Originally Posted by Veracosa
One thing that I have a bit of social anxiety about is that I am an RVT, and have 9 years of small animal general practice experience. I am afraid that I will either a) be stigmatized or b) come off as a smartypants when I will just be trying to be helpful.
Happened to me throughout vet school. Including junior surgery lab where I was told by my group to not speak unless I was specifically asked a question. *sigh*
Fine, I'll just hold the dog while you poke it a dozen times (literally) incorrectly trying to hit the jugular vein. Not allowed to give you any suggestions.
All I can say is to keep your head down and mouth closed. Your friends will appreciate your knowledge/the way you can frame certain concepts, and the others probably won't--but they're not worth it. OH, and any questions you ask of your professors about stuff based on your experience/stuff your classmates haven't been exposed to yet--have those conversations out of the earshot of other classmates.
That said--I think vet school is a LOT more fun if you have a great technical background!
Best of luck!!! You will do GREAT!