This year for the first time, Ohio State vet students didn’t have to wait for “snail mail” to deliver our boards scores, resulting in day after day of nervously checking the mail box wondering the result — and worse, having others around you get their scores while you waited in agony. This year everyone who had applied through Ohio to take the boards received an email on January 11th with the information required to log on and access their results. The emails arrived in mid to late morning, and instantly you could cut the air with a knife. As you wandered the halls, some faces were elated, these being the people who instantly logged on to check scores. Some faces were nervous or jittery, these being the students who were too worried to look while at school for fear that if they failed they would have to face the rest of the day in clinics before being able to go home and cry.
Then there was me…For some reason, when I registered for boards, my email was delayed and I ended up having to call to get registration information. The same happened for my access email to see my scores. It did not come. I checked my spam folder, not there. I kept refreshing my inbox while being on a hectic fifth day of orthopedic surgery, and it was not there. With that in mind I tried to figure out where on the website I could login with the email and password I’d previously set up to register to access my score. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to know while at school, but I had to get the information. I kept searching the NBVME website with no luck. Then all of a sudden, I entered my information again — and there it was!
Before I even realized what I had done, my score was in front of me. I was stunned, confused. I felt like there should have been a big check mark telling me I passsed or explaining all the numbers in front of me. Finally, I found it as I deciphered the score report: PASS. That was all I needed to see. All the studying, the stress, the perseverance had paid off. I passed. Not since I received my acceptance letter into veterinary school have I felt like I was walking on air and even then I don’t think I was this free. What an amazing feeling, success at last.