Looking back on what I’ve done this year makes me realize just how far I’ve come in my veterinary journey. The first day of veterinary school still feels like it was yesterday, but I’ve come a long way from that first-year vet student. Even just from the beginning of 2016, I moved from the classroom into the clinics. I started to see patients, was given patient responsibilities, performed surgeries with more confidence, made diagnoses, came up with treatment plans and overall made the transition from student to budding veterinarian. I went from taking subject exams to taking the biggest exam there is and had to dust out the cobwebs of my brain on subjects such as bacteriology, and poultry diseases.
I wish I could choose one moment from the year that stood out to me more than another. I could choose the super cool case I saw on cardiology, or the really sick patient I finally sent home, or the time I had a great interaction with a client (or a not so great interaction), or I could choose a case where we lost a patient. I don’t think it was a single defining moment that will make me remember this year; it’s the collection of memories that I have that I’ll carry on into my practice. It will be the lessons learned in teamwork, in communication, and in veterinary medicine, that I’ll be bringing with me into 2017.
It was a big year, and I can only imagine that next year’s transition from fourth-year veterinary student to licensed veterinarian will be an even bigger one.