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Giving Up Sleep To Study Hurts Next Day's Academic Performance

"As adolescents progress through school, their coursework becomes harder. As a result, many high school students stay up late so they can study longer. What happens when students give up sleep to study?

In a forthcoming article published in Child Development, researchers followed 535 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students over the course of 14 days. Every evening, participants were asked to report (a) how many hours they studied or did homework while not in class and (b) how many hours they slept the previous night. They were also asked to answer a series of questions about that day’s academic performance (e.g., “did [you] not understand something taught in class?”)....(Click for more)

Dog dentals


I work at an animal shelter where we are constantly sending dogs for dentals. Our dogs eat raw and get the occasional bones so they don't develop dental problems, but we get a lot of dogs that come in with bad teeth. Our vet often recommends dental cleaning procedures. Problem is, we've had some dogs die from the anaesthesia. I understand that that is a risk that comes with anaesthesia, and that dogs can die from the infections they get in their mouths. However, I still feel like we should at least consider other options, so I have a few questions:

What are your thoughts on holistic dental cleanings? I've done some research but got mixed opinions, with some people saying that they only clean the surface but don't actually take care of the infection in the gums.

Are there other alternatives to a vet procedure? I know that if the teeth are rotting, or if the gums are infected we probably don't have any choice, but sometimes it doesn't look/smell too bad but our vets will usually recommend a dental anyway. Which brings me to my next question...

How do I know when a dog really NEEDS a dental? I'm not implying that the vets don't know what they're doing, but sometimes I am just a little suspicious of their motives. Not saying that all vets are like this but just sometimes, some of them seem to recommend unnecessary procedures/tests/vaccines just for the extra profit. I mean, I can say that probably 90% of the dogs that we bring in for check ups/other procedures, they recommend a dental done as well.

Thanks for any help/advice you can give. We get a lot of senior dogs and would really like to cut down on procedures involving anaesthesia if at all possible.


I am an honors freshman at Chandler-Gilbert community college for my associate in science and I was wondering if anyone knows what pre-reqs I need to get into veterinary school at University of Arizona? My current plan for the next two years is as follows:


AAA115 - Creating College Success (required by CGCC)
CIS105 - Survey Computer Info Systems
MAT151 - College Algebra
ASB102 - Int to Cult. and Social Anthro (honors course)
(14 creds total)


MAT187 - Precalculus
ENG102 (hoping to make this my honors course)
BIO181 - Gnrl Bio I
SOC140 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities (fulfilled cultural div. credit)
(13 creds)

Summer of '12:
COM225 - Public Speaking
ENH251 - Mythology (elective credit)
(6 creds)


MAT220 - Calculus
BIO182 - Gnrl Bio II
CHM151 - Gnrl Chem I
PHI105 - Intro to Ethics (honors)
(15 creds)


CHM152 - Gnrl Chem II
ECN211 - Macroeconomics I
HCR210 - Clinical Health Care Ethics (honors)
GBS233 - Business Communication


Let me know if you see anything that looks wrong or that won't transfer over. I'm reasonably sure all the important classes (math, english, science) will carry over but if you know something I don't well, that's what I'm here for. I'm also open to suggestion on my courses and the ordering of courses, although the first term starts monday so it's too late to change anything on that.

Just Checking In!

Hello all!

My name is Sara and I'm one of your community maintainers. Admittedly, I have not been terribly active lately. This is mostly because I am a veterinarian now three years out of school. I did utilize this community quite a bit when I was a veterinary student, and I do want to keep it open and active for those of you who are headed to vet school or in vet school now.

In three years of private general practice I have learned quite a lot about life, reality, medicine, and client care. I have forgotten more book info than I'd like to admit or even consider.

I just wanted to remind everyone that I'm available for help or chatting any time. The best way to contact me is through direct email or by commenting on a post in which I'm involved.

So it's about time to work on VMCAS, yes? Anybody out there working on that??

Howdy everyone

So...long time, no posts.

