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Final post

Posted on 2008.01.19 at 08:35
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I wasn't taken at the veterinary school. I am thinking it could be because of 3 things:

- I didn't have enough experience working with veterinarians,
- I refused to conduct cruel experiments on cats and dogs, and it made me look weak,
- They saw this blog and saw I didn't really want to be accepted (what was I thinking, writing all this?)

Anyway, I am done with this blog. I will pull the pictures out when I have time and put them on Facebook or something similar. If you enjoyed reading it, you may want to check out my new blog: joannasteven.blogspot.com

Thanks everyone,

Joanna.

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Pas de nouvelles, bonne nouvelle

Posted on 2007.12.13 at 09:20
Current Mood: tiredtired
I am taking my last final of the semester today, in Biochemistry. I did well during the semester, and I can afford to get a 57% on the final and still get a B (which I don't intend on getting, but still).

I am very tired, but so is everyone at school I suppose. However I realized something that makes me happy: I am actually looking forward to taking classes next semester, which means I am not completely burned out on school. I am taking very interesting classes (philosophy, and lots of psychology) and I think they will be very useful in my everyday life, specially when I will have a child. I'll try to take as many child development classes as I can as well.

I haven't heard from the vet school yet, and if I don't get an interview date in the next 2 weeks, I can pretty much consider that I am not going to vet school at all. I actually already started making other plans, the big picture being getting a degree in May 09 and then a baby in 2010 (early May as well I hope, and I'm hoping for a boy!).

I will spend the rest of the month cleaning the house, working out a lot (I have an awesome weight bench I got for a ridiculous price when Sears was closing), playing the guitar a lot, and working on my book (which you can already reserve at www.tonyakay.com). Oh, and lots of sledding! :) And cooking!

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A squirrel in my kitchen

Posted on 2007.11.08 at 16:10
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So I have 2 things to write about, one that's a bit disturbing and one that's really sick!

The one that is a bit disturbing:
I wake up this morning and like always I go to the kitchen to make an infusion (I'm 100% off caffeine, except for the occasional piece of chocolate). As I was getting everything ready, I hear a rattling noise in the pipe above the range (it sucks out the steam and vents it outside). No doubt, there was a little animal in there, probably a squirrel. We called Animal Control, but they didn't open until 8 am, and they didn't call until 1 pm anyway even though we left a message shortly after 8.

What can you do in similar situations? Don't try to get the animal out, they can have rabies and they will almost certainly bite you. The Animal Control lady said to attach a rope on the roof and throw it down the pipe. The animal will use it to climb up and get out. That's what we did and we didn't hear scratchy noises in a while. I hope he's gone!

And if you wonder why it was attracted to my kitchen... he probably smelled the giant bowl of unshelled walnuts and pecans on the counter. I saw them yesterday at the supermarket and filled a whole bag. So good!

Ready for the sick one?
I went to the WCC yesterday, like every Wednesday. I was going to wash the dishes but saw 3 mice and 2 chicks on the counter (dead, probably thawed too, that's not even the sick part!). Cory, the staff member, thought they were probably left out for the 2 hawks outside, so we go feed them.

The cages they are in are basically 1 giant cages with a "wall" in between made of wooden bars. You have a little space in between the bars, but not tons, probably just enough for a small human hand to pass through.
We open one cage, but couldn't see the hawk at first. Then we see it: his body was rigid, and his head was stuck in between two bars. Cory takes him out and... his head was all gone. Somehow, the hawk on the other side got hold of his head and ate it or something. Sick!

They have a new screech owl. These little bird are the cutest! Scratch them on the head and they close their eyes :)

me & Jezzy

New wildlife pictures

Posted on 2007.11.05 at 19:49
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There was not a lot of things to do at the WCC, but I did get to photograph a saw whet owl. They are pretty rare in Iowa, the DNR guy said he hadn't seen one in 25 years. This is a full grown one, and it was not bigger than my hand. So cute!



They also had a red bellied woodpecker. It was flying around so fast I couldn't take a good picture, but here's a link if you want to see the other side :)
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Red-bellied_Woodpecker.html


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Interview Questions (Part II)

Posted on 2007.09.25 at 08:01
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Interview Questions (Part I)

Posted on 2007.09.19 at 20:25
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Writing an application to a College of Vet Med may be a little difficult, but you have many months to think about what you are going to write. When you are in the interview room, you have no time to write down an answer, think about it, talk about it with your friends and family, etc. You have to answer within seconds and make a great impression. Hm, no pressure there :)

So I've compiled a list of questions that might be asked, or have actually been asked in the past, and posted my answers to them. Click on the LJ cut :)

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More coming soon!


