Second-year student

What I did this summer

August 2020

Hi everyone!

What a week! I hope everyone is adjusting well to our new normal being back up on campus for the fall semester. I know that I can speak for myself and my classmates that we are all excited to be back on the CVM campus in person. It feels like it has been so long since any of us have seen each other actually face-to-face, so it has been really nice getting to see my peers and professors again. 

Volleyball and Vet Med

June 2020
Erica Moscoso with bear

Hello everyone! My name is Erica Moscoso and I am a rising second year veterinary student. I am from southern California and grew up partly in a beach city in Los Angeles, and partly in a suburb of Orange County. I attended Utah State University where I earned my Bachelor of Science in ADVS (animal, dairy and veterinary science) with an emphasis in bio-veterinary science. I was also a 4-year letter winner and team captain of their Division 1 Women’s Volleyball team. 

Confidence is Key

June 2020

I was a little more than excited when I found out I would get to head home this summer. I may still be five and half hours from home, almost at the Canadian border, but at least I’m in home sweet New York. I am spending the summer completing an internship at a dairy farm that milks a little over 3,000 head. I have been spending my time doing some reproductive work, herd health work, and focusing on milk quality. When I applied for this internship, I did not expect to get it. There were a few reasons for this.

Rural Practice and Veterinary Shortage

August 2019

The first time I realized I wanted to be a veterinarian, I was in high school shadowing at the local vet clinic in rural southern Minnesota. I knew I loved medicine as my whole family was in the medical field, but I had a passion for animals and I wanted to combine those two interests. What I remember most is being intrigued that the veterinarians I was shadowing would be able to do a spay on a 10-pound cat in the morning and then drive to a farm an hour later and perform a C-section on a 1,200 pound cow. I loved that every day was something new and you never knew what would walk through the clinic doors or what you’d be getting into when a farmer called to come to his barn. The versatility and innovation of a mixed animal practice veterinarian in the rural Midwest was exactly what I wanted to do with my life and I made that my goal. 

Ophthalmology Wetlab

April 2018

Hello everyone!

It is mid-April, and final exams are looming closer and closer. It’s unbelievable to think that there are only 3 weeks until second year will come to a close.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in the Ophthalmology enucleation lab. This wet lab was in conjunction with the Feline Club. Each student had a cadaver dog or cat to practice enucleation techniques.

Mental Breaks - Take Them

March 2018

Greetings folks!

It has come to that time of the semester when us vet students can take a sigh of relief and embrace spring break.

After two months of non-stop midterm exams, I decided to take a mental break and venture out to Chicago for some sight -seeing, as well as to experience the infamous Chicago deep-dish pizza! Chicago is about a five-and-a-half-hour drive from Ames.

Summer Break is Here

May 2018

Hello everyone!

After a week-long of sleepless nights and eating Maruchan ramen soups, finals week is now over! It is incredible to think that the first two years of vet school are over; and there are only two more years of vet school to go. I am currently on the road back to Los Angeles, with my cat Maddy by my side. We stopped in Denver, Colorado for the night and we’re on our way to spend the night in Mesquite, Nevada.


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