Vet School Difficulties and Accomplishments by the Year
How the eff do you study all these arteries and nerves and muscles??? How do I study for this? Should I join all 15 clubs or nah? Why am I studying harder than undergrad/college but getting worse grades???How can I remember all these people/classmates?? Why do I feel like I won’t be able to pass or be good enough? Depression. Not sure how to juggle exams, friends, family, studying, and mental health. Feeling like there is information overload X 4. Like you are constantly drowning. How do you not drown? 4 tests IN ONE WEEK? WHAT THE EFF.
I survived 4 exams in one week! I recognized an organ during histology today! I didn’t die during my anatomy practical! I remembered a classmate’s name today! I touched a live dog today!
-Difficulties: How in the absolute WORLD is there MORE information this year?? Tell me how this is possible!?!? So many parasites, bacteria, viruses, and pathology to know. Vet school isn’t novel any more, and you are YEARSSSS away from clinics.
-Accomplishments: Can now juggle watching Netflix, talking to your friends, and studying all at the same time. Know almost everyone in class- where they sit, and one or two quirky facts about them. Figured out that grades really aren’t everything.
-Difficulties: Have never been more apathetic.
-Accomplishments: Have never been more apathetic.
4th year (clincs):
-Difficulties: So you’ve been studying for 3 years and you know NOTHING. NOTHING! Where the eff is everything? How do I fill in this paperwork? How do I say this to a client? What is the dose for this medication? Why am I peed on every two seconds?? Why do I not know this? I don’t know how to answer this question by the owner what do I do?? So am I going to get comfortable on the last day of each rotation and then switch and feel like an idiot EVERY SINGLE TIME? Why does this feel so inefficient? OMG my attending vet just asked me a question… PANIC!!! Why does every rotation have so many different ways to do things? Why do I feel like I’m not good enough or I don’t belong here??
When will I have time to eat and sleep and be a human being????
Realizing you can’t save every life.
-Accomplishments: Getting hugged by a client. Being told “you’re going to make a great vet.” Performing surgery. Being able to eat lunch. Somehow surviving every rotation even though you know zero things. Saving a life or two. Getting a day off and enjoying life. Getting a question right. Passing the national board exam (NAVLE). Becoming a doctor of veterinary medicine!