Veterinary Internships Part Three: Survival

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  1. Have a life- If your sent home early- go! On your days off, do what regenerates you and nothing more.
  2. Select elective rotations that you will love. It’s the only down time you have. Select rotations early, as some popular ones (Humane Societies, Zoos) can fill up a year in advance.
  3. Let family and friends know it’s another year away, but when it’s over you’ll be back in their lives.
  4. Have a mantra. My mantra was “It’s only a year!”
  5. Sleep whenever possible. You may not be a napper now, but you will be soon.
  6. Talk to your friends in practice. They are overwhelmed and working long hours too. (They are just getting paid more).
  7. DO NOT CALCULATE YOUR HOURLY RATE- UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  What’s the point, you have committed, so perform gracefully.
  8.  Use every opportunity to learn- this is your year!
  9. It’s never too early to start deciding about residencies and internships (remember match comes up quick in the fall).
  10.  Remember where you started, where you have been, and where you are going! Take it one day at a time.

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