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Flying a red tailed hawk

Posted on 2007.09.19 at 16:21
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Isn't she cute? I just love holding big birds, they are amazing! I am not snoozing in the picture, she was just moving like crazy :)
(click on it for a bigger picture)

The weather is just gorgeous today!


Me & baby cat

Exotic, huh? :)

Posted on 2007.09.17 at 15:57
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A feral cat from Damascus, Syria. Click on the picture, the cat is even cuter up close!



And, also from Syria, a pigeon coop:


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All done!

Posted on 2007.09.16 at 17:00
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I sent my vet med applications today. I'm happy to be done, even if it all cost me about $200! :)
We'll get an answer in February, but I think there are interviews before that...

They never had interviews at ISU before, so I don't know what to expect. I've been reading a little about the subject, and it is starting to sound a little scary. Here's an example: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=70554

But this is from England, and I know from experience that everything is a lot more difficult in Europe, as opposed to the US. Anyway, when it comes to animals, I am a very opinionated person, and so I guess they will either love me or hate me. I always try to be political though! ;)

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Flying hawks

Posted on 2007.09.05 at 17:03
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Getting hawks to fly again is pretty awesome. You tie jesses to their ankles, attach a long rope to them, and throw the bird in the air. At first they may not fly very far, but they generally improve with time. I love hawks! Here's a picture of me holding a cooper's hawk. You can't see him very well but he has the most beautiful eyes, fiery with shades of orange and red. Click on it for a bigger version.



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Confirmations

Posted on 2007.09.03 at 13:40
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I often read things in Veterinary Medicine that convince me I am on the right track.

For example, I always thought that if I become on Animal Behaviorist, I will adjust my rates to people's income bracket. I just can't stand the thought of cats and dogs lacking fundamental care just because of money issues. This is not right, everyone should have equal access to medical care, cats, dogs, cows, humans. We are not similar, but we are definitely equal.

Veterinary Medicine August 2007, p.504.
VM: "What animal health needs are currently unmet?"
Dr Richard B. Ford, DVM: "One only has to open the door of what is now called shelter medicine to appreciate the overwhelming number of animals, of all species, that are underserved by veterinary medicine. There's an irony here. In clinical practice today, the very highest standards of care are expended on veterinary patients, but only on those animals belonging to individuals who can afford our services. A much larger proportion of the domestic animal population in the US will never have access to even the most basic health care services our profession can offer".

I also thought (without knowing much) that many animals are probably abandoned just because they don't behave well.  For example, people will abandon a dog because he is destroying the living room, or a cat because she refuses to use her litter box. I didn't know how often this happened, but I suspected it was pretty often.

Veterinary Medicine July 2007 p.436
Dr Jacqueline C. Neilson, DVM, DACVB: "Abnormal or unacceptable behavior kills more pets each year than any other disease process."

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A busy fall semester

Posted on 2007.08.30 at 17:01
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Usually, there aren't many things to do at the Wildlife Care Clinic, but these past weeks have been a lot of fun.
First, I fed a baby bird. I love feeding baby birds, they open their beak really wide and yell at you to get food. It's super cute!



Then, we trimmed the beaks and claws of a few birds. I thought Grampy (the great horned owl in my arms) would be a pain, but he was 
pretty nice. I cut Sora's nails (she's a red tailed hawk) and Matthew trimmed her beak.


Me and Cory (staff member) with Grampy



                     Matthew and Sora

Matthew took Kessy (a kestrel) for a walk, and I took Screechy (a screech owl). Screechy is so adorable, he closes his eyes when you scratch him on the head :)


                              Matt and Kessy                                               Me and Screechy




    A red-tailed hawk        A bird with a pus-filled growth under the beak

I also found this old picture. Jules seems to be very interested by this cute bird. You should hear him, when he spots a bird he starts chirping like one!


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Wildlife

Posted on 2007.08.25 at 08:50
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I am volunteering at the Wildlife Care Clinic again, which is great. I didn't have my camera, but I could have taken so many amazing pictures!
They have several baby birds, which I helped feed, and a gorgeous fox squirrel!

