End of 2nd year!!

Hey guys!

It felt like a very LONG year for me, but I made it!  I’m sure you all are itching to know how electives went.   I have asked my lovely classmates to assist me again in “Rate my Electives”, and they really offered helpful feedback.  Here we go then:

Electives (alphabetical order) Honest Feedback Overall Rating (1=NOT WORTH YOUR TIME!!! 5=Highly recommend it!)
Forensic Pathology
Wonderful class! Lecture slides showed very interesting cases as it related to animal cruelty. Final was not stressful at all. The class honestly made me interested in pursuing this career! 5 out of 5
Great class. Not a lot of work, great necropsy labs, low stress class, great teacher! 5/5/2014
The material is interesting and something we do not have a lot of exposure to. The laboratories are fun: necropsies, looking at evidence, and blood spatter (like Dexter). The lectures, I gotta be honest, were kind of boring at times, mostly because I find it hard to take notes during the lectures and I do not know how to preoccupy my time. One groupwork outside class where you write a necropsy report, but it did not take long to do. The final IS the pre-test, so easy A but you learn a lot. 4 out of 5
The lectures are super boring but the labs are fun. Low stress and good information. 4
great class… a few of the lectures could have been shorter/ more to the point but its overall low stress and very informative 4
Lab Animal Lab
If you’re interested in lab animal medicine and you enjoyed the prerequisite elective, then I would definitely recommend it. The labs cover handling, tissue collection, blood collection, and injection sites for mice, rats, and rabbits. It’s great hands-on experience and really easy. Plus, it’s a graded class that you pretty much can’t get any lower than an A in if you show up to lab! 5
LA Anesthesia
Great professor, fun labs 5
Lots of repetition from the core anesthesia course, but it was pretty easy and the professor is very nice and friendly. Good review. The labs are very practical and fun. 4
Its a great class. I struggled in general anesthesia and this class just put everything into perspective.
Great class. Required for the clinical rotation, so take this. Dr Barletta is awesome! 5
LA Medicine
GREAT class. Well taught, tests are pretty straight forward. Very glad I took this class! 5/5/2014
The professors are great. 5
Awesome professors, good material. Some repetition from previous core courses, but all good review and more targeted to LA. 5
Great class! 4.5
LA Parasitology
no comments 😦
Poultry Disease
For someone who has ZERO background in chickens, this was a difficult class, but I learned a TON and am very glad I took it. 7AM is tough, but it is worth it. 4 out of 5
Public Health
This class is pretty cool- we met maybe 5 or 6 times for 1 or 2 hours each and just talked about social justice, poverty, service learning, and how all of that applies to vet med. We also did a vaccine clinic as part of the course so that was a good learning experience. You just have to show up and then write a 3-5 page reflection paper at the end and you’re golden grade-wise 5
SA Endocrinolgy
I honestly struggle with this material, but it is always good to get taught on it again for repetition and reinforcement. The professor does discuss rare and uncommon diseases too, but what was taught was the usual thyroid, adrenal gland, and diabetes diseases. Don’t blow off the quizzes. They help to boost your grade before the final. 4 out of 5
Most of the material you already have exposure to and have learned before. If you are interested in other classes, you can skip this one. This is a good review of Polysystemic Diseases, and I feel that this class truly helped solidifed these endo disease in my brain. Questions are not difficult if you pay attention in class (which is not hard because Dr. Ward is an amazing lecturer), a do-able A and low stress. 5 out of 5
Honestly I didn’t get much out of it because 90% of the things we cover in the class are things we went over multiple times from freshman year to to this semester in polysystemic. Easy A. 4 out of 5
Awesome class. More case/discussion based on diseases that you are already familiar with. Never hurts to do that in a more clinical way. Low stress. Dr. Ward is amazing. 5
Dr. Ward is amazing, as always, and you learn about very important diseases. If you are SA or mixed, you should definitely take this. 5
Dr Ward makes this class great 5
Laid back class. Lots of cases. Very helpful review of the core class. 5
Must take for SA emphasis 5
SA Infectious Diseases
Awesome class!!! It’s fast paced, but well taught. Tests are reasonable as long as you study hard. 5 out of 5
This class will make you work, but technically, you have heard it all before. It is a great review of bacteriology and virology and the professors are awesome. 5
