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Parker Wilcox
March 2017

Preparing for Internships

Now back from break, the prospect of clinics is becoming more exciting as we only have ~40 days left in the classroom. I took this final spring break (yes, the actual last academic vacation) to relax and spend time in Los Angeles with friends. However, spring break was not just about relaxation. Los Angeles is my primary area of interest for living post-graduation, whether that be in an internship (hopefully) or working as a general practitioner. With that being said, it is important to find practices of interest for prospective internships during the third year of veterinary school… or even earlier! 

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Parker Wilcox
February 2017

Staying Motivated

What an interesting Spring semester it has been thus far. I have to admit that my motivation has not been up to par with previous semesters, but it has been a little difficult to focus with 60-70 degree weather and clinics in ~70 days!  Regardless, the most interesting classes this semester are Ophthalmology and Radiology (even though Radiology lives up to its reputation of making life a struggle bus, and I am clearly biased when it comes to Ophthalmology).

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Dan Breuer
February 2017

Getting Close to Graduation

Hello again! The exciting and stressful times continue for the fouth year students! At this point, many of my classmates (myself included) have accepted jobs and most have passed the national board examination ... two major hurdles to complete to successfully transition into becoming a practicing veterinarian. That’s the exciting part. What also comes with nearly completing another chapter in your life means that there are many challenges that are beginning to crop up. Completing licensure applications in the state that you will be living, finding housing, exploring various insurance options, and trying to stretch your ( lack of ) income in order to make it to graduation are all added stressors to the spring semester of the fourth-year. In the grand scheme of things, I still feel very fortunate to be in the position that I am, with much of my formal education behind me, and with only three months until graduation. The reality that walking across the stage will be a catalyst for a whole new subset of exciting and stressful opportunities is beginning to sink in.

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Jacky Peraza
February 2017

Tests, and More Tests, and Cats!

Hello everyone! It is unbelievable how quickly the month of February has gone by. This is mainly due to the fact that exams have started taking place, and time flies when you’re too busy studying and catching up in class. In the case for VM1s, we’ve had at least one exam every week since the start of February. These exams are rolling and keeping us on our toes!

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Jacky Peraza
January 2017

Clubs and Volunteer Opportunities

As a current first-year veterinary student at ISU, I am completely fascinated by the plethora of clubs and organizations the college has to offer. During my first semester, I joined various clubs, including the Ophthalmology Club, Pathology Club, Veterinary Business Management Association, student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Emergency/ICU Club and the Radiology Club. I am currently one of the VM1 representatives for the Ophthalmology Club. Each club is unique and they provide so much hands-on experience and guest-speaker lunch meetings. Throughout the semester, I was fortunate enough to take part in the set-up of an Ophthalmology wet lab. The wet lab entailed practicing various surgical techniques that are routinely performed in the ophthalmology field. These surgical techniques included performing grid keratotomy, eyelid reconstructive procedures for entropion and aqueous centesis, just to name a few. In addition to the ophthalmology wet labs, I also participated in the emergency/ICU wet lab, where I practiced performing tracheotomies.
 
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Parker Wilcox
January 2017

Time Management in Vet School

Here begins my final traditional “classroom” semester of veterinary school, and with a new year comes new resolutions, so I want write on time management in vet school. However, I’m going to briefly mention some dry material first so you can get the idea of day-to-day life– just stick with me. My core courses this semester include: cytology, toxicology, large animal medicine, infectious disease and preventative medicine, veterinary law, ophthalmology (my love), and one of the more feared courses – radiology. The elective courses I have taken this year include: advanced junior surgery laboratory (continuation from fall semester), advanced clinical cardiology, bovine palpation and reproductive evaluation laboratory, and veterinary dentistry. This first week of classes was for sure one of the slowest, but I’ll just blame that on the Veterinary Educational Assessment (VEA) examination we are required to take. It is honestly a painfully inconvenient yet important exam that assesses your veterinary knowledge thus far and foreshadows areas you need to brush up on for the NAVLE (veterinary licensing exam) in November. Since I can’t necessarily comment on the courses I am taking yet, I will write about making time for a life (yes, a real life) outside of vet-med.

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Dan Breuer
January 2017

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Fourth-Year Challenges

Hello again! Finally, the calendar has transitioned to a year that myself, along with my class mates have waited to lay our eyes on for a very long time. In 2017 we will graduate and see ourselves move onto starting the first segment of our young careers as veterinarians. This particular time for a fourth year is generally filled with a lot of excitement, mixed with a heavy dose of nervousness and suspense. Though we are preparing to walk across the stage in five short months, along with that act comes the challenge of finding and accepting a job, or searching for that perfect internship, in addition to moving you and your belongings to a different part of the county, state, or country.

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Parker Wilcox
December 2016

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Clinical Skills and Junior Surgery

Fall semester of my third year was one of the most fulfilling, as well as busy, semesters that I have had so far at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Following the infamously challenging second year and my summer as a veterinary scholar doing Ophthalmology research here at Iowa State, this past semester integrated all the components of my education that I’ve acquired, thus far. However, the pre-eminent experience this semester was embarking on the journey we fondly call junior surgery. Though many may think we just perform surgery, our program offers so much more.

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Jacky Peraza
December 2016

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Lessons from My First Semester

My name is Jacky Peraza. I am a first-year veterinary student at Iowa State University. I have just completed my first semester. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, Calif. My family lives minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. I am the first member of my immediate family to attend college and graduate school. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Merced, in molecular and cellular biology and a minor in psychology in 2013. After graduating from UC-Merced, I worked at the Animal Specialty and Emergency Center in West Los Angeles as a radiology technician, where I was exposed to various specialties within the veterinary profession, including oncology, radiology, cardiology, internal medicine, surgery and emergency/ICU departments.

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Dan Breuer
November 2016

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Field Services Rotation and Boards

Hey there again! Fourth year has been a whirlwind since my last entry. To start off, I have just completed the Field Services rotation. As a large animal-focused student, this rotation was a lot of fun, and it will be very similar to what I will be doing after I graduate. The Field Services rotation is an ambulatory service for food animals, and we spent the two weeks doing treatments on animals around central Iowa, as well as doing all of the treatments as needed at the Iowa State Dairy farm. This rotation was a nice change of pace, especially after completing many small animal rotations during the mid-summer and early fall.

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Dan Breuer
September 2016

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Introducing Dan Breuer

Hey everyone! I’m Dan Breuer, a fourth-year student from Glen Haven, Wisconsin. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 2013. I am half-way through my fourth-year at the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. My focus is primarily dairy production medicine, with a general focus on mixed animal medicine. That’s a little about me and my background, so now I’ll give you a little sneak peek into what is going on. Every student has a different experience, especially during the clinical fourth year, so please realize that I may have a much different perspective at this point in my education than many of my other peers do.

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