Happy New Year!
Returning to classes this Wednesday marks the countdown to our next adventure: clinics! Which, really, means that we’re practically doctors. Which is simultaneously thrilling and terrifying in the “Yes-I’m-finally-a-grown-up-but-oh-dear-am-I-in-charge-now?” kind of way.
Different schools structure clinics in different ways, but for my school, we have one full calendar year of 2-4 week rotations, running from May to April. After graduation, you are a veterinarian and can start practicing as such. If you want to specialize in a particular area (yes, there are veterinary cardiologists, dermatologists, behaviorists, reproductive specialists, oncologists, radiologists, etc), you will seek further education after graduation, usually via an internship and residency, but that isn’t required to be a practicing veterinarian (this is different from the training of human doctors).
During clinics (which start in May), my goal is to write at least one post per rotation about that rotation, to give a glimpse inside the hectic fourth year schedule. My hope is that pre-veterinary students will be able to benefit from this perspective, but it may also be of interest to anyone who’d like to know more about how their veterinarian was trained. If there are any pre-veterinary students out there (or if you know any pre-veterinary students), please know that I am always happy to answer any questions about the process of becoming a veterinarian, and I’d love to hear from you.
In the meantime, my classmates and I still have one more semester before we cross into the mysterious void called clinics. This semester includes companion animal medicine, ruminant medicine, poultry medicine, swine medicine, radiology, ethics, surgery lab, and a species-focused farm animal management course (my species is still TBD, but I’m crossing my fingers for sheep/goats).
On a different note, I would be remiss if I failed to mention that I’ve gained another perspective in the past two months. Now, in addition to being a former teacher and a current veterinary student, I am a mayor’s wife! This will undoubtedly lend itself to some interesting insights, and I’m excited to share them with you.