What Ophthalmology Taught Me About Expectations [Clinics Series]

People talk, and the talk surrounding the veterinary ophthalmology rotation had me absolutely dreading it.  The dialogue was that students were swamped with cases, never got to go home, and that the clinicians were mean and regularly yelled at students for not keeping up with the demanding schedule. I was so worked up about how … Continue reading What Ophthalmology Taught Me About Expectations [Clinics Series]

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Why Are You Here If You’re On Vacation? [Clinics Series]

I've always struggled with my mother's version of 'relaxing.'  On the rare occasions when she gets to relax, she prefers to do nothing in particular, which, for her, usually means reading while drinking a cup of tea.  I'm pretty sure she could do this forever.  Don't get me wrong, there was certainly a summer where … Continue reading Why Are You Here If You’re On Vacation? [Clinics Series]

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]

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