What I'm doing to use less plastic

What I'm doing to use less plastic

Since I’m still not over my cold, today’s blog post is going to be a shorter one. Lately, these incredibly tragic videos on plastic pollution have been popping up in my social feeds. I’m very aware of the of how plastic affects our marine wildlife, yet I haven’t really altered much about my lifestyle to lower my own plastic usage.

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International Veterinary Seminar in the Czech Republic

International Veterinary Seminar in the Czech Republic

I’m sitting here in my PJ’s, sick as a dog, trying to publish this blog post that should have gone up yesterday. If I’m being completely honest, I’m still a bit tired from last weekend. However, the entire journey was well worth it!

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Good times at the practice clinic

Good times at the practice clinic

I should go to the practice clinic far more often. Not only was today’s session very informative, but also very enjoyable! When we managed to find a blood vessel, and place the peripheral venous line properly, we literally cheered for each other...

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Nutrition done quick and Fresher’s revisited

Nutrition done quick and Fresher’s revisited

New school year, new subject! Two weeks ago, we started the Animal Nutrition block, and already we’re only two weeks away from the exam. Needless to say, things are moving fast, and with all the responsibilities of being a buddy to the new freshmen...

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The pros and cons of animal breeding

The pros and cons of animal breeding

This week we’ve had visitors from all the largest husbandry breeding companies in Norway, as well as the national breeding associations for dogs and horses. The concept of breeding is such a delicate subject to discuss, because there are a lot of differing opinions...

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What a difference a day makes (a short update)

What a difference a day makes (a short update)

In my last blog post, I wrote about worrying about falling behind, and changing things up so that I would get back on track. And just a day after implementing the changes I was reaping the benefits from it; I was able to ask more informed questions, I managed to...

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Statistics on the brain

Statistics on the brain

When I was on holiday, I started to read Daniel Kahneman’s bestselling book “Thinking fast and slow”. What struck me while reading it, having just started the statistics heavy population medicine block, was how much weight we place on biases...

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Three stationery staples I’ve been loving lately

Three stationery staples I’ve been loving lately

Since I literally just got home from Cologne Germany about two hours ago, I haven’t had time to do much else but unpack and eat some of the candy that we bought while traveling. And since we’re coming up on midnight in about a half an hour as of writing this...

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Daily positive impacts

Daily positive impacts

I’m currently sitting at our first-year study space, trying to get through the genetics learning goals, and decided to be a bit naughty and procrastinate by blogging. It is Sunday after all, so I thought I’d update you on what I’ve found has made the most positive impact this week...

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Blood serum, ketosis and exam nerves

Blood serum, ketosis and exam nerves

Three labs down, three to go. I’ve been enjoying this week’s labs tremendously. Although there is a lot of sitting around and waiting, we’re working with actual blood serum from cats and dogs with uremia. Tomorrow we’re looking at liver samples from rats that have been on either...

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Biochemical separation

Biochemical separation

This week I'm doing something a little bit different, to show you precisely what goes on in a first-year vet school lab. Last week we had two labs, one on enzyme kinetics, and one on biochemical separation methods. So in this week's blog post, I thought I'd show you...

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The last day of the first semester

The last day of the first semester

Today was the last day of my first semester at vet school. It has flown by so fast, I feel like it was August yesterday. Therefore, as a way to reminisce, I’ve put together a few images and little stories from this semester, to look back at one of the most...

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10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

10 questions to ask yourself before an exam

At the time of writing this, I have precisely two months left until my cell biology exam. And although that may seem like a lot of time, I assure you, it isn’t. If I am to be able to get through all the learning goals before the end of Christmas, I have to...

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On competitiveness and teamwork

On competitiveness and teamwork

Tim Ferriss “Tools of Titans” is pretty high up on my Christmas wish list this year, so when I saw that one of the most recent episodes of his podcast was a narration of a chapter on Josh Waitzkin, I had to give it a listen. Pretty early on in the narration, Tim...

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How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

How I prioritise - Week 3 of the four-week project

The belated third entry of the four-week project is here, and this week I’m discussing how to focus and prioritise as a first-year vet student. However, this can be applied to almost any type of university degree, or transition to a larger amount of coursework, as figuring out the 80/20 of your efforts, that being the 20 percent of work that produces 80 percent of the results, is hugely beneficial regardless of field.

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What should you know before starting vet school? – on background knowledge and useful experience

What should you know before starting vet school? – on background knowledge and useful experience

This is the second part of a four-part series on “what you should know as a first-year vet student”. Click here for the introductory blog post on what the series is about, and click here for the first post, on the metrics of vet school. For the second entry in the four-part series, I have compiled a list of what I think are some useful ways to prepare for vet school. So without further ado, here are my five picks for useful background knowledge to have before entering vet school:

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