Rate My Electives

Year 1- Spring Period

I decided to do something with my class that will greatly help future students choose the right electives for themselves.  I was inspired by “Rate My Professor”, so it is called “Rate My Electives”.  I know it’s not that creative, but it’s the thought that counts 🙂 1 means”NOT WORTH YOUR TIME!! and 5 equals “Highly Recommend it”.   Here are what classmates thought about each elective:

Animal Welfare
-Interesting topics, but also what you would expect from a welfare class. Writing papers after every class is tedious. Classes are also 2 hrs long but only once a week.   (3 of 5)

-Reminded me of Orientation all over again (either you loved it or you thought it was a waste of time/ I thought it was a good way to get to know my classmates, so I was okay with it).  Labs were too long (3 hours! Did not need to be).  Don’t sit in the back. You can’t hear anything. All the professors are soft spoken.  Loved that Dr. Cornell texts the class after lectures to remind us to do the discussions.  (3.5 out of 5)

-Low stress class. A few papers and daily discussion questions, as long as you keep up, are easy points. I learned some helpful information and although the mock interview was stressful it was well worth it. I only did a 4.5/5 becuase sometimes the lectures and labs were boring, but hey, easy class. (4.5 out of 5)

-Easy points. Learned a ton of useful things. I suck at communication, so I feel like this class is a must! Labs are 3 hours long which sucks-felt like banging my head on the desk midway through. (4.5/5)

-Veterinarians play a lot of roles, and I feel that the skills I learned in this class would help me. I agree that as long as you keep up with the busy work, you will do well. Labs are way too long and I tend to zone out a bit, so be prepared for that (4.5 out of 5)

-Great class. Everyone needs to take this class if you are going to be a clinician of some sort, especially in small animal practice. Yes, it’s a lot of busy work, and it’s an easy A class if you do the work and remember the due dates. I thought some of the assignments were more useful than others. The labs were long, but the role plays we did in labs were very useful I thought. Like Cornell said in class, it’s only valuable if you play the role and try to get something useful out of it. The mock exam video assignment was very useful. I really enjoyed doing that because I got to see myself in a veterinary-client situation. You really learn a lot from that and see where you can improve yourself. Overall, this class was very practical for me as a future small animal private practice veterinarian. (5 out of 5)

Critical Reading
-Not completely what I was expecting, but it was a good introduction into evidence based medicine. It was lacking in some background information because I’ve never taken a statistics class. The class helped with some of that, but I’ve still got a long way to go. The course will more than likely change names after this year which will help with knowing what to expect going into it. The only reason I took this class was because my mentor told me how it would be useful. I was a little disappointed in the amount of work involved with it. You’ll have to read 1-2 vet. journal articles per week and discuss them in journal club, we had 3 assignments to do (2 small and 1 big), and a final which we’ve been told is very straightforward and laid back – we’ll see. So far, it seems like the grading in the class is pretty laid back, but we haven’t gotten all of our grades back yet. Overall, I think it will be a useful class for my future career. (3 out of 5)

Clinical Thinking
-Great class! Really gets you thinking clinically. Helps to make problem lists and how to work through real cases. Just wish it wasn’t at 8am every morning. (4.8 of 5)

-Great intro to thinking like a doctor! learned how to do soaps and talked through cases in a low stress atmosphere. I never felt stupid for being wrong. All work is done in class for the most part though you can choose to keep working outside of class. Highly recommend this class! (5 out of 5)

-good class–take it if you can. I enjoyed Rad more than Ward (5 / 5)

Emergency Critical Care 
-Many of the professors use powerpoint slides for the their lectures, but they will give us just pdf or word document notes. I personally don’t like this because I’m a visual learner, so I got bored easily studying the material on my own. Dr. Brainard, Scherk, and Epstein are the only professors who gave us there slides. There were about 7 professors total.  This class greatly revealed that a lot of emergency cases involved Physiology (you may want to rethink your career goals if you despise Physiology). It does help you see why Physiology is such an important fundamental subject though.  The one lab we had was fantastic! We learned all the different catheters & how to place catheters in a fake vein, learned CPR, and getting blood pressure w/ pulse ox and Doppler.  I liked how we had the opportunity to go down to the clinics to observe what the doctors do in the emergency clinic.  No Echo is used, challenging take-home midterm (3.5 out of 5)

-No Echo, and challenging mid-term. Take home doesn’t make it any less difficult so this is not a gpa boosting class. Great information we should all be exposed to. Only 1 lecture for LA, rest is SA (3.5/5)
-This class upset me. The lab was great but the lectures can be hard to follow when we were not given the slides, the PDFs are harder to follow. Expect to spend 6hrs in the ICU (which was a waste of my time) and about 10hrs on the take home midterm (if you’re slow like me). Very hard, if you don’t say it exactly how they want it said, its wrong. The professors are great though and will take the time to meet with you, they want you to start thinking like a doctor as early as possible and really understand this stuff. (2 out of 5)

-It’s not an easy A…or B…, you’ll work your tail off for whatever you get. However, that said it is a very thought provoking class. It’s the first time I felt like a doctor in vet school. I loved the clinic time. We saw a lot of cases come in and the residents were awesome at treating us like mini-seniors, asking questions about what we thought was wrong and why. I’m LA and I thought it was definitely worth my while to take, even if I take a hit on the grade. (4.5/5)

