My second to last rotation was one away from school with a practitioner I have spent plenty of time with in the past. I can honestly say it was the best rotation of veterinary school. I woke up every day for two weeks excited for what the day would hold and looking forward to days full of equine medicine. I spent two weeks with amazing staff, wonderful clients, great patients, and the best teacher and friend a veterinary student could have ever asked for. I was blessed.
I had the opportunity to manage my first impaction colic, complete with round-the-clock nasogastric tubing to keep my patient hydrated and daily palpations to monitor the progress we were making with the impaction. I was able to practice joint injections and rectal ultrasounds, I floated teeth, and so much more. In other words, I had the opportunity to practice medicine. I was treated like a doctor, and I loved it.
I have worked extremely hard to get where I am today, but the veterinarian I am about to become wasn’t just built from my work. It is built from the time practitioners have spent guiding my hands as I learned to suture and encouraging me to sweep a uterus once more so I could confidently find the ovaries in a horse. It was built from the encouragement they gave me and the confidence they instilled in me. Some of the best memories I have come from spending time with my mentors, and I will treasure the memories and knowledge I have from them forever. As I get ready to head into the world, I am doing so with their words echoing in my head guiding me to be the veterinarian I want to become.