Sunday, August 31, 2008

Back to school again

It's almost time to head back to class... Crazy how fast the summer flies by! Here's what's on the docket for this coming semester:
  • Large Animal Practicum (a.k.a. lots of time in the large animal hospital)
  • Small Animal Hospital Practicum
  • Veterinary Imaging II
  • Veterinary Toxicology
  • Clinical Skills V
  • Large Animal Digestive Disorders
  • Small Animal Gastroenterology
  • Musculoskeletal System Diseases
  • Metabolic Disorders
  • Multisystemic Diseases
  • Reproductive Diseases of Small Animals
  • Reproductive Diagnostic Techniques
  • Small Animal Reproductive Diagnostic Techniques Lab*
  • Small Ruminant Reproduction
This semester is a mere 24.5 credits, compared to last semester's 36.5, so I've decided to continue my work at the clinic several Saturdays a month. Hooray!
This semester also marks the beginning of 90 weeks of nearly continuous school. After classes start on Tuesday, I'll be in school until May of 2010 with about 10 weeks of break smattered throughout. Eek! Of course, everyone says that third year is better than second, and fourth year is best of all, so I'm looking forward to it.
*Blog tangent: More often than you'd think, the first question that I get from strangers after telling them that I'm a vet student is, "Ewwww, have you ever had to stick your arm up a cow's butt?!" ("arm up a cow's butt" is also one of the more Googled phrases that leads people to our blog) But frankly, I think sticking my arm up a cow's butt performing a bovine rectal exam is far more dignified than the techniques that we will have to learn to perform in Small Animal Repro lab- namely, learning how to "collect" a stud dog for AI. Click on the link at your own discretion (but don't worry, no photos included). *shudder*

EDIT from Chris: Unicorn Chaser needed for that one.

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