Monthly Archives: April 2011

Awesomeness times three

I have three bits of news that are pretty awesome, and I need to remind myself of these things on days like today (2.5 hours of sleep, BRUTAL Clin Path exam that had way more guessing than I’m comfortable with…). Listed in order that I found them out, not in order of awesomeness because I wouldn’t be able to choose :)

  1. This summer will be uber amazing. I was looking around for a great lab animal opportunity, and it had to pay because I still have to pay bills, rent, etc. I was preparing applications for a ton of places, most of which were on the East coast. There just aren’t many any paying lab animal internships on the West coast. Then one day I got an e-mail from my research mentor, telling me that he ran into a colleague from UCLA at a conference. I had been in touch with the lab animal veterinarian there, but hasn’t heard anything. Well my mentor secured me an internship spot at UCLA, and is PAYING ME out of his own research money!!! UCLA doesn’t have the budget to offer me any money, but my mentor is so amazing and knows that Scott lives in L.A., so he’s actually going to pay me to go work at UCLA with the lab animal veterinarians all summer!! I get to have an amazing experience at a fantastic institution AND live with my husband for three months! Dude. Doesn’t get much better.
  2. I started looking into externships for fourth year, as well. For those of you not familiar, during our fourth year we have a number of weeks for externships, depending on our track. They are 2-8 week blocks of time that you go and spend somewhere outside of the vet school hospital to get further experience in the particular field you want to go into after school. And although fourth year seems really far away still, they recommend getting externships lined up early. So after some networking, some e-mails, and a phone interview, I landed an 8 week externship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies!!! I am super stoked about this – Salk is one of the most respected and recognized research institutions in the world, and apparently externing there is incredibly valuable. I wanted this particular position more than any other, so I’m extremely excited about it!
  3. Just today I found out that the paper written about some research I participated in over the summer was finally published!! Ahhhh! It’s published in Veterinary Pathology, and it’s currently online with the paper version being printed in the next issue. I’m a PUBLISHED AUTHOR. Holy crap. Amazingness. Considering my background where I came from, everyone’s expectations for me, and where I was headed… it’s hard to believe and I’m pretty proud of this. I’m not first author (or 2nd… or 3rd… okay I’m 7th), so it’s not *that* big of a deal, but it’s exciting for me and I’ll take it :)

Okay, guess I should go back to listening about calf diarrhea… counting down the hours until epic nap time.

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And … BREAK!

I haven’t posted in awhile, but that’s because I’ve been SO BUSY! And tonight I could (should?) be busy, but I decided to take a break for the evening. Partly because I’m so exhausted, but also because I feel myself getting sick and I need to kick it in the ass before it really settles in.

So the past few weeks have included so much amazingness :) Full of birthday celebrations (including a house party with pictures of us flying through the air and orange sherbet margaritas and lunch and wine tasting in the beautiful Napa Valley), hiking at Lake Berryessa (two separate timesĀ  – I totally fell in love with that place), a delicious potluck with amazing friends, a KILLER Sacred City Derby Girls double header, UC Davis Picnic Day, a weekend with my wonderful husband, and – of course – lots of studying.

To that end, we’re four weeks in and have had 2 quizzes (Small Animal Medicine) and 3 exams (two Systemic Pathology and one Food Animal Medicine)! The quizzes weren’t too bad, and the Sys Path exams were more straight forward than expected, but the Food Animal Med exam was a little rough. One page of multiple choice, and ELEVEN pages of free answer! It was a lot of material to master, and it was this past Monday after Scott was in town all weekend. I felt that the exam was totally fair, but warranted more time than I devoted to it. So we’ll see how that turns out. This morning was one of the Sys Path exams, and it was nice and straightforward.

The next few weeks are totally brutal. This Saturday is the Veterinary Student Outreach Club’s annual Future Day, where we invite about 100 high school students from all over the state to come and take place in wet labs and talks geared to teach them all about the different areas of vet med. Since I’m co-president and giving a presentation, it’s been very stressful planning that. And my entire Saturday is dedicated to it, a loss of valuable study time. Honestly, I’ll be glad when it’s done. Because next week we have 2 exams and a quiz, the week after that we have 3 exams, and then 1 exam per week for the following 2 weeks… and then about a week and a half until finals. Then… I will be halfway done with vet school!! What??! That’s totally crazy to me!

Today I woke up with a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. It might have something to do with 3 hours of sleep Monday night and 3.5 hours last night… so I came home after class and napped, and now I’m headed to bed, super early. As you can see from above, I can NOT afford to get sick right now! So I’m hoping to knock this out before it really settles in.

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Um, yeah… Not a doctor yet.

So that’s obvious to you, and excruciatingly obvious to me, but for some reason (and I’m sure ALL vet students can relate), there are those friends and family members that assume that once you’re accepted to vet school *POOF!* you know everything about vet med ever. I’m only a second year! It was even worse when people asked me things when I was a first year! Now, there are very simple questions I get asked that are totally reasonable based on my past experience as a vet tech, but this morning was not one of those examples. Here’s a conversation between myself and a friend of the family:

[Her]
Hey what do you know about Cushings disease
[Me]
in dogs or humans?
[Her]
dogs our 14 yr dashound was just diagnoised
[Me]
the vet can probably tell you way more than i could
we’ve only just touched on it so far
[Her]
thought maybe you had some insite
poor thing its a sad way to go out
[Me]
unfortunately i’m still learning everything, so the vet would know way more than me
[Her]
if you get the chance to learn and can share i would be in your debt….
[Me]
i probably won’t learn about it until next year, unfortunately. that’s when we cover metabolic disorders
but the veterinarian should be able to answer all of your questions

She didn’t say anything more after that, I’m assuming she was frustrated with me. But if the dog has been to a vet and diagnosed… why ask me questions?? Perhaps the scarier thing is that there are classmates of mine that I know would’ve played doctor in that situation.

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