Life After Graduation

October 2018

Hello again everyone,

It’s been several months since I’ve written, and things have changed quite a bit. At that time, I had just graduated and was taking a few weeks off. The three weeks between graduation and work were fun; I’m glad I took time to relax and get things in order before taking the next step. Many of my classmates may have felt the real world came too early, but I was anxious to start my professional career. I am now wholly immersed in the “real world”, and starting to sort everything out.

There have been a lot of changes since graduation. I have a new job and a new home in a new city. As you may know, I took a job with Pipestone Veterinary Services in Independence. I moved into an apartment in Independence toward the end of May, and began working shortly after my move. There have certainly been some growing pains, but overall things have been going well. Pipestone is a large veterinary group with clinics in five locations in four states. Because of this, there are a lot of people involved whom I do not see on a regular basis.

Spending time in Pipestone, MN where the headquarters are located, has been really helpful in getting to know the staff. I’ve also gotten used to all the emails and understanding the information I receive each week. So far, my schedule has not been too crazy. I’ve certainly had some long days and weeks, but it’s been enjoyable. As the new vet, I don’t have a lot of my own clients so I am getting most of my work from the other swine vets. I have taken over the veterinary services for two sow farms near Independence. It’s great having more responsibilities and regular scheduled work.

For the first time in my life, I am living alone. I thought I might miss having roommates, but that feeling hasn’t set in yet. My apartment is nothing fancy, and I have only a few complaints (I really wish there was central air conditioning). Independence has been a great place to live. I keep pretty busy during the week and have not been able to spend many weekends in the area. I am fortunate to have a couple friends from undergrad that live within 45 minutes, but have not been around much to meet people. However, now that I have gotten settled, I hope to become more involved in the community and make some new friends.

Several people have asked me if I miss school. I can say with absolute certainty that I do not miss sitting in class, studying for hours on end, taking brutal exams, etc., but I do miss some aspects of veterinary school. I was fortunate to have some incredible professors at ISU whom I benefited from immensely. I also made some amazing friends and miss them now that we all don’t live within 10 minutes of one another. Veterinary school was difficult, but there were some great times and I am thankful for all the experiences I had at Iowa State.

I hope you have enjoyed my blog posts over the past year as I have certainly enjoyed writing them. If you are a prospective student and have questions about veterinary school, please reach out to the school. There are some great resources available and a lot of people who would be happy to help any way they can, myself included.

Brent Sexton, DVM