Oklahoma State c/o 2021

Hello!

My name is (also) Emily, but for the purpose of avoiding confusion I’ll refer to myself as Em in my posts. I’m happy to be representing Oklahoma State University’s veterinary school on Destination Doctor and will be glad to answer any of your questions as they come up. I will begin veterinary school as a first year this upcoming August.

A little about me.

I was one of many who knew that they wanted to be a veterinarian from a young age. I was fascinated with animals and the outdoors and was known for domesticating strays and feral kittens in my backyard before re-homing them. I also once, as a ten-year-old, tried to rehabilitate a half-drowned grasshopper that was essentially paralyzed by hand-feeding it blades of grass and droplets of water on leaves. Needless to say, I was a little strange. But I’d probably still try to rehabilitate an insect if you brought one to me, though I do prefer mammals at this point. When I’m not doing veterinary medicine related things, I’m usually spending time with my large family of eight. I’m also an avid reader of fiction, preferably set in the Victorian Era, because who doesn’t love a romantic, 1800s kind of guy and elaborate gowns with giant hoop-skirts and corsets?

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See what I mean?

My path to veterinary school.

I hadn’t really seriously considered veterinary school until my freshman year of college. Before then, I had just viewed it as a distant dream. But once college began, I really started to focus on gaining experience (as I started out with zero) and spent a lot of time at a veterinary hospital near my home where I worked, and continue to work with, the greatest mentor in a veterinarian I could have ever hoped for. I probably would not have made it this far without her. So find yourself a good mentor! It’s important. I also have spent many, many hours as a med tech at a kitten rescue which has been an invaluable experience and also a great stress-reliever. Just last week I sat on the floor in one of the rooms and was swarmed by nineteen kittens. Yes, nineteen. If that’s not heaven, I don’t know what is.

These kittens are from another day. I love how the two kittens on top are tapping my head to make sure I’m still alive and wasn’t smothered by their adorable roommates.

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I devoted most of my time to academics and took a relatively high course load in order to be on track to enter veterinary school after three years, rather than four. Although skipping senior year is not for everyone, I felt like I had experienced all of undergraduate that I needed to and was ready to move on to bigger and better things, i.e. vet school (and, of course, avoiding an extra year of accumulating more debt).

And so here I am! I’m looking forward to blogging through these crazy four years.

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Cornell c/o 2021

Hello everyone! As we’re coming into summer leading up to this grand new adventure I thought I ought to introduce myself. My name is Emily, I’m a 25yr old incoming DVM student at Cornell University. I’m excited to be joining my fellow authors in chronicling the chaos into which we are about to descend.

My path into veterinary medicine was a little tumultuous. I attended a small unknown liberal arts college for my Bachelor’s in Biology, but that wasn’t my goal when I started. Leading up to late in my sophomore year in college I had no interested in veterinary medicine or the sciences at all. My goal was to become a financial auditor (exciting, I know). I stumbled into this field as a result of a volunteer position the summer of 2011 that turned into a job and then, well, turned into a passion.

I first applied to veterinary school for the class of 2018. I applied to my in-state school and a few others, a fairly narrow net that included Cornell. I had strong academics but little name recognition, and only a year or so of experience as an assistant in a small rural clinic. I was rejected outright from everywhere but Cornell, where I was waitlisted. That experience, combined with some major changes in my personal life, led to me to question my commitment to the field and ultimately remove myself from the waitlist.

In the interim I tried everything I could to find something else I was passionate about. I debated nursing, pathology, cooking, and a host of other assorted fields. But I kept ending up back in veterinary medicine. When I applied again this past cycle (with the push of a very supportive spouse), I promised myself it would be the last time. My grades had not changed but I had nearly ten times the amount of experience now with some added variety (wildlife rehabilitation, emergency medicine, specialty care). I applied to  five schools and was rejected from two, waitlisted at one, and accepted to UC Davis and Cornell.

Deciding to attend Cornell was complicated, and my spouse’s job ended up making the bulk of my decision for me. We will be in a long distance relationship throughout the next four years, something which admittedly scares the hell out of me, so I’m going in to the c/o 2021 full tilt with the goal of making what we want in our life happen and still trying to stay sane. At this point my interest lies mainly in small animal emergency, but that tends to change for a lot of people during school as they get more exposure.

I have two small dogs living here in Ithaca with me, both Cornell patients as well, so I’m sure you’ll hear a little about their adventures too.

It’s about to go down.

Hi everyone!

I have some exciting news to share! I have been talking with some friends and others via the interwebs, and we will be adding more students and hopefully much more content throughout veterinary school.

Not only will you be getting posts from us (myself and drgraceyk) here at CSU but we will have students from other veterinary schools posting as well. So if you are looking for a candid look at a school you’re thinking about attending I hope you can find it here, or if you just want to hear about the struggle that is veterinary school.

We will also be sharing links to other blogs and hoping to do some collaborative work. Some of us are already in school while the rest of us will be starting up this year!

We are really excited to bring more perspectives to the page and hope you’ll enjoy reading about our antics!

For your reading pleasure here are some of my favorite veterinary memes:

Now for a short update on my life:

My Master’s is almost complete! I take my finals in just under two weeks, which I’m having difficulty getting the motivation to study for (my backpack sits in the corner of this room and I occasionally glance at it and feel guilty). Though I’m doing pretty well in all my classes right now, but I would like to get the elusive 4.0 as I know it probably will never happen again.

A couple weeks ago, I got a concussion falling off of my mare (Sassy) which hasn’t happened for a very long time, but alas it does happen, sometimes, when your horse uses you as a yard dart. I was riding bareback and took a turn too fast (whoops), though that hasn’t happened in like 6 years either; but it happens. I’m probably (finally) going to invest in a helmet, I’ve spent a lot of money on this brain of mine!

