I’ll be starting my third small animal rotation next week and I wanted to give an overview of what a typical 11+ hour day in the small animal clinics looks like. Of course, each rotation is different, for example, at my school, our internal medicine service is notorious for being the busiest and the days are known to be the longest when you’re on that rotation. The cool thing about internal medicine is that you see a wide variety of cases, but this often means your patients require around-the-clock monitoring and more intensive treatments. When I was on soft tissue surgery, these days could be shorter or even longer depending on what kind of surgery your patient had! Typically, my days usually start by getting to the clinics around 6-6:30 am so I can get started on my patients’ treatments or help my block mates with their patients if I don’t have any. After we finish treatments, we should be entering paperwork for the day prior and that morning before 8 am. I find that it’s good to prepare your SOAPs the night before, that way you aren’t wasting time in the morning. After the paperwork is entered, owners are typically called and then rounds begin. Depending on the service, rounds in the morning can either be over a topic (different disease processes, surgeries, etc) or you’re rounding on patients in the hospital. I appreciate topic rounds because it’s a great refresher on current cases in the hospital or things I haven’t seen for a while. I also enjoy patient rounds because I get to learn about other people’s patients. The remainder of the day can be filled with procedures, surgeries, or treatments. Somewhere between all the madness, I try to eat a quick bite and take a short break. At the end of the day, we once again round on our patients and update the team on any changes in treatments, status, etc. We typically end the days by checking on our patients, calling owners with updates, and then signing up for any new cases for the next day!
My name is Kristi! I’m a new grad, travel enthusiast, and woman with dreams of impacting our world through all species. I’m always on the go but Indiana is where I currently call home. When I’m not busy working towards my dreams you can catch me binge-watching Netflix, lifting heavy objects, or planning my next big trip. As a veterinary student, I’ve been through the ups and downs of applying to vet school and life in vet school. I’m a passionate individual that's looking to share my experiences and help others with theirs.