When I’m not Reading: Vet School Edition

August 18, 2015 When I'm Not Reading 38


This post has been sitting in my drafts for six months now. Ironically vet school is the reason I haven’t had time to write it yet. Vet school is the reason I haven’t had time to contribute much to the blogging world the past two and a half years. It’s the part of my life that takes up the most time, so I thought I’d better give you a look at what I’m most likely to be doing when I’m not reading.

I got into veterinary science right out of high school. I’m one out of probably 20-30 in our year who managed this feat. Most people transfer from another degree or join after completing a different degree first. It’s still a mystery how I managed to get high enough grades in high school to jump straight in to this inferno.

The degree is five years long and at this moment I’m halfway. Which is scary. In 2.5 years I will be a considered a fully fledged vet and I’m not ready. At this point in my degree I only really know normal things. The first two years was laying down the foundations of anatomy and physiology. Only this year, in third year, did we start to get into all the microbiology, pathology (what can go wrong basically) and basic pharmacology, toxicology, and biosecurity. Next year, fourth year, we learn how to fix these things and start practicing surgery. Then in fifth year, the final year, we’re on rotation in real vet clinics and they pretend we’ve already graduated.

What does all of the above look like?

comparative desk

Mostly it’s a lot of sitting at a desk attempting to memorise information. Lots of notes to be written. I’d say most nights I’m up to at least 10pm studying, and that’s after a full day of classes which are usually from 8am-5pm, less if we’re lucky. Classes can range from lectures which are interesting to listen to but boring to talk about, pracs where we do lots of dissecting in the first two years and a lot of looking at parasites so far this year, and tutorials which are as boring as lectures to talk about. As for topics we cover it feels like almost everything under the sun. We have to learn about all the things that could go wrong in all kinds of animals and then how to fix it, as well as what not to do and how to keep the public safe from some of the diseases.

But enough about boring classes. Time for cute animal pictures!

We do get animal handling classes as part of the course. And just recently I’ve had to complete placements on sheep farms, equine studs, dairy farms, and beef cattle properties. Each placement is enjoyable and we get so much hands on experience. I’ve done a lot of vaccinating, drenching, and preg testing. Also got to castrate a calf which was cool!

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Overall it’s a pretty stressful degree, especially for someone with high anxiety levels like me. But the further I get into it, the more I start to enjoy the course and the more certain I become that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Right now I think I want to become an equine vet when I graduate, but we’ll see where life takes me.

If you want to see more of my vet school journey you can check out my vet tumblr account, which I update very sporadically.

What do you do when you’re not reading?
Are you currently in high school/uni or are you working?


38 Responses to “When I’m not Reading: Vet School Edition”

  1. Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing

    I admire you! I have a friends who studied medicine (vet or human) and I know how busy they were with studying during university. I wish you all the best :)
    I am already working, finished my uni 3 years ago. I work in sales/marketing industry, we specialize on medical devices and it is very interesting and varied job so I am not complaining :)
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  2. Nara

    It’s great that the further you go into the course the more you’re enjoying it! I know there are some people doing my course who have been starting to question whether they’re actually wanting to be doing the course, which is really unfortunate since we’re on year 4 out of 6…
    Although it seems like a lot of hard work now, it’s definitely going to pay off in the end :) At least, that’s what I’m hoping for myself as well haha
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    • Bec

      Hey we’ll graduate the same year XD Sometimes you get so bogged down with stuff it’s really hard not to question it, but everything always gets better in the end. We’ll get out of this and be the best in our professions, just wait ;)

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    I admire you a lot Bec – not just for getting the grades to get into your field straight out of high school but for being dedicated and hard-working enough to survive half of it already! I have no doubt that you’ll make it through the next half too :) Your degree sounds intense, but it would need to be if you’re going to help save lives of precious animals ♥
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    • Bec

      Thanks Micheline! It’s so incredibly intense and I’m so close now! It’s going to be an emotional but hopefully rewarding job :)

    • Bec

      There’s so much study! Some days I swear I’m going to die because a pile of textbooks will fall on me XD

      They were such adorable cows! And very pushy haha

    • Bec

      Thanks, Chioma! There are some great rewarding moments, definitely.