-This was a good class for me. Lots of useful information for sure. The teachers seem genuinely interested in what they are talking about and Dr. Brainard is a good lecturer especially. I didn’t find the PDFs hard to follow. I REALLY enjoyed the time in the ICU-it made me a lot less afraid to go down there and watch stuff. They did grade kind of hard on the mid-term, but I went and talked to Dr. Koenig afterward and she was very helpful in reviewing the stuff I missed. Also, the testing style really encouraged you to think about problems and work your way through them rather than just regurgitating information. I found this refreshing. (4.5/5)

-This class is essential! Sure, it’s hard, and the professors expect a lot, but the information you get is absolutely invaluable. TAKE THIS CLASS! (5 out 5)

-take the class. Everyone has to pass their boards no matter what you plan to do. I don’t care if you are large animal, chicken, pathology, equine, or whatever. (5 out 5)

-Take this class! I learned a ton about ECC and general clinical medicine. The professors are experienced and entertaining. I loved that we got to do two 3-hour shifts in the ICU. It was a great experience. The questions on the mid-term are kind of vague but I still enjoyed the class a lot. (4.5/5)

-Grades aren’t the end all be all in vet school like everyone says and acts like. This class is difficult if you’re looking for a grade or a GPA boost. It’s also easy and enjoyable if you’re looking for practicallity. I found it easy to study for because this information in this class can be applied to most everything in our profession. We actually get to apply some of the physiology we learned in the core part of the semester. This class is definitely worth it to take, and I thought it was one of the most valuable courses I’ve taken so far in vet school. I did think the midterm was more indicative of a clinical situation than the final. The final was mostly multiple choice. After this class I’ve come to despise multiple choice exams more and more because I don’t feel like I take anything away from the test. (4 out of 5)

Exotic Mammals
-Wonderful class and professors! Very interesting and interactive. Online tests are challenging and timed which can be stressful.       (4.5 of 5)

-Loved the professors, very entertaining! Tests were online, and though they were hard you can make up points in class and for homework. I didnt learn as much about exotic mammals as I had hoped, but what we were taught was helpful. The basics such as retraint and basic behaviors, which is good if you are not as familiar with the species. You do not have to be well aquainted with exotics to do well in this class, have no fear. (4.8 out of 5)

-Great lecturers. Everyone is very dynamic and interesting. SUCH a refreshing change of pace from traditional lectures. Lots of class participation through technology (at least this year), but it’s all anonymous, so there’s no pressure or calling anyone out. I thought the class was an easy A as well. (5.0/5)

-Dr. Divers and Dr. Mayer are both awesome. This class is very clinically relevant. If you are at all interested in exotic animal medicine, this is a perfect intro class. Undoubtedly (5/5)

LA Infectious Diseases

-Very immunology based. A lot of the information is what we learned in bacteriology/virology. Dairy lab was great! (2/5)

-Loved the dairy lab. A lot of immunology *bleh* but relevant diseases and refresher of Bac-T and Virology but with pathology mixed in (2.5/ 5)

-This class is not what I was expecting.  You learn about a few important pathogens, but this class should be called LA immunology in my opinion.  We talked about vaccines and the immune response ad nauseum.  Lots of repetition in lectures that got boring for me.  Tests haven’t been super hard (yet).  Dairy lab was fun because we got to play with cows. (2.0/5)

-OMG do NOT take this class. Big mistake. SNORE fest. Dr. Hurley reads STRAIGHT off the slides. Too much immunology BS. Hated it. I honestly cannot say I learned anything new? All review with focus on immunology. Bleh (0/5)

 Public Health      

-Great Professor.  Easy class, you have a couple of open note quizzes, a paper and a presentation, but it’s not bad.  Really enjoyable lectures.  It meets at noon though, so be prepared to pack a lunch. (4.5/5)

-Not stressful at all. Group paper=40% of grade, open notes/internet=60% of grade. Have to present paper, but not graded on presentation. Dr. Mead is awesome, bought us pizza!      (5/5)

-Dr. Mead is great.  The class was easy- just 3 online quizzes and a paper/presentation. There were a few lectures that weren’t really public health-based so that was slightly frustrating.  Pretty much a guaranteed A.  (4.5/5)



Year 2- Fall Period

Avian and Reptile

 Honest Feedback  Rating
Reptile portion was great! Love Dr. Divers! His portion involved a test (closed notes) and a project, both of which were graded very fairly. Avian portion was not very clear in terms of expectations. The test for this portion of the class was open notes but the questions were completely random and many were not discussed in class. There was not nearly enough time and no amount of studying could prepare you. 3
The reptile portion was great- Dr. Divers does not assume a prior knowledge base of reptiles and is very clear in his lectures. Dr. Mayer’s portion was terrible. He was random in his lectures and honestly I walked about feeling like I knew no more about birds than when I started. His test was ridiculous and there was no way to prepare. If you are taking it for the reptile portion, do it! If you are just taking it for the birds, don’t waste your time 2.5
Don’t take this class unless you are an expert in avian 1
Reptile: Divers is a great lecturer and the test was hard but fair. Entertaining and informative. Avian: disorganized, decent lecturer but test was ridiculous. if you don’t have a pet bird it’s really hard 5 for Reptile and 2 for Avian
Divers and Mayer are my two favorite lecturers. Take this class. 5
The reptile portion had exam as well as group projects. If you don’t like group projects, I wouldn’t reccommend the class. The avian part was entertaining, but he tried to give us a lot of details, which for those who don’t know basic bird stuff was challenging. 3
Worth taking if you are intrested in owning or treating reptiles or birds. If you are looking for an A, you better be an expert. The Divers portion was well organized, educational, and fairly tested. The case report was annoying, but actually really helpful. But, the avian section was confusing, unorganized, and extremely poorly tested. Should you take it? Eh, its a gamble. I enjoyed half of it. 4 for Reptile. 1 for avian.

Cat Behavior

Teacher was not there due to illness, which means we were ill-informed on what to expect on the exam. Since this exam was before the Dog Behavior final, we were shocked to see material from the core Behavior class when she never warned us of this. Very frustrating experience. 2 out of 5
Agree with the above. Was not sympathetic towards students having to learn on our own nor towards making sure the format of the exam was shared. Also shower no empathy towards those whose grades were lowered due to core questions being included 2of5
I think it would be a good class for the future. It is supposed to be very interactive, giving your own animals as behavior cases to go through. I think this would be a very good class, if the teacher were there. 4
I can’t really judge the teaching since Dr. Crowell-Davis was ill, but I didn’t think the subject matter was particularly great either. It was pretty similar to the core behavior course in that a lot of the information is either common sense or sort of useless trivia. I thought the exam was poorly written and focused on some of the most trivial, memorizable information in the notes, as opposed to major concepts. If you’re looking for a class that really makes you think, look elsewhere. 2
Yikes! 1
This class was very frustrating. The only reason I took it was to boost my hours up to the required amount, and now I wish I had taken something else. Behavior is a waste of time anyway. 1
Yes, the instructor was ill but still awful. crappy test and didn’t learn anything new 1
As long as you know that the final is review from core, this class was ok. We went into a little bit more depth on some of the cat specific problems. If you like cats and don’t mind reviewing, why not. 3
The information was interesting. But the final focused on core material, which was not discussed with us at any point. That being said, I’d take it if you like cats! Just learn the core material. 4

Clinical Techniques in LA

If you are a slow test-taker like me, DO NOT TAKE THIS CLASS! The final was ridiculously long; you had 3 thick packets each from a professor, and there were at least 70 questions total fill-in-the-blank and short answer! Painful… Before the final, we asked the professors what to expect on the exam, and they were very ambiguous saying they weren’t sure yet (not helpful). Do not take this class if you are not in lab. Lab was FANTASTIC though, but there is only a few spots. I advise auditting this class. 1/5 for lecture 5/5 for lab
Worse than taking large animal anatomy. Harts portion was easy and fun to learn. She presented topics in easy to learn formats and then worked through cases to help with understanding. Epstein just throws as much jnformation as possible towards you with no directionality on major points or topics. While midterm is fair the final was worse than anatomy exams and required extensive review of nerve blocks, surgery techniques etc that is just too much for an electI’ve time frame unless its one of the only classes you take. Not an enjoyable class I feel except for Dr. Harts portion. 1of5
I was lucky enough to take LA Clinical Anatomy with Dookwah last year and even with that extra information, this class still was pointless memorization of insane amounts of material. Epstein throws a crap ton of information that she herself has not done, and expects students to reguritate precisely. I’m sorry, but when a student poses a question concerning a procedure, stating “The textbook I found it in said it is done this way” is not TEACHING! I was not in the lab and I feel the lab and the handouts they received, would have aided those in only the lecture portion. A lot of the focus was equine (90% on the final) and I signed up for this class because it said it would be LA of CATTLE, SMALL RUMINANTS, AND horses NOT solely horses. This class is by no means an easy B so STAY AWAY from it. 1of5
Hated every minute of it. 1of5
A lot of memorizing, I was not in the lab, but I think that would have made it worth while 2
I reiterate what everyone has said before me. I learned absolutely nothing during lecture. I didn’t sign up for an equine techniques or lameness class and this is pretty much what I got. Disappointed. 1/5 class 5/5 lab
I have a different learning style than a lot of people, but this was one of my favorite electives. I agree that Epsteins lectures did kind of just pummel you with information, but overall I think that information is going to be pretty useful in clinics. I don’t really know what else they could teach us in a class focused on “techniques”. There is a lot of information about nerve blocks, surgical procedures, and diagnostic workups for various systems. I feel like I would be a lot more comfortable doing a workup after taking this class. I also thought that the final was GREAT. I get really sick of multiple choice tests that focus on unimportant minutia. While this test was very long, it was almost all short answer/fill-in-the-blank, and required us to have a real grasp of the procedures we were describing. It actually required me to problem solve and think during the test…something I don’t have to do on a lot of our exams. It is definitely important to know your anatomy though, especially to Epstein. Lab was also wonderful and graded pass/fail, so there’s no pressure. 4 lecture, 5 lab
If you want any hope of a career in large animal/equine medicine, you better get your butt in this class. It is AMAZING. Especially the lab. Don’t be scared of the tests– if you go to class and pay attention, you will do well. With a little bit of effort you can make a solid B. And then the rest is just– show up!! Epstein’s lectures can be a little bit dry but her labs were amazing. Dr. Eggleston’s lameness stuff was probably the most informative lameness lectures we’ve had thus far (as an equine person– you will love it). And Dr. Hart is of course always fantastic. I HIGHLY recommend this for everyone large animal/equine. Don’t even think about not taking it. 5 lecture/ 5 lab
Seriously, the BEST class I have ever had. Yes, this class was about mostly horses and cows, but everything was based on stuff you are guaranteed to see! None of the information was “useless.” Everything was clinic based, actual, real-world stuff, not random info to remember for boards. Eggleston’s lectures were great, I really enjoyed his teaching style. Epstein’s did have a lot of information, but it was nerve blocks and surgery anatomy…there’s a lot of info there. Hart was wonderful as always. Each professor really worked on teaching efficient problem solving, why you do what you do kinda stuff. Labs were incredible, each one was better than the last. Lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty. I am probably the minority, but the exam was the best one I have ever taken. It was representative of the ENTIRE course, not only parts/sections of random detailed information. Yes, it was long, but definitely fair. 5 lecture/5+100 for lab!


Fairly similar to core class. Hensels material and style varies from Zabel and final was written by Zabel after Hensel had taught the majority of it. Zabels style of case presentation with minor background and lists of disease can be frustrating. Also included some cases not covered on final. Overall similar to core with less focus on lesions and more focus on diseases of different species (pocket pets, horse, llama) I prefer hensels teaching over Zabel but doubt he will be teaching next semester. 3of5
Very similar to core. More focus on cases for Zabel’s part. Worth taking. 3
Covers SA and LA, which I am not sure is noted in the course description. If you want to be in general practice a good course to take since derm is such a big part of animal diseases 4
Without hensel, I don’t know if I would take it again 2
Pass for sure if you are not SA. Possible pass if you are SA 2
liked that it covered large animals and exotics but i wouldnt recommend it 3
It’s very easy to tell the intructors were running out of topics to talk about. Which means you don’t need to know the info for board exam. but occasionally useful info for practice 3
I liked the class for the subject matter. It was very relevant to general practice I think. Definitely focused on the small animals. 4

Dog Behavior

Teacher was not there due to illness, which means we were ill-informed on what to expect on the exam. Fortunately, Cat Behavior came first so that we were warned, but it was only the day before the exam to review all of old core Behavior class material. Hopefully, she will warn you all in the beginning of the electives period next time. 2 out of 5
I enjoyed the few lectures we had with the teacher. As long as the teacher does not have more surgery I would recommend this class 4
Teacher was not there, so it’s really not possible to rate this fairly. All of exam questions come from core material. If you didn’t like animal behavior core, you won’t like this either. But if you liked it, take this class 3
Very similar to cat behavior: I can’t really judge the teaching since Dr. Crowell-Davis was ill, but I didn’t think the subject matter was particularly great either. It was pretty similar to the core behavior course in that a lot of the information is either common sense or sort of useless trivia. I thought the exam was poorly written and focused on some of the most trivial, memorizable information in the notes, as opposed to major concepts. If you’re looking for a class that really makes you think, look elsewhere. 2
There are many things in behavior that are useful, but for the most part it just isn’t practical. If I could go back, I would not take this class. The only reason I took it in the first place was to take over 4 hours of electives. 1
I really liked dog behavior, I just wish she were there to actually teach us 4
Behavior is important regardless of what species you work with. But this class is close to useless. If it was taught different I would love to take it. 1
I thought the class could probably be condensed in how it was taught, but I still thought it was worthwhile if you are interested in dog behavior traits like interdog aggression and storm phobias. The final is cumulative with the core class. 4

Emergency Preparedness

I was very disappointed with this class. I was initially excited to take it, but the lectures were extreeeeemely boring. There were no tests which was nice, so it was an easy A. The class was disorganized and the expectations, especially for the group assignments, were unclear and confusing. The only thing I liked was the labs. 2
Not a great class, but an easy A. 1
I have a background in this information so it was interesting for me. However, the lecture structure was not great, and was often boring. No test though! 3
This class is obviously in its infancy (only the 2nd year offered). However, some interesting things were taught, especially in the lab, and hopefully the class will improve over time 2.5
There are a LOT of kinks that need to be worked out. The interview was cool, but I think that’s only because my group got a really good one. The lab was also fun. If they can get the problems worked out it will be a really good class. It’s nice to not have any tests too — a much needed break! All you have to do is show up. Sometimes it feels like a waste of time but I mean come on…ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS SHOW UP. Literally. 3
Horribly boring. I only enjoyed ONE of the lectures.The labs were okay. Easy A as long as you don’t mind being bored to death. 3

