Yogi Bear starring Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake as Yogi and Boo Boo, plus Anna Faris and Christine Taylor. Somewhere, Brendan Fraser stared morosely at his silent phone, a single tear rolling down his cheek.
Inception was exactly what I needed in a film. Smart, Innovative, and “Syfy“‘y. Just like Nolan’s last film, The Dark Knight, Inception topped out at around 2.5hrs. The film did not seem that long at all. Its the kind of story that grips it and rips it. It was the kind of story that I wish I could write. I love the dream with in a dream ideas throughout the story. The visually stunning scenes where Joseph Gordon-Levitt is defying gravity, due to what is happening in the first dreamscape is mesmerizing. I could relate to what was happening. In my favorite dreams I am flying and defying gravity might be my next desire. I was pretty excited for this film but not as much as I am for Tron: Legacy. It really surprised me. Its like mixing The Matrix, Memento, and Oceans 11. Trade the corniness of Oceans 11 for the semi-seriousness of Magnolia. I want to go see this film again soon, not because I didnt understand it unlike these fellows:J.R. Jones, Andrew O’Hehir, and this moron Rex Reed. This film is honestly now in my top 10. It had most everything I like in it…. too bad there were no vamps (@ peteroverzet)
So you want to be a Veterinarian, yes? Is it because you have always loved animals and want to work with them? If so that is a good start but you need to understand a little more about the profession to really commit to the large amount of schooling and debt needed to do so. Its not all just giving puppies vaccines, there are some hard parts.
If you are not up to perform euthanasia for animals then this is not the profession for you. Depending on the type of practice you will be performing this gift to suffering creatures. My advice is to get a job or volunteer with a local vet to get some first hand experience with euthanasia. It is extremely sad but you might be surprised at how you can handle it. This should be a good indicator of whether or not you really want to go through with the long path to become a veterinarian. Now an important thing is to not base it off personal experiences with pets. Go in with a open mind and just be the fly on the wall seeing the whole process and how helpful it really is to the animals. If I based this off of the 1st, and only time, I have watched Marley and Me then I would not be going to vet school. Because everyday would be the saddest day of my life.
I digress. The main reason for this post was to give a little concise history of what it is to be a Veterinarian as well as the history behind the profession.
The Veterinarian’s Oath:
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics. I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
This oath was adopted by the AVMA in July 1969 by the House of Delegates. It was slightly modified in 1999. A key point is the relief of animal suffering for which i mentioned early about euthanasia. Its in the Oath you pledge upon graduation to end suffering if no other means can help the animal. Once again get experience with euthanasia if you are hesitant and you will understand that it is a good thing for the suffering of animals.
Ancient Veterinary Medicine History Veterinary medicine dates back to 3500BC in Egypt (in hieroglyphics), China, and Mesopotamia. The domestication of livestock was the first sign of humans tending to animals. In China between 4000-3000BC there are records of herbs used for curative effects but the true healing of animals was thought to have begun in Mesopotamia around 3000BC with the first known veterinarian, Urlugaledinna.
A little closer to our time comes Alcmaeon, he was the first recorded person to dissect animals for scientific reasons, this happened around 500BC. Few hundred years later the first animal hospitals were recorded in 273-232BC during the reign of King Ashoka in Indian history during the Brahman era.
Semi-modern Veterinary Medicine History The first official veterinary school was in 1762AD by Claude Bourgelat in Lyons. Lyon College was created by the work of Bourgelat. This led to a new veterinary teaching schools in the 1770s in Hanover, Sweden, Denmark, and Vienna. The Royal Veterinary College in London was founded in 1791. The first American veterinarian school was not established until 1879, more than a century after the first European schools.
Modern Veterinary Medicine History This brings us to the present. There are currently 28 Veterinary Schools in the United States. There are many schools abroad in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Senegal, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Libya Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Phillippines, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, Ukraine, U.K., West Indies, and Jordan. As you can see the world of Veterinary Medicine has grown quite a bit.
The next post will deal with the different areas that Veterinary Medicine has grown into. There are many specialties to choose from which will be discussed next time. For now enjoy the Universal Veterinary Symbol:
Veterinary symbol (caduceus). Best medical symbol ever? yes.
