Life and school

Where did that tidal wave of tests and assignments come from for the last couple of weeks?

Well, okay, we’re getting farther into the program now, so of course there’s tests and things starting to turn up.

So far, though, I’m doing good!

Computer Literacy: I no longer have to take because I passed a competency test

Lab Animal Handling: first test in theory (legal requirements for housing and handling animals in pounds and research facilities) is next week, and I think I’m improving in the practical rat and mouse handling… although those are REALLY unfriendly mice

Livestock Care: first test week after next, but I’m pretty confident

Math: one test so far, I got 84%… but I know what I did wrong and won’t do it again

Pet Health: 97% on the test on clinical exams and basic anatomy

Surgical Support Skills: 9/10 so far on weekly quizzes — but I don’t get along so well with microscopes in practice

Vet Medical Terminology: 100% (but it was really basic stuff, and I’ve done human terminology previously)

Wildlife Care: 97% on the one test so far

Canine & Feline Handling (hands-on at the local Humane Society): going okay, no grades yet

Careers & Ethics: going fine, I get marks just for being there and being involved, and I think I did fine on my resume and cover letter assignment… I’ve been around the job-search block a few times in real life.

I discovered, however, that while I can deal with blood, feces, urine, vomit, or whatever to help an animal that needs me, there is nothing in this world that can make me dissect a dead rat. I walked out of the room before I could cry, throw up, faint, or some combination of the above. Luckily it wasn’t a required lab, just an additional bit of help for anatomy. Apparently it was highly unusual that no one fainted in the class… I guess being a bit older and knowing my own limits and getting the heck out of there has some advantages.

My class is, incidentally, overwhelmingly female… only one guy. Our teacher Jill tells us that vet support staff is a very female-dominated field.

Some of the folks in my class are great. There are some of us who are very serious about being there and are trying to learn as much as we possibly can. Then there are the others, who I’m guessing are mostly very young… the ones who chat on MSN on laptops during class, talk, wander in 15 minutes late, pay no attention and then keep asking the teachers to repeat things, and growl and complain that the review outlines cover things not on the tests and that the tests have things not in the outline (er, it’s not a copy of the test, it’s a review outline…) Those ones are getting annoying, to say the least. And they confuse me: why pay $3000 in tuition alone, if you aren’t going to even try? *sigh* I just know I wouldn’t want them handling MY animals.

In and around classes, well… I’m trying to do some extra volunteering at the Humane Society, but the bus runs only during rush hour in that area, and it’s tricky to work out my schedule. Might have a solution, but we’ll see. At the very least, I’m working on some enrichment ideas for the poor cats, with the support of the volunteer coordinator.

Outside of that, just keeping up with getting groceries, looking after the cats, and doing laundry is using the last of my energy. I’m falling asleep a lot when I get home from school. Not doing much for my social life, that, but I guess it makes some sense.

No sign of depression, other than the sleepiness which I think is actual fatigue, and given that this is usually my worst time of year for that, this is an awesome thing!

Gotta go, want to talk to the vet who’s coordinator of my program about a couple of things.

One Comment

  1. ai wudd /assoome/ dat yoo’d pass teh pyootur literasee test….

    bai teh wai, ai’s ramaindeded abowt a joak ai’z herd…..


    On the first day of school, the professor came out, and on the table, was a dead cow. He turned to the class, and said, “Okay, there are two things to learn today. The first, is to not be squeamish about anything on an animal.” He then reached over, put one of his fingers in the cow(somewhere), then pulled it out, and licked it.
    “Ok, so now, I need all of you to do the same”, he told the class. After quite a few minutes, the students eventually lined up, and did as they had been told. After the last one had sat back down, the professor stood back up, and said, “Ok, now that you’ve all done that, it’s time to learn the second thing. And that is to be observant. If you watched very carefully, you would have found that I put my index finger in the cow, but then licked my middle finger. You have to learn to be observant.”


    Yah, ai knoez, badd joak….butt funneh nonetehlezz…
    awltho, comink frum mai memry, wuz nawt az well writed az it culd bii….

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