Can’t believe that I am going into my third year already! I remember when I was a freshman, I was warned by several seniors about 3rd year being the most challenging and important year, in the 5 years of study. As it scares me a lot and worried that I won’t be able to overcome such pressure and demand through my third year.
Nevertheless, as it is just the start of semester 1, it seems as though the “big boss” has not come yet. The stuff that has been taught so far is relatively absorbable, so I can still catch up to it. This year, it is different from the last two years which mainly focuses on the basics and foundations then emphasising it to veterinary clinical knowledge. I feel like I have moved a big step towards being a vet!
The semester starts in September, since my liberal studies are all done and dusted, I no longer need to worry about signing up for other courses, giving me a rare leisure start of the school month. Entering year 4, I begin to learn more about the clinical part of the course, mainly focusing on livestock and fish.
In addition, I also took up a special pet topic this semester, hoping to study different aspects of dogs and cats. The session is held at lunchtime in groups, each session is required to take turns in reporting a disease of interest to ourselves. After reporting, the teacher would give additional information to boost our knowledge of the diseases. I was chosen to be the first presenter and I chose to do “birth difficulties in reptiles” as my topic. In fact, I felt the session was very beneficial, as I managed to learn many aspects relating to the diseases such as causatives, diagnosis, treatment, etc. I feel it would be very helpful when it is my turn to report it back to other students. It might even be a very effective way of learning, even better than learning from lectures.
Students are required to bathe and do a physical examination on dogs during the hospital practical course. Physical examination includes observation, use of stethoscope, body condition scoring, look for breathing patterns, skin conditioning, etc. Through hearing, we looked at breathing, heart rate, etc. Touch and feel examination includes checking of lymph nodes. You’d still get really busy regardless of how prepared you were. After all, it was my first physical examination and I got nervous at times. Fortunately, I met a very gentle and patient dog, didn’t get angry with me and worked with me for full 2 hours.
This month I returned to school to have my summer semester to study biochemistry. The professor of this course has retired and he only teaches summer semesters. In my opinion, he is the best professor in all the chemistry courses I have studied. He used simple ways to help us to memorize complex terms and reactions. And for other contents such as cycles and simpler reactions he helped us to understand them first so that we don’t have to memorize too many things. Also, he told us many useful pieces of knowledge such as vinegar is good for preventing gout and additives such as fructose and isomaltose will cause obesity. Moreover, eating fruits together with their skins is good for our health because it contains vitamin P.
I got very good results in the exams that I scored 95 and 98 in the midterm and final exam respectively, but what’s more, is that I learnt much more than biochemistry in this course which makes me pay more attention to my diet in order to live a healthy life.