If you are like me, all those BacT and Virology stuff from freshmen year are long gone; they were brain-dumped after the exam. This class is VERY useful is reinforcing old mateial in a more relative/ clinical way, not just memorizing stuff from last year. The two exams were fair and were highlighted in class. Take this class, fo real! 5 out of 5
Very useful and well-taught, especially compared to freshman bacteriology/immunology/virology. No BS, just useful information and the tests are moderately hard but fair and you can study for it. 5 out of 5
Great class. Lots of info but everything that is discussed is so important! It weeded out the rare stuff we heard about in BactT and Virology first year and really emphasized the important topics in depth. TAKE THIS CLASS. 5
Dr. Creevy is very helpful and has an awesome style, and this course is a great refresher on all the very important stuff for SA from BacT. Also, very clinically relevant. 5
Super relevant. Take this! 5
Dr. Creevy is a really great teacher. This course was extremely helpful for understanding the major small animal diseases and was a really good review. Great class! 5
Must take for SA emphasis, sad to see Dr. Sum leave though 5
SA Urology
If you hope to be in any kind of clinical field with small animals, this is absoultely the class for you. Blocked cats, renal failures, and urinalysis will be your everyday life. The exams are hard but it is well taught. Don’t let the difficulty steer you away. If you’re going to be working with small animals, take it. 5 out of 5
The information is useful but the exams are rediculous. It’s ok though, you will learn a lot. Just dont be upset if you get a horrible grade (they will curve)
GREAT CLASS. This is the elective I felt like I learned the most in. So useful and you end up feeling really accomplished with how much you learn. The exams are very hard but you can figure them out if you have studied adequately. This class has already helped me a great deal. Clinics will be much easier with this knowledge. 5
Very helpful class, i came out feeling confident I could diagnose and treat a variety of SA diseases… one of the more difficult electives I’ve taken, though, so keep that in mind 5
This class is tough, but highly relevant and extremely important. Grading was very fair. 5
Vital class, learned more than any other class I have taken 5
Shelter Medicine
Not as engaging and enlightening as I hoped it would be. Lectures were long and drawn out. The final is an obnoxiously long take-home examination. The professor is extremely sweet though 🙂 Not hard to get an A in this class. Take final seriously and work on final earlier than you think (trust me, it’s long) 3 out of 5
The review above is very representative of my experience with this class. The laboratory is infomative, especially how to use tools to make it less stressful for both you and animals. The final is VERY long, and tedious, but not difficult. 3 out of 5.
If you’ve worked in a shelter, this is common sense knowledge. The lectures are rather boring. The final is extremely long and tedious; even if you like the subject it beccomes extremely annoying. But I will grant that the instructor may be the nicest person on faculty 3 out of 5
since shelter med program is being shut down, if this class is available, it will be the only way to get knowledge. overall ok class 2.356
Wildlife Diseases
possibly the best class in vet school 5
Really great- all discussion based. All you have to do to pass the class is show up at least 80% of the time (this is straight out of Dr. Stallknecht’s mouth). If you are interested in Wildlife at all you should take it, it really gives you a good background in wildlife management and how things do or don’t get done in wildlife research. 5
Zoo Anesthesia
I struggled with Core Anesthesia, but it was nice to get reinforced but now with MULTIPLE species. The final exam was very difficult and it was worth 50% of the total grade. I enjoyed the material for the different animals taught, and the labs were fantastic!! (anesthetizing fish an darting practice). Just make sure you study your butt off for the final (really understand the different applications with each species PLUS the different drugs used PLUS physiology) 5 out of 5
The final was hard, but I feel like I learned enough from the labs and the lectures to not really care what my actual grade turned out to be. You will never get a chance to have all this information in one place so if you are interested in zoo species I would definitely take it! 5
This is one of the best electives I’ve taken… Dr. Shepard is interesting and helpful and all the guest lecturers (Divers, Mayer, Brainard, etc) really know their stuff. The labs are also amazing… the fish anesthesia lab was very helpful and informative and the dart delivery lab was the most fun I’ve ever had in a vet school class. 5

