We finished finals a week ago from today, and here I am already a couple days into my first rotation! I am starting out my clinical year at an equine practice where I spent some time throughout undergrad and veterinary school. It was great to have the opportunity to begin my time attempting to do vet things with people I know. Going into clinics definitely made me nervous, and I think that will probably happen at the start of every rotation, but it made me feel better getting to work with people I already know and in a clinic I’m familiar with.
It’s amazing how much you can learn in just a couple days — already I’ve seen so many things! We’ve done quite a bit of routine stuff such as vaccinations and drawing blood for Coggins tests, but I’ve also now seen a castration, a wolf tooth extraction, sinus surgery, multiple AI breedings, a stud collection, a colic case, a horse with heaves, etc. I could go on! I’m diving right in, and it’s amazing.
I also have the great fortune to be working with an awesome veterinarian who is amazing at teaching. She asks me questions on various topics and how I would approach cases. It makes me think and dredge up some of the information I’ve learned over the past three years. The thing that surprises me most is that I actually know stuff! I can answer questions and mostly know what I’m talking about. One of the biggest things I was worried about going in was constantly looking like an idiot, and I think so far, I’m doing OK. It’s really fun to be learning with such great people who are willing to teach, answering all my questions and explaining everything thoroughly. I’m really looking forward to what the next couple weeks here bring!