Talk About Overload (Week 6)

Week’s Itinerary= Musculoskeletal Midterm, Theriogenology Exam 2


This is the second weekend of “studying overload” before my two exams and quizzes this week.  I had to prepare myself for our musculoskeletal midterm on Monday.  It consisted of multiple choice and short answer questions that covered 12 lectures, which was a lot to review over the weekend.

My research this summer with Georgia Veterinary Scholars Program (GVSP) greatly prepared me for the material in this class.  I am very grateful I had the wonderful opportunity of working with bone fractures and using mesenchymal stem cells in order to aid in the bone repair.

My last exam this Friday was theriogenology (animal reproduction studies).  It was brutal.  I usually love when we’re given two hours to take an exam because more time means less stress and pressure.  I was wary, though, when I saw only 25 multiple-choice questions in a two-hour exam period. Most of the questions were straightforward, but a handful involved specific data about what happens and when during gestation. For example, we were asked about the details of dosing regimens for specific drugs,  exactly when twinning in horses can be detected before it becomes detrimental to the health of the mother, percent of sperm used to increase fertility, and so on.  The material we had to review for this exam was just so dense that having to memorize details can be frustrating, but those details matter to our patients.

Through Him,


Romans 8:31= “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”


Bring it On (Week 5)

Week’s Itinerary= Radiology Exam 2, Respiratory Pathology Pre-test and Exam, Ovariohysterectomy Feline Surgery, and Surgery Quiz #4

I looked at the class schedule and realized that I have two exams for four consecutive weeks, on Mondays and Fridays. As a result, I can barely tell the differences between weekends and weekdays.  This Monday we had our radiology exam 2 and my feline spay surgery (ovariohysterectomy).  I was nervous before taking my radiology exam because of how revolting my quiz grade was last Friday. I approached the exam with a feeling of doom lurking ahead, but I should never have let that quiz discourage me.  The exam was surprisingly straight forward: it covered general concepts and abnormalities that can be detected in x-rays of equine forelimbs and hindlimbs.

Surgery was exhilarating!  I was finally the surgeon this time, and our patient was an adorable, 16-week-old female Seal Point Siamese.  A young cat equals a tiny reproductive tract, so this task was definitely an exciting challenge.  Another big issue for kittens is they can easily become hypotensive (low blood pressure), so we had fluids and emergency drugs ready to go for our patient.  I had the honor of taking out one ovary and the uterus while my surgery assistant took out the second ovary.  No signs of hemorrhage were detected, so our surgery procedure was a success.  And quiz #4 on Friday went well.  It consisted of an anesthesia and surgery portion.

Great news.  After our surgery, a classmate adopted our patient!  I am so happy for her because she is in great hands.



Immediately after surgery, I had to begin studying for our pathology pre-test, which was  exhausting.  The pre-test was early Tuesday morning, so I did have overnight to review everything.  If you don’t remember from last year, we are allowed to take a pre-test before our actual test.  If we pass it with a score of 90% or better, we do not have to take the actual exam.  I love that rule.  However, passing the pre-test is easier said than done.  I did not pass the pre-test, but I did exceptionally well on the exam that was taken on Friday.

Through Him,


Psalm 68:5-6:
“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,  is God in his holy dwelling.  God sets the lonely in families..”

The Absurdity of a Week (Week 4)

Week’s Itinerary= Canine Neuter, Small Animal (SA) Digestive Quiz 1, Theriogenology Exam 1, Large Animal (LA) Digestive Exam 2, Surgery Quiz #3, and Radiology Quiz #4

This week has been crazy, and not just for me.  No matter what room I entered, I could feel the tension and stress from my classmates.  I am so drained, but I have to keep pushing forward.

On Monday, we had our small animal digestive quiz, which covered supplemental reading about gastric dilatation volvulus (which vets call GDV).  Because I have limited experience with working at a small animal practice, this stomach issue for dogs is new to me.  It affects primarily large, deep-chested breeds where there is more room for their stomach to twist and turn on itself causing bloating and other problems.  I was relieved when we were able to answer the questions twice, individually and then in groups.  This made it one of the week’s few stress-free experiences.

