Expectations vs Reality: Course Load and Curriculum

I’m starting a new posting series about my expectations of vet school and the reality that I’ve experienced one and half semesters in. As a pre-vet student, I had an idealized version of vet school; I was finished with “extraneous” subjects, like English and macroeconomics, and on to learning about what I loved: veterinary medicine. I would get to spend more time hands-on with animals, learning what I really needed to know to go out and be a veterinarian, not just a student who can regurgitate information. Read the rest of this entry

Reflections

I’ve finished my first semester of vet school, and I feel like orientation was just yesterday! I can’t believe how quickly the past four months flew by. I’ve learned all about microscopic anatomy of animals (aka: histology), different types of parasites and the diseases they can cause, how to correctly apply a “kitty burrito“, the differences between dog and cat anatomy, and some of the basic principles of One Health. Outside of the classroom, I was elected as the Student Government Association Information Services (IS) Representative, built a website for SGA, elected as Wet Lab Coordinator for our Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (SCAAEP), and Events Coordinator for our chapter of Christian Veterinary Fellowship (CVF). Needless to say, I’ve been really busy! Now that I’ve had time to slow down (i.e. sleep for days) and look back on the past semester, I had a few thoughts to share. Read the rest of this entry

The Test of Time

The outline for a TBL session.

I wrote about how difficult vet school is about a month ago, after my first round of block testing. Since then, I’ve had two more exams and I’ve begun to settle into a routine for studying and preparing for progress exams. We’ve had three different types of exams so far: block exams, which I’ve discussed previously, Team-Based Learning (TBL) labs for histology, and anatomy practicals. Read the rest of this entry

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

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