For equine majors in veterinary schools across the country (world?), I imagine the following month to be an extremely stressful and exciting time.
Since internships for equine private practices are most often not done through the “match,” many internship application deadlines are usually in October or November. That means that students are required to ask for letters of recommendation at the end of August/beginning of September to allow enough time for those doctors to compose adequate letters. Conveniently, many students are also starting to really focus their studying for the national board exam around this time, too, making the months of September, October, and November fraught with nerves.
Luckily, my most recent rotation had relatively little “on-call” responsibility, which meant I could spend a lot of time at home to perfect my cover letter and resume in addition to ponder which doctors would write me the best letters of recommendation.
Oh, and also figure out where I even want to go in the first place.
For me, I completed all my externships before the end of July. This was uncharacteristic for most equine majors, because many students are smarter than I am and wait to extern at practices they might be interested in applying for an internship at in September.
My plan was always just to do the best job I could. At the end of the day, my decision for where I ended up choosing to apply to for my internship was based equally on the practice’s culture and their ability to practice “good” medicine.