Entries in ohio state (5)
Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 02:00PM
Joshua Yoo, Ohio State
"Take full advantage of your free time," is some of the best advice I have received in recent years from a respected mentor last spring. While it seems trivial at first, it reminds me to live life to the fullest while also maintaining a sense of balance. I'll never forgot the first day of class, we had a lecture on erythropoiesis and thinking that it was going to be a long semester. Oddly enough, before I could blink, finals were around the corner. While finals sometimes seemed to drag on, our class persevered with purpose and were delighted when break came.
I returned to Los Angeles to visit my family and catch up with old friends which was terrific. I also took a fun short road trip to catch up with colleagues and mentors. Sure, we keep in touch with people through email, phone, text, and etc, but nothing can replace a face to face meeting. It was comforting to share stories with current and past veterinary students as we have all experienced many of the same joys and challenges of veterinary school.
I was fortunate to schedule an externship at a southern California referral hospital which quite frankly, blew my socks off. This was my first externship as a veterinary student and I really enjoyed the camaraderie, education, and support that the specialists, interns, and technicians gave me. Working with interns who were recently in my shoes gave me a tangible idea of what to expect when I pursue internship. Words can't describe how much I learned and enjoyed accompanying surgeons and interns on consults and then watching surgery being performed. I saw a number of orthopedic and soft tissues surgeries but will especially remember watching a 7 pound gastric foreign body removal, laparoscopic gastropexy, and a secondary cleft palate repair. I will definitely apply to the rotating internship at this hospital in my 4th year and look forward to other visiting other externships down the road.
I'm really thankful and glad for my externship as nothing can replace the clinical education. In addition to that, being able to experience the culture of the hospital through externship is something that can only be done face to face. That said, I also caught up on Dexter and Homeland over break, so I'd say my break was a success.
Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 12:00PM
Vera Kazaniwskyj, Ohio State
MARVET is a marine veterinary animal workshop run every year in 3 different locations, Florida, Mexico and the Cayman Islands. This past summer I participated in one of the MARVET workshops in the Grand Cayman, British West Indies. It was hosted by St. Matthew’s University School of Veterinary Medicine and taught by a wide range of aquatic and marine animal veterinarians. The purpose of this workshop was to give students an introduction into the field of marine veterinary, conservation and wildlife medicine. I am pursuing a career in zoo/wildlife animal medicine, with a specific focus on veterinary medicine. Since we do not learn much about this field at school, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get a more well-rounded education and meet those interested in similar goals.
Every morning we would attend lectures that ranging from anatomy and physiology of marine species and emerging diseases, to wildlife ecotoxicology and diagnostic surveillance. We also learned about conservation of coral reefs and mangroves. These lectures and discussions gave us an overall understanding about all the different facets to get involved in as a marine animal/wildlife veterinarian. It was interesting to see all the ways veterinarians are connected not only to medicine, but also conservation and preservation of environments as a whole.