There is one word that is synonymous with veterinary school. Food. Free food to be exact, and lots of it. Companies, school clubs, and other people giving presentations offer the delicious food while we learn about products, pet food, and advancements in medical technologies. Some type of free meal at these Lunch and Learns is provided almost daily, and it is not limited to your typical pizza selections. The offerings are above and beyond what I ever expected. As a student who is awful at cooking anything besides venison and pasta, this is music to my ears. Not only is it a great way to save money and learn more about the veterinary industry, but it also helps make things so much easier because on many days I don’t have to worry about packing a lunch.
Breakfast and dinner (and sometimes lunches when a Lunch and Learn isn’t happening) are a completely different story. Here you are on your own and must fend for your own survival. Cooking and preparing daily meals is a tedious chore that is difficult, solely because no one has much spare time in their busy schedules. Even though I wouldn’t like to admit it, I have eaten more than my fair share of microwaveable meals and stuff from a can since starting veterinary school. When I do have some time to make a decent meal, I cook large batches so I will have leftovers for later. While eating the same pasta salad every day for dinner may not sound ideal, it is the most efficient use of my limited time. Slowly but surely I am becoming a better cook, and things are tasting better. I’m hopeful that by the time I graduate, I will probably have a good handle on things.