During my week of orientation, I was told “it’s never too early to start studying.” In the moment I thought, “Of course I will stay on top of my first-year classes and not fall behind,” but that was not the studying they were referring to.
As a brand-new veterinary student, the thought of the NAVLE, or the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam, seemed so far away. I couldn’t imagine trying to prepare for that on top of my course loads for the next three and a half years. While many people, such as myself, want to put it on the back burner until you get the grasp of veterinary medicine and its terminology – it’s important to remember that much of what is on the NAVLE is built upon what you learn your first two years in veterinary school. Exercising your new knowledge as you are learning it is the best way to ease the burden of the licensing exam that is so far in the future.
During my first week of school, I signed up for a couple NAVLE questions of the day. One of the favorites is Zuku Review. Every afternoon I receive an email with a multiple-choice question that may be like what is on the exam.
At first, I was very overwhelmed with the loads of terminology I had yet to learn. But by my fourth or fifth week, it all started to click. While opening a question related to cardiology just days after learning the basics of the physiology and anatomy of the cardiovascular system, I saw a light bulb go off above my head. It was finally starting to make sense. As every day goes by, the knowledge I am learning builds as I begin to make sense of the questions. I look forward to them every lunch break to see what skills I can test next.