Dissecting my first brain – Anatomy and Physiology update

Dissecting my first brain – Anatomy and Physiology update

There’s something kind of surreal about holding a brain. When we were cutting, we were jokingly asking each other “where do you think the ‘good boy’-center is,” and wondering what dog breed the brain had belonged to. Then it really hit us...

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How I prepare for dissections

How I prepare for dissections

Since we’re dissecting dog brains tomorrow morning, I’ve decided to do a blog post on how I prepare for dissections. So without further ado, here are the three things I try to do to prepare for dissections...

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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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The importance of self-care in the veterinary profession

The importance of self-care in the veterinary profession

Yesterday I attended a seminar put on by the university student council, and the veterinary association student group. The theme of the seminar was mental health and self-care as a vet student. Although I was only...

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Women's Day and Nutrition seminars

Women's Day and Nutrition seminars

When I was little, I used to get so excited every time we had to go to the vet, even if it was just to get cat food. I remember listening to the vet nurse telling my parents what would be best to give a castrated male cat, so it wouldn’t gain too much...

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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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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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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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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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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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