This summer, I am going to attend my last veterinary conference during vet school. I love going to conferences since I attended SAVMA symposium in my first year. Personality-wise, I am a typical introvert. However, with the understanding of how important communication is in daily veterinary practice (and in life), I try to attend as many conferences as I can and interact with other colleagues in order to hone my communication skills. When possible, I even volunteer to become a moderator for a session in the conference. Surely improving our communication skills is one of the most useful lessons we can learn by attending conferences, which you know is usually not listed in the schedule.
Lecture-wise, I can always find lectures that are digestible for me considering the level of veterinary education that I’ve received up to that point. I can get a good review and a new perspective on what we’ve learned in class by listening to another speaker. I can also keep aware of new veterinary technologies, which we may not have had a chance to use.
Attending conferences is just fascinating. I harvest unexpected things in every conference I’ve been to, including friendship, knowledge of areas that are brand new to me, and a higher comfort level when interacting with people. I am super excited to go to this upcoming conference and I love every conference that I’ve been to. They are a valuable part of our veterinary education.