      Deciding what to do with your life is a massive decision! And very very scary. But I’m sure you’ll figure it out eventually, whether it be as soon as you graduate or a few years down teh track :)

  4. Vane J.

    Wow, vet school? That sounds too hard for me. I’m in uni too and god, I get you: So little time and sleep! Also, those cows are really cute, but I prefer watching them from a far distance. I’m not very fond of handling with animals, though I like them.
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    • Bec

      I feel like I’m always in class, and when I’m not in class I’m always studying. It’s insane.

      Haha there are some animals I feel that way towards. Specifically cattle and birds.

  5. Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

    I can definitely see that it’s no easy feat to become a vet! If you think about it, it seems even harder than being a human doctor, since we all have pretty much the same physiology, but animals are all so different. Best wishes with your studies Bec, I’m sure you’ll make an amazing vet :)

    • Bec

      And human doctors have it easy, only having to learn one species. We have to know ALL OF THE SPECIES! (and then forget it all when we graduate and only practice with a couple :P) Luckily there are a lot of similarities across all animals (including humans).

      Thanks, Eugenia!

    • Bec

      I’m glad you enjoyed it :) It is always interesting to see what bloggers get up to beyond the screen. Thanks, Joy!

  6. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    First of all, congrats Bec! That’s amazing how you’re one of the few people who got in in vet school. And tbh I’d be scared too if I knew I was halfway through vet school. 2.5 years go by so fast! But I know you can do it :D Also, don’t worry about not blogging as often as you’d like because school comes first. Blogging is just a hobby :) and hands on experience are so awesome! Sure, lectures, tests, and taking notes helps you, etc. but there’s nothing like hands on experience because that’s closer to the real work you’re going to be doing.
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    • Bec

      Thank you!

      It’s going crazy fast! I’m not ready yet!

      The hands on stuff really helps us put it all in perspective :)

  7. Rashika

    A 5 year degree sounds super stressful in general but I am really glad that you’re enjoying it! :) ALSO LOOK AT YOU SMARTY PANTSY, getting high enough grades to get into vet school right out of high school! That is amazing!

    Right now, I am going to start my second year of college and so far, I haven’t really even begun to feel the stress. I declared my major at the end of last year so I know what I am doing. I am worried about little things like grad requirements and the study abroad stuff but it’ll all work out :D

    Thank you for sharing this post, Bec! I think we all like to get to know the people behind the blogs! :)
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    • Bec

      It feel like I never leave uni haha. But now I’m closer to finishing than I am to when I started and that’s really weird to think about.

      No stress is good and preferable! You’ll get through it all easy peasy I’m sure!

  8. Kezia

    ALL THE SUPPORT FOR YOU BEC!! So proud that my friend is gonna be a vet haha! It’s a difficult field but I’m happy that you’re enjoying your study :D A lot of people thought I would go to a med school but I’m most definitely staying away from that. I don’t think I have the stomach to handle surgeries and the pressure of being responsible with people’s lives.

    • Bec

      Thanks, Kezia! Any kind of medical science is tough. You get used to the surgery but that pressure and responsibility is scary!

  9. ShootingStarsMag

    Thanks so much for sharing, Bec! I don’t know anyone who is in vet school so it’s interesting to see how it’s set up. I’m glad you are enjoying the classes and degree overall. It’s nice that you knew what you wanted to do right away and were able to get into the program quick! That’s awesome.

    As for me, if I’m not reading/blogging..I am doing one of the following:

    *working at an academic library
    *working at a public library
    *doing stuff for my classes (all online)
    *going to dance class
    *working on my online internship
    *spending time with family/friends

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    • Bec

      Every vet school runs a little differently, but I guess the general content and delivery of information is similar. Choosing what to do is really hard, and sometimes I’m still not sure if I’m on the right path, but something happens to reassure me every time.

