With summer drawing to a close, I’ve been reflecting on all the truly wonderful things that happened these last few months. In my personal life, I got engaged, planned a wedding, and was able to spend a couple of weeks with my army fiance. I saw all my friends at one point or another and caught up with the people I love.
I also had great veterinary experiences. Some of my classmates wanted to take the summer off and away from animals, but not me. Working at the equine clinic this summer was a great way to keep me fresh on what I learned in my first year. When we’d be working on a horse with a laceration for example, I’d try to think what muscles, nerves, and arteries were in that location. Quizzing myself was helpful, but I also had great mentors who not only kept me on my toes and made sure I knew my stuff, but also helped to further my understanding and teach me new things.
On that note, I saw some awesome cases, some weird cases, some gory cases, and some boring cases. Veterinary medicine certainly brings a plethora of experiences to everyone, some by the book, and some so “out there” that we’re all left scratching our heads. All in all, I furthered my learning this summer in a very fun way. Hate to break it to you, but studying and taking exams is no fun. I know, it’s surprising right? Unfortunately, I won’t be going out on farm calls during school to learn pharmacology and virology, but I took away positive learning experiences this summer, and I’m certainly hoping for many more to come in my future as a vet.