Letters from Graduating Veterinarians at Colorado State University

Letters from Graduating Veterinarians at Colorado State University

October 23, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(calm piano music) – [Janin] As I write this letter, only one week remains
prior to being publicly awarded a doctorate in
veterinary medicine. In other words, my time
as a veterinary student is rapidly coming to a close. Ready or not, it is
time to pass the torch. My hope is that you are ready to receive it with a humble heart, resolve to learn, unbreakable spirit, at least ten pocket sized notebooks, and most importantly, your resilience. – [Stacey] You’re going to
be walking down the hall six months for three years from now, and you’re going to ask
someone how it’s going, and they’re gonna weirdly
say, living the dream, in that facetious way we
all do from time to time, and it is up to you to remember and sometimes to remind them that we are in fact living the dream. – [Janin] Remember how
lucky you are to be here. You will be surrounded by
brilliant practitioners who represent the very best
in veterinary medicine. We are so fortunate to
have the opportunity to learn from them every single day, so make sure you do that. Learn from them every single day. – [Stacey] There are
more than 2000 applicants for 140 spots in this class, and while you are undoubtedly
highly accomplished and very deserving, you
are also very, very lucky. Remembering this can get you through the more difficult days. – [Janin] Yes, it will be challenging. Take care of this hospital. Take care of yourself. – [Stacey] Occasionally, even
on the night before an exam, you will have an opportunity to do something other than study. Sometimes, choose the other thing. – [Janin] Take a time
out every once in a while to make sure you are living
true to your core values. – [Stacey] We are all going to be doctors, and being ranked number one or number 100 has little bearing on how
good of a doctor you will be. – [Janin] I did not know
how much value my classmates have added to this education. I did not know how much
they would shape the way I care for patients and
think about medicine. Learn their stories. – [Stacey] Grades are
certainty not everything, so go a little easy on yourself sometimes. There is much in the
veterinary school experience that isn’t graded, and
clients and classmates will remember your
kindness and contributions far more readily than your ability to recite the krebs cycle. – [Janin] Do good work
with this privilege. Live your life according
to what you most value. Take care of yourself and each other. Do not park in client
parking unless you know Dr. Hackett is away from the hospital, and always be ready with a good joke. – [Stacey] Being honest
about your shortcomings buys you far more kindness
and far more learning than hiding from them. – [Janin] Good luck, and warm wishes. I know you will wear your blue coats well. – [Stacey] All the best, Stacey Hunvald – [Janin] Janin Post – [Stacey] Oh, and front
row, fourth seat in from the south side of the
anatomy lab lecture hall? Well that seat has both
a good vantage point and some good history. Keep it warm for me.