Free time away from school and work is a rare commodity; however, in the small amount of time in between the two I started rewatching one of my favorite TV medical dramas. While watching this show I am amazed that I understand exactly what the characters are saying. What originally seemed like medical mumbo jumbo when I first watched the show, is now comprehensible words about differential diagnoses or specific conditions.
I understand a whole new language – the language of the medical field. For this knowledge, I would like to thank my veterinary terminology, anatomy, and physiology classes and the hours of study that have enabled me to understand this language that is vital to working in the medical field.
What I have realized about veterinary medicine is that the material we study is not easily forgotten because it keeps popping up via this marvelous language in other classes, fieldwork, or even day-to-day activities. For example, just the other day a black fly flew into the corner of my eye and bit it. I immediately thought, “Ouch, my right lateral canthus,” and this came to mind as easily as one would think, “Ouch, my eye.” It’s amazing that this language is now part of the day-to-day thoughts that roam in my head.
Studying veterinary terminology, anatomy and physiology have opened my mind to a larger understanding of the veterinary world. It allows me to understand the language of the field, with the added benefit of understanding medical TV dramas.