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Class of 2022: Be open to changing your mind

A sequel to “Class of 2022: In Search of More

Lots of changes between the time you receive your acceptance letter to vet school and the time you enter the final weeks of your clinical rotations.

I remember being interviewed for an online feature about incoming students in 2018, being asked about my background, which led me to apply to vet school, what were my goals in the program and beyond. When I think back to my initial interview for “In search of more, I can laugh and think about how much has changed since then.

When I started vet school, I knew I was going to become a surgeon. I knew I wanted to do all soft tissue surgery procedures and be able to care for critical patients. I didn’t know that to be a surgeon you had to be pretty good at tying a knot and working with your hands, and I wasn’t natural for either! This initial dream ended shortly after the first year. It took a tough introspective look to recognize that surgery wasn’t all I originally thought about and maybe it wasn’t really what I wanted to do.

By the time the second year arrived, I knew that I wanted to go into general medicine to be able to do a bit of everything. I wanted to see puppies through life until they were old and foster those long-term relationships with clients. I wanted to go out and be a doctor after I graduated. I flatly rejected the idea of ​​doing an internship after graduation and was passionate about the idea of ​​going to general medicine. That too has changed.

It wasn’t until my third year in vet school, when I was exposed to our medical-based curriculum, that I realized that what I really What I wanted to do was to continue my education beyond the scope of our four-year DVM diploma program. I fell in love with internal medicine and realized that this particular field would give me everything I loved about veterinary medicine and could be something I could spend the rest of my life doing. I loved endocrinology, medical management, pharmacology, chronic disease, critical thinking, patient care and client communication, and internal medicine gave me the opportunity to see and do everything I wanted and more.

I was able to cement these feelings during my clinical rotations and had a blast during the internal medicine rotation. I have also maintained excellent relationships with our internal medicine clinicians. On the first day of the block, they asked me what I wanted out of it, and I said, “I’m interested in pursuing a degree in internal medicine, so this block can make or break it for me.” I quickly realized how much I love medicine and everything related to it.

I have now been accepted into the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine Rotating Internship Program for the 2022-2023 cycle, and intend to pursue a residency in Internal Medicine thereafter. I can’t thank enough all the clinicians who provided me with advice, mentorship and endless laughter and encouraged me to make this next opportunity a reality.

The beauty of veterinary medicine is the endless possibilities you can pursue with your degree and the ability to change your mind. I hope budding vets will keep an open mind and recognize that it’s completely okay to change course multiple times. I wanted to be a surgeon and then a general practitioner before recognizing my true passion.

As my vet school counselor, Dr. Lysa Posner, always says, “The world is your oyster,” and I truly believe that.