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Expectation vs Reality: Studying

Last time, I talked about my expectations and the reality of the course load and curriculum at LMU-CVM. Another expectation I had about vet school was the amount of time I would spend studying. Even after talking with several medical students and my parents (who are physicians), all of whom told me “you’ll be studying ALL THE TIME”, I still wasn’t prepared for the vast amounts of information I would be receiving and the amount of time outside of class that I would have to spend reviewing the day’s lectures, preparing for the next day’s lectures, and compiling resources in outlines, study guides, and flashcard sets in anticipation of our next test.  Read the rest of this entry

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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

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

“Vetting” The Field, Part 1

My past two posts have been about gaining valuable animal experience for your veterinary school application (see It’s All About The Animals Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t read them!). Now, it’s time for veterinary experience! After talking to some other members of the LMU-CVM Inaugural Class of 2018, I realized how incredibly varied and unique each of our experiences are. Some people are licensed veterinary technicians that decided to return to school to further their education; others have worked in a vet clinic in different capacities (i.e. kennel technician, veterinary assistant, receptionist) since they were in high school. Then you have people like me that have lots of animal experience and a great GPA, but not as much veterinary experience. I took a somewhat unconventional route to gain much of my experience: an internship in clinical research (with humans). Prior to the current cycle, VMCAS included experience with any healthcare professional as “veterinary”, not just work done with or under the supervision of a veterinarian as in the 2015 cycle. I’m glad VMCAS clarified the definition this year because there was a lot of debate about whether an experience could be considered “veterinary” in the past. Read the rest of this entry

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