Anyone taking the GRE soon? I found this cool free software that's basically a flash-card program, but lets you prioritize cards based on how difficult you feel they are. It's called Anki, it's available for every platform including iOS and Android, and there are several GRE-material study decks available through the app for free (vocab and math).

Does anybody else have tips for boosting your GRE score?

The prick versus the time

Hi everyone- this isn't a ground breaking question, but it is something that can cause discomfort everyday, multiple times- injections!  Does anyone know of any research indicating whether or not an animal reacts more to a 25G needle with a longer injection time versus a larger needle (22G, sometimes 20G if it is large dose of a thicker drug SQ, such as Pen. G on a 60lb lab), but a shorter injection time?  Our hospital seems split down the middle, with doctors and techs on both side. 

I personally am for the larger fresh needle.  I feel less squirming is involved, because it is quicker.  Tom cat skin, wrinkled skin, or larger dogs injections seem to go intradermal with the shorter 25G needles.  Kittens and puppies are small, but personally they seem to act up more for the restraint, even when giving them a treat to distract them, then they do with the needle poke.  I also feel I have to use more force to poke with a 25G needle, especially with larger pets.  I am ok using 25G with less resistant IV or quick blood draws for a glucose sample, but for IM injections, even the smallest amount, sometimes I have problems with the pressure used to adminster the drug, and loose the syringe (we only have luer locks on 3cc and above.)   

My 25G needle loving coworkers say I just have to work on technique, and in their opinions, the animals do not seem to notice the prick at all when done right.  They do use a 22G with more than 1cc with thicker or IM injections. 

lab animal anatomy/surgery book?

Can anyone recommend a good lab animal (specifically rat) anatomy and surgery book? Page numbers from a multi-volume or species book would be most welcome so I can request it from our ILL. Thanks!


For anyone who has taken the GRE for vet school, did you use any test prep class online or otherwise? Was it helpful and worth the money?


ANOTHER question

Hello again.

I am just wondering that of those of you who are currently attending Cornell Vet School, have attended, or are applying, what kind of experience/grades are you applying with/were accepted with. Cornell's website statistics are quite outdated. I am only asking because it seems like most of the vets I work with tried to get in and couldn't, so I'm really worried because out of state tuition is terrifying. Just wondering how to improve my resume.

I live in NYS so Cornell is my instate school. I have a bachelors degree from Bard College in Studio Art and Environmental Policy, and worked doing field research with turtles and marine life for my first year out of college. While in college I was heavily involved in equestrian sports, even jousting. Since then I have been the supervisor of a humane law department (animal cruelty investigation), besides being an investigator I have taught at a number of state conferences, a national conference webinars, and ran a humane law academy to train new officers. This job allowed me to fund a veterinary technology degree part time which I will finish in May, and the pre-requisites I needed for vet school. Through the veterinary technology degree I have spent intensive hands on classroom time with lab animals, large animals, and will be doing 16 hours of clinicals a week with small animals all next semester. My plan is to work as a licensed tech until getting into vet school, so however long that takes.

My problems are: Many of my lower level pre-requisites were taken at a two year community college, because of cost and night classes (I'm working full time). It's part of the SUNY system so hopefully that won't completely destroy my chances, but I'm worried it will.
I have been working with animals these past years, but not clinically outside of the vet tech program.

My grade point average since returning to school is a 4.0, but from my first degree I think its a 3.6 which is right on the average mark for Cornell's old statistics and I can only guess that has gone up. I really wish I had pushed myself more at the time, but I had no intention of going to vet school back then, so here I am today...

Any suggestions on how to improve things? Maybe once I can work as a tech, work at night and try to take some more upper level biochem classes at a four year school? I know large animal experience is really important, so I am going to try and see if I can intern with an equine practice this winter. I'd apreciate any pointers, and send so much respect out to everyone who is currently in vet school for all the hard work you did! I'll be going up to Cornell for a tour next week, so hopefully that too will help to clarify things...