One of the best feelings is walking away from the academic building at the end of another year of vet school, knowing that finals are over and summer is yours. I felt like jumping for joy (minus the fact that I was so tired from studying I don’t think I could have). I’m officially half way to getting my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine.
Looking back on second year, I have learned so much and worked so very hard. It was easier in some ways than first year and harder in others. In any case, I think overall that I’m glad it’s over and that there are only two years in front of me versus three years.
One thing I really learned or saw emphasized more than ever is what a commitment to lifelong learning veterinary medicine is. I learned so much this year, but in doing so it is more clear to me than ever how much I have yet to learn. I know that much of this information won’t be gained in vet school, but after I graduate. It will be learned working along colleagues, in dark barns on cold nights, in continuing education lectures, and in so many other different places. I know I will learn from patients, owners, textbooks, lecturers, etc. Veterinary medicine isn’t a job, it’s a career. It’s a passion you commit to for the rest of your life. It’s a commitment I am so glad I’ve made!