Last week, one of my professors congratulated us on finishing our first year of veterinary school. Some of us scoffed at her, thinking “Hold the congrats – finals week isn’t done yet!”
Funny negativity aside, I think it is especially important for students to look back at the changes that have occurred over time during their education. Let’s look at a few changes that have occurred for me and my classmates this year.
- The equine gut used to be a labyrinth of random twists and turns. It seemed that colic was inevitable with all those chaotic gut loops. Now, it seems much more understandable and regionally consistent. Understanding different torsions, twists, and intussusceptions that can occur is much easier now.
- All the vital parameters (temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate) for cats, dogs, horses, and cows all seemed very difficult to remember at first. How could we remember them all on top of our other schoolwork? Now, they are second nature. Detecting abnormalities is becoming a much simpler task. Retrieving this information in front of a client used to be nerve wracking, but now it is almost as easy as having a conversation.
- Veterinary school is scary and you won’t have time to do anything, right? Wrong! Veterinary school is challenging and time consuming, but in no way does it require you to turn into an academic robot and forget the rest of your life. Having a balanced life is one of the key features of success as a veterinary student, as well as a veterinarian. Hey wait a minute, it turns out that balance is good for everyone!