It might only be halfway through the summer, but the start of 3rd year is already weighing on my mind. It’s set to be a full year of hands-on electives, our first surgical experiences, and then clinical rotations await us at the end of it all.
Which is equally exciting and terrifying to me.
First and second year were getting all the basics down: anatomy, all of the “-ologies,” basic hands-on time with a variety of species. 3rd year will bring about the opportunity to take a variety of electives in the area I am most passionate about in veterinary medicine – equine vet med. In addition to all my core medicine and surgery courses that will cover a wide variety veterinary species, I’ll also be taking an Equine Imaging course, an Equine Topographical Anatomy course, and an Equine Theriogenology course.
I cannot wait to expand my knowledge in all thing equine, but I know I am going to be hard at work with the highest course load I’ve had since entering veterinary school. I am hopeful that it will feel less like work since it is a subject matter that I am highly interested in.
So, there are a few things I am doing in preparation for the upcoming semester, and year.
First, I am completing an equine veterinary medicine externship for several weeks in Florida. I am then coming back and participating in an equine-related research project. I hope these activities will help me hone my hands-on and laboratory skills headed into the school year.
Additionally, with surgery on the horizon, I am practicing technical skills like instrument handling and suture patterns.
Once I return from my externship, I will also be launching into a NAVLE study program, which is something I wanted to start in on before getting into the middle of a very busy fall semester. I’ll also use the remainder of my summer, post-externship, to review major concepts from previous classes so I can hopefully jump back into classes without being super rusty!
Perhaps the most important thing I am doing in preparation for 3rd year though is relaxing and enjoying my final summer. I am aware of the importance of reviewing material, studying for the upcoming year, and continuing to gain experience – but I also recognize how important it is to actually decompress and take time to relax. I want to be as refreshed as possible headed into the school year.
I cannot wait to jump into all of my courses, especially my equine classes, but for now, I am relishing my summer vacation and taking advantage of all the opportunities it has to offer me. I know the school year will be here before I know it, and I know I will be well prepared!