Our last day of rotations was mid-April, and just like that, vet school was over. We had a little over three weeks between the end of school and graduation, so my husband and I packed up our camping gear and headed out west. We were able to spend some amazing time in our country’s national parks, starting in Rocky Mountain National Park followed by Grand Teton and Yellowstone. It was a wonderful change to see some fresh faces and landscapes different from PEI, as a small island doesn’t have a ton to offer in terms of new views. It was also very nice to be outside 24/7 and go hiking all day.
As any veterinary student/soon-to-be-veterinarian would probably agree, the best part of our trip was seeing some amazing animals. I grew up in southern Maine, so I’ve seen deer, foxes, a moose or two, and some small mammals, and since living on PEI the biggest wild animals I’ve seen are foxes. You can imagine my excitement to see herds of elk, bison, antelope and mule deer. We also got to see my favorite animals, bears! We saw three yearling black bear cubs in Rocky Mountain, three grizzlies in Grand Teton and a singular old man black bear having the best day rooting in Yellowstone. We saw tons of other animals as well including coyotes, beavers, otters, moose and many more, including lots of amazing birds I had never seen before. Did you know there are pelicans in Yellowstone?
Our trip was an awesome break to see the country and get some outdoor time after a long four (not to mention all the school before vet school) years of learning. It also gave my husband and me a long overdue chance to spend some time together since we’ve been mostly apart for my vet school adventure. I’m very glad we had the opportunity!