Many of us come into veterinary school with an idea of the career path we want to follow. We recognize our interests and make choices along the way that will help us achieve our ultimate goals. We are often even more resolute about where we do not want to end up. Knowing what we don’t want to do helps us narrow down our options, but every now and again we get thrown a curve ball.
Since the beginning of veterinary school, I had told myself that I had no interest in specializing and, therefore, no interest in pursuing an internship. After further guidance from our business classes, I became even more firm in this decision because I felt as though an internship would be a poor financial choice. I made this decision pretty clear upon my first day at my ICU rotation. To my surprise, several of the veterinarians asked if I was interested in doing an internship. Their curiosity made sense because many students who do rotations in referral/emergency practices plan to pursue an internship or residency. I made it clear that those were not my intentions and I was simply there for the learning experience.
Well, by the end of the week I wish I had bit my tongue. I had the most incredible time during my ICU rotation. I was amazed at how cohesive the massive referral practice was. All of the veterinarians worked together closely so that their departments meshed extremely well. They all acted as a team and bounced ideas off of one another to provide the best care to their patients. I was even more impressed to learn that they have a pathologist on site. Over the course of five days, I had gained so much knowledge and got to follow some amazing cases. Needless to say, by Friday I was truly questioning whether an internship was right for me. This consideration weighed even more heavily on me when I found out that the hospital has an internship program.
Now I have some big decisions to make. I have plenty of time to mull it over, but the seed has certainly been planted.