As fourth-year veterinary students, we’ve spent the past three years sitting together all day every day and could probably tell you where any given person would be at any time. In fourth year, we’re all on absolutely opposite schedules. We have different rotations at different times, and each rotation has very different requirements. Every rotation also carries its own challenges and highlights and will provide its own unique experiences.
I think my favorite thing about this so far is seeing classmates in the hallways. We all have the same reaction of “Hey, how are you? What are you on right now?” and in each thirty-second conversation, I get to hear what my classmate’s are doing this week. For example, one of my classmates was talking about how she was going to do an embryo transfer, and another had just helped with a C-section. I got to shriek at everyone that I had necropsied a moose. We all have our own things that we get excited about!
I really enjoy seeing my classmates so excited. We’re all working, generally speaking, in the areas we find the most interesting, which means we’re much happier than we were spending hours in the classroom. We’re definitely all much more passionate about what we’re doing, and maybe that’s because it’s so much more hands on. Regardless, it’s great, and I’m so excited for what else fourth-year has in store!