The first day of school is always an interesting time. I’ve had many of them but this one is different. Today I start my clinical year in the veterinary teaching hospital. Every vet student dreams of getting to clinics and it hasn’t really sunk in that I no longer will be sitting through hours of lectures and an endless number of exams.
As usual, I think I was restless last night and got only a few hours of sleep. But even that hasn’t had any effect on my enthusiasm toward the thought of finally getting started.
My first block is a three-week stint in radiology… Not the most exciting way to start, especially when my other friends are riding around on goat and horse calls but it’s still better than sitting in lectures all day long.
The first part of the day involved learning where all the x-ray equipment is, how to operate it, and what our job responsibilities are. On top of all that we got our daily schedules plus our on call schedule (and of course I was put on call for the first night).
After that, we got down to business. My job for the day was to help with ultrasound, along with one of my friends. As each patient came in, we had to enter all the patient information into the system, and then position and hold them so that our ultrasonagrapher could examine the patient. While it wasn’t as exciting as I thought it would be, it was nice to be walked through many abdominal ultrasounds. At the end of the day, we left knowing how to perform a complete exam and how to find each of the important structures that we might be concerned about.
Now that the first day is over and my clinical year is well underway I’m completely exhausted. However, I know that I will learn so much over the next year and I am ready for the challenge.