Only two rotations stand between me and graduation: Large Animal Emergency Medicine and Equine Lameness and Surgery. LAEM is an overnight shift with hours between 10 pm and 8 am, though if there are emergencies, a student may get called in as early as 4 pm. This one is going to hurt; I have a hard time changing to daylight savings time, much less switching to two weeks of all-nighters.
Equine lameness is a rotation I have already done once, but it is necessary to take it twice to complete the large animal track requirements. It is an intense rotation with long hours and constant activity. I think the hardest part of the last two rotations will be staying engaged. Four tough, hectic, stressful years of vet school, following undergrad, and I have been struggling with my last few weeks.
My attention sometimes lags, I no longer look up the details of the next day’s cases the night before, and trying to impress clinicians is a thing of the past. Then, at other times, I realize that I have only a few more weeks to learn everything I need before starting this new career–and I panic.
Other students I have spoken with are in similar situations. We are ready to be finished with vet school but a little trepidatious about taking the next step. It is nice to know that I am not alone, but it will still be hard to keep up with these last two rotations.