When I arrived, they were trying to euthanize a hawk. See, hawks have very thin hollow bones, and when they break, they are almost impossible to repair. As a result, they have to be put to sleep. An efficient way to do it is find the liver, and inject the euthanizing drug into it. To find the liver, you have to feel the keel, the bone that runs up the bird's breast. Then, you have to feel under it, on the right side, and the liver will be there.
To ensure that it is indeed the right organ, you have to insert a needle, and draw. If you draw blood, you got the liver, if not then you're not there yet. Apparently there aren't any blood vessels in the vicinity. Alternatively, you can inject the drug into the neck.

I've started classes again last week. I am taking Biochemistry 301, Organic Chemistry 332, and Biology 313-Genetics. For some reason, I am feeling a tremendous amount of stress, which does not really seem consistent with the work load. I mean, I do study a lot, probably 6 hours a day no counting classes, and it's only the 1st week, but I like what I am learning, and the teachers are very nice so far.
I might be deficient in something, since I sometimes forget to eat lunch when I am studying, and I feel so sick in the morning that I don't really have a substantial breakfast. I will work hard on fixing this without resorting to anxiety medication, and will share the results later in the month.

My application is almost done. I need one last electronic letter of recommendation to come in, and the veterinarian from Lebanon needs to send his by the post. Once that's done, I'll just submit it and... Alea Jacta Est.

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Deer and the English language

Posted on 2007.08.14 at 14:29
When I was still learning how to speak English, I was told that some words remain the same whether they are singular or plural. A good way to  know which words changed or not was to ask yourself "would a lot of these things be countable or uncountable?." Going from there, I knew that I should not say rices, fishes, etc. However I just learned that one deer multiplied becomes many deer, not deers. I'd say it does not make a lot of sense, but then, I think of the poor English speaking people trying to learn French and think that I am pretty lucky despite the (rare) exceptions.

And since I am talking about deer, I got some more pictures. It turns out that there are only 3 deer, 1 mom and her two babies. I didn't take my camera with me today because I thought I had enough picture, but I saw them again near Hole 5, and then again later.
Here are the pictures!


                               The mom                                                                   A baby

The other ones were too blurry, so I did not upload them. Although they were not trusting enough to let me get too close, they still let me get pretty near and it just scares me to think that anyone can do the same and then shoot them.

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Deer!

Posted on 2007.08.10 at 13:41
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3 or 4 times a week, I go to the disc-golf course in Ames and play for about an hour. I usually go there at 8 am because it gets hot so quickly these days, and because Matthew and I have the whole course to ourselves and we don't have to wait around. Now though, I have an even better reason. It's full of deer! Not long ago they were very small and adorable, and now they are a bit bigger but still terribly cute.

A few weeks ago, we got very close to two of them, but I did not have my camera. I could have taken an awesome picture! I always make sure that I have my camera with me now, and today I got lucky. I got about 2 yards away from one, and photographed it. Unfortunately, my little camera does not work well in low light, and the good one is too bulky. Anyway, here's what I got:



I did enhance the picture a little with The Gimp because there wasn't much contrast and the deer was not very clear.

Also, I went to Okoboji last week-end hoping to do some boating, but the weather was terrible. I did have some luck however, more deer!



I know that Iowa is not the fashion state, but it does make me  a little mad when people refuse to come here because they think it's boring. Talking from experience, I can say that being a few feet from a deer is a lot more satisfying and wonderful than going shoe shopping in Paris.

I remember a story Matthew's great uncle Geoff told me. He and his wife Evelyn were somewhere in Iowa, I think Spencer, playing mini golf. At some point they stopped and noticed a deer and her baby not far away, with a little rabbit. The fawn and the rabbit were playing leap frog (saute-mouton for my French speaking readers), taking turns to jump over each other's back, while the mom was quietly standing there. People just stopped playing and watched in awe. Money can't buy such wonderful sights.


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My letter of admission 3.0

Posted on 2007.08.02 at 11:39
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I found out that I could only write 600 words in my letter. I had about 800! So in this new version, I have exactly 599 words. I do feel that removing these extra words took a lot out of the text, and I could certainly use everybody's help. Thanks in advance!

I was born and raised in Paris, France where I lived for 10 years before moving to Lebanon. I quickly realized that working with animals was most rewarding to me, from caring for stray animals in Lebanon to working with a dog with behavior problem and wildlife in the US.

