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    Typical Day

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    Whats a typical day like for first termers? What do people do on weekends?

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    Mon, Wed, Fri you will have anatomy lab from 9-11am then lectures from 1-4pm. Each lecture will be 50mins in duration and will be either Physiology, Histology, Embryology, Anatomy Lec.

    Tue and Thurs you have Clinical skills class and on Thurs morning you will have histology lab for 2 hrs (8-10am) or (10-12pm) depending on your last name. Then from 1-4pm you will have lectures same as for M,W,F.

    Here is an example schedule for a typical Wednesday.

    Anatomy Lab (9-11am)
    Break (11-1pm)
    Physiology lecture (1-2)
    Histology lecture (2-3)
    Anatomy lecture (3-4)

    Most days you are done at either 3 or 4pm and the lectures randomly scheduled and you will have the entire lecture schedule before the semester starts. And on the weekends, you can do whatever you want. You can hang w/ your friends, go to the beach, party, eat out, just lounge around, or even study.

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    Just curious... do any of you guys/gals know how 3rd year is and how much surgical exposure you get? Like spay/neuter, soft tissue, ortho, dental?

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    3rd year exposure

    You will get a lot of exposure 3rd year - we do surgery lab weekly, and clinic rotations several times per term, where you get to do a lot if you're comfortable stepping up. I got to spay a cat on my 2nd clinic rotation at the VTH. If you have more specific questions, though, go ahead and ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by badkitty13 View Post
    You will get a lot of exposure 3rd year - we do surgery lab weekly, and clinic rotations several times per term, where you get to do a lot if you're comfortable stepping up. I got to spay a cat on my 2nd clinic rotation at the VTH. If you have more specific questions, though, go ahead and ask.
    Good to have you aboard kitty and thanks for the swift reply!

    Could you talk about some of the different surgeries you did/do during 3rd year clinics? Like how many spays/neuters, complicated surgeries, etc. Also, are you comfortable with diagnosing and formulating a tx plan in primary care?

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    3rd year exposure

    You will do AT LEAST one castration and one spay on dogs, likely more, one critical nonsurvival (gastrotomy, celiotomy) on a pig, and one orthopedic procedure (nonsurvival - usually on a sheep or goat for your first) as the bare minimum of your surgical experience in 5th term. You can do much more than that in clinics and there are other voluntary opportunities if you like. Personally, I did one gastrotomy, spayed one cat and one dog, neutered two dogs, and did an FHO on a sheep this term so far, and I also did one week of emergency call at the VTH. I haven't used our dental equipment yet, but I hear it's quite nice. Basically, this program is what you make of it - if you want to get the experience under your belt it's there for the taking, especially starting in 5th term. If you want to get involved earlier, I would strongly advise picking one extracurricular depending on your interest - horses, birds, etc. and pursuing it beginning first term so you can get lots of exposure and experience. For me, it was the cat project, but that was what appealed to me. What sort of experience are you looking for?
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    3rd year exposure

    Just in case I wasn't clear earlier - everything we do is supervised by clinicians who have the final say, and if at any point what we're doing becomes a danger to the patient or the student has extraordinary difficulty, they will step in and take over. It has not happened to me yet, but sometimes things get a bit complicated. Also, we do a bit of treatment plan and diagnosis, but we're still quite novice at this point. We do individual cases during clinics, with one of the docs, who usually are recent grads of SGU vet who are working at the VTH to add to their "fresh-out-of-school" experience. If they are any indication of how we will turn out, I'm very proud to be here.
    There still is not enough "hands-on" work - in my opinion there is no such thing as too much - but it gets better all the time, and in 5th term I finally feel like I'm getting somewhere on the great big hamster wheel.
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    1 term, extracurricular involvement

    I will be starting vet school at SGU Fall 2007. I am very intersted in the field of surgery and Emergency Medicine (as I have been working on an emergency clinic for the past couple years) and would like to know how can I get involved with the VTH so that I continue involved in these fields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cero0201 View Post
    I will be starting vet school at SGU Fall 2007. I am very intersted in the field of surgery and Emergency Medicine (as I have been working on an emergency clinic for the past couple years) and would like to know how can I get involved with the VTH so that I continue involved in these fields.
    Early on, the VTH probably won't be the source of more experience that you will be able to take advantage of. The cases that come in will generally, but not always, favor 2nd and especially 3rd year students. However, if you really are interested, I have heard of other students being on-call before their 3rd year during the semester. Especially since you have a considerable amount of emergency experience.

    Early on, the best way to become active beyond the VTH is to join a club and try to attend as many of their activities as possible. The current student president of the emergency and critical care society (SVECCS) is a good friend and has helped create some incredible lectures and labs for its members. SVECCS is still very small, but is a club with some of the most to offer students in my opinion. This type of thing will be your best and most accessible avenue to learn more early on.

    Also, during breaks, go to new places and seek out unique experiences/externships/volunteer in places which will expand your emergency or surgical exposure.

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    Oh...I almost forgot...congratulations on starting your veterinary career!

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