The NAVLE is only a few weeks away. It’s time to get studying and time is ticking. All I can say is that I am glad I’m on vacation block right now. I’ve been able to get a lot of work done so far and I feel much better prepared than I did. But there is still a lot of work to be done.
No matter how much I study, I find it pretty difficult to improve upon my weakest areas: small animal stuff and avian material. To me, the questions for these species are practically impossible. The practice questions for horses and food animals consist of simple treatments or diagnoses. But for small animal stuff, they ask about specific signs, which treatments would not be best, interpreting CBC Chemistry results, and about the most obscure diseases; all things that I as a large animal oriented student haven’t learned in as much detail as some of my friends. To make things even more convenient, these questions make up the majority of the NAVLE exam.
One major thing I have realized is that the practice questions on my preparatory software are much more difficult than the actual NAVLE provided sample questions. When comparing the two, the questions from real tests are in much less detail and cover the biggest topics. It’s funny how in practicing, I’ve done better on timed tests than the ones that aren’t timed.
With about a month left to study, I know that I’ll be ready when the time comes. In the meantime, I’ll continue plugging away at my dog and cat diseases. Plus on test day, I’ll always have my large animal questions to fall back on.