Well, that’s all I have to share today.  I will see you all again very soon for my 3rd year in vet school!!


Through Him,


Mark 15:39= “And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”

Yureeka (Spring Week 12)

Week’s Itinerary = Systemic Pathology Final, Ophthalmology Final, and Clinical Pathology

This semester of core classes is officially over!  YESSS!  This week was intense though.  We had 3 important finals this week that I tried to prepare myself to the best of my abilities.  They were Systemic Pathology (Digestive System), Ophthalmology, and Clinical Pathology).  I was able to pass Sys. Path’s Pre-test (Thank God/ format just like all the others), and Ophthalmology was a 4-hour in class, open book-open notes final.

The hardest one out of the 3 was definitely Clinical Pathology for me.  It is cumulative, and I believe that how I studied for it this time greatly helped me!  Make flashcards and put differentials for each test being run (ex: hypercalcemia and its differentials, high levels of urea and creatinine and their differentials, etc.)  You should have done this already since the 2nd exam.

Guys, I feel like I am on summer vacation right for how relaxed I feel right now!  You will not hear from me again until after electives where I will give you a run down on how the classes went (Rate My Electives).

Take care!


Psalm 118:14= “The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”

Finals Week, Here I Come (Week 11)

Week’s ItineraryToxicology Final

Only 2 more weeks of finals and then we’re DONE!!  By far, this has been one of the toughest semesters of my life.  I literally would have dropped out and quit if it wasn’t for the encouragement of godly friends, my family, and most importantly the love and strength of my Savior.  I realized that I cannot make it here alone.  And I have to constantly remind myself why God placed me here at UGA’s vet school.  He has a special plan and assignment for me to take care of His creatures while also being a Light that will honor Him wherever and whenever He calls me to go.

After my wonderful Spring Break in Boston, I had to focus on my first final, which was the well-awaited Toxicology final.  It was not fun at all guys, but I did the best I could to prepare for this.  There were 47 multiple choice with a few T/F questions and one bonus question.  When I say this class is just pure memorization, I mean it.  Memorize EVERYTHING you can b/c the questions are picky.  It was a very similar experience to the quizzes you had to do for this class.  I would also pay very close attention to the bolded and highlighted words in each of his slides.

Well, that was the only final we had to worry about this week for the most part.  Next week is 3 finals!!  For some reason, I don’t feel that stressed out or worried about these as I did with Toxicology.  I know what I have to do, and I will give it my all to succeed!

I enjoyed a little break at a UGA men’s basketball game with some friends after that Toxicology final, so that was a nice break.  It felt as if I was done for the semester for how relaxed I felt.  Okay, must snap out of that fantasy 🙂 3 more finals to go!!


I also had a concert later this week in Atlanta with my African American Choral Ensemble (AACE) that I believe went well!


unnamed (1)That’s me in the center singing “I Know I Been Changed”

Through Him,


Romans 12:12– “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

At the end of the tunnel… Spring Break!!! (Week 9)

Week’s Itinerary = Surgery Written and Practical Final, Systemic Pathology Pre-test and Test, Toxicology Quiz 3, Ophthalmology Quiz, and Boston Mission Trip

How on Earth did I make it this far!?  It was through the power and strength of Jesus Christ!!  Amen Lord!  So, I am writing this on the commencement of my Spring Break, which means my thoughts have gone elsewhere.  I will do my best to recount my experience this week.  Four assignments this week!

1) General Surgery= We had our Written and Practical Final on Monday, and I thought the questions were not as crazy as from Principles of Surgery.  The written portion was primarily multiple choice with only 4 short answers.  Don’t be fooled with the short answers though.  They want you to be thorough with your answers, and questions was worth 5 points from your grade.  Show them that you know the information.  The practical portion was extremely easy!!!  There were a total of 32 questions (all multiple choice).  It will feel very drawn out though (you will finish most questions in under 15 seconds then wait/ each station is 90 seconds . . . hope you eat because my stomach was growling very noisily! J You’ll do fine!

2)Systemic Pathology and Pre-test and Test= Yeah-yeah, this means I did not pass the pre-test.  So what!  I was determine to succeed for the test!  So, you guys are used to my pre-tests being done online.  Well, the professor switched it up on us!  We were given just one sheet of paper and asked to write the pathogenesis on some diseases!  Pathogenesis is my weak point!!  But, it was not bad at all guys!  I actually enjoyed the test experience! 🙂

3)Toxicology Quiz= Having this with another exam is not fun at all!  But, glory to God I passed!  Gosh, this is a painful class!!  It was 16 multiple choice questions this time.

4)Ophthalmology Quiz= Our last quiz in this class!!  And it was one of the most challenging ones 😦

Update on Clinical Pathology:  I did well!!  Thank you Jesus!  You can do it guys.  Half of it was take-home though, so that greatly aided in my success!

I am in Boston right now!!  I know random right?  Well, my Bible study group asked if I could join them on a mission trip to evangelize in schools such as Harvard and MIT.  This is my first time here in Boston and enjoying my time!!  God, use me as a vessel to reveal your love and beautiful light.

ImageFirst time using a subway system!

ImageCool looking alleyways in Boston!

Through Him,


Matthew 28:19= “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

Keep it Coming! (Week 9)

Week’s Itinerary = Last Surgery, Clinical Pathology Paper, Polysystemic Final, Clinical Pathology Exam 2

I’m not afraid of you exams & papers & quizzes and assignments!!!!  Bring it on! 🙂 I seriously thought the intensity of this semester would dwindle by the end of February, but the intensity just keeps on coming.  I was hoping to become numb and get used to all this rigor, but each week continues to bring forth new challenges!  Five things happened this week:

1)    Opthalmology Quiz #4= it was the best grade I received for all my quizzes I took so far. One more to go!  Remember, doing the quizzes while the professor is lecturing is very helpful!!  You follow what they are saying plus you are getting an assignment done.  BOOM done.

