The ONE advice all first-year vet students should know

The fourth and final entry in the series is here, and today’s post is quite different from anything I’ve done on before. I’ve asked three major youtubers/instagrammers of the vet society what one thing they think all first-year vet student should know. So without further ado, here’s what they had to say:

The first piece of advice comes from Ali, aka @todayinvetschool (links to her YouTube here and her Instagram here). Her videos are such an accurate portrayal of what it’s like to be a vet student, sprinkled with some insights into her everyday life. A must watch for all prospective vet students! She’s also part of the Vet Ranch crew, which follows her and three vets at work and in vet school. You get to see operations and tons of other interesting stuff! I highly recommend subscribing and following their accounts as well! (links here and here).

“I think all first years should know that it's okay to make mistakes and be human. You can drive yourself insane trying to be perfect, and there is no such thing as a perfect veterinarian.  The best vets are balanced emotionally, physically and spiritually. They won't have made all A's in vet school, they will have spent time making lasting relationships and improving their own health. Spend more time on improving yourself and others, instead of only focusing on making the perfect grade!”

The second advice comes from @szczeppo on Instagram, the creator of @vetsnobiety, a veterinary account by professionals for professionals (links to the Facebook site here, and the Instagram profile here, both must follows for all prospective vets! @Vetsnobiety was actually one of the first vet-insta accounts that I followed because of all the interesting posts.) He is currently a practicing clinician, and here’s what he has to say:

“During the studies you might think that some of the knowledge you've got to learn is unnecessary (and ask yourself why do you have to study this) but maybe one day when you will work, you will find it useful and it'll help you to solve the problem.

One day one of my professors told us that if we don't learn something during the studies, we will have to pay for that after them, and it's also true. Sometimes I regret that I didn't pay attention on some lessons.”

The third advice comes from cow vet Cody Creelman, also known as @vetpracticevahs on Instagram (link here) and Cody Creelman, Cow Vet on YouTube (link here). Through his vlogs and Instagram posts he documents what it’s like to be a cow vet, and occasionally gives advice (like the video I linked to in this previous post). His vlogs have high production value and he posts really great and interesting content, so I highly recommend you subscribe! His advice was:

“After vet school, in practice, you'll look to find personal happiness and the logical first place you'll look will in the animals, this is why you became a vet in the first place, to help animals, right? This is a great folly...although working with animals IS very satisfying, and rewarding, overall they are ungrateful, thankless beasts. You must learn to find true happiness in vet med (or ANY career), that it is the people that matter most, that it is the people that will make the job so worthwhile, that it is the people that are eternally grateful...and thankful. Vet med is not about the animals, we think it is, but it's not, it's about's about your clients, your clients that become friends and then become's about your co-workers, your co-workers that become friends and then become family, it's about all the people that you interact with everyday.”

Since I’m still awaiting a few more replies, one from one of my vet mentors that I shadowed for my pre-interview trainee position, and a few others from other social media influencers and bloggers of the vet world, I thought I’d add some of the advice that I’ve picked up from my professors over the last few months.

  • Get a rough overview of the subject at hand first, and then feed in the important details later.
  • When memorising a ton of information at once, like how a series of enzymes work, or the names of said enzymes, try to create odd or even lewd connections to remember them by. The odder the better! (I’ll add one more thing here, you can even create a story or narrative, or make the proteins or enzymes or cells into characters! The only limiting factor is your imagination. It might seem weird, but it works!)
  • Don’t get overwhelmed by the workload. You’ll understand most of it in time after repeating it several times over the span of a few months. (Again, I’ll add a link to a video on spaced repetition below to explain why this statement is so true.)

I’ll add the final advice in here when I receive it, and I’ll tweet about it/post an Instagram photo when the blog post is complete. So be sure to follow me for updates on when the posts are up, and have a great Sunday!