As rough as veterinary school is, things have improved drastically over the last year. We have learned so many new things and performed our first live animal surgeries. Spays, neuters, sheep cesarean sections and a displaced abomasum surgery on a cow…these are the reasons why we all came to veterinary school in the first place. For the first time as veterinary students we have actual patients to go check on and we are performing procedures on live animals. As a vet student, it doesn’t get any better than this.
Since we have had so many surgeries recently, we have to come in and make sure our patients are okay. When we were doing spays and neuters that involved coming in to perform physical exams and to feed and walk our patients. For our sheep c sections, we also had to check in on our babies and make sure that mom was letting them nurse. Our poor lamb had really bad bowel movements that would get stuck to his tail so I spent a lot of time cleaning him. For the c section and DA surgeries, we also had to come in and remove our skin sutures two weeks after the procedures.
While most of these labs were limited to my food animal classes, most of the other small animal-focused students only saw these tasks as extra work that would reduce their time to study. But I would much rather be out working with the animals and practicing real life hands-on concepts. And you can only study so much before you start to go crazy, so opportunities like this were great study breaks. And after all, aren’t we all here to treat and take care of animals?
These experiences have helped me realize how close I am to actually becoming a veterinarian. Our teachers have a lot of confidence in us and are giving us these opportunities so that we can start taking big steps forward. Now we just have to take full advantage and become the best vets that we can.