In Lebanon, stray cats are plentiful and I was immediately attracted to them. By age 11, I was able to approach, tame and care for all the neighborhood cats as well as their newborns who were abandoned because they were not sufficiently healthy or because the mother had died. Everyone in the neighborhood knew that animals were my passion.

At age 16, while I had good grades in many subjects, I was encouraged by my professors to major in philosophy and literature and to attend Law school. I thought that a career in Law would be a smart choice, and accepted that I would still be able to be surrounded by animals outside of work

However while attending Law school in Paris, I realized that a life that was not fully dedicated to animals would not be complete for me. I knew that I was made to be a veterinarian, and decided that I would make every effort to reach this goal. I nevertheless completed a "DEUG" of Law, the French equivalent of 120 credit hours in law and economics. I also speak French and English fluently, and have taken several years of Spanish and Arabic.

During my last year in Law school, I met my husband Matthew and we moved to Spencer, IA in 2004. There, I attended Iowa Lakes Community College where I kept a 4.0 GPA.

Before we met, Matthew had adopted Max, a prematurely born dog who also had not been properly socialized after a car accident left him unable to walk for some time. As a result of these traumas, he had behavior problems, and I had been warned by veterinarians and relatives that he may need to be put to sleep. However, I knew that something was not right. Max was said to be aggressive and dominant but after reading extensively about the subject, I was not convinced that this was Max's problem. My husband and I were extremely fortunate to be referred to Dr Langholz at ISU. Working with her was an amazing experience, and I learned a lot. She explained that Max's problem problem behaviors were not exclusively caused by aggression, but rather fear and anxiety. This experience reinforced my decision to be a veterinarian and convinced me after seeing the difference this work can make to a family to eventually specialize as an animal behaviorist. So many animals are put to sleep or abandoned because of behavior problems that I think a career as a behaviorist would be very useful, and I would enjoy it immensely.

Since January 2006, I have also volunteered at the Wildlife Clinic at ISU and have worked for a veterinarian in Lebanon in May 2007.

After graduating, I plan on becoming a certified behaviorist and own a no kill shelter where I will reabilitate abandonned pets. Adoption will be free, and instead the owners will have to attend obediance classes. Veterinary care will also be provided, and my fees will vary depending on the clients' income so that everyone can afford to take good care of their pets.

All these experiences have led me to believe that I would be a very good candidate for veterinary school. I am convinced that deciding to be a veterinarian is one of the best decision I ever made.


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Vet School Application

Posted on 2007.07.20 at 14:27
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I am going to work on my application during the next 3 weeks or so, because I do not want to be stressed out by both the new semester and the application deadline. Sending a good application can be difficult and confusing, and so I will write all my findings here. Also, I will post the final text to be criticized.

Preliminary preparation:

- Find your letters of recommendation:
http://career.berkeley.edu says that "It also is wise to gather one additional letter from an instructor (preferably in the sciences) as well as another letter from an employer or activity advisor." What I am going to do is have 1 letter from a DVM, 1 letter from my advisor at Iowa Lakes (because I had a 4.0 GPA there, and I also tutored chemistry), and 1 letter from my chemistry teacher (also from ILCC, because I had the highest grades of the class with continuous A's, and this led me to the tutoring job).
I am not sure what they mean by "additional". What should the 3 mandatory letters be? I thought that a DVM, a Dean and a prof. would be very good. Anyway, we'll see about that later.

- Take your GRE about 2 months in advance:
Why? Because it is possible you will have a bad grade, and you can only take the test once in a calendar month. So you should give yourself enough time for at least 2 tries.

