Veterinary students all across the country are in the midst of NAVLE season! The NAVLE is the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam (aka national boards) that all senior veterinary students must pass in order to become licensed to practice medicine. It is an exciting and terrifying time!
It is easy to become overwhelmed and consumed by constant notecards, VetPrep/Zuku reviews, quiz questions, class notes… the list goes on. However, it is just as important to ensure you are treating yourself well during this stressful time so you can make sure you stay at the top of your game. Here are a few tips to help you survive NAVLE season!
- Make a schedule! It should include designated time each day for focused studying and time protected for doing something you enjoy. When you complete your studying for the day, you won’t feel guilty taking some time for yourself.
- Treat yourself! Order a pizza. Take a walk. Grab your favorite Starbucks drink. Get a massage. You are studying hard, and you deserve it!
- Encourage your classmates. Everyone is in the same boat. You are all struggling to keep up in clinics while also trying to reach that 80% mark on VetPrep! You are all stressed and tired. Be considerate of each other, and provide encouragement when needed.
- Take a day off each week from studying. Yes, I know it sounds crazy! How on earth are you supposed to pass the NAVLE if you don’t study 24/7? Well, I promise that taking a break from studying will leave you feeling rejuvenated and will give you something to look forward to! You will likely remember more material if you give your brain a break too.
- Remember that you are worth more than an exam. You have a wealth of knowledge in veterinary medicine having gotten this far in school. You have outside interests, family, friends, and other hobbies that make you who you are. Don’t forget about these things while preparing for boards. It will help bring things back into perspective when you feel consumed and pressured by the NAVLE.