Hello! This is a webpage for people who are already in vet school and maybe feeling a bit like a dodo at times (or all the time). On the right of the screen are a list of topics that are currently on the site. On the top menu bar are the miscellaneous pages that aren’t about academic topics. You can get started straight away, or keep reading for a bit of background about the site if it’s your first time here.
The idea for this website has been sitting in the back of my brain for two years. I’m still at vet school myself (at the time of writing I am in third year) so this website won’t be fully comprehensive for a couple of years at least. But I remember very clearly, in about January of first year, once the penny had dropped and the excitement and disbelief of actually having achieved the goal I’d been chasing for 20 years had worn off, having a moment where I felt very frustrated. I found some topics quite easy and instinctive to understand, or they were an extension of the scientific knowledge and principles I’d begun to build at school, but there were also topics that went in my ear, stopped for lunch in my brain then promptly left again. Looking at you, forelimb anatomy. And it wasn’t because I found them boring, like public health (sorry to the public health fans but I don’t understand how you keep your eyes open all day). It was because I had no prior knowledge of them, so when I went to a lecture and things were just rattled off at me, I had the quite disconcerting feeling of having absolutely no idea what I was going to do with this. I don’t know what it’s like at other vet schools, but at mine we are given lectures, the lecture slides and sometimes additional leaflets and things, but they are quite clear about the fact that it is our prerogative to make sure we learn everything to the standard expected. And that’s fine, I get that it’s a university, there’s loads to get through and we are expected to be quite independent – after all we’re supposed to be adults and everything. But then they also say things like, you shouldn’t be spending more than an additional 10 minutes on each lecture during independent study or revision, and that it’s easy once you get the hang of it. But what if you can’t get the hang of it? My friend did an intercalation year in public health whereas if I think about doing that I literally feel a cloud of despair descend upon me. Yet we’re both happy and successful vet students. So, evidently, we aren’t all made the same. But we’re supposed to act as though we are, and as though all our brains can cope with every topic in the same way. And when I had yet again forgotten the nerve that innervates the rhomboideus muscle, I remember thinking: Dear God, I wish there was such a thing as forelimb anatomy for dummies; or even better, an entire vet school for dummies. And so the idea for this website was born. I eventually did get the hang of limb anatomy, but I tried like 5 different methods before one stuck. It took me much longer than 10 minutes.
I wanted to begin making this website back then, but I was still new to vet school, trying to learn everything, and not really having much of a frame of reference other than lecture material. Now I’m a third year and I’m tired of trying to do things the way other people tell me to. I decided to make this website to help other vet students who might be feeling the same way. My aim is to present the same information you would get in a lecture, but in a different format, in the hopes that it might be easier to understand that way. Vet school makes dodos of us all, and there’s nothing wrong with needing a fresh look at things. So I hope something here can help you, and don’t worry: you’ve got this, and you’re never alone!