With the final week of my external in Vermont winding down I’ll soon be headed back to Virginia. I’ve certainly enjoyed my six weeks back home and I’ve gained a lot of valuable experience. What’s even more exciting is that this will be my final trip back down to veterinary school. The next time I leave school I will have my veterinary degree.
With only a few more months until graduation, the thought of finally being done is exciting. Everything that I’ve ever worked for is finally coming together and soon enough I will be a veterinarian. To make things even better, the last several blocks are going to be some of my favorites. Besides a three-week stint in community practice doing small animal yearly checkups, my last three blocks are all topics that I really like. I have a small ruminant block, then necropsy and lab services before ending with food animal ambulatory medicine.
The last week will also be great because my birthday is on the Friday right before clinics end on Sunday. Using my personal days, I will be able to finish clinics and my time in veterinary school the day before my birthday. After all the hard work and dedication needed to get to this point, I couldn’t think of a better birthday present. Graduation will be a week later and then veterinary school will finally be over.
Yes, it will be sad to leave Virginia and, more importantly, all my friends behind. School was rough and my time here probably wasn’t as happy as I thought it would be while I was a pre-veterinary student. But it has become an important place in my life and I will miss it. My time here coming to an end marks the beginning of my veterinary career and the start of a new adventure. Things are starting to get real and I’m ready to see what the future has in store.