- Start thinking about what makes you different:
If you can't think of anything, it may be good to start volunteering or something similar. Every time you think of something, write it down.
For example, I am different because: (yes, it seems presumptuous, but you need to show what makes you better than the other applicants)
   * I have lived on 3 different continents already,
   * I speak 2 languages fluently, can read and write in 2 different alphabets, and I can speak 2 other languages although I am not fluent.
   * I have cared for animals since I was 10, by age 11 I knew how to care for cats and their babies, what they should/shouldn't eat, what needs to be done in the absence of a mother cat, etc.
   * I went to Law School, which is apparently a plus, and I got a General Degree there (120 credit hours in law, economics and political sciences).
   * I have worked for a vet for a while in Lebanon.
   * I have a dog who was born prematurely and because of an accident, he did not socialize properly. As a result, he had bad behavior problems, the veterinarian thought he might have to be put to sleep, and the obedience trainer was afraid of him. After some hard work with Dr Langholz, my dog is perhaps not a dream dog but no one would even think of euthanasia now when they see him. He's my little sweetheart :)
   * I have endless compassion for animals, which led me to become a vegetarian at age 19, when I was living on my own. I don't know if this should be mentioned, but I am putting everything down and we'll weed out later.
   * I have owned a turtle and a bird as well, I may write a word or 2 about this to show that I don't only like "cats and dogs", but it will be a quick thing.
   * I have volunteered at the Wildlife Clinic where I cared for squirrels (which is pretty similar to caring for baby cats), a fawn, baby rabbits, various birds, and I have learned to handle birds such as Screech Owls, a Barred Owl, and a Great Horned Owl. I have learned basic bandaging, how to rehydrate an owl, how to force feed a bird, how to give medications to various animals, etc. I guess I'll re-read my blog to remember everything.
   * People are always amazed by my adoration for animals of all kinds. Seriously, I got nuts when I am with animals, and... Ah an important thing. Animals are instinctively attracted to me. I've never seen an animal who didn't like me, except for a spoiled ferret once, but this buggers are crazy anyway :P
   * I have talked to a veterinarian over the course of several months by e-mail, and he told me many important things about veterinary school. It only made me want to apply even more.
   * I owned many fish and have learned many things, such as what they like to eat, what pH is best, how to care for them, which lay eggs and which are live bearers etc.

I will edit this later if I think of anything else. Alright, so this is a big part of what you should do. If you've done all this, you're already well on your way.

To be continued...

Jules scowl

GRE

Posted on 2007.07.19 at 15:41
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I took the GRE... and I think I did very well! I got 560 for the analytical section, and 640 for the quantitative. I compared my score with statistics from previous exams, and that's actually pretty good!

So, I guess I am now qualified to give some advice on how to ace the GRE:

* Unless you took math 10 years ago and have never used any math related concept since then, and if you've never read a single book and your vocabulary is very limited, don't take a review course, which costs more than $1000.00! Seriously, the math requirements are pretty basic, and they have a math review online for free. I finished it in about 4 days, working about 1 hour a day. As for the vocabulary... there's not much you can do at this point. You either have a good general knowledge of words, or you don't. So the best thing to do here is read a lot, and review past exams.
(www.ets.org/gre)

* Take old tests to get used to the format.

* Review the math sections as much as you can. Like I said, you'll either do well on the vocabulary exam or you won't. You can't really practice for it, unless you like to read the dictionary. However, with some practice, you can do very well in math. There is a limited list of concepts, and once you know them, you're ready to take the test.

* I would start studying 2 weeks before the exam, so that you are not rushed.

* Do have a life in the meanwhile. I played a lot of Pharaoh, and was actually able to use stuff from the game into an essay on past civilizations!

I will start working on my application now. I will post everything online so that everything can be reviewed by a wide number of people. Hopefully, in about 1 year and 2 month, I'll be a vet student!

Jules resting

Got bugs?

Posted on 2007.07.16 at 12:26
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I try to kill as little as possible, and therefore always try to release insects outside instead of crushing them (or anything equally pleasant).
However, I have always been a little afraid of these centipedes I sometimes see in the house, because I was told in Biology 211 that they can be deadly. Here's a picture of one of them:



Luckily, I can go on being cruelty free as far as these little cuties are concerned. Here's what Wikipedia has to say about them:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_centipede

"They are commonly called "house centipede", and are insectivores: they feed on spiders, bedbugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish and other household pests. They kill their prey by injecting venom through their fangs (so I wasn't wrong about the venom part!).
Because they eat household pests, house centipedes are considered among the most beneficial creatures that inhabit human dwellings, but because of their alarming appearance, frightening speed, and painful bite, few homeowners are willing to share a home with them. They do not cause damage to food or furniture. The house centipede is capable of biting a human, but this seldom occurs. When it does, it is no worse than a minor bee sting. The house centipede's venom is too weak to cause any serious harm to larger pets such as cats and dogs."


And since we are talking about insects, here's what I found a few days ago:


I am not sure what it is, but it was pretty!