Food Animal

7-9am class MWF with 3 morning labs, so if you’re not a morning person, better get a strong cup of coffee. Reeves’ teaches the first half, so if he’s bad voodoo for you, be prepared. It is REQUIRED for ALL the food animal rotations senior year, FYI. The second test is Dairy and Beef, that was a hell of a lot better presented than Reeves’ Swine. All of Palamares questions were BS and wanted exact pecentatages for insemination sucess with various AI programs. He didn’t touch on the important things like Trich in cattle. They will be more specific that you think. 3 of 5
Unless you are required to I would not take this class. They test you on pointless random facts, and it is at 7am. 1
I highly recommend this class. Yes it is a 7am boohoo you’ll be getting up much earlier than this once you’re in the real world. Time to grow up. I thought that we were tested over relevant information and they told us what we needed to know. It is REQUIRED for Food Animal rotations. The labs are also good to because it gets you out of the classroom. 5
7 am class…not the most ideal time. But not a waste of time. The tests were a little tricksy but I think it’s because I didn’t put in enough time to study, not because they were trying to trick us. The labs were pretty fun, at least you get out and see live animals! And who doesn’t love story time with Reeves?! As the person before me said, it’s required for food animal rotations. As an equine person, it was a much better alternative than some of the other electives. Most days it was actually pretty fun! 4
Absolutely effing hated this class. I was so excited for food animal, but after this class I want NOTHING to do with it. Reeves is HORRIBLE-how he is still teaching is beyond me?? Very disorganized. If you take this, order coveralls because they don’t tell you that you need them until 2 days before the first lab. The labs are anything but hands on. You stare at the animals and their envioronment/food/etc. I feel like this class could be fun and hands on, but it is anything but. 0.5
I really didn’t feel that I got what I wanted out of this class. the 7am thing wasn’t the problem either. i didn’t feel that the exams were representative of the course. I also felt that I needed an Intro to this class. I don’t have much background in food animal, so I wanted to learn more. I still felt like the material was over my head. If you have a background in FA, it is a great class. If not, don’t take it to get more experience b/c you won’t. It is required for FA rotations, so just keep that in mind. 1

Lab Animal

I really enjoyed this class. You learn about several exotic/small animal species that you don’t learn a lot about in core. Dr. Alworth is also quite nice and very fair with her testing. This is a good class if you’re interested in public health/small animal. Large animal people might not like it so much. 5of5
Easy A. Some good lectures from lab animal veterinarians at other institutions 4
It doesn’t matter if you want to do lab animal medicine. you will get great information and useful information no matter what aspect of vet med you end up in 5
Fun, laid back, easy class. Enjoyable and educational. Also, you can get out of it as much as you put in. Pre-req (I believe) for the lab, which I hear is very hands on. 4

Problems in LA

My emphasis is small animal, but this is probably the best elective I have taken so far. You work through cases in small groups (4-5) with the professor. To get the most from this class you will need to put in a fair amount of self-guided work– looking up normal values, trying to find the most appropriate treatment options, etc. (The type of stuff you will be doing in practice). Two group papers are due each week, so this is not an easy A, however it is definitely possible to get an A. 5
LOVED THIS CLASS!!!!! Take it if you can get in. In years past, it was an easier A, but they are making the grading of the paper far more critical. I learned so much in the course and it is emphasized for LA folks. You’re acting as a clinician in sense and you are having to apply information that has been learned and what you need to learn. Let’s face it, none of us have ever treated an Alpaca, but one case we had to act like we were. You do not get to pick your group (4-5 folks) and each week 1 person bears the brunt of the weight. Make sure that everyone is contributing and follow up with the group leader to make sure everything is going well. 5 of 5
Very fun class!! Just be prepared for a lot of research out of class and writing papers every weekend. We had a group of 4 and had 2 people work together on each paper a week (there are 2 papers to write every week) and this really helped in one person not having to do everything over the weekend. 4
Fantastic class! 5
Amazing class. You are only in a group of 4-5 people with a faculty facilitator. That being said, it could depend on who you get as your facilitator as to how you enjoy the class. I think I learned the most from this class than probably any other class I have taken so far. 5
Great class. Really teaches you how to think like a clinician, which is a weak point in a lot of classes. Our group thought it would be difficult to write papers collectively, so we broke it up so each person wrote one of the 5 papers (though I don’t think this is really the way you’re supposed to do it). I thought that worked well though and made it easy for everyone to contribute equally. Grades are based on the papers as well as anonymous evaluations from your group members. Hard work, but useful!!! 5
THE BEST CLASS I HAVE EVER TAKEN. Def take this class whether you are large or small animal 5
Awesome class……take it hands down.  There is a lot of preparation for it. But it is worth it!
TAKE THIS CLASS NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE. Yes you have to write a lot..but there are 5 people per group, so if you split it up and act like adults and everyone does their share, it’s not that bad. I learned so much in this class it’s hard to even describe. You basically get to play doctor and make decisions and look up stuff you don’t know. It’s so helpful to learn how to write a discharge because that’ s a lot of what we will be doing during clinics. TAKE THIS CLASS. 5
Great class! Really makes you feel like you can actually function as a vet one day. Yes, looking up papers is a pain, but I really learned more in the few weeks of this class than I did in an entire semester. 5

