All throughout my life, I have always heard that being a teacher is one of the most difficult and underappreciated jobs. While going through school, I found a teacher or two who I thought was doing an amazing job. But I never really understood why so many people felt this way. It wasn’t until I started veterinary school that this fact started to sink in.
Almost instantaneously, I noticed one common trait among the professors at the school. They were all highly qualified individuals, wanting nothing more than to help the students succeed. Over time, it became readily apparent that they were committed to helping my class in any way possible.
For example, one of our anatomy teachers has set up a mock anatomy lab practical each weekend before a big exam. On the weekend days when she was not able to be at the school, she invites students to come to her house review sessions. Almost every night I have received emails from her with important bits of material or just to give us all a nice shot of confidence. One of our other professors dressed up as John Wayne and stuck his fingers in his belt loops to demonstrate how abdominal muscle fibers run caudoventrally.
The fact that my professors are going to such great lengths to help my classmates and me out shows me that I’ve made the right decision in coming to this school. It also makes everyone feel so much more confident about their abilities, because we constantly have teachers who have confidence in us. It is nice knowing that no matter who you turn to, every individual is always ready to give an arm and a leg to help you.
The real point of the story is to say thanks to all these individuals. In my mind, they have gone far above and beyond the call of duty for a veterinary school teacher. Nowhere in their job description is it mentioned that they must come in after hours and on weekends to do more teaching or grade 120 papers in a single night just because they know the students are anxious for the results. But miraculously, my professors have done all of these tasks anyway.
After talking with my friends who are attending other schools, the faculty and staff at those institutions are also held in high regard. As veterinary students, we all owe it to our teachers to show appreciation for the job they have done. Without them, the road to becoming a veterinarian would be much rougher than it already is.