I did not really know what to expect when it came to being an intern veterinarian. I knew I was going to be expected to work long, unforgiving hours, but the reward for doing so would be to grow as a young veterinarian. As an extern, I lived above the clinic for two weeks and assisted the previous interns with whatever procedures or treatments needed doing while I was there. I knew from the moment I parked in the lot in front of the clinic that this was where I was meant to be, and when I was offered the position to join as an intern from 2016-2017, I was ecstatic to become a part of the team.
From a logistical standpoint, I had heard about the intern living quarters located only just down the road from the clinic but had no idea what the living situation would actually be like. I had received emails from my intern-mates in the months leading up to the first day, but I still had my apprehensions about our ability to all work as a cohesive unit, especially since we would be living together in the clinic-provided housing. While I am a social person, I do enjoy coming home and being able to decompress without having to worry if my roommate was using all of the hot water in the shower. I was particularly nervous about meeting my intern-mates as they already all knew each other. They had all visited the clinic at the same time and had already become good friends with each other. Needless to say, I walked into my first day a little apprehensive.
However, within a few minutes of meeting everyone, I could tell that we were going to be just fine and that we would be friends for a very, very long time. Working with them made the day go by as quickly as it possibly could and when emergencies came through it did not take long until we were a well-oiled, efficient, functional and skillful team. On top of that, knowing that I would have them at home to debrief about our days, complicated cases, personal lives, or whatever else was going on made working those 16+ hour days tolerable. While I would never want to go back to working those hours again, I truly value the experience that I had as an intern and the people I met as a result of working through such a unique experience.