A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure [Clinics Series]

"Surgeons get to be the heroes," she claimed.  "Think about on TV, when they're running out of options, and they say, 'There's only one way to save him.  Send him to surgery.'" She tossed her head dramatically for emphasis. This was spoken by one of my classmates during our second year of vet school, in response … Continue reading A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure [Clinics Series]

Zoo Living, pt 2 [Clinics Series]

For block 11 and 12, I shadowed the veterinary medical team at the North Carolina Zoo.  This was a very familiar environment for me, because I volunteered over 90 hours during the summer of 2011 at the wildlife rehabilitation center associated with the zoo, and toured the hospital on a Pre-Vet Club field trip in … Continue reading Zoo Living, pt 2 [Clinics Series]

Taking the NAVLE

When researching how to become a veterinarian, most [American] sources will tell you that the process involves completion of prerequisite courses (usually with the completion of an undergraduate degree), followed by four years of veterinary school.  They often leave out the small detail that you also have to pass the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (NAVLE), … Continue reading Taking the NAVLE

How Bad Can It Be If There’s A Pony To Snuggle? [Clinics Series]

I have always loved horses.  I started riding around the same time I first wanted to be a veterinarian, and while I don't remember my exact motivations, I can't help but believe there was probably more than just correlation between the two.  Although I came to the conclusion during my first year of vet school … Continue reading How Bad Can It Be If There’s A Pony To Snuggle? [Clinics Series]

I’m Not on Vacation, I’m at a CONFERENCE [Clinics Series]

Block 6 of my clinical year in vet school is an odd one to describe, because I simultaneously did very little clinical medicine and did (potentially) a whole lot to advance my career. First of all, if such a thing existed, I would be a card-carrying conference junkie. Counting them out, I've attended sixteen conferences … Continue reading I’m Not on Vacation, I’m at a CONFERENCE [Clinics Series]

I AM the Emergency [Clinics Series]

The small animal emergency rotation is split into two shifts: daytime shift (aka triage) and nighttime shift (aka ER). For each shift, there are designated "receiving hours" during which incoming patients are assigned to a student on the shift. From there, patients may be treated immediately, temporarily housed in the ER while awaiting diagnostics, or … Continue reading I AM the Emergency [Clinics Series]