I can remember when I was in undergraduate college and being a veterinarian seemed so far away. I hardly even knew if I could get into vet school, and it bothered me a lot! I bet many pre-vet students now feel the same way. But, here I am in my third year of vet school, not too far away from starting my clinical rotations. I have done a lot that I wanted to in life. Heck, I even have a dog! With all these things shaping up, it is humbling to think that our DVM degrees are right around the corner.
It is hard to believe, but many “doctor” things are already happening to us. The prospect of getting a job is closer than ever. Some of us already have job offers or at least a good idea of where we want to practice. It seems a little surreal to me that I have had discussions with vets about actual future employment that will commence in the next couple years. We have had lots of lectures concerning employment contracts and negotiations. It is exciting to have all these things to think about, especially knowing that they will be a reality soon.
I was wrong about a lot of things that I thought maybe true before I started vet school. There was a time when I thought vet school would be so difficult that I would have no time to do anything else. I thought I might have to give up a lot of things and maybe even live as an academic hermit! While that may be true in some cases, it is usually temporary. I thought that it would be a constant, exhausting grind to memorize everything I need to know and somehow organize it all so that it makes sense in clinical practice. In reality, it has been a progressive learning experience that I feel has lead to constant development with retention of a lot of information that is organized quite well in my head.
With clinics approaching fast, it is nice to know that this progress will be continued with more hands-on experience than ever before. We will no longer have to sit on our butts all day and listen to lectures. Instead, we will be face to face with clients, listening to them and helping their animals. We will be working with top-notch clinicians who will challenge us more than ever. Unlike in the past, we will now be ready to take on this challenge as future veterinarians.