Fourth year is finally here! Early in May, we began our last clinical year of veterinary medicine. Our schedule is divided into 24 blocks of two-week rotations around the different services in the hospitals. For me, because I am tracking small animal, that means rotating around the different small animal specialty services and a brief stint in an equine rotation at the large animal hospital. I also have two externships to take, and a couple of “free elective rotations” that allow me to pick which rotation I’d like to be on. Among the free electives, there is dentistry, ophthalmology, zoo and exotics, food animal, and a rotation that involves working at a nearby prison which has a self-sustaining program that houses many different kinds of animals. There are so many to choose! I’ll be spending my time, though, in ophthalmology and zoo and exotics. I hope to also treat exotic patients when I am done with school, so the added benefit of another exotic rotation was too good to pass up.
My externships will also be at a small animal/exotics clinic and a mostly small animal clinic, respectively. These first two weeks have been a whirlwind of internal medicine (the service I started on), and I can’t wait to start getting more experience in the fields I’ve grown to love over the three years I’ve been a veterinary student. From here, we are only going up, up and away with our veterinary knowledge and skills, and the grand adventure has only just begun.