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After reading some of the comments in response to letters to the editor in various papers, it appears that many people out there are finally beginning to see through the hasty sensationalism in the first articles about the school.  Thanks to all my classmates who fought so hard against the lies and misconceptions to bring the truth out into the light by providing statements and writing letters.  Perhaps there is a light at the end of this after all.

In non-controversy news, I finally have my car back after 2 weeks!  Thank heaven for full-coverage insurance!  That would have been rather expensive otherwise.  Hopefully I can avoid any more car wrecks in the future (or cars full of boys waiting for the stop sign to turn green).  Anyways, it’s just a relief.  I miss my Jeep.  I’m not used to short little cars.

Apparently I have to find a 3rd preceptor for 4th year.  The place I had picked was a rehab center for military working dogs.  The downside is that the only I can work there is to enlist in the Army.  So that’s out.  Maybe I’m back to Alaska or Florida.  Either way, I’m getting the heck outta here!

Off to study.  Have a good day!


So life is moving on in light of all the controversy.  Thankfully, now that the truth is coming out, people are starting to calm down a bit.  Hopefully the effects won’t be too long-lasting.  The O’Colly continues to defend their story and their reporter insomuch that every follow-up article has been more of a laundry list of quotes and facts than an actual story, and anything regarding our communications have continued to villify the vet school.  Their attempts at objectivity and balanced reporting have been disappointing at best, but at least the truth is finally getting out.  That’s better than nothing, I suppose.  Even though the damage will likely not be reversed, perhaps things will start to settle down now.

My group had our radiology clinical rotation today.  It was actually a lot of fun.  I must be a total nerd, but I loved learning the science behind how radiograph films are made.  In a way, it’s almost disappointing that so many places are moving to digital — kinda takes some of the facination out of it.  But you do get much prettier pictures and you can see so much more, so that’s definitely a positive trade-off.  I really like radiology a lot.  Not sure I’m up for another 4 years of training, but maybe someday.

Ok, off to bed to prepare for another day.

For those who aren’t aware, there is a great deal of controversy surrounding my vet program right now.  Madeline Pickens, wife of billionare T. Boone Pickens, has decided not to give the vet school $5 million dollars based on the allegations that the vet school engaged in barbaric procedures.  This allegation came from an “anonymous” source within the vet school, and the school newspaper (and subsequently Associated Press) ran a story about how the vet school, according to Mrs. Pickens, removed kidneys from dogs and broke their legs as part of our junior surgery class, in addition to waking them up multiple times before finally killing them.  If these accusations weren’t enough, now the Tulsa World has released a story “confirming” the incidence of “rare organ removals.”  This is all so very sad and disheartening to me, not only because it isn’t true, but because it was blown way out of proportion.  But I think, above all, what hurts the most is the comments that have been directed toward the vet school and all OSU grads regarding these claims.

So far, people have accused us of being sick, heartless, cold-blooded, murderers, emotionless people, and many other things I can’t even begin to name.  Some have claimed that they will never again take their pets to an OSU grad.  The outpouring of hate based on false allegations is just unbelieveable to me, and the fact that this one student is behind all of it is just………….well, there are no words for it.  This one vet student, who apparently already has a job lined up once she graduates, turned and stabbed all of her colleages in the back (since they will now have difficulties finding a job due to these allegations), not to mention orchestrated a massive undermining of the very institution who gave her the information and the degree to practice medicine.  The whole situation just leaves me speechless.  This one person, who doesn’t even have the courage to put her name to her “cause,” brought a lot of hurt on to people who helped her get where she is now, all because she wanted to “take a stand” for something (which again, she obviously doesn’t believe in enough to attach her name to it).  I wish I could understand how some people think sometimes, but I have a feeling it would just depress me even more.

The O’Colly has refused to print a retraction.  I shouldn’t be surprised.  They are defending their story and the reporter to the death, even though the reporter failed to get all sides of the story before going to press.  I’m not sure at what point a deadline becomes more important than the truth, but in this case, that deadline must have been pretty damn important for her to do so little research.  Now, they are backtracking (once they realized that maybe printing a slanderous article was a bad idea) and are trying to present the vet school’s side of the story, but even they had to admit that they can’t undo the damage that has been done.  The new story most likely won’t run until Thursday, and by then, no one will listen to any of it.  Their opinions have been formed based on the first article, which had no indication that a follow-up investigation would be completed, and there’s little they can do to change that.  I appreciate their efforts for sure, but I think journalistic integrity should have been the main priority in the first place.

All in all, there’s not much I can say about this.  I’m not going to go into depth on the procedures that we do.  For people who want to read a very well-written articulate article on the matter, you may go here.  I’m simply trying to convey the emotions felt by one student who was deeply hurt and betrayed by all that has happened.  In the end, my integrity as a medical professional will forever be brought into question because of a lie told by a rich woman about where and how I received my training.  All this brought about by the personal, vindictive agenda of a so-called colleage.

I recently bought a pendant that I intend to wear everyday for awhile with the words “Courage is grace under pressure.”  It will have to be my reminder as I continue along this mountain path that has been laid out before me.  I will just have to continue walking with my head high and hope that the damage is not too extensive.

(As a side note:  this is not an opening for a political forum.  I have heard all possible sides.  I don’t wish to hear anymore.  Any hate-filled or closed-minded comments will be deleted.)

Welcome to my new blog!  For those who have been following my old Xanga blog, I have decided to close that chapter of my life and move on.  I will still leave it up for awhile, but the bottom line is that I created that blog during a much different stage of my life, and now that I have moved past that, I’m going to reinvent my blogging methods as well.  This is still going to be my day-to-day blog, meaning that here is just a basic run-down of what is going on in my life.  Nothing too exciting, but a step forward from my past.  Thanks for stopping by!  Keep checking for updates!