The day finally came for us to start choosing the elective labs we’ll be taking for our final semester of classes (!!!!!!!). We declared our preferences last semester, choosing from equine, food animal, large animal mixed, mixed, and small animal. I chose equine because I always plan to have horses in my life in some way. Whether that be in some area of equine medicine remains to be seen, but then again I flip flop on what I want to do with my life far too often.
If we chose some form of large animal medicine as our preference, we were scheduled for junior surgery for the fall semester. This means we’ll have plenty of time to take the large animal elective labs that will happen next semester. The preference you chose then determined the order in which you would get to choose labs. Equine people had first dibs on the equine labs, bovine people on the bovine labs, then to large animal mixed, and then mixed.
This was done the old school lottery way — our names were drawn out of a paper bag and we went up to grab our “seats” in the lab, which were colorful pieces of paper. I have to say though, it all went very smoothly. We had heard from the upper years this was going to be so stressful and nobody gets the lab they want, etc. This was one of the many times I was very thankful for how level-headed and awesome my class is. We always support each other and don’t get competitive. Everyone was realistic about what labs they thought would benefit them, so there was no greedy scrambling to take all of the labs. In the end, I think everyone was very satisfied with the process and got into labs they wanted to take. I’m excited that I got my two top choices of Equine Medicine and Equine Musculoskeletal! Vet school is really flying by, with only one full semester left before clinics!