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9 TED talks recommended for veterinary students

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on April 13, 2018 at 11:06 PM

TED Talks is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

Here are 9 talks I think would be very beneficial for Veterinary Students who may be just starting their journey as a 1st year all the way to the recent graduate. Take a look at these 9 gems and then read my takeaways through a veterinary lens as someone who has taken the journey through veterinary school and now is a professional.

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Topics: Stress Management, Motivation

Managing Pain During an Opioid Shortage

Posted by Lori Hehn on April 6, 2018 at 9:00 AM

The DEA is decreasing production of opioids again this year by another 20%. This will likely have a direct effect on our use and availability for our patients. We use opioids routinely for analgesia, especially for surgical procedures so this is causing some panic in our community.

This is mainly going to cause a shortage of schedule II drugs (for us this will mostly be hydromorphone, morphine, and fentanyl). And not only will these drugs be more difficult to get, but the price could be much higher. 

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Topics: Opioid, Pain Management

Givers vs. Takers: What this means for vet school and for your career

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on March 25, 2018 at 3:56 PM

I once overheard a group of veterinary students discussing how their class was very competitive and that they didn’t really share materials with each other.

This discussion made me wonder about their reciprocity style and their potential for success in our field. Would they work well with others in clinics? What about in their first job or internship or residency?

How would this mindset affect their careers long term?

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Topics: Vet School

Boost Your Chances for Vet School Acceptance (my aha moment)

Posted by Lori Hehn on March 21, 2018 at 1:34 PM

It has been over 17 years since I was first accepted to veterinary school. I remember sitting in the room with the other students and thinking that there must be some mistake. Somehow, I was here but I wasn’t really supposed to be (what if they don’t call my name?)

It seems that many of the other students were thinking the same thing as our nerves were on edge about what the next four years would bring.

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Topics: Vet School

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