The exams are here…

vet student exam study

It has been a very long sleep deprived. This past week I have done two of my end of year exams. Monday was pathological physiology and today was epizootiology (infectious diseases). Next week on Wednesday I have pathological anatomy so whilst I have done 2 in a single week, there is no time to celebrate and the study must go on.

Pathological physiology is the study of functional problems in the body, so why the body goes wrong and the processes involved in this. One of my questions here was about anemia – a lack of red blood cells. This is pretty simple right? Not so as the question started with the different classifications for anemia, then there are the different causes, and then finally there are the compensation mechanisms to help the body survive the anemia. All of these processes are intricately linked together and to other body systems – for example the kidneys are involved to increase blood volume to increase blood pressure.

Then it was followed up by ruminal alkalosis in cows, and then disorders of the parathyroid gland which is responsible for the balance of calcium and phosphorus in the body.

Epizootiology is the study of diseases – bacteria and viruses – their spread and the diagnosis. Today my questions were based on picornaviruses (the cause of foot and mouth disease), bovine herpesvirus, and the causes of Mastitis.

Sometimes there is just so much to take in that I just do not know where to begin. Now I am going sleep so I am fresh to start study for pathological anatomy tomorrow.

End of my 4th first week! (Day 520)

Today’s Diary entry is sponsored by Pets Bureau

So today was my first meat hygiene practical, basically vets are involved in the entire food production process from reproduction to growing to slaughter to butcher to plate. This was interesting as I learnt what the star rating on freezers actually means. Basically different types of microorganisms are inhibited at different termperatures. For example yeasts will not grow below -12 whilst moulds will not grow  below -18 which corresponds to the freezer star system.

We then had the lecture for General Surgery, now in my opinion you can tell you have a good teacher when they use the phrase “you will never need this in real life, but you must know it for the exam”. This lecture was extremely interesting and more useful that I imagined it would be!

Last thing today was our patho physiology practical which continued on the weeks theme of cardiac disorders. We started looking at how to interpret an ECG and some of the normal values for dogs. This was interesting as whilst it may be a simple, quick and relatively inexpensive test it really can give a lot of information.

Second year registration for vet school in Kosice (Day 367)

Becoming a second year vet student photo

Today’s Diary Entry is sponsored by Vet School Success

It’s hard for me to believe that I have been here over a year (1 Year and 2 days to be exact) and now like I registered for my first year last year, today I have registered for my second year as a vet student here at the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Kosice. I’m older, definitely wiser, yet still full of energy (well flu at least) and excited to start. Registration was a lot simpler this year as it was basically entering the modules we want to take into our study records and then submitting this for approval.

Last year I started with no expectations and very little idea of what to expect, this year I’ve calculated that over the next semester I should have a total of 49 hours a week of classes and practical scheduled. I’ve not even got some of them in my timetable yet! Rumours from older years is that this is “hell year”, the part of the course that either makes you or breaks you. Next year is easier as instead of trying to cram loads of information into you, the focus is on the state examinations required to become a veterinary surgeon. In the meantime here is a look at just what I have coming up next semester…

Monday is a jam packed day, I start at 7:15am with Pharmacology which is the study of the effect of drugs on the body. Then at 8:55am I have Nutrition and dietetics which this year is looking at how diet is managed to help with clinical diseases such as diabetes. Moving on at 10:45am I have Pathological Physiology which is the study of disease processes on the body. These are followed at 12:25 by the pharmacology practical (I dunno what we do here yet…) and then at 14:05 by the Pathological physiology practical which again I am not sure what it’s about.

Tuesday is a slightly later start at 8am with Clinical Diagnostics, I am generally expecting a lecture on different exam techniques and this is followed by a gap (which I am sure will be filled shortly) until 12:15 when I have Pharmacy and therapeutics – which I have absolutely no clue about. I have a feeling it could be more focused on legislation and laws then anything animal related… Next up is a Nutrition and dietetics practical at 14:05 and then a clinical diagnostics practical at 17:25 finishing the day at 7pm.

Wednesday looks slightly better with a 7:15am start for Radiology and Imaging Diagnostics, then a Pharmacy and therapeutics practical at 9:45 followed by Parasitology at 12:25. At the moment (though am also sure it will be filled) I am free to revise from 14:04 for my anatomy credits on Thursday.

Now Thursday has always been a hard day with a weekly test for the past year, we’ve only got 1 semester of anatomy to go now and start at 8:05 with the lecture with the practical starting at 8:55. This semester we should be looking at angiology (blood vessels and the heart) and neurology (brain and nerves), though the exam is combined with everything we covered in splanchology (organs) from last semester so is going be very difficult. My anatomy practical is followed straight after by Parasitology practical at 11:35. My day then finishes at 15:45 with a practical for Radiology and Imaging diagnostics.

Friday has over the past year had subjects I struggled with, however this semester is filled with Toxicology with the lecture at 8am and then the practical at 12:25. This is something I find especially interesting because as well as poisons, this subject covers the metabolism of drugs, and the effects of overdosing and underdosing (along with how to treat other poisons).

In addition to this I’ve also elected to take two optional subjects this semester: Breeding and diseases of reptiles and terrarial animals, and diseases of small mammals. Both this subjects fall into my special area of interest which is exotic animals so I feel are essential for my learning and time well spent.

Here is to starting the next year on my journey to becoming the greatest vet I can be!

Becoming a second year vet student photo