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Managing Anxiety for the Biggest Test of Your Veterinary Career

Posted by Cathy Barnette on Aug 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM
If you’re like most 4th year vet students, you’re probably nervous about the upcoming NAVLE ®… and that’s okay! Having a small amount of test anxiety is a good thing, because it will motivate you to study and prepare, ensuring that you do your best. 
For some students, however, test anxiety can actually hurt their performance on high-stakes exams. This anxiety, often caused by fear of failure, can lead to physical, emotional, and behavioral/cognitive symptoms, (1) all of which can interfere with optimal test performance.  
So, what can you do to overcome test anxiety? There are actually a number of different strategies that you can use before and during the NAVLE ® to control your anxiety and help you perform your best.
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Topics: Stress Management, 4th Year, Test Taking Tips, NAVLE

Mindfulness: Can it Help Vet Students and New Grads?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on May 28, 2019 11:25:47 AM

Do you ever experience stress as a vet student?

Do you expect to experience stress as a new grad veterinarian?

If you answer honestly, I suspect your answer to both of those questions is “yes.” You might even be looking for a way to incorporate stress reduction into your life, but it can sometimes be difficult to set aside time for involved, time-intensive stress-reduction practices like yoga classes or meditation retreats.

Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy approach, known as mindfulness, that has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety... even in vet students!

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Topics: Stress Management

Memory: How it works and 5 ways to improve it for Vet Students!

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on Jan 2, 2019 7:30:00 AM

How memory works is complex, but while it may be tough to understand, it may be tougher not to! It’s important to have an understanding of memory because it is crucial - it is the basis of so many applications, including studying and learning. By having an understanding of the main concepts in memory, you can work to improve yours.

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Topics: Studying, Stress Management, Vet Student, Vet School

Keep Calm and Pass the NAVLE®

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on Nov 5, 2018 8:45:00 AM

The NAVLE® is approaching and you probably have a lot on your mind. Maybe you're thinking about the internship application that's due soon, or you're months into clinics and your body reminds you every day how tired you are. Ultimately, how are you going to get everything done? 

The NAVLE® is the biggest test ever - more than three years of knowledge crammed into one day - and you may be overwhelmed and even a bit anxious, but's just a test.

We at VetPrep have been there and we understand the freak out (it's perfectly normal!). Things start to get real and that can be very scary, but I’m here to tell you that it’s going to be OK.

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Topics: Stress Management, Health & Wellness, NAVLE

9 TED talks recommended for veterinary students

Posted by Flavia Vaduva on Apr 13, 2018 10:06:46 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: Motivation, Stress Management

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