In veterinary school clinics, learning in the teaching hospital is a great experience. But spending so much time at school eventually gets stale, especially for small animal oriented students. Even as a food animal student, I feel like I’ve been stuck in the veterinary school hospital for what seems like months on end. But thankfully I’m going to be away for the next couple of blocks.
As I neared the end of my anesthesiology rotation, I was excited to be heading out in the real world for a little while. Looking back on things, I probably didn’t make the best decision when I scheduled two food animal externals in Vermont in the middle of January. Now that I am here, the high for the next week is going to be 0 degrees without taking the wind chill into account. I was definitely not thinking when I scheduled my clinical year.
Even though I’m from Vermont, that is extremely cold, especially when you have to be outside in it all day. My long johns, Carhartt jacket, and thick wool socks will all be put to good use. But even those probably won’t be enough. Now I’m seriously considering investing in some nice new insulated boots, insulated overalls, and other items to make the next six weeks bearable. If I’m going to live here and work here I’m going to have to get used to it.
Now that I’ve been out in this weather for a few days during my holiday break, I seem to have adjusted again to the low temperatures. With the appropriate gear and being used to this kind of stuff, I’m sure it will be a breeze. Hopefully not too much of a breeze though because it gets really cold when the winds are blowing.