      So many varied experiences! Sleeping would be the best though ;)

    • Bec

      We learn so many interesting things! I want to tell everyone about them all then remember some aren’t really appropriate for general conversation XD

    • Bec

      A lot of people take the easier route of doing part of a degree first then transferring in, but it still takes a lot of dedication and motivation! The further I get the more rewarding it becomes :D

      I’m sure you’ll make time for blogging! It is doable. You may have to cut back a little but you can still do some! Then binge blog on the holidays.

  10. Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm

    Oh my, I am so happy I stopped by your blog today. I have a post scheduled called When I’m Not Reading, where I was going to start talking about my other obsessions. But now I will make sure to change the title and graphic! >.< OMG! Hahaha! :)

    When I was little, I always wanted to be a vet. But I saw an episode of RSPCA where a vet had to put a hand up a cows arse, and to seven year old me that was disgusting. Then I saw an animal die on the show and realised that I wouldn't always be saving lives. And then I decided against it. I am so squeamish when it comes to blood, young me was clearly an idiot for thinking I could be a vet.

    Congratulations on how far you've gotten so far! It sounds like a very hard degree and one where you get to be in a very rewarding job afterwards. I always marvel at doctors and vets, for all the information you have to learn. It's like you're almost expected to know EVERYTHING, which is impossible. I hope the next 2.5 years go just as well and that you love the job you get afterwards! I hope it is really rewarding for you, I have so much respect for my vets, they work so hard and really care.
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    • Bec

      Haha it is a pretty good feature name hey ;) Also easy to come up with XD

      I have put my hand up many a cows rectums now haha. It’s weird, but really cool when you’re preg testing and you feel a foetus!

      Thank you! It’s so intense. We are really expected to try and learn everything about every animal! It’s insane! Fortunately most lecturers are realistic and remind us that we can always look things up if we need to.

  11. Wattle

    Good on you for getting in straight out of high school! I keep getting emails about being able to switch to vet science if I want to (I would never, I’m happy doing environmental/marine science, it’s hard enough!) I don’t envy you having to do all that study, and remember all those things, since all animals are so different!

    Good luck with the rest of your studies :) I’m sure when you’re done it’ll all be such a rewarding career. I know I really appreciate all our vets do for our pets <3
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    • Bec

      Become one of us! One of us! Kidding haha

      There’s actually quite a few similarities between animals, thankfully! But also a lot of differences. So many differences..

      Thank you!

  12. Ju @ Fictional Skylines

    Wow, becoming a vet is just as rigorous as becoming a doctor but DO IT FOR THE CUTE ANIMALS THAT CAN DO NO WRONG, Bec! I’m cheering for you ~

    I’m currently in premed but I appled for a 5-year medschool in the Middle East (which is where most of my family live) and I got an offer but I’m starting in December! Tell me all your stress-relieving secrets, senpai 0_0
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    • Bec

      Most of my reasons for doing vet and not medicine was because I don’t want to touch gross humans hahaha. I’d make more money in medicine…

      Congratulations! Good luck with in medschool! Stress relief? Ummm take one day off a weak, and also read a chapter of your books for your study breaks.

  13. Sarah @ The Country Bookworm

    I would love to talk to you more about vet school. I am currently an RN and I am so unhappy. I should have gone to vet school right after college…I’m seriously looking into transitioning, but I’m so afraid of the debt load I would have to take on. I’ve toyed with the idea of being a vet tech, or a degree in animal science. In the meantime I rescue and rehab horses, mostly OTTBs, and have dogs, chickens and turkeys.
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    • Bec

      It wouldn’t be terribly interesting! Just lots of today I studies all day and had a panic attack haha. The only reason I’m able to afford vet school is because of Australia’s HECS debt system.

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