It’s that time of year when we register for classes. Time really flies by, because it seems impossible to think that I will be starting my third year in the fall. With choosing electives comes choices. I just registered for my classes, and I couldn’t be more excited. For my electives I’m taking Cattle and Swine Diseases, Equine Advanced Surgical Skills, Equine Colic Team, Common Miscellaneous Problems of Horses and Foals, and Large Animal Radiology.
When I was at a networking event last fall, a practitioner who had graduated 5 years before and was just getting ready to purchase his own practice gave me some interesting advice. He said to take as many electives as you can manage with your core classes. His reasoning was that the more electives you take, the more prepared you’ll be for the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE). In addition to that, he pointed out when you graduate you will pay money for continuing education courses that will be similar to the electives you have access to in veterinary school. Since you are already paying for veterinary school, why not take as many as you can manage while you are there.
In addition to electives, our core classes next year will include our surgery rotation, which will be fun. We’ll be learning the basics of surgery, and it will all culminate at the end of the year with live surgeries when we spay and neuter animals for the humane society. In addition, we have labs off campus to work on our food animal and equine practical skills as well as our skills in parasitology such as identifying the eggs of various intestinal parasites.
It’s going to be exciting! Just another step on the road to a D.V.M.