This past weekend was the SAVMA symposium in Columbus, OH.  I have to admit — I wasn’t incredibly sure what to expect.  I was going for two main reasons:  1.)  I got into the Sea Turtle Anatomy wetlab, and 2.)  I was also using the trip to visit a family friend.  I was incredibly impressed with the conference and had a fantastic time!  After getting there and planning out my schedule, I’m pretty sure I only went to half of the lectures I planned on attending, but it was awesome!  It was really nice going to more “alternative” lectures, such as feline indoor enrichment — stuff that is really important in real life that isn’t adequately covered in vet school.  I also attended a lot of alternative therapy lectures and was rather surprised at how much I enjoyed them.  While I’m not going to run out and be a purely naturalist/holistic vet who shuns traditional medicine for herbs and chants, a lot of what was said made sense to me.  Part of me wishes I had gone to past symposiums, but I’m not sure I would have gotten as much out of them.  Crashing at Dan’s place and going home to a non-vet-school environment and spending time with someone I haven’t seen in 8 years definitely provided a healthier environment I think, and that really enhanced the entire trip.  Needless to say, I am thrilled that I got to go this year (even if both my flights to and from did get cancelled due to weather).  It did make it a lot harder to go to school on Monday.  The lectures I attended reminded me of why I went into vet med, and school is not helping in that regard.  At least I only have 2.5 weeks left of classes before a break and 4th year, and then when I get out, I’m free to do what I want!  May 2010 cannot get here soon enough!