NAVLE Review

NAVLE = North American Veterinary Licensing Exam

What every 4th year veterinary student across the United States dreads taking and absolutely despises studying for. I mean how bad can it be? Its only a one day comprehensive exam over everything and anything I’ve learned veterinary related over the past decade or so of my life. Easy, right? 

Sure. Well the countdown has begun. D-Day for me is sometime in early December, so if you dont hear from me before then, dont be surprised. I have already said goodbye to my Facebook page, Im working on disconnecting my TV, and I might even cancel the gym membership (dont worry there is always the great outdoors to run). So as a send off I want to leave you all with an example question which is lovingly sent to my email everyday by Mr. Zuku NAVLE mentor extraordinaire. Enjoy! Let me know if you get it right :)

NAVLE Question of the Day:

Fusobacterium necrophorum is the etiologic agent behind which three diseases?

A – Meliodosis, calf diptheria, atrophic rhinitis
B – Calf diphtheria, necrotic rhinitis, quittor
C – Necrotic stomatitis, foot rot, atrophic rhinitis
D – Foot rot, contagious pleuropneumonia, enzootic nasal granuloma
E – Glasser’s disease, meliodosis, quittor

I love veterinary medicine!


New City, New Life

This time last year I was moving into my brand new apartment in Xuzhou, China. It was an old, somewhat murky, piece of junk. However, it was quite large. Too large. It had six different rooms and a kitchen that you could dust in the morning and by the evening it would look like you never touched it (so I never did. Ever.).

Now I am back in the United States and starting a different kind of adventure: graduate school. I am attending Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and I also have a new apartment not far from the campus. It is an efficiency apartment, with only one large room and a kitchen that is literally 3 1/2 feet from my bed. I usually just bounce out of bed and right to the stove where I have eggs and bacon already frying and smelling delicious. Then I can just reach a few feet over to my right and turn on some tunes, while opening the fridge and pulling out some milk. I can wash dishes while I do homework on my desk. I can lay in bed at night and have the freedom to put some toast down if I find that I am hungry. The point is, my apartment is pretty small. But, the best part is, I love it. It is the perfect size. Anything bigger I wouldn’t be able to keep clean. And if you want proof of this, go back to May 2009 and look at my kitchen in China. Wow.

There is only one problem with my room. It is just a minor problem really: I have no bathroom. The average reader may think that this is actually a large problem, and sometimes, I must say, it is quite a problem. For instance, when I have to go to the bathroom. Or take a shower. Or brush my teeth. Or read the newspaper. Or anything that is usually done within the vicinity of a toilet.

But it’s not all bad. I actually do have my own bathroom. It is just outside in the hall and around the corner. It is also always locked, so when I go to the bathroom I must always remember to bring my keys, otherwise I won’t be able to get in. I finally figured out what key opens the bathroom door the other day, after some suspect cheesy chicken dish from TGIF’s went through me a little too quickly, and I panicked as I was trying to break down the bathroom door with little luck (I won’t tell you the end to this story here).

But now I am in Pittsburgh and just finished my first week of classes. This weekend I will try to get out and about and take some pictures of Carnegie Mellon and Pittsburgh to post next week. Until then, here is some beautiful shots of my apartment (it’s not really messy, it just looks like that way).

1600 Miles Solo

When traveling long distances by car it is imperative that you have good music to make the trip enjoyable or at the very least bearable.  Due to lack of timing/planning I only downloaded 1 song before I left Western Missouri for Central North Carolina. Major oversight on my part, but thank goodness it was a good one. Because I took this ridiculously long trip solo I was able to listen to the following song (sans video) about 40 times without annoying anyone except for passengers in passing vehicles watching me belt out the lyrics – which at times I got right and other times not so much. Because you, fellow readers, cannot spend these precious moments with me I want to give you a small glimpse into how I pass my time. Enjoy. Please feel free to sing along in or out of tune! I also recommend that you download this song from iTunes, upload it to your iPod, attach the iPod to iTrip, tune to fuzzy FM station and sing it repeatedly while traveling in the car.

Warning: Video contains women shaking it to the beat!

