We vet students have so many opportunities to learn. Besides the amazing privilege of being in vet school itself, we have so many other ways of learning. Almost every day, there is at least one lunch lecture on any topic from nutrition to liver disease to environmental enrichment in shelter animals. There is usually at least one wet lab a week, varying from dentistry to blocked cats to equine acupuncture. It really allows us to dip our toes into a lot of very different things, to learn and see what we find interesting.
There are also opportunities that come up because we are vet students. All veterinary students receive a free membership to VIN (Veterinary Information Network), which is an online resource for veterinarians. It provides resources to case studies or personal experience for difficult cases, message boards and forums for vets to discuss treatments or ways of better interacting with clients on difficult topics. There is a wealth of information, and I can easily spend a couple hours scrolling through message boards dreaming of the day I know as much as these people.
I also recently discovered through the AVC’s Nutrition Club that the University of Edinburgh is offering a free online equine nutrition course. So on top of the eleven courses I’m currently taking, I added that into my curriculum. So far, it’s been a great review of equine anatomy and physiology from last year, and a great review of the nutrition courses I took at UVM for the basics of what makes up a diet (eg, fiber, protein, vitamins). I expect I’ll learn a lot once we start formulating diets for equine patients in that class.
It’s really amazing to have so many resources available. Sometimes when I’m bored by the hours of lecture or studying (not that I don’t find the material interesting), it’s nice to do something different that re-motivates me to learn and want to be a better vet student.