Here I sit, thinking about having to start classes again in less than two weeks. My third year begins August 31, so I’ll be leaving the Friday before to get my herd of animals and myself back on to PEI. I’m excited to get back to school to be back in my apartment, back in my bed, and back with my friends. I’m also excited to be starting surgery this semester!
However, getting back to the stuffing of copious amounts of knowledge into my brain is never something I’m super excited about. Studying, though rewarding, is exhausting and never seems to end. Not to mention it often involves late nights after class gets out, excessive amounts of caffeine, and a decline in care for my well-being. As hard as I’ve tried to avoid the inevitable decline in my mental, physical, and emotional health, sometimes studying is overwhelming, and I just need to cry with some ice cream for a while. Vet school is hard.
All this being said, here’s the class roster for the semester. For the large animal courses, I’ll be taking Equine Health and Disease, Food Animal Health and Disease, and Clinical Techniques in Large Animals. For the smaller creature courses, we have Advanced Small Animal Anesthesiology, Cardiorespiratory Diseases in Small Animals, Musculoskeletal Diseases of Small Animals, Medical Exercises in Small Animals, and Intro to Exotic Pet Medicine. Also we’ll be taking Diagnostic Radiology. It’s cool that we’re finally branching out of the “-ology” courses and moving into more specific body systems. It’s also nice that we’re going to be in two classes that are clinical techniques, meaning we’ll be actually doing things rather than sitting in lecture. Not to mention Surgical Exercises in Companion Animals AKA Junior Surgery!
I know I’ll be excited to start learning again once I get there, I think I’ve just had such a nice summer not having to pull late nights reading notes, so I’m making it seem worse in my head that I have to leave my “learning-on-the-job” experience to go back to my desk!