So you have made it to the first real challenge on your way to become a vet. There is a lot to learn about yourself and college your freshmen year. So what major do you declare if you want to be a Veterinarian? That may seem like a straightforward answer. Biology. But to become a vet you do not need to have any specific major. As long as you complete the prerequisite classes you will qualify for admissions. Now most students are Biology or Chemistry majors since the prereqs and course materials overlap so much. The admissions committee takes into consideration other majors and likes to make a diverse class. So you can be an Art major or Political Science and get into vet school as long as you do the prereqs.
At my university it was unusual to finish a BS degree in a mere 4 years. It took me 4.5 years because of the availability of classes. I advise you take the prerequisite classes for vet school ASAP. They can be tough but schools are different in their registration for classes. I ran into trouble when I changed my major after my freshmen year. My school gives priority registration of classes to 1st years then in the following order: 5th+ year, 4th year, 3rd year, and lastly 2nd year.
So when it came time for me to register for classes for my 2nd year all the 1st year students filled up the prerequisites I needed for Vet school. This is why it took me 4.5 years (including all summers) to graduate. So to avoid this, stick to your major and take as many prerequisite classes as you can do at a time. Do not overload yourself. Make sure you give yourself an easy class to give yourself a break. I like classes like rock climbing, Scuba diving, or photography to use as an outlet of stress.
Here are the classes that are generally part of the prerequisite material for veterinary schools (give or take a few classes depending on the school):
General Biology w/ lab - 2 semesters (8 units)
Biochemistry - 1 semester (3 units)
General Chemistry w/ lab - 2 semesters (~10 units)
Now remember these are just the generic requirements. Every school is slightly different so make sure to check the schools you want to apply for. Become familiar with this site: AAVMC. This is the portal where you submit your application to most of the schools. At the link is a list of each school and the requirements for each.
I will not go into how hard it is or statistics just yet for getting into school. I will worry you of those later. For now remember to continue volunteering or getting a vet technician job in order gain experience. Remember get a WIDE VARIETY of exposure to the veterinary field to show that you are a well rounded applicant.
Some ways to find experience:
Vet Technician Job Postings (craigslist, newspaper ads, job postings)
High SchoolThe path to become a veterinarian should start in high school. Best thing that you can do at this time of your life is get experience. Experience with animals in a medical setting is one of the major factors in the admissions process. When I say get experience I mean a ton. The average number of hours is around 2,500 for most vet schools. To better your chances of getting in, starting in high school will help build a foundation for what you will add to in college. Some ideas:1. Local Animal Shelters 2. Organizations (like ASPCA)3. Wildlife Rehabiliation Programs (I worked at Project Wildlife in San Diego,CA)4. Job at an Animal Hospital5. Work on a Ranch with large animals* *I might add that this is a huge thing you can do that would help your application. Vet schools want people with a wide variety of exposure to veterinary medicine. There is a high demand for food industry veterinarians so experience with cows, chickens, goats, pigs, etc… will look great on your application.
I think the cow knows whats coming next. It also goes without saying that you need to have good grades to get into vet school. But concentrate on your high school grades and where you would like to go. Most every school has a Biology major with all of the prerequisites that you would need to get into a 4year veterinary school. So if you are a high schooler concentrate on getting experience, keeping grades up, but most importantly have fun with what you are doing and be optimistic, it’ll save you stress later on.
I have started this blog to chronicle my journey through school. I am attending St. George’s University in Grenada in about a month and decided to start this site to chronicle my journey which could hopefully help people as they try to get into the profession. The picture to the left is of SGU, just to show you where I will be doing my studies. Jealous yet?
Some background information on me. I am 23 years old with a B.S. in Biology w/ emphasis in Zoology. I got the degree at San Diego State University (Photo on the right) in December 2009. I decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian at the end of my freshmen year at SDSU. The film program I was in did not hold up to my expectations. It felt like I was wasting my time in college learning about filmmaking. It was like I didn’t need to take classes to do what I wanted. So I was upset with my classes and decided to take a fun class for the spring semester. This class was The World of Animals, taught by the wonderful Dr. Bradford Hollingsworth. He really is the professor that showed me the amazing diversity of life on the planet. After realizing I liked this biology class much better than any of my film classes I decided to switch majors to Biology. This was the best decision I made in college to counter the many bad decisions. ha.
