A fear of failure

Fail fast. Fail often. Fail forward. That’s how you got into veterinary school, right? A series of failures? That’s probably not how you think about it. You probably had a great GPA, lots of relevant experience to put on your resume, and a fine-tuned essay. Any time you did experience failure, and you did because…

Stress: More Than a Headache

Hello, ladies and gents! Just in time for the start of the new semester, we’ll be starting a new series on the ins and outs of stress. How it works, what it does to you, and most importantly effective (backed by science!) methods to cope with stress. Most of this information comes from the book…

A salmagundi of habits – Week 6

Week 1- sleep | Week 2- do nothing | Week 3- be grateful | Week 4- create margin | Week 5- seek solitude | Week 6- slow down Week 6 Habit:   Slow down     salmagundi (noun) – a salad consisting of chopped meat, anchovies, eggs, vegetables, and seasoning; a general mixture; a miscellaneous…

A smattering of habits – Week 2

Week 1- sleep | Week 2- do nothing | Week 3- be grateful | Week 4- create margin | Week 5- seek solitude | Week 6- slow down Week 2 Habit:   Take 5 minutes everyday this week to do absolutely nothing     How did it go working on the last habit? If you…

The dark side of the human-animal bond

Did you know Luke Skywalker liked animals? Apparently, he had a dog. He also apparently massacred womp rats like it was no big deal… And just like Luke, life as a veterinary student involves animals, a light side, and a dark side. Animals necessarily interact with people, either as pets, a food source, or in…

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,…

The Not-so-silent Killer

This blog is a platform for veterinary students to discuss and bring into the light the highly stigmatized topics of mental health and suicide in veterinary medicine. This post, however, is about a topic everybody loves to discuss: student debt. With mental health and suicide, a lot of efforts are encouraged at the individual or…