2)    Clinical Pathology Paper= Yay!  Our group did well!!  This one was so much easier than the first one.  It had one case with about 18 questions regarding that one case instead of having to answer questions to MANY cases (tougher).  Advice, each member should look at everything (don’t split up the assignment/ trust me).

3)    Last Surgery! Guys, this was an action-packed week!!  I was the anesthesiologist, and I was having some TROUBLE.  The pig decided to stop breathing on  me . . . I and the pig became apneic in other words.  Guys, talk about nerve racking!!  Don’t panic if this happens to you!  Basically, an animal can go without O2 for about 5minutes before threat of death approaches.  So, my Anesthesiologist professor came over to me and said wait 5 minutes to not bag the patient (pump O2 into the lungs), and it should begin to breathe on its own (I have been facilitating with breathing for it for 10 minutes!).  That 5 minutes was the longest 5 minutes of my life!!  Fortunately, the pig began panting under anesthesia, which was good but not good at the same time (had to then adjust the isoflurane using the vaporizer).  Praise the Lord it did not die on my watch!!!

4)    Polysystemic Final= It was straightforward, but of course still study your heart out.  It was all multiple choice, and 4 teachers had questions for us :/

5)    Clinical Pathology(Exam 2)= Later years may not get the privilege of doing a take-home exam like how we did.  It was a blessing for us after all those Snow Days!  We had a take-home portion (strictly cases/ short answer and multiple choice) and a in-class portion (shorter but more nit-picky questions/ multiple choice)

One more week until Spring Break!!!

Through Him,


Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Back in Business! (Week 8)

Week’s Itinerary = Photography Job, Surgery #2, Toxicology Quiz 2

This title has a lot of meaning.  For one, no more snow canceled any school days, which kept school running smoothly. I also got invited to perform at an event and be a photographer at another event!  It was fun dusting off and bringing back my wonderful hobbies and joys in life.  The first event I sang at was at UGA’s Museum of Art where America’s Black culture and art was being honored and displayed (remember it is Black History Month).  I was asked to sing the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and I think it went well for the most part.  I definitely screeched out one note, but I am my toughest critic 🙂  Thank you for asking me to sing at the event.  It was an honor!  The event where I was asked to be the photographer was Alpha Psi’s Formal.  Everyone looked glamorous and were greatly enjoying themselves!


On to other news . . . this week was not as ridiculously challenging as earlier weeks and the next week that is about to come.  It just felt more laid back.  The 2 big exciting things this week were the 4th surgery lab and the 2nd Toxocology quiz (call it exam or final in you head/ no joke!)

For surgery, it was a very stress-free experience because there was no live animal to keep under general anesthesia.  We were only working on dead horse intestines (smelled almost fishy).  We learned how to cut open the intestines and learn to sew it back up!  Leakage is a big concern for these surgeries, so we had to test out how well we sutured the specific by putting water in the lumen of the intestine.  Ours did not leak!  Yay!

Oh Toxicology, you are a mess.  I studied very hard for you this time.  I felt much better about it too, so hopefully my grade will improve more than last time.  Flashcards greatly helped!

Through Him,


Ephesians 3:15= “I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being,

More Snow Day Blessings (Week 7)

Week’s Itinerary = Surgery #3 and many snow days

So. . . I thought that one Snow Day was enough love from the Lord, but you keep showering your beautiful blessings!  Guys… 3 days off!  Talk about time of tranquility and rest!  Thank you Jesus!

snow day

Because of these snow days, many assignments and quizzes had to be postponed meaning there is not much to update you guys!  All I’m going to say is I felt like I just experienced Spring Break, but I do not mind having more days off when that time comes 🙂

Since my surgery day #3 was before school was cancelled, I would be more than happy to share my experience!  The surgery began at 1p and did not end until 6p!!  It was long but fascinating!  We got to cut open the pig by doing an enterotomy and then we each had to apply what we learned in Principle Surgery by suturing up the fascia of the linea alba, subcutaneous, and finally the skin.  It was more challenging than I thought but exhilarating!  Just watching and doing the surgery was wonderful to me!!  Whenever I watch a surgeon do his/her craft, it feels like I am watching a play.  I want to clap afterwards!  😛

Through Him,


Rom 3:23: “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

John 14:6: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”