One of the best things about vet school is the food. While I know this seems silly, I cannot deny that lunch meetings are often a highlight of my week. This year I’ve been pretty fortunate to learn about veterinary insurance, research opportunities, and specific disease case studies over catered meals. So if you’re heading to vet school, come hungry to learn.
At MSU, I’m on the board of SCAVMA and the Food Animal Clubs. I am also active in the SCAAEP (Equine Club) and VBMA (Business Club). Joining these clubs has been the best supplement to the didactic curriculum for me. I’ve had the chance to listen to some clinicians who are true leaders in their fields. Additionally, I’ve been exposed to more aspects of vet med than I ever dreamed were possible. Participating in student organizations has truly given me a more well-rounded perspective as I look forward to a veterinary career.
Lunch is great, but dinner is better. Part of the club responsibility at MSU is to organize “wet labs.” These are generally an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience. The leadership opportunities of the preceding class really caught my eye. My favorites were an equine dentistry dinner-lecture and wet lab and an ophthalmology dinner-lecture and wet lab, and those are just two of many events that were organized!
My point is simple: I’ve gotten much from simply coming hungry. I’ve learned more about aspects of veterinary medicine that I never knew existed, and I have subsequently become very interested in them. Next year I plan to join our radiology and emergency medicine clubs. If you want to get the most out of veterinary school, I highly suggest taking advantage of student-run organizations.