What I learned in vet school
If all goes well I graduate in around 4 months time and I thought it’d be a nice time to reflect on the four year ride that is vet school.
1. I learned about death. Horses run towards it, cats go quietly seething, dogs give it their best shot and cows just say ‘fuck you’
2. PPP is inevitable. Poos pus and pee on all of the things
3. There are some really cool people who do vet school. Some of them are crazy but they’re a pretty awesome bunch. Neurotic for sure but fun
4. ‘Professionals’ are still human. You can break that glass ceiling! No one knows everything and we’re all forever learning and trying to better ourselves
5. Don’t compare yourself to others. I don’t even look at class averages anymore, it’s a lot more peaceful that way. I just keep trying my best
6. Nasty people are normally unhappy people. Do happy people belittle other people? No, because they’re happy people, they get their kicks doing other things
7. There is more than one way to do a thing. More than one way of getting into vet school, getting through vet school and progressing your career, heck even putting a bloody catheter in
8. There is such a thing as studying too much. You get burnt out…and end up crying in the middle of your exam as everything you thought you remembered seems to leak out of your ears
9. Work life balance is important! Note lesson 8
10. It helps having a good support network. It could be friends, family, whatever!
11. When it’s time, it’s time. This is applicable in many scenarios. Even though I am sure many in my cohort don’t feel ready to graduate, we are all tired of being students and it’s time to take that next step…mmm maybe leap haha