethoscope, surgery pack, and such. It’s a very real step toward becoming a veterinarian, which is neat after the first two years of school being predominantly book work.
Third year is also the time to start thinking about preparing for board examinations as well as clinical rotations. When I first started school two years ago it felt like school would never end, but now it feels like it’s flying by and that I’ll graduate before I know it. Ready or not, here we go 3rd year!