Back to School

September 2017


Greetings everyone!

I hope this entry finds you well. It was been quite a while since my last blog post. I went back to Los Angeles this summer. It was a wonderful experience, filled with relaxation, family time and work.

During my break, I returned to work as a radiology veterinary technician at Animal Specialty and Emergency Center (ASEC) in West LA. Not only did I have the honor of working alongside the radiologists and run the CT and aid in ultrasound, I was also able to see various cases from a blocked tomcat to patients with cardiac valve defects, and even clients who wanted to bring their dogs for a $200 nail trim (yikes!). I had the opportunity to acquire experience in placing naso-gastric tubes in some of the ICU patients that the emergency technicians felt were a good learning case for me. I also had hands-on experience in using an ocular tonometer to check the intra-ocular pressure of a geriatric patient with hypertension.

Before coming back to Ames for the Fall semester, my family and I spent some fun time in Lake Tahoe, California. It was an amazing time, filled with water skiing, kayaking, parasailing, fishing, and biking alongside the lake. Oh how I miss Lake Tahoe!

It is now the end of September, and I cannot believe how fast these 6 weeks of classes have flown by and October is here. I suppose I felt these past couple of weeks flash before my eyes due to the past two weeks of major exams, which included pathology, parasitology, microbiology and surgery, plus a couple of quizzes sprinkled in between. As you might be able to tell, second-year classes entail specialized subjects that are very applicable to real-life cases. In my opinion, the classes we are taking now as second-years are far more interesting (but also very difficult due to the amount of information we need to know).

Now that I am done with my first wave of exams, I can catch up on much needed sleep and take this time to appreciate the gorgeous color changes of the trees as they embrace the Fall season.

Until next time,

Jacky