I have recently been on a rotation that mimics a general practice small animal clinic setting. This rotation has been great for getting used to the everyday hustle and bustle of a clinic, and for learning important medicine-related time management techniques. The best part of this rotation, though, that is unlike others, is that we are able to talk with clients about their pets one on one as if we are already graduated veterinarians. The senior clinicians are still present for support and to okay our treatment plans, but they allow us to do most of the talking for our appointments. It has truly been a privilege and something that I have enjoyed far more than I ever expected. I love talking with clients, and I love building relationships with people who are coming to me for information about how to best care for their pets. It has been great to get a taste of what my world will be like when I graduate. I am excited to be able to be the person that people come to when they need help, or get a new puppy, or have questions about their pets that, finally, I will be able to answer without double checking with someone over my shoulder. The taste of “freedom” has been nice and also eye-opening. In a few short months, it WILL be just me without the safety net of an academic environment. I am ready for this. I’ve trained my whole life for this. I can’t wait!