“About a year from now, you will all be doctors!”
These words from my professor reverberated through my mind. As soon as they left her mouth, the entire class began to mumble. Eyes widened around the room as we all felt the same collective feeling of being unprepared.
‘I’m not ready,’ I thought to myself over and over again. I could feel the anxiety begin to rise at the thought of being out on my own. Of having my own patients. Of making my own choices.
A year stands between me and the working world. It doesn’t seem like nearly enough time to prepare and feel truly confident in my abilities. Though, I do have to remember that over the course of the next year, I will be spending most of my time in various veterinary clinics, getting real-life experience.
I have been told by other veterinarians that upon graduation, new veterinarians are basically walking encyclopedias. We have an endless wealth of knowledge. At this point in our lives, we will know more about veterinary medicine than we ever will in the future. This is due to the fact that the moment we step out of our teaching institutions we slowly lose much of the information we learned.
Most of us will funnel ourselves into specific fields of veterinary medicine and forget some of what has been taught to us about animals we will not practice on. A swine vet does not necessarily need to know about reptiles and vice versa.
At the end of the day, I guess what I am getting at, is that we are a wealth of knowledge. We often underestimate what we know and even though we are nervous now, we are more prepared academically than we ever will be. Paired with our clinical teachings we will all be ready to hit the ground running.