Valuable Opportunities at Conferences - Take Advantage of Them

March 2018

Hello everyone!

Since my last blog, I attended the 2018 AASV (American Association of Swine Veterinarians) Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. It was a great conference again this year filled with seminars, student oral and poster presentations, along with many networking opportunities. No matter who you talk to, they will attest that AASV is a very student friendly organization, especially when it comes to offering funding to students wishing to attend the conference each year. The timing of the conference unfortunately falls before spring break each year, so it can take some time to get caught up with classes upon return, but definitely worth the effort given how much the conference has to offer. I had a few exams that required rescheduling, which needed to be addressed in advanced on a per instructor basis.

Spring break is now coming up this week, crazy to think that it will be my last ever! I will return to finish the semester and then will transition directly into my fourth year of rotations come May for a year’s duration. I have been reminiscing with classmates recently about how fast our time at ISU Vet Med has gone, I still feel like I have a lot to learn, but that seems to be the general consensus.

On my to-do list for break is to get my fourth year preceptorships scheduled, which are two week rotations that I can complete outside of ISU with a veterinarian from a clinic, production system, emergency hospital, zoo, aquarium, etc. as long as they are approved by the university.

Other than that, I am working on upcoming wet labs for club organizations and am continuing to complete mini-rotations for my third year of veterinary school. Most recently, I completed an oncology mini rotation just to learn more about the service.

There were no fourth year students scheduled during my time, so I was able to get a lot of hands-on experience, and talk one on one with the clinicians. Even though I am not interested in becoming a small animal practitioner, these rotations will be beneficial when it comes to personal and family pets, along with improving my client communication skills.

Until next time,
Megan