I’ve been in North Carolina for only a week now and I certainly can say things are very different here. Even compared to Virginia, but especially compared to my home in Vermont.
The first major thing I noticed is the way people speak. It’s taken me a while to decipher everything. Palpating a cow is referred to sleeving her. Even the way people say what time it is is way different and had me completely confused. Add in the accents and then everything is much more interesting.
The way of life is different. Before coming down here, I’ve only seen right-sided DA surgeries but everyone here lives by the left-sided abomasopexy. Not only have I seen a bunch of those, but I’ve also seen cosmetic dehorning and other procedures that I would never have thought I’d see. Everyone down here is very warm and welcoming. Everyone has offered food and water while working and even cooked us meals for us after work.
The main thing that drives me crazy is the heat. I am not a warm weather person and it isn’t fun to be working in it. I’m excited for my dairy practice work back home in January. If it’s cold, you can always put something else on but when you are hot you can only do so much.
While I’ve certainly learned a lot and am glad for the experience, I know I’m meant to be in the north. I wanted to get out of Vermont and see the world while growing up but now that I’ve been out I’m ready to return back home.