SA Advanced Parasitology

Professors are great and very patient with you. A very laid-back class compared to the core Parasitology class. You learn a lot about the clinical awareness of parasites and about what different products do in order to destroy these menacing vermin 🙂 Loved it! 5 out of 5
Much more laid back than core. Comprised grading of 5 minute group presentation, egg identification quiz (minor/easy) and a mock client oral communication on a given topic that you can prepare for. Exactly the type of elective you need to lower your stress after core. 5of5
Very helpful. Focuses on what you really need to know from parasitology. Teachers are great and very fair. 5
Great to be able to apply what you just learned in parasitology core class. Focus of this class is more communication and whaat you need to know for practice. 5
Jz Best elective I took. Very helpful and useful. 5
Did a good job building on the core material with in-depth discussions of things like preventative products, heartworm treatment, and inventory management. I thought the lecture topics were kind of random sometimes, but all useful. The oral final exam seems intimidating but was actually not bad at all. It’s just a discussion of a specific topic with a pretend client (actually a 3rd year), and as long as you hit the major parasitology points and use the communication techniques you will do well. 4
SA people: Take it! Enought said P.s. Kill all the babies! 5
I didnt think this class was useful at all. moorhead is entertaining but we didnt learn anything. 1
You won’t learn anything new. 2
Class is focused on preventatives and common parasites, and is thus very applicable to actual clinical practice. I actually didn’t enjoy the core parasitology very much, and I’m still glad i took this class. 5
I like the focus on preventatives from this class. It was a review, but if you are going to practice with dogs and cats, very useful. People want a vets opinions on preventatives. 5
Favorite class yet! It was the most useful to me, because it was applying material we learned in core and combing it with communications (which we will have to do in the real world). I wish every class was like this. 5

SA Dentistry

Learned so much! Lab was one of the best lab experiences here at vet school so far. You got to use a lot of the equipment and tools for doing several teeth extractions! Final was straight-forward but nothing to play around with. 4 out of 5
Loved the labs. The information is very applicable and important. This really should be a core class. However, they definitely cover more material than they should for only a one hour credit. All the lectures are very fast pace. 5
I would highly reccomend this class if you are able to get in. Extraction lab was awesome! 5
take this class if you can, the lab experiences are worth it and the professors are good 5
Great lab, just wish there was more hands on stuff! Recommend it 5
Great class, they throw a lot of material at you in only 6 lectures and two labs, but would recommend 5
Great class and fun labs; definitely take if you can get a spot! 5
This class wasn’t exactly what I was expecting. I thought it was only okay. I do think Dentistry should be a core course, so I don’t think they had enough time to teach us everything we needed to learn. Lectures were fast-paced but fun. Lab was also good, but I wish there were more of them. We did learn a lot about extractions, but they didn’t show us how to do a basic dental cleaning in lab, and I kind of feel like that should come first. I thought the final was poorly written – it focused on memorizable minutia instead of big concepts, which seems useless to me. 3
this is a very impt class to take for practice 5
Labs are great. Final exam is all useless minute details but the knowledge from basics is essential for general practice 4
The lectures are solid and based largely on clinical practice. This is by far the best lab I’ve had in vet school. It would be worth taking the class just for that. 5
I wish that there were more labs, but the material itself is a nice beginning to dentistry. 4
An okay class. Don’t expect an answer from Dr. Roth if you email him-if he does answer he is extremely rude and acts like it is tedious to have to answer emails. Dr. Nemetz was fantastic though! 3.5

Special Topics in Public Health

This is basically a journal club. If you’ve never had exposure to peer-reviewed research and would like to become more comfortable with it, this class is for you. It’s fairly easy, no tests, just a paper presentation with your group. The only downside is that when I took it, it was from 5-6 in the afternoon. 3.5of5
I thought this was a fantastic class. I started it with absolutely 0 knowledge of how to look at literature and glean useful points from papers, and now I feel like an expert. Definitely worth taking. 5



Year 2- Spring Period

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!”


Rate My Electives! (Year 3/ Fall)

Bovine Sx

Straight-forward class, can easily make a great grade (A) if you put in the effort.                5 out of 5


Clinical Immnology

I thought this class would be more organized and more focused on vaccines. I was a little disappointed in it, but I still learned a good deal, but it definitely was not what I expected. In retrospect, I would not have taken this class. However, the assignments, quizzes, and final exam were fairly straight forward, thankfully.            2 out of 5

I am not going to lie this class just felt like busy work and was incredibly unorganized, but Dr. Gogol and Smith are awesome.      2

I thought this class was fun and good for discussion, but it wasn’t very focused on any one thing. I learned a good amount and it’s an easy grade.       3.5

Drs. Gogal and Smith are great, but I would have liked this class to be more about case discussions. Ultimately, I didn’t feel like I learned a lot about the clinical application of immunolgy.     2


Equine Dentistry

oh geez, what to say….grow some thick skin and be prepared to be insulted and maybe learn a few things                1.5 out of 5

