September 30, 2012

Vet-U-Can?... Vet-I-WILL!!

Hubby and I were in Calgary yesterday for Vet-U-Can, an open house put on by UCVM (the University of Calgary school of Veterinary Medicine).  What an awesome day!!  I got to try my hand at several skills, like taking blood samples and suturing, on practice dummies, toured the facility, watched demos of some really cool high-tech equipment, and talked to a whole bunch of faculty and current students.  The Dean actually remembered me from two years ago when he visited my school and I escorted him to his second speaking engagement from his first, which was really nice.

I got SO much information, and now I need to process it all.  The main thing I gleaned from talking to current students about the interview process (the most highly weighted part of the admissions cycle) was that I'm doing things right to prepare, which is a relief.  I'm so lucky in that I have friends and family in med school, where they use the same process for deciding admissions, so they've been through it and succeeded and they're working with me to help me prepare for the process (which is unlike any other interview you'll ever do).  I asked everyone what advice they'd give me and every single person gave me a different answer, so I have a lot to think about and integrate over the next little while.

The other thing I came away from the day with is a renewed committment to the process, and conviction that this is REALLY where I want to be and what I want to be doing.  Obviously I have a backup plan in case I don't get in for next year, but I'm really hoping that I don't have to use it!

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