In the past, I had been quite critical of relationships amongst veterinary students. The idea of dating within the veterinary class seemed quite risky and destined for failure. This was because I had the misconception that two people undergoing the stresses of such a laborious program would be unable to have a healthy, balanced relationship.
As first-year, and then second-year progressed, relationships began to form within my class and between other classes. Most started out subtly and became more public as the relationships strengthened. As with any other small program, rumors were spread and the entire class found out. Others questioned whether or not these relationships would last, but to this day all of them are going strong.
Reflecting on my previous views toward the situation, I have come to realize that I couldn’t have been more wrong. Both of my closest friends are in relationships with fellow veterinary students and couldn’t be happier. The relationships have provided each partner with an endless wealth of support and understanding. I have come to realize, through my observations, that there are multiple benefits to dating a fellow veterinary student:
- The Study Buddy – Dating a fellow veterinary student means that you have a wonderful study partner. More likely than not, you both have similar exam schedules and study techniques. This means romantic dates in the library or studying together in your local coffee shop.
- The Understanding Support System – Both of you are working through the same program and will likely have faced similar difficulties and obstacles. It is really advantageous to have someone to support you who has experienced the same struggles as you. This creates a relationship of mutual understanding.
- A Likeminded Partner – Veterinary students tend to have some similar personality characteristics. While this may not always be the best thing in relationships, at least you know you have a partner with a similar drive and passion for animals.
- The Best Dinner Talks – When dating a fellow veterinary student, there is no need to worry about appropriate dinner discussions. While your non-veterinary friends and family may shy away, your partner will be all ears while you discuss draining abscesses and debriding wounds over a meal.
- Not Needing to Explain the Smell – More often than not, we come home smelling rather foul. When you date another veterinary student you’ll never need to apologize for the variety of odors that cling to your lab coat or coveralls.