Week one at New Bolton Center (the large animal hospital) flew by for me. It was a whirlwind of ultrasounds, echocardiograms, and joint injections as I readjusted myself to hospital life. After nearly six months of sitting down and studying, staying on my feet for more than 2 hours at a time proved to be the most challenging part of my first week back!
This summer is especially exciting for me for a variety of reasons. Primarily, one of my mentors at school suggested that in addition to my designated rotations for the summer, I should come out to the reproduction center in the mornings to palpate mares and hone my skills. I happily obliged, and after my third time I already felt much more comfortable appreciating the mare’s reproductive tract. During my first year, I attended one lab in which we became more familiar with rectal palpation of mares. That lab was a great experience to get my feet wet, but doing the same palpation every morning for 20 minutes is more in line with how I understand and retain material better.
Another interesting facet about my summer at New Bolton Center is that there are dorms where the students can stay during their time there. The rooms are comfortable enough and there is a large communal kitchen shared by all the students on rotations. I have to say that in all my years living in various dormitories, the facilities in this particular one are far better than some of the more desperate situations of my previous college years. While an adjustment from my apartment in Philadelphia (especially my comfortable bed), the dorms provide a cheap and practical alternative to commuting.