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Melissa Neilson

How to Reduce Stress as a Veterinary Student: 4 Easy Tips

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When the stresses of a mounting workload, approaching exams, or overshadowing student loans start to wear you down and hinder your daily performance, try reducing the tension with these 4 simple tips to reduce stress as a veterinary student: Tip 1: Swap that coffee for herbal tea Caffeine induces feelings of stress, nervousness and anxiety. Herbal teas are caffeine free and filled with good vitamins and nutrients and are good for relieving stress or anxiety. Try one (or all) of these stress relieving herbal teas. Tip 2: Turn that Dorsal Dog, into Downward Dog The calm breathing and…

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4 Steps To Re-Motivate Yourself As A Vet Student

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Is vet school getting you down? Lost your motivation? Starting to question why you’re studying veterinary medicine in the first place? Here is how you can re-motivate yourself to succeed in vet school: Step 1 You need to assess the situation. Ask yourself why you are feeling demotivated. Is it because of stress or is it an issue with career choice? If it is stress: It is very common to get stressed out because of the heavy workload, and as a result lose your motivation for vet school. Many students…

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3 Things Most People Don’t Know About Becoming a Veterinarian

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When people think of what it’s like to be a veterinarian, what comes to mind is typically a work environment filled with cute animals, a hefty paycheck, and of course the occasional difficult time when it comes to things like euthanasia. But many don’t realize how difficult the job actually can be, not to mention the intensive process of becoming a vet in the first place. Here are just a few things people don’t realize about being a veterinarian: 1. Time Commitment “Vet school is just a two year program…

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How To Prepare For Vet School

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So you want to go to veterinary school? Not sure where to start? Here’s some tips to help you prepare: Make Sure You Have The Prerequisites Check the program details for the schools you are interested in applying to, and make sure to take any pre-vet courses they require. In high school, focus on taking courses in biology, chemistry and physics. After high school, some pre-vet courses may be required such as additional biology, chemistry and physics, as well as mathematics, genetics, and more. Spare yourself the hassle of having to…

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3 Reasons To Study Anatomy in 3D Over 2D Textbooks

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EasyAnatomy is not a digital textbook. When studying veterinary anatomy, the 3D models it offers definitely beat the 2D diagrams in textbooks. Here’s why: 1. Why study a 3D subject like canine anatomy in 2D? Anatomical structures are three dimensional in real life, so studying 3D models will give you a more realistic understanding of the structure. Three dimensional objects are best understood when viewed as they should be, in 3D. 2. Textbook diagrams can be hard to interpret. Since they are just a single view, complex anatomical structures and how…

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Alpacas vs Llamas

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The Alpaca vs The Llama At first glance, some may confuse these two furry critters and assume they are the same species. They are not the same species but they are, in fact, both camelids in the biological family Camelidae. Some obvious visual differences would be the blunt face of the alpaca versus the long face of the llama, the different sizes in ears, as well as their height and weight (llamas are typically a few inches taller and many pounds heavier). Historically, their breeding purposes differ as well. Alpacas are…

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Specializing as a Veterinary Practitioner

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Become an expert in a specific species. Becoming a veterinarian doesn’t always mean you will end up working in a typical veterinary clinic dealing with common household cats and dogs; there are a number of areas that can be specialized in. Currently there are 41 specialties recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). These specialties range from animal welfare, to dentistry, to surgery, and of course veterinary practitioners. To become a specialist, a veterinarian is required to pass an examination that evaluates their knowledge in their specialty area. Within the…

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13 Tips For Studying Anatomy More Effectively

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Anatomy is one of the most difficult subjects you learn in vet school. Memorizing all the anatomical structures and their functions is tough enough as it is, but you have a number of other classes to study for as well! Talk about time management. To help you be  successful in your classes, we’ve come up with 13 tips for studying anatomy more effectively: 1. Schedule it in This is key for making your life easier right before exams. We all know how stressful it is trying to cram in all the…

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