Well, as you may have noticed I did not end up posting about my equine practical work over the break. I ended up being far too exhausted at the end of the day and spent my weekends recovering. Good news for you though, I have to write up a report and so I will likely post that here when it is finished.
In other news, today was my first day of semester two for BVSC2. They didn’t waste any time getting started with lectures. Integrative Physiology had a full on lecture followed by an intro to Mechanisms of Disease. Then there was a break where the Nutrition lecture will normally be (because they have random no lecture days) where my flatmates and I went to get our lab manuals for Comparative Anatomy. That took the full hour, after which we went to the introductory lecture for Comparative Anatomy. It was a combined introduction and first actual lecture on the equine limb. I am very excited to be learning about horses (finally), but that was pretty intense. We didn’t actually get through the whole lecture so she is bringing us in on Wednesday afternoon for half an hour to finish it (much to our displeasure because it cuts our lunch hour in half).
After lectures we had our lunch break to quickly eat and then headed to the farmlets to see our sheep. I don’t know if I mentioned the farmlets before, so here is a quick rundown: there are 3 mini farms that each have 16 sheep for a stocking rate of 20 sheep per hectare; they have different rotation lengths to simulate best practice, and two mistakes; lambs will be born in the next few weeks. Our farmlets started with 500 kilograms more grass than last year, even with the drought over the summer. Even with that, the two intentional mistake flocks have visibly lost weight while the best practice flock is doing okay. We will actually have to rescue the short rotation length sheep so that no welfare issues happen with them (either send them to a different set of paddocks or reduce the stocking rate on that block). I absolutely loathe the lecturer who is doing this assignment with us. He is taking something that should be fun and interesting and turning it into the assignment from hell. He doesn’t answer our questions (he answers whatever he wants to whether it is relevant or not), he is condescending and rude, and he waffles on about irrelevant things in every lecture. He is quite literally the worst lecturer. Many complaints have been filed against him, hopefully next year or maybe the year after them will get a different person teaching them.
In brighter news, one of my friends from pre-vet finally got in! I am so very happy for her, her life will be miserable and exhausting just like mine! Ain’t vet school grand? It’s only the first day and I already have more work than time! But I did pass all of my exams last semester so I don’t have to sit any supplementary exams so far.