All of the fourth-years found out early in January that they did (or did not) pass boards. Most of us passed, and the relief was instantaneous. However, I had to smile because almost instantly Facebook posts started appearing from third-year veterinary students looking for board materials available for sale, asking what materials were best, when to start studying, etc. It made me smile, not because I was enjoying the scene of them stressing, but because I couldn’t help but remember being in their shoes last year. I remember how easy it was to ignore boards because they were so far off, but then all of a sudden the fourth-years had passed and we were next in line. Suddenly we couldn’t ignore it anymore. The ball was in our court, and the race was on. I can honestly say studying was a lot of work, but I walked out feeling like I passed (not that I told anyone that for fear that I wouldn’t and then look like a complete idiot).
Now the third-year students at OSU, and I imagine across the country, are begging for any advice as they face the biggest test of their veterinary school career. My advice: study hard, study early, and study often. I started studying in May with what I knew best (horses) and then moved on gradually working up to 2-3 months before I took boards when I focused on subjects I was less knowledgeable about, such as chickens and exotics. That worked for me. I used a lot of materials from online preparation questions to textbooks to board review flashcards. They all helped me in some way, and I am glad I used them all. For me, the key was frequent studying early on in my fourth year. To all the third-year students out there, good luck and go get that test!