Almost there (Week 17)

Week’s Itinerary= Nutrition Final, Neuroanatomy Final was not discussed… (similar format to midterm)

I can do this.  Just one more week, and I will have successfully completed my first semester in vet school!  Let me not get too comfortable though because I have 2 more finals to go.  The 2 this week were HARD!  The first final was Nutrition on Tuesday, and it terrified me due to the fact that it was 50% of my grade!  It was too much pressure for me, but I survived.  That was just one of the reasons why I was so terrified.  The other reason is how there were tons of questions about different ration amounts and percentages of countless facts about the various farm animals (sheep, goats, horses, beef and dairy cattle, and swine).  There were too many numbers to memorize!!!  I am so glad the upperclassmen warned us about this or I would have been screwed.  I personally had the most trouble w/ Palomares(Beef), Overton(Dairy), and Reeves(swine) portions.  Memorize all #s and percentages that you see in everyone’s lectures plus other important facts, and you will do fine.  Great news!  For Bacteriology that I took last week and Nutrition, I got a B overall!

There were two Career classes this week that really opened my eyes to the vet careers I am interested in pursuing.  A vet (Dr. Joanna Davis) who now works for the government in USDA shared her experience there and what she did before this job.  Before, she was a veterinarian in a large animal practice, and she did not enjoy herself.  She stated that it lacked freedom, and she had a lot of issues with clients not paying their bills and technicians not coming in on time. Her time working at USDA is going well, but she hates the political and paperwork side of the job.

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The other speaker is a vet at Zoo Atlanta, Dr. Hayley Murphy.  She was very sweet and energetic, but her talk about being a vet at the zoo was very discouraging.  She said that she does not do a lot of hands on work with the animals.  It is more supervising than anything else.  That quite frankly sounds BORING to me.  I want to get my hands dirty.  There are occasions where she does surgeries but not often.  Then again, this could be only her experience.   There are other vets there who do more hands on than she does.   Also, she said the test to get certified is ridiculously hard!  Only 5 students passed it one year!!!  I may need to rethink whether or not I want to work at a zoo.  I don’t like to give up, but my interest is slowly depleting.

A friend in my class and I decided to read a chapter a day in the Bible!  I wanted to hear no more excuses about me being too busy to read His Word.  I am so excited for this experience we are going to share together.  We both felt like we had little time to read His Word, so this is encouraging us to get nourished by Him a little at a time.  We agreed to begin reading shorter books so that we did not feel too intimidated.  We started with Ephesians and now in Titus.

Through Him,


1 Peter 1:3 “ Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”

Back to Work (Week 12)

Week’s Itinerary=Bacteriology Test 3 & Nutrition Midterm

Whenever you see a Bacteriology exam with some other test, RUNNN! 🙂 Naw, but it definitely is a hard week of studying.  I’m just going to be flat out honest with you.  I do not enjoy studying for Bacteriology exams.  There are just too many bacteria.  They are soon to engulf my brain and the entire planet!  I always wondered when these creatures began to cause diseases.  Was it after Adam and Eve ate from the tree of Good and Evil causing this massive mayhem of infections and diseases?  I can’t picture bacteria like Clostridium or Brucella roaming Garden of Eden after God finished creating this world.  After the fall of Adam, a lot of crazy stuff happened such as murder and other immoral actions, so our filth could have probably contaminated the Earth causing these creatures to fester.  That’s just my interpretation though.  Anyway, the third exam was the hardest exam b/c the amount of bacteria we had to learn almost doubled.  We had to learn about 21 bacteria & their diseases affecting various species.

After 2 weeks, we finally received our last 2 graded Histology lecture quizzes.  I got a 75% on one and a 100% on the other quiz.  The one I got a low grade on was the week of the Anatomy exam, and it contained info on the ear & eye.  There is a lot of material in this section, so prepare yourself.

Since Halloween was this week, I had to show you a funny pic someone shared with me.  I LOVE it!!!

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to announce to my class my special AACE concert coming up in mid November (day b4 the Histology final).  I know hardly anyone will come, but I still wanted to try.  They then wanted me to sing something, so I sang a snippet of one of the songs I will be singing in the concert.  Wasn’t the best, but I’m glad I got the opportunity!

I luv my Nutrition and Renal Phys professor, Dr. Sanderson.  Her lecture notes are so goofy!  Here’s a cute pic that she has in her lecture slides:

Test was on Friday after the Bacteriology exam.  It was long, but manageable if you come early.  Again, this professor allowed us to start taking the exam an hour early.  There are only 2 exams total for this class, so make sure you study hard for them.

Career Planning class changed my life this week!!!  I asked the speaker whether it was wise to continue on to do my PHD so that I may own my own practice easier than just graduating with my professional degree in vet school.  His answer helped me see what I need to do.  Simply put, don’t waste another 4 years of your life getting your PHD.  Only do it if you plan to do research.  REALLY!?  Did you know I was planning on sacrificing 10 years of my life in vet studies in order to own my one business with that PHD dignified “label” when in actuality I do not have to do this?  So, I will graduate in 4 years & begin working for a clinic getting that experience or continue in residency for a few years then that’s it!  I officially do not want to explore research right now b/c I never was truly interested in it in the first place.  In one of my posts, “First Day of vet school”, I put research with exotic animals, but I really want to just observe their beauty or do some surgery on them.  Oh, what to do . . .

We finally got back our Anatomy Test 2 Exam, and I managed to get a B (81.4%).  I should feel great about that grade since it was so difficult, but I felt I could have done WAY better.  One more chance to make things right with my grade in the final (December).  The average was also a low B range.

I just came back from a wonderful time at the trails on the outskirts of UGA’s campus with a sweet classmate.  We got to know a little more about one another, which was awesome.  Thanks for inviting me to join you on that mini “hike” 🙂

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Through Him,


“Lord, move me to be a beacon of light in Your Name alone.  You are all I live for.”

-Camille Grant