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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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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Let’s get down to business

Let’s get down to business

…and defeat the Huns. No, but really, the time has come for some serious business, namely exam season. Most of you are probably thinking; “Exam season? That was two months ago!” However, as I mentioned before my little Christmas hiatus, our exam isn’t until February 8th.

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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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Getting our first stethoscopes and antibiotic resistance

Getting our first stethoscopes and antibiotic resistance

Yesterday I went to a pre-school-start barbeque, where we were welcomed to the university, and were given two presentations on antibiotic resistance. At the very beginning, the president of the Norwegian Veterinary Association congratulated us on getting into vet school, and reminded us how important it is to stick together, both as students, and later in our professional lives, as it will get challenging at times.

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A new "pet project"

A new "pet project"

Hi! I’m Benedicte, or Bene for short. My whole life, I’ve wanted to become a veterinarian. After much trial and error, a blog on study techniques, several interviews, and many, many departures into other completely unrelated fields, I finally managed to get into vet school.

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