Hi everyone,

So I’m officially starting this blog about my work here as a veterinary student abroad. I’m a little late, as I’m already a 2nd year veterinary student at the University of the Philippines: Los Banos, but this idea has been ruminating in my head for quite awhile now. I wanted to record my exploits here at the university so that after I graduate, I’ll be able to look back and see all of the things I was writing about and feeling at certain moments in my career path. I’m sure it’ll be a bumpy road from here on in, but let’s get started with what I have on my plate this coming week.

This Monday I have an upcoming Parasitology Laboratory exam. That means I have to know everything about the species seen in the first 13 exercises that are seen in my lab manual. Everything starting with the cockroach parts going up to ticks and mites of all different types of animals.

On Tuesday I’ll be dealing with my Zootechnics 115 class, which deals with different breeds of cattle, carabao and goats. Our test will be a PowerPoint presentation test, meaning that they will flash us a picture of an animal of a certain breed and we’ll have to answer any questions they have regarding what particular breed it is, and what use does it usually serve (Draft, Dairy & Meat, for example), and even what combination of breeds may make up a certain animal.

Needless to say that I have my work cut out for me. I’ll be studying for them and I’ll let you know how those exams go.

Oh and if you didn’t figure it out already, I’m entitling this blog, “The Filipino Vet Student.”

I really hope that this blog will come to great use in the future for not only me, but for others as well who are going through the same thing. If any of you reading this have any questions or would like to know more about what I do here please do not hesitate to leave a comment or e-mail me at jon@jonpinoy.com. I’d love to hear stories from other students who are either in the field already or are thinking about joining it.

Let this be the start of a fruitful endeavor. Cheers everyone!

ZOTC 115 Lab Test Files for Doc Constante
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