Update from the UC Davis side of things:
School is going ok. I feel like we are really in the swing of things. We've completed all of our handling labs (equine, rabbit, rat, dog, cat) and are now working through basic physical exams (same species). In less than two weeks we will be done with our "Foundations" block and will be beginning our Heme/Lymph block. On Thursday, I have a rotation in the VMTH in Livestock Medicine. Should be quite the learning experience for good ol' small animal me!
I've easily switched into "happy to be passing" mode. I am doing well over passing but when I see a score and it's above 70, I just sigh out of relief and move onto the next thing....different way to think but I'm kinda enjoying it!
I've found a study method that is really working - study one on one with someone every evening going over lectures from that day and then reviewing any material that either of us still misunderstands from earlier material. We probably spend 4 hours reviewing a night and we haven't had to cram for an exam yet. (We study HARDER the couple days before, but no all-nighters, etc..)
I guess you could say I'm one of the "gunners" who is always studying or feeling like I should be studying but the ting is - I enjoy it! I love what I'm learning and I really don't mind putting so much time into it.
I am still finding time to ride 3-4 times a week and that is probably the max I think I could do. I am looking forward to my half marathon being over on Sunday because it will free time up in my schedule if I don't have to be working on that.
Weird thing? We haven't started anatomy yet. I'm looking forward to starting disections but SCARED of the memorization part!
Other worries - I think our next block is going to be substantially more difficult and time consuming than the current one. I'm not sure if I can fit anymore studying in without starting to lose my enjoyment....
So that's me. I love vet school. Would not trade it for anything. Worth all the hard work to get in and worth all the hard work to STAY in!