As my third year of vet school and junior rotations at the Small Animal Teaching Hospital comes to an end, I am glad that I was part of an excellent rotation group #7 composed of Kaya, Tina, Alexandria, Aubrey, and Chad. As an introverted person, I tend to be quiet and reserved. I must admit that I may not enjoy spending a lot of time with a group of people. But, I felt blessed to find a group of classmates that I could count on. I can say that most of us share similar personalities and traits but we come from different states including Alabama, Florida, California, Delaware, and Puerto Rico. We might be interested in various fields of veterinary medicine like mixed animal practice, public health, shelter medicine, and more. We made great a team and were always willing to help each other without competition. During clinical case discussions or anytime any of us did something good…we celebrated our small victories.
During our rotations breaks, we sometimes used our time to review for upcoming exams by quizzing each other. We didn’t judge if someone did not know the answer; instead, we would try to find a way to help each other to remember the material. When I studied with them, I retained the information so much better. We also laughed a lot between breaks, supported each other, and most importantly strengthened our friendships!
In just seven months, we completed rotations in 10 departments including small animal medicine, surgery, necropsy, clinical pathology, large animal medicine, and more. I am going to miss my rotation group #7!! Whatever your experience was with your rotation group, be positive and focus in your learning experience. You’ll always remember the time you spent completing rotations so make the most of it!