How I work myself out of a study-funk

How I work myself out of a study-funk

This has been sort of a mixed week. On the one hand, it’s been a really enjoyable week, with a ton of fun, but on the other, I feel like I’ve been treading water as far as population medicine goes. I’m gonna level with you guys, I haven’t...

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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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Volunteering for my first university committee

Volunteering for my first university committee

This is going to have to be a super quick write up, because I’m leaving for a holiday at 5 AM tomorrow morning, and should be asleep already. Yesterday was quite busy, as I was part of hosting a school event that we have been planning for a long time...

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The 5 most important lessons I learned from last semester

The 5 most important lessons I learned from last semester

We’re two days away from the exam. By the time the next blog post goes up, I’ll be officially done with cell biology. Just writing that gives me chills. One of the seniors told me that those who worry about failing usually aren’t the ones who fail. So if there’s a...

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Just one of those days

Just one of those days

Today is just one of those days where I don’t have time to do anything but read for the exam. For the sake of continuity, I thought I’d put up a little something. So here are a few pictures I took when I arrived at school today. Having that little cuddle in the snow before...

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Time tracking productivity boost

Time tracking productivity boost

Yesterday, I listened to the newest episode of CGP Grey and Myke Hurley’s podcast Cortex. In this episode, they talked about Toggl, which is a fairly easy and efficient time tracker website/app. As of writing this, I haven’t yet familiarized myself with all its functions, but...

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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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Holiday prep work, embryology, and the little victories

Holiday prep work, embryology, and the little victories

Christmas break is fast approaching, and although I’m looking forward to taking some time off, and seeing my family again, I can’t forget about vet school entirely. Since our exams aren’t until after the holidays, I have put some thought into what...

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What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

What we're doing this week, and how I work with biochemistry

Today marks my twentieth blog post on vettobe.com! I can’t believe how fast this autumn is going, it feels like it was September 1st yesterday. So since the Sunday posts are dedicated to the four-week project for the next three Sundays, I thought I’d give you a bit of an update about what we’re currently learning, and how I’m keeping up with my coursework.

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Getting into vet school in Scandinavia vs the UK

Getting into vet school in Scandinavia vs the UK

Exactly one year ago, to the date, I was finishing up my applications for 4 different schools in the UK. Two of my applications were for veterinary medicine degrees, and the other two were for veterinary science degrees. Although I saw these as my “safety net” schools, I learned a lot from the application process. Therefore I’ve compiled a list with the different requirements for getting into vet school in Northern Europe, and have included a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

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A Week of Firsts

A Week of Firsts

This week was a week of two firsts, our first trip to the practice clinic, and the first lessons of the cell biology course. As you probably already know if you read Wednesday’s post, I found the first week somewhat tough. Sure, I knew it would be difficult, but not like this. I’m not really sure what I’d expected, but I thought since I was used to the hustle of trying to get into vet school, surely I was prepared for whatever curveball they’d throw at me?

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On the ethics of animal research

On the ethics of animal research

The second block of vet school is over, and another exam is finished. During this week’s intensive course on animal testing, we learned about why we use animals in research, and the work done to preserve animal welfare while conducting experiments. What I found most interesting though was the ethics of it all, and the distinction between inherent and intrinsic value in humans and in animals.

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Skeletons and chickens and snakes, oh my!

Skeletons and chickens and snakes, oh my!

We still haven’t started school properly, so other than a couple of lectures on how to prevent communicable diseases and how to use a microscope, the week has mostly consisted of more freshers’ activities.

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Freshers’ Week and First Impressions

Freshers’ Week and First Impressions

Since last week didn’t have any actual lessons, and consisted mainly of enrolling us into the school’s IT-systems, getting our pictures taken, and picking up our student-IDs, I thought I’d save all the weeks first impressions for the Sunday entry, instead of splitting it up into two posts.

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