This isn’t going to be a lengthy post about some esoteric, philosophical topic that forces you to think about your entire career as a veterinarian and your ultimate purpose. This also isn’t going to be a post about some optimistic, over-used, beaten-to-death anecdote meant to motivate you through those busy days studying or on clinics or both.
Simply, this is a succinct and powerful story a clinician told me in between cases during one of the busiest days on clinics at Tufts. This narrative forever altered the way I perceive and respond to challenges like those we – as veterinary students, professionals, and human beings – must handle every single day. His mentor shared this story with him, he shared it with me and my rotation mates, and I feel it is only right to share it with you.
So, the moral of the story? Be the frog, just keep paddling.
Now it doesn’t matter what species of frog you want to be. Everyone learns and practices medicine in their own unique way. Additionally, it doesn’t matter how you want to paddle. Everyone gets to the same end goal of becoming a veterinarian and providing the best care for patients and their owners in one way or another. But through it all, we all fall into the same glass of milk called veterinary school. It’s an enormous challenge, so we might as well help each other out, turn the milk into butter together, and become the best veterinarians we can be.