As a veterinary student, today was one of the most exciting days of veterinary school so far. Everything is finally starting to come together, and the remainder of my path through veterinary school is clear. You may be wondering what I am actually talking about??? I finally have my clinical year schedule! After months and months of waiting and drafting ideal schedules, I finally know how the rest of my time in veterinary school will go (assuming that I pass third-year and actually make it to fourth-year).
All of us students have been stressing out over this mainly because we just wanted to know. The schedules are selected via a lottery system, meaning that you aren’t guaranteed to get your ideal schedule–you may get what you want or you might not. Fortunately for me, my schedule was pretty much exactly as I wanted, but for many other people in my class it didn’t seem to go as well.
As a food animal student, I also have many external blocks to fill. In order to do that, I need to know what dates I can work at an external clinic so that I can try to find someone that matches with my openings. Currently, I plan on doing a dairy externship in upstate Vermont and possibly doing my other blocks in upstate New York. At the same time, I could also add any internal rotation at school. I am leaning toward doing our theriogenology block to learn more about reproduction. Even though there are still some slots left up in the air, it is nice to have some sort of idea of how my clinical year will go.