Skip to main content
2 answers
Asked Viewed 72 times Translate

Any times you felt like becoming a vet was becoming difficult for you?

+25 Karma if successful
From: You
To: Friend
Subject: Career question for you

2
Pros
2
0

2 answers


Updated Translate

Michael’s Answer

Hi Perla, thanks for your giving me an opportunity to share my experience. The most difficult moment came in my last year of vet school; it was a couple of months before having to take the board exams (which qualify you to practice medicine and surgery in a private clinic), and I was beginning my clinical rotations. I had just returned from a 4 month lab rotation overseas, a special arrangement that allowed me to gain experience in the country I would live for nearly twenty years, and was in community practice surgery, a rotation that let us do spays and neuters (under supervision). During the middle of the week I would do my first surgery, which seemed to last for hours, surrounded by my Professor and my fellow colleagues, all of whom, I felt, knew so much more than I. The surgery went well, but I had to contend with jet lag and also do service in the emergency clinic during the middle of the week at night. This meant very little sleep, and I was so nervous that the little time I had available for sleep, I ended up lying in my bed at night (I think it was Tuesday of that week), having heart palpitations. I realized, for the first time, the wonder of how I fit in an overseas visit into a very demanding clinical schedule, let alone a demanding 4th year preparing us for the boards, this wonder with which my friends welcomed me back pointed me towards reaching my limitations. I thought that all the prior years of hard work and money invested in my education were for nothing; I was scared of failing.
I hope to have answered your question a little. With the experience of a few more years, I can say that being vulnerable is an important lesson that comes in handy when you deal with situations where there are no clear-cut answers. Where the best treatment available is not enough and you have to understand what other people are going through.
Brene Brown is a writer/researcher who has gained in notoriety recently; she writes about shame and vulnerability well enough, backing up her claims with data, to touch upon some key concepts around these emotions and how they can actually help us attain our goals.
0
Updated Translate

Anne’s Answer

Yes. Veterinary school is very difficult. The first two years were the most difficult. They were mostly "book learning" and labs. By the third year, however, you get to put all this didactic knowledge to practice on real patients. The fourth year is really fun. It's almost like a regular job as your full-time schooling is handling patients under the guidance of clinical professors.

So, if you decide to go vet school, be prepared for some tough courses. It's a bit different from undergraduate school. You will be in class most of the day, like a full time job. Be prepared to be on time and to study a lot! Veterinary school takes a lot of dedication. If you are not prepared to work hard for four full years, you may want to re-consider your career plans.
0