Moments in life that pan out exactly as you planned them rarely occur. At least, that is what my experiences have taught me. I can plan and plan and plan some more, but the reality is usually a little different than what I planned. I think that is part of learning to be spontaneous while embracing the unexpected nature of life. However, I had a moment this past week that was quite close to what I had envisioned. In fact, it was the whole week that made me feel like I had arrived at a place that I have been preparing for years…It occurred during an elective surgery course that my classmates and I had the chance to take.
It was sparked when we started the first day. We had to get some sheep ready for a procedure. Unlike other times, we were the ones who were in complete control. We had to calculate drug dosages, check them with the supervising veterinarian, and administer them. Once the animal was stable, we had to place an intravenous jugular catheter, induce anesthesia, and maintain them under anesthesia while we did the procedure. Of course, we had guidance and supervision the whole time, but we were the ones who were responsible for our own actions. If we did not call a clinician over to help us, we had the helm for the whole procedure. It was completely on us. Honestly, after a few moments of nervous energy, I trusted my instincts and my training and let my confidence take over. The procedures all went well once we focused and used what we have learned over the years to complete what we had to do.
I really felt like a vet student during these days. I know it may seem odd to say that sometimes I do not really feel like a vet student. Those days are usually the ones when we sit on our butts for hours and hours in a dark lecture hall listening to someone talk to us. No matter how enthusiastic a student you are, it can get old. It is the days when we get a ton of hands-on time when I really feel like a vet student. Luckily, clinics are right around the corner, so the hands-on time will only increase from here.