Soon after that, I got a pretty nasty cold which I am still recovering from. My cat, Bucket, also had to go to the vet to find struvite crystals in his urine so he is now on a special diet to control that.

Now I’m just waiting for Sassy to come into heat (which she has started) so she can go up to Weatherford, TX to be bred.

The ending to my MS is nothing short of exciting, but we are on the home stretch! Then it’s off to Colorado!

Hello, I’m dr g – just kidding

I’ve not blogged much so bear with me but I was invited by my new best friend Erika ! Yay, thanks Erika! We met at our CSU interview and hit it off extremely well and then we were both accepted 😀 Class of 2021 !

First, a little history on who I am – my name is Grace and I’m from Arizona. I have a huge passion for horses (as well as all other animals) and have always wanted to go to vet school but I faltered from that idea on more than one occasion! I attended college at NMSU with my degree in Agricultural Biology and minor in Biochemistry which I graduated with in 2014. Somewhere in my junior year I decided vet school would be too hard, too expensive and wouldn’t make me my happiest self. I took a couple different courses and applied to PA school, which I didn’t get into… So I graduated with this degree and tried to find a job with it – NOT easy to get a job with a bachelors degree!!! I was working as a bartender then as a nanny and took a class that I needed to go to nursing school and I then applied to nursing school – which I was accepted to! Around this same time I was offered a salaried job in sales & marketing which I took, rather than nursing school, and loved (in a way, for a while) but realized it wasn’t my passion.. So I quit that job and took a job (with lower pay) at an animal hospital so I could pursue my finally admitted dream of becoming a veterinarian. I applied for vet school around the same time that I quit my salaried job and didn’t expect to get into school on the first application cycle – especially CSU – but I did!

I guess the rest of my story starts here because I will be moving to Colorado with my 6 dogs, 1 cat, and some number of horses (haven’t decided who is making the cut yet). I am not a doctor yet but I will be one in just over 4 years time so I thought I might as well get used to the title 😉

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How getting accepted changes things…

As I’m sure you’ve read I was accepted to veterinary school!

I never really thought about it but things do change once you’ve been accepted, and I’m not just talking about the giant weight that’s lifted off your shoulders.

One thing I’ve noticed is the veterinarians I volunteer with are so excited for me! One of them has lamented to me about how A&M should have accepted me so I could stay and help out at the clinic during breaks. Which would have been awesome! Talk about reinforcing the material.

I’ve also been allowed to do a lot more procedures at the clinic, as the doctors I work with feel I won’t get as much hands on experience as they think I should. This has really benefitted me as the techs have redoubled their efforts to help me learn to draw blood (I’m great on large dogs, not so much with the small). I’ve also been able to assist in some spays and neuters; which I’m sure will be helpful!

I’m about halfway through my classes for the last semester of my MS; I’m so excited to be done! Then I have to find a place to live and haul all the animals back to Colorado!

Second Acceptance

In late December I received an email from State University and I interviewed the last weekend (Feb 17, 2017). I’m not going to talk too much about it, because I was waitlisted. But, I really enjoyed the feel of the town and the veterinary school itself. I’m really interested in large animal and their case load was pretty good. I also liked what I saw on the tour of the veterinary teaching hospital. It’s all connected, compared to CSU, it made it seem like it would be easy to get from small animal to large in a flash. Another thing I liked is that their lecture halls are on the same campus as the vet teaching hospital; whereas CSU you’re on main campus your first year (or two?).  They are also breaking ground on a new vet teaching hospital, so if you’re interested in MSU I’d definitely recommend checking it out! Four of us from A&M were interviewed, two were accepted and the rest of us waitlisted; Aggies represented!

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Three of the four people I know from A&M that interviewed at MSU. Myself and two friends interviewed the same weekend.
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Photo of MSU campus from a parking garage

 

My second acceptance came much earlier than expected, I was told I’d hear back on February 15th and I actually got an email on the second from CSU (which went to my spam mail, again!) that there was a status update on my application. Of course, I panicked thinking it was a rejection just two weeks after the interview but I was very pleasantly surprised when I had an admission’s offer!  I was sitting in class and I actually had to leave so I could call everyone and tell them the great news.

It was actually really strange to withdraw my application from the waitlists of Iowa, Western, and Michigan. However, it was even harder emailing SGU to tell them I was relinquishing my seat for the incoming class; they will always be the first school to give me the opportunity to continue my education and fulfill this dream.

The most exciting part is that CSU was my number one choice going into this. Which is why I completed my undergraduate coursework there. The in-state tuition at A&M would have been nice, though.

I plan to continue updating this blog; follow me through orientation and the next four years!

Colorado State University- The interview

On January 31st I received an email (that went to my spam folder!!) from Colorado State office of veterinary admissions offering an interview! I was elated, CSU was my #1 choice (that actually played a HUGE role in attending there for my undergrad). I had two date options to choose from, January 14 or 15. I chose the 15th and made arrangements for hotel and suchgeneric-colorado-state-university.

This is the first year that CSU brought back interviews and was the first time in 15 years for this event to happen. Considering my interview with Western I thought they did a very good job. The interview is MMI style, which was my first experience with the true MMI. I actually really liked it, it was impossible to really prepare for the questions since they were so varied but because of that, it seems they get the unedited version of you. I think this helps them tell if you are a good fit for their program.

The day consisted of an introduction, interviews, lunch with guest speakers, tours of the veterinary school and a tour of the first year areas. Even though I went to undergrad here; seeing CSU this way was very impressive.

This was my fourth application to CSU, and it finally paid off.

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