Getting Close to Graduation

February 2017

Hello again! The exciting and stressful times continue for the fourth 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.

The fourth-year rotations continue on, and I am currently taking a small ruminant focused rotation. We have been working with a lot of goats, sheep, and will eventually see some llamas, as well. I will have a number of large animal based rotations to finish out the school year, though I will have a trip to North Dakota in March for a calving experience rotation. My North Dakota trip will be my final rotation that isn’t completed in the veterinary teaching hospital at the college. With the out-of-town experiences comes the chance to gain a fresh perspective, as well as to meet a lot of great people. For those reasons, I highly encourage preceptorships during fourth year, as they give you a great opportunity to get hands-on training with real-world scenarios. With every rotation comes a new set of opportunities for growth, and as the year begins to come to a close, I hope that I can make the most of those opportunities with every passing rotation.

Until next time,

Dan