Sarahbeth Barlas, DVM

We do have hobbies, too!

April 2019

The end of April has been a wonderful time!  I have only 7 days left from the time of writing this post until I finish all of my classes!!  I have 10 years into this education post-high school, so it is a completely foreign life I am preparing to launch into in a few short days. 

Now, I absolutely love veterinary medicine, but in this last month or so I have absolutely loved diving into all of the things non-vetmed.  I have been able to learn so many new things!  

Adulting in Veterinary School: ALL the fluffy, scaly, and adorable family members!

March 2019

This is the first two days in a row I have had off in weeks, and it is amazing!  I have gotten so much done this weekend; I think I am remembering how to be a regular functional member of society again!  I even saw the sun today!!  Periodically, as I food-prepped and cleaned, I found my mind wandering to that dangerous topic: pets. 

ER

February 2019

I spent the last four weeks on the Emergency Service clinical rotation.  The first two weeks were nightshift (8PM-8AM) followed by two weeks of dayshift (8AM-8PM).   I was terrified for this required rotation -the idea of pulling all-nighters through 12 hour shifts, caring for patients when I had yet to barely grasp even basic medicine (impostor syndrome, much!), and how to know what to do when that critical case would come to the front door… did I mention I was terrified?

Adulting in Veterinary School: you will never be caught up

September 2018

In undergraduate, you may have had time to finish your studying or projects each night, watch a little TV or read a book (for fun!), and get up each morning to go for a run.  Maybe you went dancing every Thursday night, spent weekends at a friend's place, and only ever didn't receive a full 8 hours of sleep by choice.

In veterinary school, you enter this Twilight Zone where I swear there are only like 6 hours in the day -where did the other 18 go!? 

Adulting in Veterinary School: being a morning person! 

September 2018

Veterinary school demands long hours: long hours of class, long hours of studying.  It can be incredibly difficult to wake up for those 8:00 AM classes or 7:00 AM extra-curriculars -especially during Iowa Winters where you will commonly get to school, and leave school, without ever seeing the fleeting sun.

On that dreary note, I would love to share some ways to trick your body into being a morning person.

Eyeballs (…aren't?) Gross

August 2018

If I had been asked to write this before my senior year, I would have said I was terrified of eyeballs. They were these mystical, fragile blobbies that are essential to both animals for sight and owners for connecting to their pets. The stress borne of the consequences if you 'mess those up' was hugely heavy to me: eyeballs were tiny face booby-traps waiting to explode (literally!), and I did not want to risk getting close to them. So, when I prepared to brave my Ophthalmology Service clinical rotation, I wished with all my wishing power… to not puke. 

Adulting in Veterinary School: Food Prepping for Daaayyys (literally!)

July 2018

I am on break from rotation right now to regroup and intensely study for boards (anyone else catch the oxymoron there, ugh!).  However, each break I take out a day to food prep.  Whenever people hear that I food prep, they panic.  This makes me so sad!  I eat "fast food" daily for nearly all meals by eating my own home-cooked goodness.  Let me share some tips I definitely wish I knew when I was first starting at university. 

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