Absolutely hated this class. You’ll see the same lectures you saw in previous core and elective classes and have your time wasted by Dr. Lowder being late to every class. He spends lecture time telling irrelevant stories, insulting you, and teaching you almost nothing about dentistry. Then he’ll treat you like you’re a total idiot because you don’t know anything about dentistry. Labs are marginally better because there are other doctors and 4th years around, but also stressful, disorganized, and often somewhat dangerous in my opinion. He never showed us how to float teeth in any understandable fashion before asking us to do it on live horses and then scolded us for sucking at it. Ridiculous.   1


Equine Digestive

This was one of the best classes I have ever taken. Most of the work happens at home by self tests which you automatically get a 100 for attempting it. The final was a bear, but they grade super fair. I am SO glad I took this class even though I am not a large animal/horsey person. It was awesome.         5 out of 5

Really liked this class, it is a flipped class, all case discussion with some online assignments at home. The teachers are the best!   5


Equine Foot

Very physics/biomechanically focused, but you learn a lot! And Dr. Parks is phenomenal. We had 6 assignments (no tests) that were somewhat tedious and some took quite a bit of time, but hey, no studying!    5 out of 5


Equine Sx

Great class, learn very useful stuff. Dr. Mueller is great. Can easily earn a decent grade (A/B) if you put in effort.   5 out of 5


SA Advanced ECC

This was one of the best and hardest classes I have taken. Learned a TON. Exams were really hard, but I loved the lectures and they have a ton of points floating around to help your grade so that helped a lot!               5 out of 5

Very difficult, but an absolute must for anyone in SA.     5

The take home midterm was incredibly annoying and they don’t post half the lectures or provide echo, so go to class! I learned a lot in this class, the lectures were always good, but the tests are challenging.              4


SA Advance Surgery

Excellent hands-on class. I learned so much from the doctors who patiently worked with us. No SOAPs!! You don’t have to worry about anesthesia because the dogs are cadavers. No finals, just quizzes for each lab!   5 out of 5

Again, a must for anyone in SA – even if you aren’t interested in “advanced surgery” per se, the technical skills you pick up from this class are essential      5

This was my favorite elective this round. Dr. Clarke is the sweetest man alive and I gained a lot more confidence in my surgical skills. It is very low stress, one easy quiz each week after surgery and no final exam. I wish I had this class everyday!                5

Very interesting class with great labs. Some of the material was reinforced in other classes, but almost nothing was repetitive. Teachers were all SUPER nice and very committed to helping their students do a good job.                5

This class is great and pairs nicely with the required (for SA) musculoskeletal elective. Dr. Clarke is an amazing teacher. The labs are great, but one should note that they are primarily orthopedic surgeries.    5


SA Anesthesia

More or less a more intense, quicker run through of the basic anesthesia class, with some more insight on certain topics.    5

I loved going to these lectures, esepcially Dr. Quandt’s. This is very case-based and discussion oriented class. It really makes you think and put your anesthesia knowledge to the test. There is a quiz every day, but these are nothing to be stressed about. They are 3 questions and come from previous lecture.      5

Teachers are much easier at grading quizes/tests, so don’t avoid this class just because the core anesthesia put you out. awesome class!!    5


SA Digestive

Very helpful with learning how to do better SOAPs. Very case-based, lecture learning type of course. Clinically relevant             4 out of 5

If you liked the core class, you will like this class… it’s essentially more of the same           4

I love case based discussions over straight up lecturing, and this class was all case discussions. It is very similar to the core class, but provides great SOAP writing practice.          5

Case discussions were good and the SOAP assignments seemed like good prep for clinics. Dr. Creevy is super nice. There seemed to be a lot of overlap with the core course so it got a bit boring at times, but it was approached in a different way at least. Especially recommended if you think you need practice writing SOAPs because she gives good feedback.           4

Really liked this class. it is all going through cases in class with supplimental readings from Ettinger. The only downside I found was that it was a lot of work to keep up with the readings, otherwise an excellent class.           4

Just a review of the core class. Though it was helpful to get practice on SOAPs, I wouldn’t have taken it if I had another chance.         2.5

One of the best electives I have taken. All case discussion. Most of the grade is based on the completion of a SOAP instead of tests (which I found to be a better assessment of my understanding of the material). Definitely a good class for anyone SA.            5


SA Musculoskeletal

Boring lectures that repeat information from core, but it is a mandatory course for SA emphasis. I did learn a lot though, but the exams were EXTREMELY tricky!          2.5 out of 5

Very difficult class but a helpful refresher of the SA stuff from core         3.5

LOTS of repetition from core. I found it very boring.   I didn’t learn much. Exams were more challenging than expected (and tricky), but it is still possible to get a good grade. Listening to lectures is important because not everything is included in the slides.        3

Would have been much better as a series of cases discussions. Basically just a repeat of the core class. Required for SA emphasis folks so…..     2



Favorite class of the semester (can’t believe I’m saying this!). Awesome class even for a non-large animal person. I took this b/c I love to hear about diseases and this was basically a pathology class on pigs. Reeves tells you the first day that your final exam is 5 essays, and he absolutely prepares you for that exam. Keep in mind he writes the swine questions on boards, so this is a great board prep class. I loved it and is def one of my favorite electives ever!     5 out of 5


SA Ophthalmology

Great review from Core Ophtho! Plus it was a fun course to be a part of (great and hilarius professor). Quizzes, very engaging labs, midterm, and a fun & creative final project 5 out of 5

Dr. Myrna is awesome as usual and the class was super relaxed. It was almost entirely repeated from core, so I didn’t learn a lot of new stuff, but it was good review I guess. The lab was my favorite part as we got to do some surgical procedures not included in the core labs.             4


Zoo Medicine

Hmmmm, where do I start?!?!?!?!

