It's only December and Summer is far far away, but it's never too early to start thinking about what you might want to do with your Summer vacation. Some veterinary students are already set in their plans for the summer. Others may be just beginning to consider their options for what they might do to fill their time. For those with a long Winter break you may be able to apply some of these ideas to your extended time off. If you need something to keep your brain from turning completely to mush and to help bulk up your CV, here are a list of popular ideas to help:
Deciding to pursue an internship is a big decision and one that veterinary students are probably in the middle of debating about right at this very moment. Applications for the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program open on October 15th. If your school is like my school then there is a lot of pressure to apply. It’s a difficult decision for several reasons, you are most likely significantly in debt, sick and tired of being a student, and ready to go out and practice medicine! Theys don’t pay well and it is another year of being the lowest man on the totem pole. However, Theys do at least pay a small sum of money and the experience that you gain is invaluable.
The first year of practice is hard for most veterinarians. The transition from student to being the brain in charge of life or death situations is difficult. It’s a different level of stress and responsibility. The skills and habits that you learn in that first year are critical to your future level of practice.