Each semester of veterinary school is different, but I can honestly attest to the fact that each year gets better. I remember hearing from upperclassman that the worst year of vet school is second-year. I thought it was 10x better than first-year and then third-year was better than second-year. With each semester that passes, you have another one under your belt and vet school just becomes second nature.
The toughest transition for me during vet school was going from second-year to third-year. The reason is that we really start working as “little doctors.” In my school’s third year, we finally have patients to care for in our surgery courses. Third-year was a learning curve because we had to balance surgery days on top of our regular lecture schedule plus any extracurricular obligations you may have (for me that was being SAVMA President and a student representative for a company). Now that I’ve finished my third year of school, here are some tips I want to share for transitioning from second to third year.
- Divide and Conquer: If you haven’t already been doing this, do it now. Split up lecture material with your friends to make study guides/resources. This was a game changer for me. We had so many classes and not enough time so dividing up the material among friends and creating communal study material helped so much!
- Help Everyone: This year was all about teamwork and depending on one another. The days were very long and exhausting but having my classmates there for support was vital. Having an extra set of hands during patient care checkups or even just having someone remind everyone when a quiz or assignment was due was extremely helpful. So, help each other out because you’re going to need it and appreciate it!
- Ask for Help: Whether that be from your friends, classmates, or professors, make sure you reach out to others if you need help!