Jake Goes To Vet School

 

Many of you have met Jake, my wonderful German Shepherd-Golden Retriever mix, through my Instagram feed (on the right hand side of the page) and the hashtag #JakeGoesToVetSchool. After my acceptance to LMU-CVM, I started looking for pet-friendly housing so that Jake could accompany me to school. There’s been many studies on the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of having pets around, and several different studies on the positive effects that dogs have on students (especially medical students, who experience a similar stress load as vet students). I can honestly tell you that even though vet school is overwhelming, my stress levels overall are greatly decreased from my undergraduate years, and I believe much of this stress reduction has to do with having Jake to come home to. Read the rest of this entry

Update: Vet School Is Hard!

Hi followers! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while–I’ve been thoroughly immersed in my first month of classes at LMU-CVM! From now on, I’ll only be posting once a month. Last week was our first round of testing…and let me tell you, vet school tests are harder and more exhausting than anything I ever had in undergrad.

Monday morning we had our first set of block tests; basically, we had tests over four subjects (neurophysiology, anatomy, parasitology, and histology) in one sitting-from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. There were almost 150 questions from all of these classes combined and randomized so that I had no idea from which subject the next question would come. While it took some time to get used to the format and our computer testing software, SofTest, I’m glad that our administrators chose to evaluate us in this manner because this is the exact way boards are laid out–a question about any subject may come up at any time, in any order, so don’t get focused on one subject. Read the rest of this entry

Welcome to Vet School!

The Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine Inaugural Class of 2018 after the White Coat Ceremony on August 15th.

On August 13th, 2014, ninety-six people from across the country gathered in the Math and Science Building, anxiously awaiting the start of orientation. Dr. Gil Burns, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, took the microphone to officially welcome the Inaugural Class of 2018 to the United State’s newest College of Veterinary Medicine. It was an indescribable moment for me–everything I’ve been working toward since I was a junior in high school was finally becoming true. I was starting vet school! Read the rest of this entry

All Creatures Great and Small

One of the most exciting parts of veterinary medicine is getting to work with many different breeds and species of animals; it’s what separates veterinary medicine from human medicine. Whenever I tell someone that I’m starting vet school, they always ask about the program– the length, clinical rotations, internship and residency requirements–especially since this is LMU-CVM’s first class of students. In previous posts I’ve discussed the application process that I went through this past year to become part of the first class. Now, I want to talk about LMU-CVM’s program as well as the classes and experiences that I will be going through over the next four years. Read the rest of this entry

“Vetting” the Field, Part 2

In Part One, I talked about my experience in human clinical research. In addition, I got to work with several vets (in the capacity of shadowing, for the most part) so that I could get a realistic view of large and small animal work and the differences the two practices present. Some of my classmates had thousands of hours of veterinary experience from working in practices; I only had a few hundred, but I had the opportunity to hear the doctor’s reasoning about why they thought the animal had [X] disease and they were going to proceed with [Y] treatment because I was shadowing instead of working as an assistant. Admissions committees want to see that an applicant has put thought and gained real life experience in the field of veterinary medicine so s/he know what s/he is getting into down the road. Veterinary medicine is less glamorous than often portrayed! Read the rest of this entry

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