Sunday, 18 March 2012

Back to Canada I Go!

The OVC (source:
For the first time since my first year of vet school, I'm going home over the Easter holiday! Unfortunately it won't be an actual holiday for me because I'll be working at the {Ontario Veterinary College}, {University of Guelph} (my alma mater).  There I will be doing a 3 week externship-- one week in internal medicine and two weeks in ICU. It'll be strange going to 'someone else's school,' but I'm sure I'll get used to it soon enough.

I'm often asked why I didn't go to the OVC in the first place. Well, when I applied I was sent an email from the admissions department saying that I took one of my prerequisites during a semester when I took only 4 classes, and all prerequesites need to be done during a full time semester of 5 classes (U of G calls 4 classes full time!). Needless to say, my application couldn't progress any further, so grades and MCAT scores didn't even get to be evaluated! Anywho, I ended up looking up other AVMA accredited vet schools and that's where I found RVC. I hear things have changed a little bit with regards to admissions for OVC, but it's still considered to be one of the best vet schools around, and therefore competition for a spot is stiff!

I'll be sure to post an update once I've gotten settled into things at the OVC. Wish me luck!

Below are some images from the last time I was at U of G
Gryph, the university's mascot

Carlie and I at the homecoming game


Sunday, 11 March 2012

My Self Guided Tour of Settle

My time with Dalehead vets was an amazing experience. Everyone there was super nice and happy to teach! I was able to see everything I had hoped to see, and had the opportunity to get involved many times. As it is the beginning of spring, there were a ton of sheep caesarians, prolapses, and a bunch of calvings and a few cow caesarians. In addition to these things there were the usual routine visits, PDing (Pregnancy Diagnosis), and a few left displaced abomasum toggles, among other things. If anyone is looking for a farm placement, I definitely recommend Dalehead Veterinary Group!

Finally, last Sunday was my day off from work. Despite the rain I decided to do a self guided tour of Settle. Below are some photos (with descriptions) of some of the places I saw.
The Oast Guest House: My room and views from my window

Views from my walk: Castlebergh Crag (limestone cliffs), horse and sheep on the way and a view of Settle

Friends Meeting House built in 1678 (one of the older Quaker Meeting Houses) with burial ground (stones moved to the garden in the back)

The Folley built in the late 1670s as a gentleman's residence and subsequently used for a range of purposes and current home of the Museum of North Craven Life
Weaver's Cottage (top left) built in 1664, Bishopdale House (top right) built is one of the earliest 17th century dwellings built in Settle, the Shambles (bottom left) built as an open market hall in the 1600s with a slaughter house in the basement and shops above, and Ye Olde Naked Man Cafe, formerly a coaching inn and built in 1663.

Once I returned for my walk I had tea for one

Some images from my train ride home