When I was completing my undergraduate degree, one of the things I became involved with was the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Club’s monthly newsletter. I started writing articles about current events in veterinary medicine, covering new scientific discoveries, legislation, and anything else that I could think of. Initially, my intention was that this would be a resume builder for my vet school application, and it definitely was. But is was also an opportunity to learn more about the profession that I was entering.
I wrote for that newsletter for all 4 years of my undergraduate studies and learned a lot from the experience. Since beginning veterinary school, I have become even more aware of how current events can affect veterinary medicine.
Last week I had the chance to attend a quarterly meeting of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), and many different current events were discussed. Some events were legislation that is currently being considered by Ohio legislators, while another very interesting report was from our state veterinarian. He discussed diseases that are present both in and around Ohio and how we should address each one. He also opened the floor for comments from all of the veterinarians present about how they felt the situation should be handled. It was so very interesting to hear all the different opinions of the veterinarians based on the geographic locations that they practiced in as well as the type of practice they did. It was a great learning experience and I really enjoyed it.
Whether it is through school, your state association, or through the many publications that are available to the veterinary community, I believe it is important to keep up with what current events are affecting the profession whether it be in a positive or negative manner.