Since coming home this summer, I jumped right in to working in a small animal private practice. Some people ask me why I didn’t take time off or whatever, but I say, what would I do with my free time? My passion is working with animals, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
It’s a nice segue from school into summer as well, because I’m using what I’ve learned in school and actually trying to retain some of the stuff that was mercilessly crammed into my head during finals. I’m also trying to keep up with the learning as I go. If I don’t remember something I learned from school, such as a drug, you can bet I’m flipping through pages trying to remember and actually keep that information in my head. If we have a surgery the next morning, I’m reading up on the procedure, reviewing anatomy and watching videos the night before and over breakfast before the surgery.
My boss also keeps me on my toes, which I appreciate greatly. He’s a fantastic mentor and teaches as he goes. He also makes sure to ask me questions. If I don’t know the answer, sometimes he’ll explain it to me, but sometimes I’m on my own to figure out the information. One day, he asked me what renal condition is common in Abyssinian cats. I didn’t know, but he said, “Go home and look it up. You’ll remember it if you do the research.” I spent my lunch break reading about familial renal amyloidosis, and you can bet I won’t forget it now. It’s been amazing working in a clinic, being able to join the textbook knowledge with both practical knowledge and hands-on experience.