In these times, social media has become a powerful tool for anyone in the veterinary field including vet students, vet technicians, and veterinarians. It allows us to connect with others and find new learning opportunities. Today, I wanted to reflect on how it has greatly impacted my vet school journey in several ways. I believe these platforms are more than likes and followers, it is a community where we can express ourselves and connect with new people.
Here are the five ways social media has changed and helped me to become a better young veterinarian:
#1 Being part of an online vet community and connect with others– I have been able to connect with aspiring vet students that are applying to vet school or will attend to vet school soon. It feels good being able to help others and inspire them. I truly love to share with them some of my posts written to give advice and motivation.
Here are some of them:
Open Letter to First-Year Vet Students https://vetstudentstories.merckmanuals.com/open-letter-to-first-year-vet-students/
How Do I Deal with Stress in Vet School? https://vetstudentstories.merckmanuals.com/how-i-deal-with-stress-in-vet-school/
#2 Discovering amazing opportunities- I have learned and found amazing externship opportunities on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram. I also applied to scholarships and travel grants announced on Instagram. Last year, I won one of them and I traveled to Chicago for the first time ever. I have a great time there.
#3 Getting more learning opportunities- I have joined the VetX Thrive Community created by Dr. Dave Nicol where I am learning about non-clinical skills like client communication, persuasion, listening skills, and more. I even got access to the pdf version of the book “So you’re a vet now so what” written for new vet grads.
#4 Collaborating with other vet blogs- I have collaborated with other veterinary websites like Veterinary Professional NextGen, Snout School, and Dr. Andy Roark’s blog. I have had the opportunity to discuss the lessons learned from diversity and during my senior year of vet school, I love my profession and I am glad to be able to embrace the value of diversity.
#5 Learning about personal development- I have also connected with amazing entrepreneurs that have taught the importance of mindset, self-growth, and business planning. I love reading self-improvement books and taking courses to create valuable content for my social media accounts.