While in school I worked at Rose Canyon Animal Hospital in the Claremont area of San Diego. It was here where I got my first experiences in a vet clinic. The job really helped me learn how to interact with people, which turns out is probably the most difficult part of being a veterinarian. My three years of experience at Rose Canyon helped me gain a great appreciation for the work a veterinarian does by seeing how it helps the clients. The owners of our patients generally care more for the wellbeing of their pets than themselves. So seeing them get so happy after healing their loved one is quite an amazing thing. The team of Rose Canyon Animal Hospital is shown in the photo above. I am the guy on the far left. The white coats are the DVMs, Dr. Michael (next to me) and Dr. Barre (far right).
More to come from this blog will be steps to prepare yourself for the application process. Applying for Vet school is much more complicated than it seems. I will have some tips and tricks I have learned on how to get into the US Schools. Another option I will be recommending is going a different route and applying to the Caribbean Vet schools. With the current need for new veterinarians, and the US’s lack of schools, the Caribbean supplies the most viable option for some people to solidify their dream.
I dont know if I’m Late on this one or not. There is this film called The Room. I must say my life has been changed from watching The Room, better? worse? I cant say exactly. I dont think I will find such quality actors, editing, production value, etc. till at least Avatar IV: I See You.
Now some backstory on this film. The director, writer, producer, actor in his directorial debut is the talented Tommy Wiseau. To give you some hope that this film is worth your time.
The Room is the story of a love triangle between a kind-hearted man named Johnny (Wiseau), his “future wife” Lisa (Danielle), and his best friend Mark (Sestero).
Sounds simple? Its not. Tommy makes quite a few miscalculations with the film:
While the film is rife with continuity errors and several other minor cinematic drawbacks, there are several plots, subplots and character details the inconsistencies of which have often been pointed out by critics and audiences
Here is the trailer for The Room
The best thing about this film is that it has a cult following that gets together on the last Saturday of every month to watch it in a theater where the audience interacts with each other and the film. The cast including Tommy Wiseau attend the screenings. I havent gone to a screening yet but really am looking forward to it.
Here is my favorite scene from the film. The entire movie is like this. Tommy is the one with the long black hair:
Not for people with weak stomachs. Yesterday I got to spay my parents dog, Hershey. She had a mammary mass that we were worried was cancer but turns out to just be a lipoma (fatty mass). The reason why we spayed her is it could have an effect on the occurrence of mammary cancer. If you spay your dog before her first heat cycle the chances are close to 0% that she will get/die from mammary cancer.
Me cutting the lipoma out.
Success! The fat is out. Glad it wasn’t Cancer.
Deep in thought breaking the ligament that is attached to the ovary.
Dr. Michael explaining to me what I am looking for. “Its like breaking a guitar string”
Hershey did great and is up and about. Surgery turns out is a lot of fun. Its really strange to see an animal asleep then pull out her organs then suture her up. Its kind of like magic.
This weekend I went to Arcadia with Skubic and Chatigny to visit The Rings. We travelled to Hollywood Blvd to check out Jimmy Kimmel Live with surprise guests. We get there and ask whos the guest and we get a great response of “David Arquette.” We missed Jessica Alba for the 5pm showing and were going to the 7pm taping instead. Turns out we didnt stay for the taping and went to some bars on the strip instead (Blue Palms and Lucky Devils). From there we travelled to the Eagle Rock Brewery for some tasty brews anda food truck. Onward we journeyed to the Bigfoot Lounge where a waitress called us rude for not tipping when we had cash siting on the table. She realized her mistake and Skubic asked for a round of drinks for her RUDENESS. Gets hazy bout here. Mainly because I dont know how to get around LA at all. But somehow ended up in Pasadena and went to Barneys and some sushi place named Wokcano. Then I slept.
So whats with the pictures of the tortoise? It is the Rings family pet that grandpa Ring found when he was a teenager. The shelled buddy is 70+ years old in the least… possibly more toward 100! The Tortuga’s name is Mr. Rabbit. This video will help to add to the confusion.
