The end of the core curriculum is upon us, and to say that I am ecstatic would be a serious understatement. As a class, we have sat through thousands of hours of lecture, endured countless exams, and seen just about every PowerPoint theme available. In a few short weeks, some members of my class will begin their clinical rotations at Penn. Others, including myself, will start taking equine and farm animal-centric electives at New Bolton Center during the coveted “Large Animal Block.”
From January through March, about half my class will be taking rotations such as Equine Sports Medicine, Large Animal Surgery, and Large Animal Medicine. Most of the equine/large animal majors end up packing their bags and moving to Kennett Square to be closer to New Bolton Center, while the rest of the class will end up car-pooling with each other from Philadelphia.
The majority of our curriculum up until this point has been dominated by scientific principles and, unfortunately for me, extremely focused on small animal medicine. It goes without saying that the few equine majors in my class are looking forward to spending two months “in our element” out at New Bolton Center. However, there are definitely a few small animal majors who are also looking forward to spending some time with horses and cows during these two winter months.
A chance to get out of the classroom in Philadelphia is right around the corner, and I can hardly contain myself to study for the last few exams of this quarter!