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Veterinary Medicine

Posted on 2007.07.06 at 13:28
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Veterinary Medicine is a magazine about, well, vet. med., and I decided to suscribe to it a few months ago. It typically costs more than $100 dollars a year, but I got a subscription on Ebay for about $20, which I thought was a great deal (I actually get all my subscriptions off Ebay).

It's really pretty neat, full of good articles with lots of pictures, and I love seeing that veterinarians really just normal people. I sometimes really panick and think that I can't be a good veterinarian, that I can't compete with these people  that seem so incredibly smart, and to whom difficult classes or puzzling cases seem to be just a piece of cake. But I read a letter from a veterinarian from California, and it made me feel so much better.

He was talking about a professor he had at UC-Davis, and I felt it really deserved to be copied here. (I really hope I am not violating some copyright law. The quote is from Dr Frank Grasse, and the letters was published in the June edition of Veterinary Magazine, page 352.)
Here's what he said:

"I was on duty one night in my senior year for the ICU rotation. My college career was coming to an end. I felt I needed to learn so much more, I was worried about passing the boards, I had no job prospects, and I had used up my last college loan. (...) The ICU was full, and I felt overwhelmed. I was crying. Dr Leighton came over to me and asked me what was wrong. I cried out all my deficiencies. He told me that it takes all kinds of veterinarians - some are researchers, some go into teaching, some pursue specialties - but there would always be a need for good general practice veterinarians who love animals and care about their owners. He said that although I might not be at the top of my class, I would do OK out in the real world."

Another thing that sometimes bothers me is the fact that I really really love animals, all of them. It's sometimes a bit ridiculous, like when I am doing the dishes and see a spider fall in the dish water. I immediately catch the spider, release it outside and make sure it is ok before going back into the kitchen. Anyway, I was worrying that loving animals too much could be a handicap as a vet, instead of a beneficial thing.
This fear came back to me while I was visiting the research center at ISU. I couldn't see the greater good that would come out of experimenting on animals. I could only see animals in cages, bred to get a disease. I could only see what was right in front of me, and it made any positive outcome meaningless compared to that.

So I wrote an e-mail to Dr Doug, a veterinarian and friend of my aunt who always answers my questions so kindly. He's just great!
He told me that "One doesn't have to engage in or approve of animal research to become a veterinarian or to be a good veterinarian" and that "One must follow his or her own dictates. I doubt if I could tolerate participating in testing and experimentation on dogs and cats or other animals." And finally: "Most animal research is unnecessary and cruel. I would bet that most vet students and veterinarians feel the same way. On that you aren't off the mark at all."

It made me feel 100% better.

One last thing: While I was watching Dr Kallassy performing surgery on a dog, I started feeling really dizzy and I just had time to get out of the OR to collapse on a couch. A few more minutes and I would have passed out right there on the floor. I felt terrible, like I was completely inadequate, and I thought I might need to think about my future a little more carefully now that this had happened. Now one thing to keep in mind is that I want to be an animal behaviorist, not a veterinary surgeon. However, I still have to go through veterinary school to get there, and this means I will have to dissect animals, do some surgery etc. When I had to dissect fetal pigs, I had no problem whatsoever. I did it twice, and not only did I feel alert, I also cut through the foetuses, played with the organs etc. But what if my brain was wired to pass out at the sign of blood? Could I ever get over it? Could I for example get to the 2nd year of vet school and then realize I can't go any further because I'm not good enough? Here's what Dr Doung had to say:
"When we were at the end of our second year of vet school the surgery profs gave us a demo of what we would be doing the following year. All 72 of us gathered around a number of tables and watched them operate on dogs. Four or five students, 2nd year vet students mind you, collapsed, had to sit down or leave the room. Not as single individual had any problem the following year in surgery classes.

Don't think about your light-headed experience. One gets used to the sight of blood and the odor of anesthetic gases. It is a matter of acclimating oneself to a new situation and environment. As a matter of fact, I think the first two years of vet school automatically do the job of acclimating most students, so going into surgery classes is generally as easy as walking. I can assure you, no one flunks out of vet school because they faint at the sight of blood! And I've never heard of a student who didn't quickly master queasy feelings."
Seriously, isn't he awesome? :)

I thought about adding interviews of vet students, teachers, veterinarians, MDs etc. I'll add this in the next few weeks.


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