Our third-year schedules are based on block scheduling. This means that, instead of having the same classes all semester, we get to take more courses that pertain to our veterinary interests—electives. The block schedule doesn’t replace the main medicine, surgery, and radiology courses that we all take throughout an entire semester, but we get a much wider peek into specialty areas in veterinary medicine with courses that each last four weeks. It can be hectic, changing schedules every four weeks, or trying to cram all of a topic into only a month of coursework, but it has been a very rewarding and helpful year! The block schedules have been a little more forgiving as far as time for our personal lives go, and the fact that we only have a few courses which have major tests is a great relief after having spent the first two years being in the same classes all day for a whole semester and having several major tests in every one of them. It has been a year to have fun with our profession, and for that, I am very grateful.
Now that I’ve had time to see a wider, more clinical, more practical array of veterinary techniques and procedures, I feel much more prepared to start work in the clinics in just a couple of weeks. Nearing the end is terrifying and exhilarating all at once, and while I can’t wait to put all my skills and knowledge to the test, I’ll be missing this fun year of learning and a more forgiving schedule.