What we’ve all been waiting for

The first vet school reality TV show airs tomorrow. Tomorrow, September 19th at 10/9c. I surely wasn’t expecting to make this sort of discovery when reading a NEWStat e-mail from AAHA. How I hadn’t this exhilarating news until now…not sure. But, I may not be the only one so I’m spreading this gem of news with the blog community.

I think I’m still in shock that this reality show exists (they already completed the first season of filming). Since first year, my classmates and I have been swapping pitches for a vet school reality show. Nat Geo made it happen.

Cornell, the “chosen one” amongst vet schools, is no doubt feeling a world of pressure having been selected to represent such an integral peice of the Veterinary world. Reflecting on my own vet school experiences, I cannot imagine a filming crew being right along side the whole way. Not sure if Nat Geo has one planned, but the only thing I’d want to watch more than the reality show itself, is the behind-the-scenes “making of” footage.

The TV show follows 1st and 4th year students throughout the day-to-day life of veterinary school and is divided amongst six episodes. Per Nat Geo’s blog, all six episodes will be available for binge-watching pleasure on the following platforms:

Nat Geo TV app
Hulu
iTunes
Amazon

And binge-watch, I will. My emotions are currently rampant. While absolutely exhilarated by this TV shows creation, I am also nervous for our community. I can only hope that Nat Geo has chosen to assemble footage that most accurately captures the heart of our profession and that there’s no alterior motive spins. Having been alerted to the social decline of the Veterinary profession by clinicians and professors, I hope this may adjust the public’s view of our field.

According to my professors and clinicans, studies done every year pool the attitudes of the public toward particular professions…and attitudes about veterinarians have been going downhill. We were told that for over 50 years, the veterinarian was consistently rated by the general public to be one of the top ten esteemed professions in the United States. We lost our rank in the top 10 a long time ago. It’s up to us to change that, and publicizing the intimate world of veterinary medicine might be our saving grace. Or, with the wrong spin, this might hurt us more now than ever.

Regardless, I can’t wait until tomorrow night’s vet school TV show binge-session.

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