I want to thank Dr. Clark at Wilhite and Frees Equine Hospital in Peculiar, Missouri for calling my attention to this song :)

Triathlon Results

With over 100 votes tallied, the public has spoken on who they thought would be the champion at this years Cecil J. Jarvis Memorial Triathlon. Unfortunately for the public, they were way off! 

Mr. Hans Otten received the most votes and had a strong showing, placing second in the group of four and placing 9th overall. Otten was steady in the swim, coming out of the water with the 20th fastest time. He stayed consistent through the bike, with the 21st fastest time of the day, to keep himself within striking distance of the top racers in his age division (old). Otten then finished off with his favorite event: The Run. Ever the runner, Otten hit his stride on the 5k, two-loop course. He was often seen yelling at the same 24 year-old and at one point even slapped his palm. It was exciting. Whilst this was going on, Otten was passing people like it was his job and claimed his final victim in the closing moments. He came across the finish line after toasting a little whippersnapper with floppy hair on the final stretch, finishing with  the 6th fastest run time of the day and a 9th overall position. Unfortunately for Otten, he was in the most competitive division and missed out on an age-group award by less than a minute.

Hans Otten

Swim: 13:49

Bike: 36:42

Run: 21:08

Total: 1:13:12

Coming in second in the vote was Mr. Roy Beaumont of LinkedIn fame. Beaumont had one of the strongest swims of the day, blazing through the 600 yards in 13:34, giving him the 16th fastest swim of the day. Beaumont struggled in the transition area, probably with his shoes, as it took him a full minute longer to get on his bike than the eventual winner. ouch. However, once on the bike, Beaumont picked up speed. Sort of. Beaumont cruised through the final two legs of the race and felt the thrill of finishing 1:35:18 after he began, which was good enough for the 68th fastest men’s time, and the 100th fastest time overall (including females and relay teams). 

Roy Beaumont

Swim: 13:34

Bike: 45:05

Run: 32:58

Overall: 1:35:18


Coming in third places in the voting was the youngest racer in the group, Kerrin Sheldon. Sheldon knew that the swim would be quite difficult (for him), as he had only swam twice in the past 18 months. He was very right. Sheldon spat and coughed his way through the 600 yards like he was having lake water injected into his mouth at regular intervals. Even though he, and the rest of the men, began the swim a full three minutes before the ladies, Sheldon was caught and passed by the top ladies in the competition halfway through his own swim. Because someone tore off Sheldon’s computer chip during the swim, none of his splits are known, but he remembers that his family doctor, Dr. Mike Hess, was the person right in front of him as he got out of the water, which gives Kerrin a swim time of almost exactly 17 minutes, around 60th best time for the men. With lots of ground to gain, Sheldon jumped on his bike and took to the street with ferocity. By time he had sped his way around the course, he had passed more than 30 individual bikers, and even claimed almost another dozen participants on the run, with his final victim being the 31-year-old Jeffrey Ammons, passing him in the final moments to finish with a time of 1:16:54. The time was good enough for second place in his age division (20-29) and 16th in the men’s division, and 21st overall. Kerrin received a beautiful plaque for his efforts. 

Kerrin Sheldon

Total: 1:16:54

The racer who finished last in the poll was last years race winner, Vinnie Monseau. Unfortunately for all of our voters, Vinnie once again dominated the field and took home the overall prize with a time of 59:31, crushing the other three poll participants. 

“Next year will be different,” Sheldon said after the race. “Next year, it will be very, very different.” He did not expand on this quote. 

On the relay side of things, Team SueAnne’s Team had a top 10 finish, despite not having a swimmer. Tim Sheldon participated in the bike portion of the race and left with Mr. Roy Beaumont after the swim. Once on the bike, T. Sheldon’s lack of training caught up with him, as did the rest of the field, as he logged a time of 48:24, the 7th fastest relay time of the day (out of 9). Luckily for him, he had Beaumont’s blazing fast wife waiting for him at the end of his ride. As Sheldon transferred his chip to Sue Anne, he bent over, sucking in air. Sue Anne took off and recorded a time of 30:44, the 6th fastest relay run of the day. SueAnne’s Team recorded a total of 1:31:01, despite not having a swimmer. 

This photo gallery details the race in full: