Two Steps Forward [Shared Experience]

See if you can relate to, or offer encouragement for, this fellow student struggling to balance mental health and academics. It’s not easy to balance the scales I have suffered with a lot of anxiety issues throughout my first year of veterinary school. The medication I was put on has affected my memory and ability…

Crossroads

Here’s one student’s take on the contributing factors towards the high incidence of mental health problems in veterinary medicine. Sometimes I feel that this mental health “crisis” is just a normal response to the conditions of vet school. They put us in a classroom all day, we get very little positive feedback and mostly negative,…

Resilience [Merry “Monday”]

Here is one for those of you who think, “What is the big deal? Yes, vet school is hard, but what is the big crisis that there needs to be a blog to discuss the topic? Everyone just needs to get it together.” But does anyone really feel this? In my experience, there is more…

Execrate [Shared Experience]

I think that there’s a lot more vet students than we know that feel like this. Commiserate, support, encourage. I can’t do this. This was a stupid fucking idea. I barely had good enough grades to get into this stupid school, I only got called off the waitlist because someone else didn’t have enough money…

The Results are In: Veterinary Student Time Management Survey

First, I would like to say a big thank you to all who filled out the survey and helped make this blog post possible. Here goes nothing…THANK YOU!!! Your participation shows you care. We had 78 respondents from four countries. The schools represented include: University of Wisconsin-Madison: 31 Virginia-Maryland: 30 University of Minnesota: 5 Auburn…

A Third Face

Dr. Andy Roark recently wrote about the importance of having a “third place”, a location where you live that is not home or work. This may be your favorite restaurant, where you play basketball, or a community organization. The idea is having such a place will get rid of the back and forth tug-of-war produced…