Later on that same day, my surgery team did a canine neuter.  If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you know that I love performing surgery but cringe at being an anesthetist. But this was my assignment on Monday.

The beginning got my heart pumping because as we were going to the operation room, our patient began to wake up.  A common pre-anesthetic drug, propofol, had already been given to make him unconscious.   After giving more propofol and a maintenance gaseous drug, we successfully got him in for surgery.  The only other complication was hypotension (low blood pressure), so I gave the patient more fluids to bring his blood pressure back to a normal systolic reading of > 90mmHg.  Thank you so much lab partners and doctors for helping me settle down and do my part during surgery.

I applaud to those who do anesthesiology as a career — in animal or human medicine — because it is a high-stakes game.

I really needed a long nap after surgery, but I had to prepare for our next task, our first theriogenology exam of the semester.  Before I started vet school, I didn’t even know what “theriogenology” meant. This is what we call reproductive medicine for animals.  The first test covered the reproductive systems of male and female cows, and I got a B+ even though some questions were specific and tricky

One more test and 2 more quizzes to go!  On Friday, we took our second large animal digestive exam, which covered cow and swine digestive concerns.  I was feeling really great in one section of the test, and then I got to questions written by a different professor.  It was brutal.  We have not received our grades back, but I’m hoping it went well. (Update: Got it back.  I can do better…)

Studying for so many quizzes and exams in the same week was a challenge for me and I did not do as well as I had hoped.  A difficult radiology quiz was a wake-up call for me, and afterwards I bolted for the science library to get a radiology book. I’m going to study hard before our second exam comes up next Monday.  Since I was struggling, I had to seek extra assistance by getting this textbook.

I have two exams next week!  Before I tackle that, my body needs to rest.  When I’m not studying this weekend, you can bet that I’ll be sleeping.

Through Him,


Psalm 119:114-115 “You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.  Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!”

Emergency Report- You can save a life!

Hey guys,
Before one of my lectures at vet school, a professor came in looking a bit saddened about something.  Before he presented his material with us, he reached out to us for help for a friend’s son who lives in Marietta.
He said Lake, when he was 5 years old in 2012, was diagnosed with AML, a rare and aggressive type of Leukemia. Recently, after a couple months in remission, Leukemia came back, and his family are trying their best to get the right donors to help them.  Since he’s biracial, they’re saying it’s been difficulty to find a donor, but they are specifically looking for African Americans to help donate bone marrow.  Since this form is aggressive, they need help as soon as possible. Below is a flyer with information to see if you can learn more about donating your bone marrow or donate money for medical assistance:

team lake
If you guys can lift him up in prayer or may be even send this to more people, that would be great.
Thank you,
2 Corinthians 5:7
“For we walk by faith, not by sight”

Week that Flew By (Week 3)

Week’s Itinerary= Radiology Exam 1

Because Monday classes were cancelled  due to Labor Day, this week flew by.  The only agonizing task to defeat was our 1st Radiology Exam on Wednesday.   As you’ll soon discover, this  was a very stressful experience.

When we came in early that morning to take the test, one of the radiology professors told us that he took the test on a lark and got a D on it . . . WHAT!?  That was the most discouraging thing to hear right before an exam.  He said that what messed him up was “over-reading” the questions, so he was actually trying to help us not psych ourselves out by trying to make the questions more complicated than they are. Knowing this really freaked me out because I over-analyze everything.

Like other quizzes after radiology lab, this one was given online.  But this time there were 40 multiple- choice questions Instead of 10.  Answering the questions also called on knowledge beyond the straight-forward interpretation of  x-rays.  Despite all my worries, I managed to get a B+ on the exam.  I did not complain after seeing that grade.  I just wanted to get out of there.

Over the weekend, I went to my karate dojo back in Marietta, my hometown.  We did a 3-hour seminar on special techniques within four empty-hand kata (choreographed patterns of movements).  It was a great escape from school.  If you want to stay sane and healthy during professional school, I highly recommend maintaining hobbies that bring joy to your heart .


Here’s my group from UGA (Budokai) coming to Kennesaw to work Shorinjyru Karatedo with Yamakan Club

Next week is going to be crazy, so I can’t wait to let you know how it goes.


Through Him,


Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”