Introducing Brent Sexton, VM4

September 2017

Hello everyone, my name is Brent Sexton and I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my veterinary school experience with you! As this is my first blog post, I will introduce myself before I dig into my veterinary experiences.

I am from Rockwell City, a small town in Northwest Iowa. I was active in 4-H and FFA, and played a variety of sports in high school. I attended Iowa State University. In 2014, I graduated with a degree in animal science and started veterinary school that fall. I’m currently in my fourth year of veterinary school. I am passionate about agriculture and production animals, and am looking forward to a career working with livestock and livestock producers.

As a fourth-year veterinary student, my classmates and I are currently going through a year of clinical rotations, which means we move on to a new course every two weeks. Clinical rotations are designed to be an opportunity for students to gain hands on experience in the topics we have studied the last three years. Rotations are also a great way for students to spend time with veterinarians in order to get practical experience and explore different veterinary clinics.

Since May, I have done several small animal rotations in the ISU Small Animal Hospital, as well as a few preceptorships. Typically, I am not a huge fan of working with cats and dogs, but we have some great veterinarians and staff at Iowa State and I enjoyed the small animal rotations more than I expected – although I still want a career working with large animals.

My preceptorships have been pretty diverse. I went to Idaho for two weeks in June to improve my cow pregnancy diagnostic skills and it was absolutely great. I was able to preg check approximately 1,800 cows and I could have done more if my arm was in shape.

More recently, I spent time with the Pipestone Veterinary Clinics in Pipestone, Minnesota and Independence, Iowa, as well as the Veterinary Medical Center in Worthington, Minn. My time with Pipestone was spent primarily with swine and I had the chance to ride with several veterinarians. It was a great experience and I learned a tremendous amount from each veterinarian.

My time at VMC provided me with a mixed animal experience. I spent most of my time with the swine veterinarians, but still had the opportunity to work with: dairy cattle, beef cattle, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, dogs, and cats. Like Pipestone, I rode with several great veterinarians and had an absolute blast.

Keeping busy is a priority of mine, and I like to keep my calendar full. I’d love to tell you that it’s all business, but that would be a lie. Besides clinical rotations, I have spent quite a bit of time writing and editing two abstracts for research projects that I have been a part of recently. I’ve filled in the remainder of my time by training for a triathlon, scouting areas for deer hunting, and fulfilling some very important social obligations. I also sleep occasionally.

We only have a finite amount of time in veterinary school and there are opportunities available now that I will never have again once I enter the “real world”, so I don’t want to miss my chance to do something I may never do again.

Well, I’ve probably used up enough of your time, as well as mine, and will wrap up my first blog post with a quick plan of attack for my future posts. I’ll keep you up to date on my recent activities, but will also use the blogs as opportunities to expand on some of my experiences and how they have impacted me. This post was a little long, but introductions usually are, and I will try to keep future posts a bit shorter.

Thanks, and I’ll talk to you soon.

Brent