 –Psalm 34:14= “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”


Rate My Electives! (Year 3/ Spring)

Hey guys!

I can now officially say that I never will have to sit in a classroom and take an exam for the rest of my life!  What a feeling of invigoration and enjoyment.  Some say these past 3 years in vet school went by so fast, but they honestly have been long for me.  I love to try savor every moment of my life no matter how difficult it may be.

Electives (alphabetical order) Honest Feedback Overall Rating (1=NOT WORTH YOUR TIME!!! 5=Highly recommend it!)
Equine Imaging
good class! Learned quite a bit, although sometimes it could be a little boring. I even got to bring my horse in for a lab and got free radiographs on him! 5
Equine Respiratory
Not a horsey person but I did enjoy this class b/c its mostly Dr. Giguere. However, in retrospect if I had to drop one of my three classes I needed to take, this would be the one. I think respiratory in core really burnt me out. 3
Boring lectures in my opinion. Some of the information was new but a lot of it was review. Dr. Giguere has good intentions and is VERY nice, but I think he feels a bit trapped by the whole multiple choice testing system. Maybe he will branch out and do more clinical type testing in the future though! Probably a good class for horsey or mixed people to take anyway. 3
Equine Surgery
Good class, learned some new things and reviewed a lot which is good! Since there were so few people in the class, we had NO exams as long as we all had perfect attendance. 5
LA Cardiology   N/A
LA Neurology  N/A
LA Surgery
Great class. Very laid back atmosphere but super cool labs. There is one class, one lab, and one quiz per week, so the schedule is pretty easy. Classes are interesting and don’t waste your time at all. You get to do everything in labs with very little hand-holding. We did rectal exams, right flank omentopexys, and castrations on live animals plus enucleations on horse heads. Can be kind of scary but you learn a lot. Horse castration lab wasn’t super well organized, but it was still really cool. Quizzes are easy and graded generously. 5
Awesome class!! You get to work on live animals for several of the labs. There is no final exam and only easy quizes once a week. 5
Ruminant Digestive Disease  N/A
Ruminant Respiratory Disease  N/A
SA Cardiology
One of the best electives EVER. TAKE THIS. 5
This class is the jam. Great professors, useful material, etc etc etc. Can’t recommend it highly enough. 5
Do ECGs scare you? Do you want to get better at interpreting them? Take this class. There is a great ECG lab where you talk through interpretations and gain a lot of confidence. The tests are challenging but fair. 5
Great class! A lot of necessary information here that wasn’t discussed in core class. 5
Loved the material and the teachers. 5
The teachers are awesome!! As a person who cardiology has always been a difficult subject, I learned a lot! 4
SA Neurology
Really good review from core. Glad I took it. Both exams were really straight forward and I didnt put a lot of time in this class. 5
If you want a nice, laid back review from core b4 going on rotations, take this course 5
Teachers are interesting and fun. None of the scary neuro stuff you remember (or don’t remember) from freshman year. Lots of review but more focus on cases. 4
Kent and Platt are awesome. Material is very clinically applicable. 5
This class is very straight forward. You don’t have to stress about keeping up with the information because there is a review session before each test that summarizes everything you need to know. It is very clinically oriented so even if neuroanatomy was not your thing, don’t let that shy you away from this elective. 5
Great class! A lot of repeat from the core, but its so clinically applicable. 5
There were some repeat informtaion, but the practice localizing was great. 5
A lot of clinical cases. A repeat of core for the most part, but an easy class. Definitely improved my skills on localization. 5
SA Oncology
Required for taking Oncology rotation. I learned a lot from this course. You will see masses in practice on a regular bases, so I recommend taking the class to get a good foundation with cancer 4
Again, you must take this if you are planning to do the rotation. However, even if you aren’t, but will be doing anything small animal, I think this course is a must take. It gives you a good concept of how to approach lumps and bumps in general practice, when to refer and what diagnostic tests are required and which are just nice to have. 5
This ought to be a core course in my opinion. I know so much more about those lumps and bumps that come in every day now. There’s more complex stuff in the course too, but most of it is straightforward and important. 5
Somewhat tough, some of the material is very dense, but it’s also really useful if you’re going into GP. 4
This is a very valuable class and important if you are planning on doing small animal practice, but it is a lot of information and you do need to study. The tests rely more on clinical thinking than memorizing facts, so try to develop a clinical intuition about the process of diagnosing and the different steps you would take depending on the biologic behavior of each type of cancer. 4
Should be req. for SA people. Good class. 5
Useful information, sometimes hard to study for by yourself- so find a budy to talk over the differences between the tumors. 🙂 5

Through Him,


2 Corinthians 8:11 “Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.”

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