A sort of typical day in vet school

Today I thought I’d try something a bit different – a photo diary. Throughout the day, I’ve tried to take a few photos to illustrate what a typical day in university is like for a vet student. Today was a bit more hectic than usual because of the extra seminar in basic clinical skills, but it’s pretty accurate as far as workload and lectures go.

We usually start at about 8 in the morning with lectures. Here out professor is teaching us about different transport mechanisms through the cell membrane.

After lectures we usually have lunch, and then study groups. Here we discuss anywhere from 10-20 tasks, and get to ask our professors questions as they do their rounds and visit all the different groups.

Usually when I get home, I have a meal and relax for an hour, but today I had to get straight to work when I got home, as the basic clinical skills seminar was at half past four. Here I’m reading up on tomorrow's topic, and trying to understand the secretory and endocytic pathways.

After about an hour of studying I packed my stuff and went back to school for today’s second round of lectures.

Perhaps you can see in the program on the whiteboard that the first plan on the agenda was just “pizza”. That’s how you get people back to uni after a long day of studying.

The seminar was really interesting, and we learned a ton of stuff about the different equipment we were going to use in the clinic, and how we should assess the patients. We went through everything from how to gauge what kind of heart rate is appropriate based on how stressed the animal is upon arrival, to how to find lymph nodes and check mucous membranes.  

After the seminar, we got the chance to practice some clinical skills on the dummies from the practice clinic. I’m sorry about the bad lighting, it was getting late, and the main hall had pretty dimmed lighting.

Here I am placing a line on the dummy leg. Everyone keeps saying that we should get as much clinical training as we can, and even try to get a part-time job at a clinic. And I can understand why, given how much of a clinical vet's job is practical skills and manual labor. Yet the first three years are almost exclusively theoretical.

Here you can see Johanne and Nanna hitting the vein. Their dummy had fake blood running through the detached leg, which caused a great deal of excitement.

There were a bunch of other stations, but after a while we decided to call it a night, and went home.

As of writing this entry, it’s about 9 PM, and I still have some homework left, so I’m just going to sit down with a cup of tea, and power through the remaining tasks for tomorrow’s study group. I hope this gave you a sort of idea of what vet school is like, with daily lectures, course work and study groups.