This little documentary shows how new monster movie “Monsters" was made on a cheap budget using prosumer equipment that amateur filmmakers use. The fillm will be released in the fall and is being called the next "District 9”
The movie is set six years after a NASA probe crashed over Central America, causing the quarantine of half of Mexico. The story follows a US journalist who agrees to escort a shaken tourist through “the infected zone” to the safety of the US border. I’ve described the film as being “like Lost in Translation, set in Mexico, but with gigantic alien monsters.” It is also sure to draw comparisons to District 9, and shows shades of Jurassic Park. But the movie really isn’t about big budget effects, or jump scares, or the usual independent horror cliches. Instead the movie focuses on the two characters at the center of the story, and their experiences in this new world of terror. What sets it aside from most modern “horror” films is that you actually care about the characters, so that when a dangerous situation looms, the usually blood, guts and explosions aren’t necessary.
When we reported that the film had a production budget of just $15,000 “but looked 700 times more expensive”, some people in the comments freaked out — “you can’t make a monster movie for Best Buy $15,000! the crew costs more than that! The camera costs more than that!” has released a behind the scenes making of featurette on the movie showing how director Gareth Edwards was able to achieve what he did on such a low budget. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.
Isn’t it weird how the closer you get towards the end of a quest the more questions arise? It is like following a string to see what is at the end to find the end result frayed. Does this leave you with multiple answers to an end result? Is there a Correct path? This can be applied to multiple areas in life from religion to breakfast. Its just how you interpret the choose your own adventure that is your life.
So I am back in Redlands and it is quite strange to not have any obligations to school or work. I am free to do whatever I want yet I do not know what to do. I have made it a goal of mine to ride my bike or do some sort of exercise to make my lounging around worth it. Its like I am paying for my free time by exercising. It seems to be good so far.
This is on the top of Sunset overlooking the Canyon:
I got to see Conan a few nights ago at the Civic Center in Downtown San Diego. It was an experience. He did a great job. It was like a 2 hour version of his show and instead of guests it was mostly stand up and old gigs that he had (There were Bears, Dogs, LaBamba, and Chuck Norris Handle).
Officially Accepted to St. George's University School of Veterinary Medicine!
Well Its official as of Friday 4/2/2010 that I have been accepted to SGU Vet school. I couldn’t be more relieved about going there in August. Let’s just hope all my friends teasing that when I show up I get beaten and they take my $ isn’t true haha.
Here are some pictures of the school to tease you:
Here is some geographically pictures/map of the island and surrounding territories:
Some friendly locals:
Well friends here is some information about the country of Grenada. Its gathered from Wikipedia so it is everything I know about the country.
The islands are of volcanic origin with extremely rich soil. Grenada’s interior is very mountainous with Mount St. Catherine being the highest at 2,756 feet (840 m). Several small rivers with beautiful waterfalls flow into the sea from these mountains. The climate is tropical: hot and humid in the rainy season and cooled by the trade winds in the dry season. Grenada, being on the Southern edge of the hurricane belt, has suffered only three hurricanes in fifty years.
What I am most excited about is the opportunity to live in another country for a period of time to really understand how other people live that are not as fortunate as Americans. I think the experience will hopefully humble me and make me a better person.
Cramer describing where/what Redlands is to Steve. Then to his buddies dad dieing then to asking what im typing. He’s definately some kind of disoriented. He’s raping Ice Cube -today’s was a good day. Now he’d critiquing the whole singing of his rendition.
His top three are:
2. Buggy smalls ( notorious BIG)
3. Ice Cube (the cube duh, you live in the 909 brotha)
Dun dun fun. Ross is going back to the IE hats what’s in the 909.
Marilee is drunk and dancing around like a drunk Otter. Hope she doesn’t break something.
Cramer in the wild is talking to a girl, Megan (?) about the labeling of certain names.
Bobby Orr is the greatest hickey player to play the game, hold on hold on I gotta explain it, hold on brothers make some noise, Gretzky had the stats but no won transformed the game like Bobby Orr. He was the first defensemen to be offensive. Farewell. ( moves back to lady Megan.)