I felt so relieved when I looked at my NAVLE result and it said I passed. I have been worrying about it since the day I took it–I was so sure that I did not pass. What’s funny is that right after the exam, I actually started re-studying for it to prepare for my second round of taking it in April.
I started studying early because during several rotations before I sat for the NAVLE in December, I did not study for it a lot because I was so so exhausted on those intense rotations. If I had to do it over again, I would schedule a vacation before the NAVLE and study during that time. Studying for it earlier would have given me peace of mind because I forgot quite a bit of clinical information that I studied earlier in vet school. Especially some of the swine and poultry diseases that I do not encounter often.
I feel like things that we learn during rotations are most helpful in preparation for the NAVLE. Guess what? The NAVLE is testing your knowledge being a veterinarian, and all of our classroom studies ultimately cultivates in our clinical year when we are so close to being a real veterinarian. I would say reviewing what you have learned during rotations is not only good for prepping for the NAVLE but also a good refresher for our career that’s going to start in just a blink.
Just one more fun fact about me taking the NAVLE – When I finished the first session of the test, I had a strong feeling that I was going to fail it. Such feeling may not necessarily a bad thing as I was really calm during the following 5 sessions thinking that I was going to fail…