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.
Hello Vet Med Enthusiasts!
The month of October has brought beautiful red and orange trees, as well as nice chilly mornings and evenings. I was pleasantly surprised by the early kiss of snow we received in the beginning of the month. It’s time to take out the warm coats and scarves!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and the opportunity to enjoy some delicious turkey. It has been a week since I arrived back in Ames from visiting my family in Los Angeles for the Thanksgiving holiday. It was so nice to see everyone again, including my two dogs and my bearded dragon. The weather was also perfect (low 70s)! I am now back in Ames, and it is definitely starting to feel like winter. The mornings so far have been a chilly 18 degrees, but the peep of the sun in the afternoons makes for a nice stroll outside.
It’s the week after spring break, and I must say, my brain has one leg in vacation mode and slowly tippy toeing its way towards study mode (but let’s be honest, my brain is mostly preferring vacation mode at this moment).
April has been full of fun events, one of them being a field trip to the Blank Park Zoo with the Ophthalmology Club. It was a great experience shadowing an ophthalmologist and observing how ocular exams are performed on zoo animal species. We were able to see ocular exams on an 80+ year old tortoise, sea lions, bats, lizards, and a small owl. I personally loved looking into the owl’s eyes, as they don’t blink as often as humans do.
Good day everyone!
I officially started my fourth year roughly two weeks ago, and I must admit, it’s a surreal moment for me to finally be at this point of my veterinary education. My friends and I were reminiscing how intense the first years of vet school were for us, but we were able to surpass those challenges and become one step closer to becoming a doctor.