This year at Texas A&M, there are a lot of firsts for every class of veterinary students. For the new students, their first year, for the class ahead of them, more focus on clinical coursework, for the third years (my class), actual clinical work and surgery (!), and for the fourth years, preparing for the NAVLE, taking it, and in two semesters, becoming what they’ve worked four years to become–a veterinarian. There is something even more exciting brewing here on our campus though, something that is a first for all of us, students, faculty and staff alike: a brand new educational complex!
Even though our new building is still on it’s way to greatness, we have all already started classes this semester in the already beautiful facility. Wow. It is gigantic and wonderful! Yes, it is a first for all of us, but luckily we have patient and awesome faculty and administration who continue to keep us well-informed of the changes we’ll have this year in the location of much of our clinical work. It is very exciting to be able to enjoy this new building for a year before we move to the hospitals for our fourth year rotations, and I am so happy to have moved in for our first classes this fall! It is a little strange, having been a tour guide for the old school, though, not knowing where things are yet (or being able to answer those questions for the new students), but I hope to keep learning more every day, and I can’t wait to be able to use all of the amazing new labs, classrooms, study rooms, and facilities we have available to us now. It’s an exciting year of firsts for us all!