Reflecting on the past couple of weeks, things have seemed to slow down a bit. The month of March is always a busy, interesting time in vet school. March is pretty much synonymous with the word “symposium.” This year I decided to forego the SAVMA symposium to attend the Veterinary Medical Symposium at Tuskegee, and I have to say it was worth staying in town for. A lot of alumni come back for events like that, so it’s an excellent networking opportunity and a good way to just generally seek advice from those who have “been there” and “done that.”
I think the great thing about our profession is that we’re such a good community, and there’s so many people who really just want to be a helping hand. I had the pleasure of meeting several doctors who are from or practice in the area where I live, and a lot of them gave me really good advice for the upcoming year. Most of them tasked me to figure out what to do with myself in veterinary medicine (which will be way easier said than done, but I digress).
Symposiums are a great networking tool and a great way to meet people you probably wouldn’t otherwise, especially if you go to symposiums hosted by your school. This is not intended to knock national conventions, as I’ve made really good contacts in that arena as well, but for me it seems like alumni from the school you attend have a greater interest in being of help to the students.
The reality of the matter is we only have 4 years (or in my case, closing in on 2 years) before we’re out in the real world as doctors. While you’re marathon studying, be sure to take advantage of the various networking opportunities you’ll be presented with.