Goodbye Summer - Back to School

August 2018

Greetings everyone,

My summer filled with concerts, beaches and staying up late binge watching Netflix has come to an end, and it is that time of the year again…back to school! I arrived in Ames last weekend, after a three-day journey from Los Angeles with my cat, Maddy.

I enjoyed my summer break with family and friends. I took trips to Malibu, The Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, San Diego and made sure I enjoyed some fish and chips near the sea. I also was also able to volunteer at the Pasadena Humane Society, assisting in assembling packs and assisting the staff and doctors. It was great to return back to the animal shelter where my interest in veterinary medicine first sparked.

In addition to this, I also enjoyed running my own pet sitting business during the break. I had the opportunity to run my own schedule, talk to clients and listen to their needs, while taking care and having fun with their furry loved ones.

After having so much fun during the summer break, I am ready to tackle my third year of vet school. I have just completed my third day of my third year in vet school, and I am thrilled to be here and enjoying the classes so far.

In these past few days, I had a taste of small animal medicine, equine medicine, theriogenology, pharmacology part 2, veterinarian in society, and surgery lectures. This upcoming Friday will be my first day in surgery class. As a third year, you will have the opportunity to have hands on experience performing spays and neuters on shelter animals, managing cases, and participating in community outreach.

Community outreach allows us students to examine different dogs and cats from local shelters, and diagnose their diseases and prescribe and administer treatments and medications, much like working in a practice as a doctor. I am overly ecstatic to begin thinking and working like a doctor, while having the opportunity to socialize with local shelter pets. I can’t wait to share with all of you my first few weeks as a third year in surgery class. Please stay tuned for my next blog post!

Well, it’s back to studying for small animal medicine. Our first exam is coming up in 2 weeks. Yikes!

Until next time,

Jacky

“While the journey seems long and hard at the beginning, with perseverance and dedication, the rewards at the end last a lifetime.” – William R. Frances